This is the personal website of John D’Mille, author and story writer. This is where information on my books is to be found, ie. those that are published and two that are coming along. Just to be sure, there is another website called That is where I have collected pages of reading that will be useful, or entertaining (or both): that, at least is my hope!
Books and Stories are my main pursuit, but I fill dull moments by writing other things, some of which are included in my short stories and poetry. (I am a little shy about poetry; most poets write poetry for the beauty of words in soft cages. I write poems to put some ideas together in such a ways as to allow me to say more than I can and to allow my readers to fill in between the lines. A crazy idea? Perhaps, but have a look at "stepping stones".
John D'Mille began an exciting working life as a carpenter’s trainee (his Dad was the carpenter) and travelled through a number of very different fields of employment, partly as a consequence of falling off ladders and crashing in one way or another. Teaching was most fulfilling. Now I am at home writing all kind of essays, novels and letters. The objective is to fix everything that needs fixing, but at 73 and somewhat physically confined, that is getting to be a long shot. Still, life is never tedious.
My wife is Cecily and she does most of the work here. Greg keeps the wheel chair at high speed when I get out in it. Greg is a downs syndrome young man, a valued worker at his Vikings Club and at Vinneys, where he volunteers assistance, a couple of afternoons each week.
Daughter Lisa and her husband Michael, Artist-Art Teacher and Network Manager respectively, raise the grandchildren, to great heights of success and stature. Six feet five inches is the record so far. Ciaran, Shahana, Ethan and Annika, keep my life interesting and enjoyable.
The plan behind these websites was to introduce enjoyable reading and to record some ideas that might be of benefit to others. There are essays for any young person who has the interest, the patience or the kindness to read them. This one, is more about those interesting and enjoyable ideas; but if you find them dull, you can still look for a way out a rut if you need one. There are some suggestions here. Most importantly, try to understand that you are unique! Don't take peer advice lightly. Try to understand that you might have a unique place in the good things that people can do for themselves and for others. Think about the way the world would be had it not been for little people who have been an inspiration for others for centuries; "The Lady With the Lamp" nurse Florence Nightingale who set up field hospitals in the Crimean war against the constant opposition of Military know-alls: the soldier and self taught paramedic John Simpson Kirkpatrick who brought down many wounded and dying boys from the Galippoli battlefields on a donkey under constant threat of the bullet that ultimately killed him: Theresa of Calcutta who set up homes to take dying people off the streets without a cent to begin; mothers and fathers, who care about family and other young people, especially those who care for a young person who suffers disability, autism for example: nurses and doctors who work long hours for the sick and injured; you have to see a city emergency ward on Saturday night to understand how much they give. The list is long but people like that can be very lonely.
So what do I do? Good question. It has been a very bumpy road though.
I hope the website and the written stuff introduced here will be enjoyable for you too my visitor. It's written for peole who need a little help when they are at a crossroads. Teachers might also find it useful.