Work is so much better since I 'gave myself a good talking to ' (as Barbara from Barbara's Bleeuugh put it.) There was also an adjustment made as to who I have to deal with on a daily basis, which has made the whole scene so much more pleasant. In the interests of privacy and discretion, unfortunately I cannot give you all the juicy details. Suffice to say, I now pretty much enjoy my days at the pre-school (although of course I would far sooner be at home writing ... and my daily instinct to flee is still a mighty strong one.)
Last night ten women poets from Dunedin gave a reading to celebrate one of NZ's most famous writers - the late Janet Frame. August 28th was her birthday. I was one of the readers. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time listening to all of the other readers - each with their own distinct voice and style. As I said to someone afterwards, what a rich vein of poetry we have in our little city. May it continue to be mined.
There was also a lunar eclipse last night. The sky was cloudy, but ABM was excited to see what he could when the ragged clouds parted. (See photo above.) I ventured out at one point to have a look. It was an extremely chilly night, so I didn't stay out for long. Still, a red moon only comes along once in a blue moon.