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  • helen brain : author & creative writing teacher
    in this project Luke was a priest in Archbishop Desmond s diocese and he was a fabulous pastor to his clergy and their families He genuinely loves kids and used to be able to pick out all the clergy kids in a crowded cathedral There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Turning Water into Wine 20 November 08 I m writing the Desmond Tutu Children s Bible and looking at the stories with storyteller eyes rather than with blind faith I m amazed at the richness of the Old Testament I love Moses best of all leading the grumbling Israelites through the desert throwing temper tantrums losing heart keeping going and There are 4 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Please go to Suite 101 11 November 08 Oh how I hate to market and promote my writing However unpleasant issues of a pecuniary nature force me to advertise my services Please go to Suite101 and read my articles and tell your friends who want to learn how to write for children to go there too It will be There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own word twist 07 November 08 Bad bad Colleen Higgs invited me to play word twist I knew facebook would be a bad idea Now I play word twist day and night compulsively the tireder I get the worse I perform I play against writers who are fabulous at thinking up new words and am soundly humiliated There are 3 comments for this article Click here to read full

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    landed It s not as fat as I d hoped it would be as the publishers decided at the last minute to save costs and reduce the number of pages but Vian Oelofsen has done such a great job on the pics I love his illustrations I There are 4 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Luke is home 09 October 08 Luke came home yesterday back to his old self almost and 12 kg heavier It s a huge relief For a while two weeks ago I thought he was dying And when Bishop David Beetge died in the same week from septicemia during chemo I got a huge fright But now There are 3 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own He s getting fatter 01 October 08 Luke s been in for a week now getting 2000 calories through a line in his jugular big meals three times a day and pies cheese biscuits fruit juice chocolates whatever takes his fancy between meals He is so much better His colour is good and he s picked up some weight There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November 12 October 12 September 12 August 12 July 12 May 12 April 12 March

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    stick BUT There are 1 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own What a lovely day 09 September 08 The house of pain has become a bit much especially when its raining So on the advice of the members of the Mowbray Ladies Guild I have decided to Get Out More But I need a laptop as my little Moleskine notebooks are all very nice but you do feel There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own I know you all want to write books for children 08 September 08 but you don t know where to start so do my course Yes I teach an online course at sawriterscollege co za It s very very good I promise you and really good value for money You get 9 modules with over a hundred pages of notes and exercises and module by There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Perfect Dogs 03 September 08 So every now and then a dog comes along that you just love Over my life I ve had cheeky juno phoebe and then wham a dog I loved desperately Her name was Cleo She belonged to my sister Bets and she was a tan and white basset She was delicate for a basset pretty There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April

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    news on Liewe Heksie 21 August 08 Tom Eaton is a genius I wish he would come for tea This is what he wrote on his satirical website Hayibo com Bitter and disillusioned Liewe Heksie packing for Perth BLOMMELAND They call her Liewe Heksie but Lavinia is her name She s the cleverest witch she knows and she s even been There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Saucy Sal is a very bad woman 17 August 08 Sally Howes is a very bad woman I went to stay with her last weekend to do an inspection of her children Will and Joe and her husband Cap n Dick Will and Joe and the Great Pirate Rescue is about to go to the printers and I needed to check There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Isidingo 05 August 08 I have been longing for a new dog to replace Percy Someone who adores me thinks I am perfect and forgives even my unforgiveable faults I ve given up expecting this from Luke to his relief so it had to be a dog The dog rescue association DARG had this gorgeous There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November

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    Floral Bonnet 21 July 08 Here is a picture of famous artist Jenny Parsons wearing her new floral bonnet It isn t finished yet but it will be shortly It is a bathing cap for when she leads the synchronised ladies swimming team at Dalebrook Pool next summer I am constructing it out of Suffolk Puffs There are 3 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Junk Food 17 July 08 Remember when your mother told you not to eat junkfood She was wrong In 1996 I won a car because I was a bad mother and decided to buy KFC instead of feeding my kids a wholesome homecooked meal Last weekend I bought Luke a lovely lemon cake at the There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own I drew a mad fairy 17 July 08 and here she is she is happy because it stopped raining and her undies can dry There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own It worked 10 July 08 Oh yes oh yes the catheter is out and his bladder function is fine It s the best news for ages There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own 16 Books 09 July 08 Last year I worked my arse off and now it s come home to roost I have 16 yes sixteen books in production Most of them are readers and then there s the lovely pirate book Hopefully next year it will translate into money but you never know Luke is nice and relaxed and There are 1 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Back in Hospital 08 July 08 Poor old Luke is back in hospital He s had diarrhoea for days and tummy cramps and low blood pressure and a urinary tract infection and he s so miserable So he s gone back in to be put on a drip and looked after He s supposed to start round 2 of the There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Chernobyl of the Soul 04 July 08 Luke has lost 12 kg and he is COLD It s freezing here in Cape Town and he s cold all the time So now he has taken to dressing like a Russian Pete sent him this fine rabbit fur Chernobyl helmet and he s wearing my red winter coat cunningly belted around There are 4 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your

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    comment of your own Kimonos 16 June 08 Life is full of unexpected surprises Opposite us lives a lady called Lucy She is a Rwandan refugee She used to be a French teacher in Rwanda but now she cares for an elderly lady one day a week and sews gowns at the local hospital on another She used There are 4 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own My four lovely boys 09 June 08 So here s a photo of Peter Pip Luke and James Luke is the one sporting the catheter bag Really men just don t know how to keep up decent standards I made him a very attractive peacock blue bag with a braided strap to conceal it but he insists on displaying There are 3 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Getting better 02 June 08 So here s the update on Luke He s home and doing ok He still has a catheter which is a real bind but otherwise he s recovering well He s anaemic because he lost so much blood in the operation and that s making him very tired the biggest problem is getting enough calories There are 5 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Will and Joe 01 June 08 The cover came this week for my pirate book I think it is fabulous and wonderful and that Vian is a genius There are 1 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16

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    and there s a 40 chance he ll need a colostomy That s the bad news The good news is they re pretty sure it hasn t spread He won t need chemo unless they find some in the There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own waiting 24 April 08 So now we re waiting This afternoon the biopsy results will tell us what kind of cancer it is Tomorrow s exploratory op will tell us how far it s spread There are 2 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Made with Love 22 April 08 so today s cake is not a success but it is perfectly delicious and the icing is about to go on luke spent yesterday fasting before his colonoscopy today and mid afternoon began to fantasise about tuesdays with dorie s carrot cake He even helped me make it this afternoon at 5 00 as There are 6 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Am I Unreasonable 19 April 08 So today we went to a bakery coffee shop in Obs called Mango and Ginger We had two cupuchinos It came to R26 or thereabouts Then we bought a loaf of bread and two quiches to take home As we were paying the owner said Are you going to add There are 1 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Marshmallow mess 15 April 08 Well what a disaster Marshmallows are fun to make says Dorie So today me and 150 other people all set out to make marshmallows and mine are a complete cock up I overcooked the syrup so it turned into toffee and curdled the egg white and it wouldn t beat because There are 6 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Making things 12 April 08 About six weeks ago we decided that we couldn t spend our weekends working anymore Of course sometimes there are deadline that won t wait but mostly its just avoiding life by hiding behind the computer So now we DO THINGS on Saturdays So this is what I have done so far There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own stupendous lemon cream 08 April 08 Well i died and went to heaven just for a few seconds Dorie s lemon cream is just fabulous I m sure her pastry is too but I can t make it I tried But it all went wrong it got hot and greasy i didn t measure the flour properly then the

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