About

I’m Jonathan Shaw, living a quiet life in Marrickville, Sydney, with my partner, known here as The Art Student, and our dog.

My earlier blog started out chronicling life with my mother in law Mollie who has dementia. I called it Family Life. [It was on Apple’s iDisk, which went out of existence in mid 2011. I’ve migrated it with some success to my DropBox, though I still can’t work out how to make it searchable.] Mollie’s dementia worsened. She moved out, and the blog moved on.

After exactly six years using iBlog, an excellent application that has been discontinued, I decided to start over. So here we are, Family Life anagrammatised and transplanted.

Make yourself at home. Read, comment, come again.

You can mail me at jonathan (a)shawryan dot id dotau

 

12 responses to “About

  1. Hmmm…living with a family member with some ailment is very challenging, but sometimes this also acts like the centre of attraction that glues all family members together. People are forced to come closer with their love and support…I have something similar to share. Will write about it soon.

  2. Love the blog. I’ve just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
    http://englishmaninberlin.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  3. Ah, Jonathan, why are your comment closed on Cold light? I just want to say that I’ve just written my review and have been poking around now to see others and I read yours. And I say to – I don’t think I’ve ever been so bored in a book that I still wanted to keep reading – Yes, Yes, Yes. I like your review, because it is close to mine, but yours is better!

    • Hi Whispering. I had my blog configured to close comments after six months. This must be WordPress’s default setting. I’ve now changed it, since WordPress’s spam catcher is very effective, and I don’t (touch wood) have to worry about spam accumulating in older posts. I disagree with you: your review is much better than mine. But I can certainly tell we read the same book!

  4. I will go post my comment over there so future readers can see we agree!

  5. I like both your comments on Tóibín’s ‘The Testament of Mary’ and the way you’ve phrased them. I, too, was left with a feeling of an underdeveloped idea and nothing really original to say. I also found Tóibín’s prose sluggishly meandering with too many awkwardly structured sentences.

    I’m glad I’ve found (and bookmarked) your blog.

  6. Thanks for commenting, Jeremy, and welcome. Generally I love Colm Tóibín’s work, and I thought maybe there was something wrong with me that I was so unimpressed by that one – especially as the general consensus seems to be that it’s wonderful. So it’s good know there’s at least one other person who read the same book I did.

  7. Your comments were off on the review of Lily Brett’s Only in New York. I wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. I loved the way Inga Clendinnen expressed the difference between a novelist and memoirist. I think I might go for a walk with Lily this Christmas.

    • Thanks, Karen. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and hope you enjoy the book. I’ve turned comments back on –  there must have been a glitch with WordPress’s new, improved interface.

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