Good Reading : March 2011
4 goodreading ı MARCH 2011 my say As with the rest of world I was saddened by the floods that gushed through Queensland. Iamabornand bred Brisbanite, and remember the '70s floods. My great-uncle owned a house right on the Brisbane River. It was unbelievable the heights the water reached then. My heart goes out to all who have been touched this time around. The stink of mud and water is ter rible and takes so long to wane. I imagine many gr readers were affected, if not personally, then through friends or relatives. On the book front, buildings such as the State Library of Queensland, which is relatively new, were damaged. But think of all the small community libraries that had to work so hard to save their books. And that's just one tiny piece of a big picture. Imagine all the small businesses that have had to survive without income. I expect there are many stories out there that you have. And of course it's not just in Queensland, but in many other states as well. On a happier note you'll be pleased to know that Baxter, super dog, is happily ensconced at Good Reading. He trots in each mor ning and does the rounds to say hello. And not just in our office but all the other offices as well. There is always a bit of cardboard to chew or a toy to rumble with before looking at me with pleasure and then sliding under my desk to put his head in the darkest place possible so as to snooze. Mid-mor ning, lunch and mid-after noon walks have avoided any unfortunate incidents, so far. I am amazed at how long a dog can sleep. When he first arrived I would poke him to make sure he was okay. He'd wake up, stretch his legs, and then go back to sleep. All the advice from books I read and websites I perused went out the window upon his ar rival. Keep the dog in a small space -- he has the run of the house and yard. Give them an area for night-time and leave them be -- the first couple of nights I slept on the sofa next to him. Now he sleeps on the floor next to my bed. I also discovered I was feeding him twice what he needed. Luckily he told me by tur ning up his nose at food. Walking is a challenge: he gets quite cranky at me when he wants to go left and I want to go right. But he trots along so happily when other dog walkers in the park ooh and aah at him. Nothing like a puppy to meet new people -- and new dogs. Among his favourite things are a roll in the grass and a dig in the sand. And he is a literary dog for sure. He's not so much a big reader yet, but he does like chewing the odd bookcase. He is teething (I didn't know dogs lost their baby teeth) and going through puberty as I write. Time to provide lots of chew toys and hide the fluffy cushions. All in all life is great. So what am I reading? Well you'll have o check out my postcard below. Remember o send your postcard of where you live r where your holidaying and tell us what ou're reading! We'll share them each month. Thanks to gr reader Ter ri, who was the first to send in her postcard from the bustling cosmopolitan city of Melbour ne. Good Reading Magazine g g 2a Booth Street Balmain NSW 2041 Hello gr readers! I’m holidaying at Harrington on the mid- north NSW coast. Our house looks over the mouth of the Manning River and we have enjoyed the most amazing sunsets with a glass of wine. I’m fnally reading Wuthering Heights, given as a gift to me over year ago. What do I think of it? Well, the language is making it a slow read, having sometimes to reread whole paragraphs to understand what has been said. It’s not exactly an uplifting read either. No-one is happy. Those were the days you could die of a broken heart. I always imagined that era as a romantic time but it was tough living.