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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ISHTAR?

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Anne Frandi-Coory  works from her home studio in Melbourne as a painter, poet, short story writer and book reviewer. In 2010 she published the bestselling Whatever Happened To Ishtar? A Passionate Quest To Find Answers for Generations Of Defeated Mothers. It is a raw and powerful memoir woven into her Italian and Lebanese family history, overarched with the detrimental effects the patriarchal Catholic Church’s teachings had on generations of women and children.

In poignant words and  with vibrant  brush strokes, Anne Frandi-Coory’s poetry and artworks reflect many of these same timeless  issues of mental illness, child abuse, and abandonment.

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Anne paints larger than life canvases, and writes wonderful poetry, evoking the colourful imaginations of children, with whom she has a deep affinity. Her second book, DRAGONS, DESERTS and DREAMS published  2017, contains a selection of her paintings, poems and short stories and is now available from AMAZON  

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“When I read Anne Frandi-Coory’s first book  Whatever Happened to Ishtar? I was so moved by her courage in divulging to the world, secrets of the traumatic life which she had so bravely struggled through since being abandoned by her mother, and institutionalized at such a young age at the Mercy Orphanage for the Poor at South Dunedin. Anne tells her story with such passion that you will want to read it again and again. But wait there is more.
Anne has now built a successful life in accomplishing all that she does, she is a Poet,Painter,Author, Book Reviewer and Genealogist and has recently published Dragons,Deserts, and Dreams. This book covers poems, short stories and Artworks and is so cleverly put together. Anne weaves her poems around her life and family,all beautifully written. I love them all but there are two of her poems I especially like:
No Summer Will They See- Not Daniel, Zahra or Caylee
and Ode to Cleopatra
– Rita Roberts, Crete. 21 February 2017
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“Please read this beautiful book Dragons, Deserts and Dreams done by Anne Frandi-Coory … gorgeous poems with amazing pictures of herself and also fantastic Art:) Anne,  one word: AMAZING!” – Lilla Benigno

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Dragons, Deserts and Dreams is gorgeous, and the paintings and photos are extraordinary. This must have taken some time to collate and to proof! I have a feeling I’m going to need all the tissues in the box while I’m reading it. I also believe people are going to love your book.  It is unique, I love the format and it will make an impact.” – Luciana Cavallaro.

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“Wow! That ‘Raffaela’s Last Dream’ in Dragons, Deserts and Dreams,   is just so, so beautiful, and I love it. But then again I love everything you do, my darling Anne. You have put me by her bedside. You have me holding and squeezing her hand as I read and hear her, drifting through the pages of her life, with all the love and emotion of a woman who knows she will soon be flying through heaven, alongside the author of all things in the universe.
For beautiful Raffaela has already experienced hell on earth. And I, the reader was there when it was all happening, so cleverly condensed in, ‘the present tense’. You’re such a great writer Anne, you always have the ability to stir up my emotions.
After I finished reading, in the dark now, I closed my eyes and wept and sobbed out loud, as I often do, when I awake from such dreams. Dreams I have of my grandmother, the one person who never stopped loving me.
Dreams, nowadays in my secret place I call ‘La La land’. A place I find myself a lot lately as my body too, is almost worn out. A place where I’m not really asleep, but then again I’m not altogether awake. All I have to do is remain quiet, usually in the afternoon, close my eyes as I rest alone on my sofa, and I’m there, in my beautiful ‘La La Land’, where anything can happen.
Thank you so very much for introducing me to your wonderful, courageous and most lovely, ‘Raffaela’ Anne, I am so grateful to find her at last. She, like you will remain forever with me, as I know I will never forget you both.” -Arabella Marx

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“Each poem a brief, evocative episode of life…”

“I have it I so love it 🙂 This book is always beside me like now” – Shan Klohs  QLD

Immigration And The Promise – I love this moving piece on immigration by Anne Frandi-Coory … This is quality story-telling”  -Mark Swain UK

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49 comments
  1. frandi said:

    I’m honoured to be in such talented company x x x

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  2. Tony Farry. said:

    Hi Anne,my name is Tony Farry( Fakhri),I am from Dunedin and lived across the road from your Grandparents,as a child I spent a lot of time over there,with your uncle Phi taking me on plumbing jobs with him and fond memories of your Aunties,feeding me up as long as I spoke Lebanese to them.Would have some wonderful stories to tell you and if u feed me I could give u some scandal (HAHAHAH) Someone told me you are in Melb.is this correct? if so will be there early March if u wish to catch up.
    Regards Tony.

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    • Anne said:

      Hello Tony. Across the road at 67 Carroll St? Wow. Who are your parents or grandparents, not that I know many Farrys personally?

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      • Tony Farry. said:

        Hi Anne ,gee that was quick,lived “up the lane” at 46 Carrol St.Parents were Fred and Maria,Grandparents where not in N.Z.

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  3. A very moving tribute [Jacob’s Bridge Across Time]. Thank you for sharing this.

    Steve

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  4. mytwocentsandme said:

    how long does it take to write each poem? probably not long since u’re a pro with rhymes right? 😀

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    • Anne said:

      Hello there….nice to see you on my blog. Once I begin writing a poem the words just flow out of me – sometimes in a few minutes, and at times, I do wonder where it’s all coming from. Having said that, I have to be on my own and in the right space; I wait until the verse comes into my mind. Sometimes I paint a picture first and then write the poem, sometimes it happens the other way around. I have only started painting and writing in the last three years, after writing ‘Whatever Happened To Ishtar?’. The writing must have had a cathartic effect on me.

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  5. Hello! I’d never have discovered your blog, had I not been researching the possibility of adding audio to mine.

    Well, I found a beautiful tribute, in the form of a poem [Jacob’s Bridge Across Time], on the other end of the link. I both read it and listened to it. VERY moving. I never had the pleasure of meeting either of my grandfathers (and neither left a diary).

    I am inspired. Thanks and Peace be to you and yours. Beth

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  6. Hi there. Yes, I am lucky to have known my grandfather, even for such a very short time. Good luck with your audio.

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  7. Dian said:

    Hello Anne, this [Jacob’s Bridge Across Time] reminds me with my the only one grandfather, I miss him so much. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem.

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  8. Anne said:

    Grandfathers can have such a positive influence upon our lives; I’m so pleased you could relate to my poem.

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    • latinoscorp said:

      That’s [Jacob’s Bridge Across Time] a challenge to me as a grandpa! Thank you for letting me know.

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  9. Hi Anne, Just come across this poem while looking for something else. Its lovely and so is your painting. You are obviously enjoying your new found talents and everyone is enjoying them. Will you publish your poems ? Take care and keep up the good work.
    Rita.

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  10. Anne said:

    Thank you, Rita. I am looking forward to starting my next painting. I think I might do another Italian scene – I’ll keep you posted x x

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    • . Thanks Anne. By the way, I am going to send you an email soon because something prompted me to read your book Ishtar again. O.K. XX

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      • Anne said:

        okay….

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  11. O.K. and Thanks for the likes on my blog about Ancient Scripts. I am really enjoying learning the scripts. What are you doing for Christmas this year ?

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  12. Anne said:

    Hello Rita. Family and friends are all going to a beautiful park this Christmas day. We will take cold turkey, salads, fresh bread, Christmas cake etc and there’s plenty of space for the children to play. Everyone will contribute food, so no stress. How about you and John?

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    • Hi Anne, Your Xmas sounded wonderful hope you enjoyed it. John and I had Xmas lunch at one of our friends house along with 8 other friends whom we play dominoes with throughout the year. Likewise, each contribute Xmas goodies. I make the mince pies, the trifle and the Xmas pudding. Our hosts provide the main Xmas turkey dinner. ‘ YUMMY’ Of course we all buy each other small gifts. But before this. I Skype my family including grandchildren and see them all opening their presents. So all in all Xmas is Great. John and I wish you and your lovely family A very happy and prosperous New Year 2015.
      Rita.

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  13. Hi
    What a fantastic , inspirational story [Immigration and The Promise], really enjoyed it,
    Are there any more I can see
    Thanks
    Ray Thompson

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  14. Anne said:

    Hello there Ray. Thanks for the lovely comment. You might like to read more of my short life stories – see menu at top right of this page.

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  15. Verna said:

    Hi Anne, I came across your story while I was researching Ateo Frandi, born 04 May 1873, died 06 May 1915. I have in my possession a WW1 medal with his name inscripted on it. It was issued in 1911 for his long service in the Colonial Auxiliary Forces. I would dearly love for it to be returned to his family, he has no direct issue but if you know of a family member I can pass it onto I would appreciate it…. Thanks

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    • Anne said:

      Hello Verna.,.lovely to hear from you. I would so love that medal and I would treasure it as would my family. My mother, Doreen was very close to Italia, Ateo’s sister, and Italia and Ateo were devoted to each other. Otherwise,I truly don’t know anyone else to recommend. Thank you for making contact.

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      • Verna said:

        Ok …. How do I get it to you … email me at ………………..

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      • Anne said:

        Really? I didn’t expect that you would agree. Thank you so much xx I will email you tomorrow.

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  16. Verna said:

    Good morning Anne,
    I have not heard from you via my email today so I thought I would try again through here.
    I realise you might be thinking that maybe this is some sort of hoax, but I can assure you that I do have the medal and I am very much hoping to be able to return it to his family, where it rightfully belongs,(after 100 years).
    I can tell you it came into my possession through my Grandmother, how she happened to have it I do not know, but she kept it safe along with her first husbands WW1 medals. This year being significant for WW1 veterans, I was going through all the paper work and medals and as this medal did not have a ribbon, I was going to have it re-ribboned, it was only then that I noticed Ateo’s name inscripted on the side and I thought I would try and locate his family to return it.
    The inscription reads….”No. 179 COL-SERG. A. FRANDI ZEALANDIA RIFLES (1911)”
    Please let me know where you want me to send it
    Thanks Verna

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  17. John Shears said:

    Hello Anne,
    I have connected to your blog when looking for information about the Zealandia Rifles from the early 1900’s in Wellington NZ.
    My late Father-in Law was in the Zealandia Rifles, Frank Hubert Woodward,and in 1916 he married Helena Currange as you have noted in your family tree.
    I notice that the surname Karentze is linked to Currange and wonder if you are able to tell me how that came about as I am unable to find out in my searches on the net.
    I have some other information that may interest you also.
    What a great piece of research you have done congratulations.

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  18. Anne said:

    As far as I know it’s an Austrian name. Currange the Anglicised version. I hope that helps. Thanks for your fine praise…glad you found my blog. Helena was pregnant when she died. I will contact you with my email address tomorrow, would love to know more.

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  19. John Shears said:

    Thanks Anne, that is another little mystery solved. Look forward to your email.
    John

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  20. bronwyn fox said:

    Hi Anne, was interesting to stumble on to your site. My partner is Paul Frandi, his father is Bryan Frank Frandi. If you would like an update of this family line for your tree I’m sure Paul will be able to assist. He was most interested in your blog with Verna regarding Ateos’ medal as last year Paul went with his son to Waiouru Army Museum and this was discussed .

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  21. Anne said:

    Hello Bronwyn, so nice to hear from you. I have met Bryan and his wife some time ago in Christchurch. I would love to hear more from you and if you would like a copy of our family tree I am happy to send you one. I will contact you by private email.

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    • bronwyn fox said:

      Thanks for reply, Paul would love a copy of the family tree thanks. Regrettably, Bryan passed away 13 November 2013. His wife Jenny still resides in Christchurch.

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  22. Chrissy said:

    I felt this one [Jacob’s Bridge Across Time] reminded me of my Greek grandfather and all the stories he told me as well as the way he held my hand throughout my life (I still fell him, even though he is long gone.) Thank you for the lovely words.
    Chrissy

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    • Anne said:

      Thank you, Chrissy. Now I take on my role as a grandmother with pride and joy because I realise how important that role is. As my daughter says, grandparents help bring their grandchildren up and much of what we do stays with the children forever. Even though I was only eight when my grandfather died, he had a profound effect upon my life. 💝💖

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  23. Thanks for liking my comment on common friend Luc’s post, which in turn has enabled my connect with your world of poems and pics. The imaginary bridge connecting you with your grandad [Jacob’s Bridge Across Time] may well be a reality, Anne, in some point of time in distant futurity, whereby future generations, after our exit from this planet, would visit us, and vice versa. Reading your poem did indeed breathe life into possibility of such an enabling time machine. I look forward to reading more of your poems..,best wishes.. Raj.

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    • Anne said:

      Yes, I too believe in the journeys of souls after death. I am so pleased you enjoy my poetry 💖

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  24. Mary Glass, Dunedin. said:

    Anne – your book has just been given to me by my daughter in Australia. I have not started reading it yet, although I have skimmed some areas. I will read it. We have in common having been brought up at St Vincents. I was born in 1944, just a little older than you, and would like to contact you. Would you be agreeable. I would give you my email address.

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    • Anne said:

      Yes, Mary, I would love to make contact with you. I will forward my email address. Regards, Anne

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  25. Joanne Dowden said:

    Hi Anne, I stumbled across your website whilst I was researching my own ancestors. A relative of mine, I believe, worked for Italia Frandi Corich in her business as a dressmaker at Fern Glen, 16 Murphy Street, Wellington in the early 1900’s. Is it possible, that you may have further information regarding this? If so, I would be most appreciative of any information you may be able to share with me. Kindest regards Joanne

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  26. Anne said:

    No, I am sorry to say, Joanne, I haven’t heard of anyone who assisted Italia with her dressmaking. However, another person reading this comment may know about it.

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  27. Anne said:

    Thank you …and thank you for following my blog

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  28. Alan Feasey said:

    Hi Anne
    I’m Michelle Downie’s cousin our Mums were sisters & I have inherited the family tree, I can give you details of Dawn & Marguerites’ birth etc if you want.I am adding Reg’s sisters to my tree & would like to use your photos to complete the tree which I will forward to Michelle.
    Regards Alan

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  29. Anne said:

    Hello Alan
    Yes, you may use those photos you need, but could you please acknowledge that you downloaded them from my blog. Thank you for asking permission. Also thank you for your offer, but I have all the info I need on births, deaths and marriages. Anne xx

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