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All Photos by DW Chambers
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. . . leads to perfect day.

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Friday 13 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.

The Sunrise as a Health Supplement

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Saturday 14 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.
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Sunday 15 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.
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Monday 16 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.
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Tuesday 17 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.
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Wednessday 18 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.
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Thusday 19 Nov 2020. All Photos by DW Chambers.


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Photo by DWC

“We’ll be safe under this Callistemon.”

By the way, I’m thinking of having this photo made into a Aussie Christmas card. Any thoughts???


AND ANNOUNCING A NEW PRISM & PEN MASTER CLASS

18 JANUARY 2021 * FREE * WORK-AT-YOUR-OWN-PACE

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Admittedly no gay PI would be caught dead wearing a fedora these days, but, hey, let’s not quibble about stereotypes! Photo by Craig Whitehead-ibekri on Unsplash

In mid-January 2021, if interest is great enough, Prism & Pen will publish a short series of free (and we really mean free, zero strings attached, no future webinars being pitched, no sales-pitchy emails lobbed at you — James Finn) workshops on lgbtq mystery writing. These are likely to be of interest to both readers and would-be writers of the genre. If you would like to participate (even passively) in this study group, please respond in the comment section below or email me at nine_bear@yahoo.com. It will be useful for participants to read in preparation a gay crime novel or two or three. …


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Photo by DWC.

That spider is sure a messy housekeeper!

P. S. This is what happens if you keep taking those contemplative nature walks that Dennett suggests. ;-)


tragicomedy in 1 act

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Photo by Matus Karahuta on Unsplash

By Wade Chambers
With deepest apologies to Samuel Beckett

This short play, although a direct and deliberate imitation of the style of Samuel Beckett, is not so much an effort to parody that important artist, as an attempt to comment on some of the cultural detritus of the Trump years. In particular, I am thinking of the ennui and despair to which so many of us succumbed on almost every front.

The 45th president’s greatest failure was surely his cowardly bid to wait out the natural course of the virus which would kill hundreds of thousands of human beings in the US alone, while countries like Australia and New Zealand succeeded in bringing their new case numbers down from around 700 per day to an average approaching zero in less than 3 months. …


sculpture garden/art gallery/cafe/accommodation

For seven months we have mourned the temporary Covid closure of our very favorite lunch place: the Qdos Sculpture Park in Lorne, just a 20-minute drive down the coast from Aireys Inlet where we live. Yesterday we reclaimed our corner window table for a light lunch followed by a quick walk through the gallery and then a pleasant longer walk to view the sculptures currently on view in the park. I was tempted to show you a pic of the dark yellow yolk of my scrumptious poached egg on fresh baked sour dough toast, but it seemed just a little too facebooky for Medium. …


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White Ti Tree coming into blossom. Photo by DWC.

Today’s Early Mosey Round the Garden

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Step out the door. Look right. Three wretches waiting to pounce on the roses. Eastern Grey. Photo by DWC.
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Peace. Photo by DWC.
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Look Up. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos perched on the gutters. Photo by DWC.
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Origami. Photo by DWC.
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Pelargonium by the Tool Shed. Photo by DWC.
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Ebb Tide in a pot. Photo by DWC.
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Yellow callistemon and yellow lavender. Photo by DWC.
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Sometimes when the main plant dies, the lovely Rugosa (root stock) takes over.. Photo by DWC.


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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC

Coastal Garden Down-Under

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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Taken from inside the compound where my roses are protected from Wallabies and Kangaroos. Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Damaged by Last Night’s Wind and Rain Storm. Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC
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Aireys Inlet, Australia, Oct. 28, 2020. Photo by DWC

Here are some previous Down-Under flower garden reports:

The Dandenongs are a small range of mountains on the edge of Melbourne where we stay in a favorite B&B each Spring. This year due to the Pandemic Lockdown, we were unable to go, but above are some memories of previous years.


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A full house at the Santa Fe Opera. Official publicity photo.

a gentle night at the opera

Note: As many readers will know, Santa Fe NM is a delightful travel destination. In order to appreciate the beauty of its distinctive natural setting, you will only need 4 minutes to scroll through the text and photos below. If you are an opera fan, then you may also wish to sample the video extracts of arias that have been performed in Santa Fe.

This story recalls several memorable evenings at the Santa Fe Opera enjoyed with friends and family. Implicit in the narrative is a construct of values relating culture and nature: observing an inspired built environment within an invigorating natural landscape, while celebrating a form of high culture practiced here within the embrace of the natural world. …

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