Grace, the great granddaughter of Grace Pemberton is devastated when her husband Joe enlists in World War 11 along with other young men in the family. How proud would the grand matriarch be of the fighting spirit of Michael, Rebecca’s son who joined the RAAF and fought in the Battle of Britain along side Jeremy, his younger cousin. James and Luke join the navy and served for the duration of the war.
Tragically Steve, brother of younger Grace is killed at Tobruk, saving Joe’s life. The fighting of our Australian soldiers transfers to New Guinea and Joe finds himself on the Kokoda Track where his mates are being killed or taken sick with the various diseases rife in the area. Joe succumbs to malaria and has to be lifted out of this dangerous position. He doesn’t want to return to the fighting having already been injured seriously in the African campaign and now again in New Guinea. What does he do for the duration of the war?
Great celebrations in Sydney and all around Australia erupt when finally the war is over. What will these young men do with the rest of their lives? What have the women been doing whilst their loved ones were away? Who finds love with a former lover from his past?
How life changes after the war and our characters rejoice in the new world. Grace is able to return to her chosen field of architecture. Laura and her husband John return from giving service as doctors at Rocky Creek hospital on the Tablelands in Queensland. A double wedding is planned and life moves on from the tumultuous years of the war.
Since 2020 dawned it has been a very trying and difficult time for most people as we have all grappled with the far-reaching implications arising from the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The author has penned a colourful collection of his experiences, drawing on many years of raising a family and participating in his communities, and working life in senior management positions while also travelling the world. The time has come for us to lighten up and seek the freedom and joy that is derived from just having a good laugh. It’s always less dangerous and a lot more fun if it’s at someone else’s expense.
This book contains a rich and colourful collection of the author’s humour, funny stories, some sad and thoughtful moments, quotes, anecdotes, stuff-ups and tonnes of personal gaffes. One thing is for sure, life has never been dull. There is only one practical panacea for what ails the world right now and that’s laughter. Always the best medicine.
This book aims to challenge the reader to reflect upon their very personal journey toward Eternity. The premise is that, whether we make a definite decision now or later in life, if time allows, each of us has to make that decision, whether we wish to or not. There is no avoiding our final appointment with destiny. Each must face it.
As the author now reaches his retirement years, time is slipping by with ever-increasing rapidity. He is regularly challenged to think about his own mortality, what constitutes a good life and finishing well and what it means to leave a personal legacy. Taking this and many other aspects of life into account, readers are challenged to determine how they wish to be remembered. What constitutes leaving a personal legacy.
Drawing on a lifetime of many of the author’s rich and colourful experiences arising from many years in senior management positions and travelling the world, the reader is taken on a journey of prose, humour and thought-provoking content, covering many subjects such as the redeeming power of forgiveness and how life-changing it can be simply to let things go. Other subjects such as the value of bucket lists and living one’s life with purposeful intent are examined in detail.
The author’s conservative Christian views on life, and very firm commentary on current political developments and contemporary issues are also mixed in, with lots of humour and thought-provoking quotes.
Shakespeare penned in a Winter’s Tale the idea of sailing to “unpathed waters” and “toward undreamed shores.” This concept forms the underlying backdrop as readers consider sailing through their life to their final Eternal destination.
The personal diary of George Martin Farrow’s World War I experiences survived to become a treasured possession of his wife and two daughters. It is now held in the War Memorial, Canberra. Jan Worthington transcribed the diary and carried out further research with the help of George’s daughter Ruth Hill. Dorothy Gillespie, nee Farrow, contributed many of the photos. This is the story of a man who, despite his physical disabilities, worked tirelessly for the benefit of his fellow man, especially the disabled. He was a founder of the Limbless Soldier’s Association of New South Wales, the Legacy Club of Australia and was on the committee formed to arrange the building of the War Memorial at Hyde Park, Sydney. From 1924-1937 George was Chairman of the Commemorative Committee of the Anzac Memorial Trust. For two years he worked for the government as Chairman of the Commonwealth War Pensions Inquiry and mixed with Politicians, Premiers and Royalty. In 1934 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division), C.B.E.
After a career in various professional and senior management roles within a large international IT company and having enjoyed a life, thus far, full of rich personal experiences, crossing paths with some fascinating people, the author decided to publish a small collection of his own speeches, articles, incidental writings and other “blatherings” along the way. The intention of this book is to provide the reader with examples of the author’s humour, taking the form of a variety of speeches in many differing venues, to a wide selection of different audiences. Hopefully, the reader will enjoy a snicker or two. Also included are a number of speeches written by friends or relatives of the author, either about him personally or related to circumstances where he was working at the time. The most important aspect of speech making for the author is preparing a speech and putting in the effort, no matter how informal or short the item may be, to show a fundamental mark of respect to the audience, each and every time. Included in the content are a number of humorous quotations in keeping with the book’s general themes, one or two of the author’s song writing efforts, some poems and one or two stories for some additional colour.
Life Interrupted is an autobiographical story written by Zbigniew Frederick Korb. It is a good illustration of how outside forces, over which we have absolutely no control, shape our lives. The book describes his life when he was a 9 yr old boy during the Russian Revolution living on his Father’ property near the town of Bar in what is now Ukraine. At the end of First World War the family settled in newly independent Poland. He describes his years at school, then college in Warsaw, work as a teacher, further study and marriage. At the outbreak of the Second World War, when Poland was invaded by Germany from the west and Russia from the east, the family was caught on the Russian side of the border and were sent to Siberia. After two years there, when Hitler invaded Russia, Stalin allowed an army to form in the south. The family travelled south, where he enlisted and fought with the Polish army under the British command in Italy. His wife and small daughter were sent to a refugee camp. After the war, he was demobbed in England where he was joined by his wife and daughter who spent the war years in East Africa in a Polish refugee settlement. After four years in England the family decided to migrate to Australia. The book also includes the family histories of his wife’s parents.
Arthur McKenzie now lives at the War Vets in Narrabeen. He has been there for the last four years having lost the love of his life, Joy, to cancer six years ago. With the help of his daughter Sharon he found this haven for the over 55’s and hasn’t looked back since. Life took on a new hue. Busy in his workshop along aside his friend Keith he made himself useful again. His life changed once more after meeting Pam and their relationship enhanced both their lives. Being an author Pam suggested Arthur might like to tell his story for his friends and family especially his grandchildren and now great granddaughter. The country boy is certainly now a city boy but his love of country is never far from his mind. Returning to Wingham and the Bulga Plateau recently with Pam the memories of his childhood came flooding back to his time working on the dairy farms and riding his horse to school each day. We hope you enjoy reading his story and realise what a lovely man he is and that there is a lot to learn from his experiences.
“I must change today for tomorrow I will die.” (from Michael’s speech at his 21st birthday party 2002). These words reveal the awareness of a young man assessing his childhood and youth, and preparing for his adulthood. Leaving family and schoolfriends in Australia, within a year he was to be married in USA, returning only once to attend his father’s funeral in 2010. Caring for his wife, and in due course his two sons, Michael sought to learn and provide diligently to the best of his ability. Changing from his lifelong passion for computer work, he retrained as a Registered Nurse desiring to help people and “to make a difference”. Unfortunately depression reappeared in his life, resulting in family break-up and attempted suicide. Looking forward to happier times with a new love was not able to overcome the darkness, and Michael ended his life in 2018.
The History of Glenhaven Green. Looking for a special place for retirement living? Then the Village of Glenhaven Green will satisfy the above criteria to the full! Marking the tenth year anniversary in 2018, this book records the establishment and growth of a community of like-minded people in the leafy suburb of Glenhaven, with delightful views of bush and mountains. Provided by the vision and development of Anglicare (previously Anglican Retirement Villages), a variety of dwelling styles cater for seniors within a caring Christian environment. Read here about the construction, staff participation, residents’ own stories, plenty of photos depicting a wide range of activities and future concepts.
It is sixteen years since Pam wrote her autobiography From Ochre to Azure Blue, telling about the first part of her life. She began writing in a diary in 2006 after her mother became ill and given a feeding tube, in a nursing home. To balance her sadness, she began minding her eight-month-old granddaughter, Sofia who brought so much joy into her life. To compound her unhappiness, her husband Garnet died in 2007, followed by her mother six months later. Pam continued her diary, putting down her innermost thoughts and it became cathartic for her. Sofia was the light of her life at this sad time and so her story for the last 11 years is written in this book. We are introduced to her other four granddaughters along with new partners for her sons. She has now found happiness at the War Vets which she moved into nearly three years ago. Pam has been a prolific writer, having written 12 books in 20 years. Will this one be her last?