Granddad

Granddad

Last Friday, January 18th, I became a grandfather. I was in Singapore. Austin Tan arrived in Melbourne. I heard the news. I saw the pics. I can’t wait to carry him, to kiss him, to smell him, like my dad carried me, and kissed me and smelled me when I was a baby. It’s...
A Tiring Year

A Tiring Year

These few days I have been sleeping earlier than I usually do and waking up later than I usually do. I am tired. It has been a demanding year for a number of reasons. First, the volume of work has risen considerably. We have had many more interesting manuscripts to...
The Lesson of the Getz

The Lesson of the Getz

I almost made a big mistake. I was about to sell our Malaysian 2004 Hyundai Getz for the money. I had already left the car at my mechanic’s and asked him to contact reliable used-car dealers to give me quotations. The first quotation was low. But it made us pause. The...