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- The Most Destructive Force to Mankind
There are many natural forces that could destroy mankind. Some of them could cause complete or almost complete destruction. These might be:
- a huge asteroid colliding with the planet;
- a world-wide super virus that has no antidote;
- a build-up of core pressures in the earth, causing enormous volcanoes, earthquakes and super weather events all around the world.
However, these scenarios are not likely, at least in the reasonably foreseeable future.
The most likely force that could, and probably will, cause major destruction to mankind is mankind itself. Indeed, it has already been going on for at least hundreds, if not thousands of years.
We have interfered so much with the earth that it is heading to a point where it will be beyond recovery. Over-population, over-use of non-renewable resources, wars and economic competition, the destruction and/or contamination of food producing land and water resources and other destructive practices, mean our world will one day be unable to sustain us.
Mankind is its own worst enemy, and I can understand why authors write, and readers and audiences devour, books and movies about the destruction of our earth. One day, unless we change our ways right now, it is very likely that Armageddon - or the end of the world as we know it - will indeed be upon us.
- Fiction or Nonfiction
I am both a reader and a writer...
How I answer that question depends from which perspective I am looking at it. If I take it from being a reader, then my answer will be ‘mostly fiction’. I like to read for relaxation most of the time, and a fast-paced crime thriller does it for me, if it is well written.
However, I do like to read non-fiction as well. It is usually memoir or auto/biography, because I am interested in people. Not in celebrities – no, I am not a celebrity lover at all, and have no time for them. I like stories of ordinary people living ordinary, or not-so-ordinary lives, or whose tales bring to life another time and place. Sometimes, I need to do research for my own writing, which gives me another reason to read non-fiction. And I like to read a certain number of blogs too.
I write short stories and novels, but I also write memoir and biography. So, if I look at the question from the perspective of a writer, I will say, ‘both fiction and non-fiction’. Both types of writing have a place, though they often overlap (I’m thinking of some of those celebrity bios out there). When I was younger, fiction predominated in the marketplace. However, nowadays, I see that there are a great many non-fiction books out there. It is even easier these days to get a non-fiction book, article, etc published than it is to get fiction published.
So, overall, it is not ‘fiction OR non-fiction’, it is ‘both of them’.
- Why move to the city?
I will never move to ANY city! I am a country girl, and would hate to live in the city anywhere. Why would I when I have everything I need and want around me (except for my kids, who are married and living elsewhere)?
I hate lots of traffic, though I can drive comfortable in it when I need to; I dislike the hustle and bustle of the city, and prefer the quieter life of a country village.
- My First Album
My first music ‘album’ was actually an audio cassette tape, and the purchase coincided with my first ever visit to a shopping centre complex. It was at Warrawong, near Wollongong (non-Aussies will love those names), and I was visiting my parents and siblings at the time. I was amazed at the size of the building and the shops that were there. I think it was in either K Mart or Big W.
I loved Nana’s beautiful voice, as well as many of the songs that she sang. I didn’t remember which album it was until I searched for the cover on the internet. Once I saw that, I knew for sure it was "An Evening with Nana Mouskouri". I found that it was released in 1976, so it would have been when my fourth son was a baby and we were living in a one-teacher school residence at Frogmore, out in the central west of NSW.
I still have most of the tapes (14) that I bought during the 1970s and ‘80s but unfortunately not that one.
- The Importance of Siblings
I have always been glad that I have siblings. There are five of us - boy, girl, girl, girl, boy. I am the girl in the middle. At least I used to be a girl - the oldest four of us are now in our sixties, with our little brother dragging the chain eight years behind my younger sister.
My older brother and I are the only ones who have stretched our wings away from the family, but we both know how important family is. I am actually going to visit all of them, and our almost 90-year-old father tomorrow. I wish I could see them more often, but they live four hours' drive away, and life tends to often get in the way.
I pity those children who grow up as an only child. I think they really miss out on such a lot the a larger family provides. Only children are much more likely to be selfish, having not had to share. I hope my siblings and I are around for many years yet, to share our life experiences and our love.