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Crossing Over
You set the price! Words: 19,790. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Civilization, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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An Eclectic collection of seventeen short stories and poems by twelve authors from the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation in Western Australia. The themes include youth, family relations, travel and exploration, the World Wars, love, detective and others.

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Smashwords book reviews by Oakeley

  • Three Short Stories on Jan. 05, 2011

    I enjoyed the freshness of these three short stories, and especially 'Remembering Pablo' and 'Time Machine'. From his excellent opening paragraphs to the thoughtful twists at the end, his characters show us a window into our world as well as into theirs. He is a marvellous observer and uses this talent to weave the reader into his stories.
  • The Gift of Originality on April 25, 2012

    Anyone wishing for a greater insight into a personal life including all of its potential and possibilities in this modern Age should read this book. Written in a relaxed easy style it is a practical guide at how to reach a higher personal potential through connecting up with the inner resource; The Original Gift. Our originality and creative expression, as discussed by Justine can be held back through faulty reasoning or inconspicuous blockages; brought on as a matter of course or by design. Many ideas are presented as to how a personal reality may be created; what is important, what is not? To each their own consideration and discernment, this is the way it must be. Chapters like; “The Law of Nature, Opportunity and Potential” and “Who are you?” are sure to expand consciousness and awareness. There are areas where a personal credibility may be stretched; such as in the chapter of “Who is to blame?”; where the possibility of God is discussed, or “Death and Thereafter”; where a transmutation process is proposed. In the last Chapter; “Health, Wealth and Stealth” the long term implications of a current world reality are looked at. These are the words that belong to everyone and must be in everyone’s interest! I liked the book because of its weighty transformative power. There is no denying, that if the private exercises at the end of each chapter are followed up there will be a greater awareness and higher consciousness for the reader. The book is a combination of philosophy and reality, spirituality and practicality, offering a sensible and inspirational approach for personal happiness. It is a book that needs to be read with an open mind, some ideas will certainly surprise you, such as the simplicity of abundance! I recommend that you read The Original Gift.
  • Bartholomew on Nov. 30, 2015

    A fabulous read
  • Twists and Turns. The Life and Times of a Nurse 1935-2015 on Dec. 07, 2015

    TWISTS AND TURNS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A NURSE 1935-2015 Laurie Maddison, 2015 Laurie Maddison is a remarkable woman. This is not an accolade lightly conferred. With the benefit of bundles of letters kept by her mother, the author lays bare the many joys and dramas of her life. Highly entertaining moments are set against those of great poignancy and injustices, making this book one to laugh and weep over. Underpinning this collection of letters are the strong personalities of two fiercely independent women bringing psychologically fascinating layers to the book. A cast of eccentric family characters creates some delightful reading over the early years, as do recollections of a childhood spent in colonial Malaya. But with absent parents, the experience of boarding school back in England is at times heartrending, especially when pleas for removal fall on deaf ears. On leaving school, the author’s choice to enter the well-respected English nursing profession was to be a life-changing one: it was this career move with its ‘Twists and Turns’ that largely occupies the rest of the book. Upon graduation and work as a district nurse in England, there follows a bumpy marriage which was only to survive on condition of emigration to Western Australia, the latter having the source of happier times spent with Mother in Perth while Father was incarcerated by the Japanese in Malaya during World War Two. Combining parenthood and loss with a demanding career, life progresses into one of greater experience and responsibility from work undertaken at two of Perth’s major teaching hospitals, Sir Charles Gardner and Royal Perth, and as a community nurse. Over these years, interactions with friends, colleagues, patients and beloved family pets, enliven the text and reveal much about the person and the system within which she works. In this respect, the book is instructive on the major changes in nursing care and medicine in the intervening decades, not always for the best. But it was the author’s move into mental health nursing that brought a number of dramatic changes to her career and personal life. Revealed at this point is a woman of immense courage and determination not to be cowed by the system, driven by high principles and moral values. The reader cannot fail to be moved by the course of events that unfold and eventually lead to resignation ... at first literally and brutally, and later, figuratively speaking, as a remarkable career is reflected upon. Twists and Turns is a must-read for all nursing aspirants, indeed for the entire medical profession at hands-on, administrative and policy-making levels, as well for those who have lived through the decades of change. But also, it is a must-read for the general reader, as a book of great humour, pathos and humanity. Jeanette Conacher November, 2015