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My latest book, titled ‘ONLY IN SRI LANKA’, was published by Jojo Publishing in 2016. This story is based on my introduction to Sri Lankan life, its culture & customs, as experienced by my Singhalese daughter-in-law, my Australian son, and my three Aussie/Sri Lankan grandsons. It’s the story of village life, the time of the civil war and the tsunami. It’s the story of coming to terms with losing my family to another culture and another country.

You can buy the book at https://www.elankashop.com/

‘I found this book a warm, loving and vulnerable account of our journey to explore/understand the new cultures of both Sri Lanka and 20th century grand-parenting. It blends two very ‘current’ interests to baby boomers , travel to less well-known places and cross-cultural grand-parenting. I got to learn about SriLanka from the inside. I’m enriched by reading the book because I know more now about Sri Lanka because of it.’  Sandra Watson.

 ‘I absolutely loved your book. You have a way of writing that brings the people and places to life, and I now want to go to Sri Lanka. You’ve also captured so well how we distant grandmothers feel.’ Linda Raine

gloria-1I am a writer-cum- freelance journo and over the years have been most fortunate in securing a variety of publishers for my various non-fiction books, plus the publication of numerous articles and short stories. Writing is a large part of my life but not the only part. I have raised two very interesting sons who in turn have produced four very interesting and extremely beautiful, intelligent, talented grand-children. My other activities have included working in a number of community health centres co-ordinating Work Related Injury Support groups, and acting as an historian/interviewer for the Koori Heritage Trust helping to record the experiences of several of the Stolen Generation. I have also taught Creative Writing to adults at several TAFE colleges. In recent years I have helped numerous people to record and document their Life Stories. These are then bound into a book or booklet as a gift for their family. Over the past ten years my partner and I have lived on a permaculture community in Nimbin, northern NSW, where we raised chooks, tropical fruits and vegies.

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Our garden, March 2011

Currently we live in a cute little cottage on a bush block in the tiny central Victorian hamlet of Chewton. Each month I interview a new or old-time local for the Chewton Chat.

As latter-day treechangers we have discovered the wonders of semi-rural life.

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RECORD YOUR MEMORIES

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Ida and Vic

One of my really enjoyable interests is helping people to record and document their life stories. My most recent one was working with a wonderful couple. Ida is 88 and Vic just turned 91. We did the interviews at his nursing home and at their own home. Their seven children and several of their grandchildren also contributed their personal family memories. We included a family tree and a number of family photos. When I presented the family with the final book, bound in a magenta coloured cover, Vic’s eyes filled with tears.

I urge people to consider recording their life stories and memories, before it is too late.

Gloria-2YOUR LIFE STORY IS OF INTEREST TO YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.  IT IS A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR YOUR FAMILY AND IDEAL AS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO GIVE FOR BIRTHDAYS, WEDDINGS.  IF INTERESTED, CALL ME AND WE CAN DISCUSS.

CONTACT GLORIA:  gloriameltzer@outlook.com

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maritsa gronda
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 02:18:11

    Very interesting Gloria, I’ll pass it on,
    cheers for now, maritsa

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  2. Yvonne DeLacy
    May 23, 2013 @ 03:39:58

    Beautiful looking and well put together blog, Gloria. Hope to see you soon.

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  3. Ashley de Vos
    Mar 07, 2017 @ 04:52:51

    I am interested in acquiring a copy of your book. I worked in Galle. Please let me know how I should go about it. Regards. Ashley de Vos.

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  4. Agnes Thambynayagam
    Mar 07, 2017 @ 13:27:49

    Dear Gloria, Congratulations and thank you for educating people through your writings and books. Your writings and photographs are very beautiful. with best wishes Agnes (from Texas, US)

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  5. Rosie Zuiderduyn
    Mar 08, 2017 @ 06:16:28

    I would like to buy a copy of Only In Sri Lanka. I was born in Colombo and am writing my life story. My dad and his ancestors were from Galle. Originally they were persecuted French Huguenots who escaped to Celle (Zelle) Germany and then generations later came via Amsterdam with the VOC to Galle (1700s).

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  6. Gali Phillips
    Jun 11, 2017 @ 06:47:54

    Do you still have an email address? Cheers xxx

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  7. Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve
    Jun 23, 2018 @ 07:02:21

    Hi Rosie Zuiderduyn, if you would still like to purchase a copy of my book, you can buy it through elankashop as listed above. Gloria Meltzer

    Reply

  8. Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve
    Jun 23, 2018 @ 07:03:43

    Hi Ashley de Vos, if you still wish to purchase copy of my book, you can buy it through elankashop as listed above. Gloria Meltzer

    Reply

  9. Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 22:37:44

    Thank you Agnes for your warm encouraging words. Gloria Meltzer

    Reply

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