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A Bathroom Encounter

NyKaren J Mossman This is another old one I came across on the blogger website I used to have. There I was 9.15 am on a Sunday morning coming out of my bedroom at exactly the same time as my 23-year-old son. We were both heading for the same place. I'm only going to wash… Continue reading A Bathroom Encounter


Living on an Island

Karen J Mossman lives on an island in the UK. Anglesey is just off the north Wales coast. She spent all of her life living in a big city where it was always full of traffic. Moving to an island meant she not only lived in the countryside but also near many beaches. Life became… Continue reading Living on an Island

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Other People’s Children

Growing up, I saw a lot of my Auntie Mavis and Uncle Pat. They lived in the Welsh border town of Oswestry, and we lived in the big city of Manchester. Mavis is my mother’s sister and always lived close to her parents, so as children, we made the seventy-plus mile journey regularly to visit… Continue reading Other People’s Children

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What’s in a Name?

“Why was I called Karen?” I asked my dad one day. He told me it was Danish for Kathleen, the name of my mum. When I looked it up, it was very loosely based on it along with several other names. As the years went by, I noticed there were no songs declaring their love for… Continue reading What’s in a Name?


Creepy Things

by Karen J Mossman I'm not a fan of horror or paranormal. I get spooked easily and have a very active imagination. As a teenager I would be plagued by nightmares for weeks. As I grew up I knew to stay away from anything like that. Recently, I was watching Gogglebox, a TV programme that… Continue reading Creepy Things

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Christmas Time

The other day a blog post caughte my eye. It was about Christmas past, present and the furture. When I was a child we celebrated our Christmas as a big family. Stockings were hung at the end of the bed and in the morning there would be an apple, orange, a little toy and some… Continue reading Christmas Time

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Churches and Ouija Boards

Dad was a religious man and enjoyed going to church, he also loved the social aspect of it. As a family we went to church every Sunday. It was like an extended family, a community that we fitted into and enjoyed the company of. In the church hall we went to barn dances, attended shows,… Continue reading Churches and Ouija Boards

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Train Journeys

One day while at a level crossing, the barrier came down to say there was a train coming. For one moment I felt the rising excitement I had as a child. Dad used to let us get out of the car and stand by the gates to wait for the train. The mounting anticipation as… Continue reading Train Journeys

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Hidden Stories in Family trees

At the end of the nineties I researched my family tree and being the curious type, I ended up doing four, my parents and my husband’s parents. Each one totally fascinating and each had curious tales to tell. My father was very dark skinned. Out of us four children, only one of us has the… Continue reading Hidden Stories in Family trees

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My Sister Far Away

The Magic of Stories is packed with tales divided into different genres. So there should a story for everybody. It wasn’t until I was putting the book together I realised all the poetry I’d included were simply stories in rhyme. In 1988, one of my sisters enlisted on an experimental cultural exchange programme sponsored by… Continue reading My Sister Far Away