Waltzing the Magpies
A Year in Australia
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Title Page, Copyright
Seven years ago I took a sabbatical year at half pay, and Vicki, the three children, and I lived for twelve months in Western Australia. When we returned to Connecticut...
I spent much of July and June smoothing our arrival in Western Australia. For Immigration I filed a cabinet of forms. Through the University of Western Australia...
I have talked for many suppers. I have talked for tuition, roofing, automobile parts, and home repairs. Twice corporations paid me four thousand dollars for motivational...
The realtor who managed the apartment on Cooper Street limited our stay to a fortnight. "The day you leave," she said, "someone else is moving in." Ten days after we left...
Once I was comfortable in the house, I read Patrick White's novel The Eye of the Storm. White's intellectual stew is thick, and I can manage only one of his books a year...
We have been in Perth for twenty-four days and have begun to settle. In the morning I feed the staghorn fern attached to the fence in the back yard. While the body of the...
In July Edward wrote from Queensland. "We have to visit Exmouth," he urged. "For 160 miles Ningaloo Reef runs along the North West Cape. Tourist brochures...
In Connecticut spring begins in April. The school year wilts, and as days lengthen into flower, purpose sifts away. I slip the shackles of duty and wander field...
Voluna Hardaker studied librarianship at David Lipscomb College in Nashville for a year. As a result when the new library opened at Cross Keys...
"An empty chapel," Alexander Smith wrote, "is impressive; a crowded one, comparatively a commonplace affair." A fortnight ago I found Smith's collection...
The last week in November school ended, and summer vacation began. In the United States Edward would have spent summer in Maine working at a boys' camp. Eliza...
I didn't want to return from the Porongurups. On a trip days fold anonymously into each another, and calendar vanishes. In Perth the temperature rose into the nineties...
"What is the most martial day of the year?" Nigel asked, adding, "the day that urges people to press ahead." "What?" I said. "March fourth," Nigel answered, right...
Along with hot summer January brought a second blooming to Mosman Park. Plumbago hung from walls thick as macrame. Flowers on the lemon tree sweetened...
Man about the House
The last day in January Vicki left Perth for Hartford and weeks of cleaning her mother's house in New Jersey. The trip was long, over forty-six hours. Vicki's ordeal dropped...
For the first hundred years of his life, Methuselah, Boeotian story relates, slept on the ground, sand for a blanket and a rock for a pillow. At dawn on the first day of Methuselah's...
Vicki spent seventy-three days in the United States, most of the time in New Jersey cleaning her mother's house. Getting rid of possessions was hard, and she...
All the Fun
After enumerating the problems of middle age-difficulties with wife, children, and job; an aging house and prostate, the one losing shingles, dry rot undermining...
"Daddy," Eliza said, on my declining to accompany her to the movie Moulin Rouge, "you are prissy." "Very prissy," Vicki added, going out the door. I am not prissy...
Yesterday a reporter from the Sunday Times interviewed me at the university. Before returning home I walked to the bookstore and picked up five boxes into which...
Affection for a Machine
In a letter to C. F., a neighbor in Storrs, I lamented that institutions rarely rewarded loyalty or affection. "When I was twelve," C. F. responded, "I spent days on a Ford...
On the Way
In Western countries people solve problems. They set goals and climb ladders. At day's end, however, life seems out of joint. Achievement loses significance...
At 7:15 in the morning on July 9, Paul picked us up at the Mirambeena. Paul worked for World Expeditions. For eight days he would guide us, the last two days...
On our return from Kakadu we checked back into the Mirambeen a, room 48, the twin of 50. The next morning rain fell in shutters. I didn't have a raincoat...
We stopped in Sydney because of Eliza. Seven years ago we visited, and I knew the city well. The prospect oflugging bags to and from a hotel sapped my enthusiasm...
In May I spent two evenings studying the "Qantas Holiday Guide to Fiji." I wanted to spend a week marooned on an island. Because Vicki is conservative with money...
We left Fiji at 11:30 at night on August 5. I am not a comfortable flyer, and to calm my nerves, I spent the morning snorkeling beyond North Beach. Because Eliza was scuba diving and Vicki kayaking, I snorkeled alone...
Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 707924289
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