A New Hat for Ivy … or any 4yo Chemo Kid

Ivy came to our house one day while she was undergoing chemo ahead of a bone marrow transplant for Leukemia. She had bald patches. She was bloated. She had the chemo plugs hanging out of her back. She had shingles. Her medicine made her feel sick. She was 4 years old.

I’m a writer. My daughter is an artist. You’ll find the book we made for Ivy (who is now a wonderful young woman) to DOWNLOAD FREE so you can read it, print it or email it to another chemo kid: A New Hat for Ivy compressed

Or just read it out loud from the pages below.

 

How to Get Off an Annoying email list … Fool Proof. Guaranteed.

This is an edited extract from an article I wrote in 2004 for the Herald Sun titled ‘Why is everyone so angry all the time?’ It still seems relevent today. But the best bit is:

“Why are there so many angry people? The first reason is stress. Modern life (including wars and pandemics) is demanding what with the bills, the job, the traffic, the blood pressure pills and rushing around. Then there are the bureaucracies. Large companies today don’t listen, don’t care. You get fobbed off with recorded messages. You line up to fill your own petrol tank and then line up to pay. You can’t even get off a mailing list. This apology was printed recently in Harvard Magazine. ‘We have learned that the obituary of Erik Humphrey Gordon ’95, which appeared in the July-August ‘01 issue, was based on false information provided by the subject himself in an effort to get off Harvard’s mailing list. Mr Gordon is alive and well in New York City. We apologise for the error.’  Bravo Mr Gordon. He got imodern life namely that you have to stage your own death just to get off a bloody annoying email list!!!!!

Everyone-Has-A-Say Science for those who believe, like, anything!

I wrote this article in 2005. In view of the Anit-Vax movement it seems more relevant now than ever. 

Good evening parents and welcome to this Information Night about our exciting new subject Everyone-Has-A-Say Science. In this Year 7 program we don’t just respect individual beliefs; we embrace them.

And here are the fascinating topics your children will study this year:

Matter: Matter is made up of small particles called atoms. Atoms can combine to form big molecules like DNA and big crystals, which have mystical powers. Crystals bestow good fortune and can, obviously, help with homework.

Light: Light is a form of energy. Each colour of light has a different wavelength. A crystal with magical powers can split white light into different colours to form a rainbow. A rainbow is a sign of good luck or that it’s been raining. People’s heads can also split light into different colours. This is an aura. An aura is a person’s energy field. Red is for anger; while the flashing red aura means ‘Warning: I’m about to explode’.

Full Article: New Loony Science

The SPLONK Book! ….. For 4-6 year olds in Sydney. It’s free.

When Melbourne was in the long LOCKDOWN last year there were reports that some 4-year-olds were stressed. So I made this funny little ebook called SOME THINGS GO SPLONK! to help 4 – 6 year-olds in crazy times.

It’s free.

Here is Some Things Go Splonk by Kerry Cue-compressed as a pdf file. Or you can look at each page one at a time below.

An Advent Calendar as Crazy as the Year 2020

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My LOCKDOWN Life in 10 Movie Quotes

Yep! This is how exciting my life is at the moment.

The movie quotes follow the cartoons.

 My Lockdown Life in 10 Movie Quotes

1. ”I love the smell of napalm in the morning”

Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall),  Apocalypse Now (1979). He added ‘It smells like victory.’ Sounds relevant.

2. “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Rick Blaine, Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942).

3. “I’ll be back”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, which was made famous in the 1984 science fiction film The Terminator, cyborg assassin.

4. “Go ahead, make my day”

Clint Eastwood as “Dirty” Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact, 1983.

5. “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!”

The Wicked Witch of the West to Dorothy and her dog Toto in The Wizard of Oz, 1939.

6. ‘Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.’

Teacher John Keating, played by Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society, 1989. 

7. ‘Shaken, not stirred’

James Bond played by Sean Connery, Goldfinger,1964.

8. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Don Corleone played by Marlon Brando, The Godfather, 1972.

9. ‘Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’

Ilsa Lund played by Ingrid Bergman to the piano player, Casablanca, 1942. Humphrey Bogart played nightclub owner, Rick Blaine.

10. ‘Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.’

Elle Woods played by  Reese Witherspoon, LEGALLY BLONDE,2001