Sunday, March 24, 2019

Visit to Lviv

Friday, March 22, 2019

Letters to Mother Earth

I got my Grade 4 Class to write letters to Mother Earth.
Here are some of the things they wrote.

Dear Mother Earth
I am so sorry about all the pollution we humans are making.  I will try to stop people polluting but it won't be easy.  And I'm sorry that people are cutting down your trees.  I will try to recycle when I can.  I will tell my whole family about it.  I hope that you will get better, Mother Earth.  I love you because you gave me lfe.

Dear Mother Earth
In 2018 it was cold but now it is hot and there is so much ice. Can you stop it?

Dear Mother Earth
Sorry for the climate and the terrible things some people do like throwing plastic.  I hope you'll be okay.  You're the kindest person I've seen and I want to help you to continue to give us life.  You're the most caring person.  I hope people will stop!  I don't know why people do this to you?  I feel bad for you.  I hope you stay strong as I believe in you.  It's okay to feel pain.  Just breathe in and breathe out.  You are strong.  You are kind.  You can make it through.  Is the earth okay?  My wish for you is that the water stays fresh, te flowers are blooming and the sun keeps shining.

Dear Mother Earth
We are so sorry for our bad behaviour and all we humans have done.  How could we ever thank you for all the water and food you have given us over the years?  We all love you, but some weird people don't deserve you.  I am so angry at bad humans.  Every time I see rubbish, I pick it up and put it in the trash.

Dear Mother Earth
I am sorry people are bad to you but I wonder what you plan to do about it and if the world will go down and if it happened what will happen to us.  Why must good people suffer for the things bad people do?

Dear Mother Earth
Four years ago, I helped Mother Earth by planting lots of little trees at my house.  The trees give us air.

Dear Mother Earth
I am worried about three things.
Plastic in the ocean.
Cutting down too many trees.
Bad air.

Dear Mother Earth
I'm so sorry for what we have done to the earth.  The earth is getting worse and worse and many people try and stop this but it's not enough.  The poles are melting and pollution is happening.  The earth is getting warmer and warmer.  Before everyone thought we could do what we want and it would be okay but it has all gone so bad too fast.

Dear Mother Earth
I wanted to ask you if the world will go down like a ship?  It sounds very dark.  How will it go down?  Climate change?  Will you ever be able to forgive humans for what we have done to you?  We can still change and right now there are children all over the world sriking just because they are angry at what their parents did to cause climate change.  Do adults even care?  Many people say that they are doing good things for the environment but they are lying.  It's all about the money.  They don't care if they hurt or damage you as long as they make money.

Cindy Vine is a teacher and author currently living and working in Norway.  She is the author of Not Telling, Defective, Hush baby and The Freedom Club.  You can buy her books on

Monday, March 18, 2019

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dog Sledding in Norway

Dog sledding was on my bucket list.  After doing some research, I found a dog sledding tour place near me the town I live in. 
You can find out more about dog sledding on my travel blog 
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Anybody can make Travel Videos

You can also follow my travel blog on, to find out about some of the destinations I've travelled to and also get some travel tips.
You don't have to be young and beautiful to be a traveler or youtuber.  Even old fat women can travel and make travel videos!
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Iceland Getaway

I was lucky enough to spend 4 days in Iceland.  The weather was terrible, but I still managed to achieve 3 items on my bucket list.  The Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon and to ride a snowmobile on a glacier.
You can find out more about Iceland on my travel blog 
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You can find out more information about my books on my website

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Reaction from a Freedom Club reader

This is a letter I received from Jon Howard whom I do not know and have never met before.

Hi Cindy,
I’ve just finished reading the freedom club (it’s 3:18am and I’m not normally a night person) and I just had write back and say...
Thank you
That was amazing
And so much more.

As a victim of bullying back in the 80’s when I was at school I thought long and hard about your story and what it meant to me. It dragged back feelings of sickness and revulsion at the bullies in your story, you did an amazing job on the characters adding a degree of depth and realism that only the bullied can ever really appreciate.

I’m just so grateful that access to social media wasn’t a thing back then as I know I would have been even more of a victim and god alone only knows if I’d ever have been able to recover from some of the crap that the bullied of today have to deal with.

As a victim of being bullied I can appreciate the utter destruction that it does to ones feelings of self worth and confidence and as a parent it was my greatest fear that my kids would be bullied and so I always tried to to what ever I could to quash any signs of bullying and give my kids the level of self confidence that would allow them to develop their own armour. I’ve often told them that if they can’t look in the mirror and learn to love the person looking back then they’ll never develop the sense of self worth that is required to believe that they are worth fighting for, and to stand up to the bullies.

I’ve never understood the compulsion that drives bullies to do the things they do, I think maybe that is lacking a little in your story, but to do that might almost humanise the antagonists to the point where we’re not genuinely happy to see the bullies get their just desserts (so to speak)

Regardless I was drawn into the story and once started I had to finish, I had to see where it would end - I don’t know if it was intended but I felt a strong vibe of the second season of The Netflix show American Vandal and if you haven’t guessed it already i really enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to read it. I think enjoyed might be the wrong word as I felt this was at times hard to read yet compelling all the same. Again if I had to draw a comparison I’d link it to the experience of watching American History X

Anyway, it’s late (or early) and I’m rambling a bit so I just wanted to thank you again and can’t wait to read some more of your work.

Kindest Regards 

You can purchase The Freedom Club on Amazon in both ebook and paperback format.  Here is the link for the ebook.

Cindy Vine is a South African currently living in Norway.  She classes her books as 'reality'  fiction as they cover everyday social issues many people face.  The Freedom Club has been translated into both Spanish and Portuguese.
Some of her other novels are The Case of Billy B, Not Telling, Defective and Hush Baby.