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Let’s talk. And as the walrus says, about everything and anything as our fancy takes us—style for every day, the art and satisfaction of running a comfortable and welcoming home, the joy and work of entertaining at home, politics from a centre-right perspective…

…and even about what I do for a living: writing & rewriting, editing & proofreading technical documents, website text, promotional materials, novels and memoirs. In short, when getting the words right matters, Editor’s Ink is there to help.

“ ‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax―
Of cabbages—and kings―
And why the sea is boiling hot―
And whether pigs have wings.’ ”
The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

My playhouse in the hedge

My First House The girl is the woman. When I was a girl, I created a playhouse in the hedge; when I was a woman, I created a home in the city. The hedge was mostly maples, with a sprinkling of willows and poplars; the city neighbourhood is filled with mature trees,...

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The perennial book – the Bible

A book offer popped up on my email the other day. Nothing newsworthy about that, you say, as book offers appear daily, weekly, monthly in inboxes, especially those of readers of books and book reviews. But this one was offering an ancient book presented in a new and...

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Exhausting the possible

Do not, O my soul, aspire to immortal life, but exhaust what is possible. Pindar, Pythian Ode 3 (used as the introduction by Paul Valéry to his poem The cemetery by the sea)* In these days of riot & unreason with each hour bringing more of each splashed across social...

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An empty chair at the cultural banquet

I came late to the table of Clive James’ banquet of cultural insights, reading a review of his Cultural Amnesia in the summer of 2019 and then feasting on the book in early fall. It is indeed laden with rich food for thought, beginning with “Anna Akhmatova”, who James...

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