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July 22, 2011

Whence Comes This Joy?

Margaret Dunn's poem recommends that you should grasp joy whenever it presents itself.

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May 01, 2011

Cherish Our Weaknesses

...A neat white van arrived in my driveway – Picasso Painting and Decorating – the logo on the side was a large paintbrush tipped with red paint...

And a deal involving a trip to Disneyland was soon done with Mr Picasso the painter.

Margaret Dunn tells a deliciously entertaining tale.

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October 27, 2010

A Child In Dreams

Margaret Dunn of Western Australia tells of a child as yet unborn.

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October 11, 2009

Thoughts Inspired By Mr W Wordsworth

Margaret Dunn's imaginative poem suggests that sinister things are going on in those shopping mall food halls.

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August 30, 2009

The Perfect Lover

Mark is the ideal lover. But is he...? Could he be...? He seems too good to be true.

Margaret Dunn tells a perfect tale.

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July 09, 2009

Vistors From Another Time

Margaret Dunn "invited'' three famous people to her home - Marilyn Monroe, Jane Austen and Robert Burns.

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July 06, 2009

A Conversation With My Grandmother

Pauline Payne, in conversation with her grandmother, hears of tough Australian days that should never be forgotten.

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June 29, 2009

The Australian Affair

Richard Harris tells a love story which is idyllic and sad in equal parts.

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May 11, 2009

Evening Magic

...I watch seagulls dancing intricate steps at the waters edge, stirring up minute morsels for an evening meal...

Margaret Dunn conveys the magical delight of a summer's day walk.

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August 15, 2006

Would I Do It Again?

…Dancing is one of the most primitive forms of human art and expression. Watch how even the smallest children will move into dance as soon as the music starts….

Margaret Dunn has a great night of song and dance at the Scottish Ceilidh organised by the St Andrew Society in Perth, Western Australia.

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June 06, 2006

Raspberry Jam

"Busy in my kitchen making marmalade a few weeks ago, the hot spicy aroma of the oranges and lemons bubbling in the pan took me back to another kitchen, another world....''

Margaret Dunn tells of the tasty, unforgettable day when she helped her Aunty Nan to make raspberry jam.

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February 28, 2006

Hidden Treasure

… The little house was full of surprises. I kept finding small stacks of money tucked away in the strangest places. In an old biscuit tin, a fat little nest egg of notes was hiding beside some mouldy shortbread. ... Margaret Dunn discovers stashes of cash as she searches through her Mother’s house.

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January 17, 2006

The Great Painters

So when it came to choosing someone to decorate the house should it be the Greeks or the Irishman? Margaret Dunn, a lady of Scottish descent, faces a decision in her Australian home.

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December 06, 2005

Who Do You Think You Are?

Are you the kind of person you think you are? Margaret Dunn muses on the nature of “self’’.

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November 08, 2005

The Big Decision

“ An exciting prospect from this bleak winter of discontent - a new life in a sunny, spacious land…’’ Margaret Dunn tells of her decision to migrate to a country on the other side of the world.

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October 11, 2005

Return Of The Migrant

“As we neared the mainland of Orkney, a company of seals appeared alongside the boat, dipping and skimming through the water…’’ Margaret Dunn journeys from her home in Perth, Australia, for a holiday in her native land, Scotland.

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July 19, 2005

Hip Replacement Hop

Margaret Dunn writes a splendidly defiant poem about receiving a replacement hip. She recommends that it should be recited to a hip-hop rhythm, with gyrating hips and flamboyant arm gestures.

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June 28, 2005

A Remnant Of The Past

When the dark beady eyes of an old fox fur seemed to look at Margaret Dunn as she browsed in a charity shop, she was promptly carried away on an evocative trip down memory lane.

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May 31, 2005

A Secret Summons

Columnist Margaret Dunn, who is involved with a University of the Third Age writing group in Perth, Australia, has a challenge to the many writers who contibute to Open Writing.

She has begun a short story. Now she wants someone to write the ending.

Completed stories should be sent to peter@openwriting.com These will be forwarded to Margaret, and she will select the one she likes best. The completed story will then appear in Open Writing.

No prizes for the winner. This is just for fun.

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May 24, 2005

Gratitude Is The Chocolate Of The Soul

In this wonderfully uplifiting column, Margaret Dunn gives numerous reasons for being grateful for her life. Read it - and feel good about yourself and your day.

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March 01, 2005

Strangers In The Night

Margaret Dunn recounts a disturbing dream. She then suggests that some genius might invent a device to record dreams, so that we could play them back on our television screens. "My nightly adventures might present better entertainment than some of the poor concoctions that are showing there at the present time.''

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February 01, 2005

The Parking Game

Margaret Dunn does the parking pavane and experiences parking paranoia in a crowded city car par.

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January 25, 2005

Monsters In Suburbia

The little house was neat and compact. Near the river. Not too far from the centre of Perth. But there were huge Japanese Pepper trees in the garden. Margaret Dunn tells how the monsters of suburbia were finally vanquished.

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December 21, 2004

Magic Of The Movies

In this effervescent and nostalgic column Margaret Dunn conveys a lifetime's excitement and delight in going to the cinema.

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November 09, 2004

Yoga On Monday

We start to travel through the ways of ancient disciplines so right for modern times...'' Margaret Dunn presents a poem about a Monday night yoga class.

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October 22, 2004

Let's Go Shopping

There has always been a human need to congregate with or own kind, says Margaret Dunn. And these days more and more folk are enjoying social contact by congregating in shopping malls.

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September 17, 2004


In this good-humoured column Margaret Dunn confesses that she has been a procrastinator since her schooldays, when she would rush down the main street of her village as the school bell was ringing, trying to eat a piece of toast. Readers are advised not to procrastinate but to give themselves a treat by reading her column this very minute.

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September 06, 2004

The Invaders

His race had lived on the planet since time began with nothing to fear apart from natural predators whom they had learnt to avoid. Then had come the Oppressors.... What is his race? And who are the Oppressors? Read Margaret Dunn's splendidly crafted short story, and find out.

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August 26, 2004

Zoe's Letter

Margaret Dunn tells us of a letter that arrived at her home addressed to Zoe. But who is Zoe - and could she read it?

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August 12, 2004

Winter In Perth

This is the time of year in Western Australia when orchards and gardens yield their bounty. Margaret Dunn says "Visitors to my house have been bearing gifts from their overloaded trees - bags of lemons, grapefruit and oranges. My kitchen is like a small fruit market...''

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July 24, 2004

St Patrick's Day In W.A.

We are delighted to welcome a new columnist to Openwriting. Margaret Dunn lives in the fair city of Perth, Western Australia. (My favourite city. - Editor) Margaret will regularly be sending us words from Western Oz. Here she tells us about St Patrick's Day celebrations in the port town of Fremantle.

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