Category Archives: stories

Pip’s call to action

Stephanie Black has posted a long and thoughtful comment to How to change the world. I have learned some of the answers to her questions from Pip Lipkin, who is the hero of my novel, Ascending Spiral. Here is how … Continue reading

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Tension

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds The water is so cold! Liquid ice flows into Heather’s mouth, into her lungs as she gasps from the shock of immersion in freezing fire. Her head is within the black depths, and a terrible … Continue reading

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Pay it Forward, by Skye Taylor

Other stories Lucas Trevlyn clung to the wrong side of the railing, looking down at the passing traffic more than forty feet below, trying to find the courage and conviction that had brought him to this place. His heart pounded … Continue reading

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Propping Up Virtue

My No. 8 speech to Lilydale Toastmasters Madam Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a PROP. A clothes prop. It is as much an icon of Australia’s past as the outdoor dunny, and the travelling salesman. Before the invention of … Continue reading

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Deer don’t have headlights

Edsel Murphy was seven years old when his family migrated from Ireland to the USA. He became an engineer — indeed, a Professor of Engineering at MIT, the top engineering school in the world. He wrote a textbook on overengineering, … Continue reading

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A healing story: Aaron was a Hero!

Other stories When Aaron was two, he was taken from his mother and placed in foster care. This was because of her heroin addiction. Losing her child motivated her to get off the drug. In the process, she met and … Continue reading

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Armour-coating our kids

The Honourable Brian Goldstone, Minister of Education, adjusted the microphone to suit his six foot stature and started, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I owe my position to Danielle Coleman. She was my teacher in Year Nine. Until then, I hated school. … Continue reading

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Making friends with the opposition, by Tom Hope

Other stories Tom is a young man who currently lives in my community, Moora Moora, and is hoping to become a member. Reading this story will thoroughly introduce him to you. Diary, 2 Feb 2016 I am in Tasmania hitch-hiking. … Continue reading

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Defeating the Blood-red Dragon

Other stories Today is a day of joy: I have the Blood-red Dragon running scared. Oh, she’s not dead, but never again will she drive me to despair, poison my thoughts, sour my life. I have conquered her, after Maureen … Continue reading

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Peace for the Joker

I needed a summer job, so lied about my age, and was employed by Sims in their scrap metal reprocessing plant. It was a great experience for a boy. I had to melt lead and tin into ingots of solder. … Continue reading

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