Here are my answers to Week 25 questions.
I love fox-terriers, poodles and labra-doodles, huskies and a little Shih Tzu by the name of Mufti, who appears on my blog in pictures and stories. Dogs have always been part of my life, although for the last three years mostly a soft toy variety. My favourite is Softy Noo; I wrote about him in a tumbling verse (it’s somewhere on my blog, too). Here’s his photo.
Even if you gave me a million dollars, I’d never go scuba diving! I’m just plain scared of sea creatures, those that can harm you.
Two very important things happened in my life last week:
On Wednesday 18 June, I submitted my very first manuscript to the publishers: a collection of poems and photos. It took me two months to select, edit and collate the poems and photos for submission. It was a steep learning curve. I wonder how long it will take for the book to be published.
And on Friday, my husband and I celebrated the 50th anniversary of our arrival in Sydney, Australia in the company of our dear friends who made it possible for us to migrate by being the guarantors and welcoming us with open arms. We have never looked back. The four of us had a lovely time together in a restaurant by the sea at Balmoral, remembering the good old times of our youth and very grateful to be living in this beautiful country.
Here I am with Vera, my dear friend, I went to school with back in Zagreb. She was 80 this year in May, and I’ll be 80 next March. How good is that? To have a good friend by your side all those years. Vera Sydney is now actively involved in Courage to Care, a travelling exhibition using Holocaust survival stories to promote tolerance and the courage to stand up against the bully.
Using Holocaust survivors’ stories as an example, Courage to Care empowers its participants to take positive action in relation to discrimination and bullying in all forms, from the schoolyard to the workplace and beyond – not to be bystanders, to make a difference whenever possible
Good on you, Vera!
Vera’s story can be found on Google in the Story of Vera Neufeld and the Escape of 220 Jewish Refugees from North Italy during World War 2.
Beginning in NSW in 1999, Courage to Care has staged over 32 exhibitions mainly in regional galleries and museums throughout NSW and beyond, as well as larger venues including the National Archives of Australia in Canberra and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Our lovely husbands talking sport. They deserve to appear in a big photo because they’ve both achieved a lot and their contribution to their new homeland is quite impressive. They can both be found on Google – Aleksandar Sasha Dimitric and Nino Sydney, the type of migrants Australia appreciates, and Vera and I are very proud of our husbands. 🙂
And beautiful Balmoral Beach definitely deserves a large photo.
Not many people know that I can still touch my toes!
I’m looking forward to having a haircut!
I believe I’ve answered all the questions.
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