Thankyou to my parents who are always part of me, my family, friends, writers, illustrators and colleagues in Australia and around the world for a year of challenges and love. Some of my friends are facing great personal, emotional and health hurdles. I am in awe of their courage and I send my deepest love to them. Healing love.
To feel loved is to find spirituality;
to love others is to experience greatness;
to hurt is to prove humanness. (Buddhist teaching)
I feel loved, love others and I have hurt because I am human.
Thankyou for inviting me to speak at the World Burn Congress in New York on my YA novel ‘Butterflies’ reaching to those who face enormous challenges.
Thankyou to the world SCBWI community of children’s authors and illustrators who sent their love to the children of the Victorian bush fires through the Hope Cards.
Thankyou to all those organisations which are part of my life – The Sydney Children’s Writers & Illustrators Network at the Hughenden, NSW Writers Centre, SCBWI, the Storytellers Guild, Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People, Room to Read and many others.
Thankyou to The Hughenden with its commitment to heritage, the arts and a welcoming haven to so many.
Thankyou for the gift of life, family, friends, creativity and a belief in the ‘experience of wisdom as a way towards inner peace.’
Our journey of life is filled with conflicts, hardships, misunderstandings, loss, obstacles but also humour, comraderie, sharing, enquiring, searching and fulfillment.
LOVE TO YOU ALL.