Author Archives: rpsimson1936

About rpsimson1936

Retired geography and outdoor education teacher who loves orienteering and writes novels.

Snubbing The Cross

From my bed looking straight out the window is a metal cross about eight metres away. It is the supporting end of my clothesline and stands there beckoning me to a Christian version of the afterlife. I am not being … Continue reading

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Am I the Universe?

Today I ask myself am I my universe, am I all that is? I know this sounds absurd, but everything that is happening to me makes me feel this way. There are all the coincidences in my favour, all the … Continue reading

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The Isolated Tree

  Early morning on 4 Jan 2018 I listened to a podcast about the soul and sound of trees. It was an interview of the ABC’ Richard Fidler with bio-scientist, David George Haskell, who has written about his investigations into … Continue reading

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Into the Sunset — thoughts on dying

On Dying I’d paid a social visit to friends, Les & Ursula, who live two doors down in Brookland Village and updated them on my health situation. Les has dementia, not too serious yet but progressing. He is quite sharp … Continue reading

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Rainy Nights

As a young boy during WWII I slept on a veranda room under the galvanised iron roof of my grandparent’s home in Hawthorne. When it rained, the sound of the drumming of raindrops on the roof would waken me up … Continue reading

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Cancer Pain

It is three months since a bone scan showed I have serious bone cancer — the pelvic bones, the right and left femur, the shoulders, the ribs and down the spine. Devastating! The medical oncologist tried me on a new … Continue reading

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Eating Nectarines as a child

  The sweet smell of ripening fruit, the first taste, tangy on the tongue, the joy of the second bite the juice running down my chin. Each mouthful delicious, delectable, an early summer pleasure, Crop it down to the seed … Continue reading

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