• Life Day By Day

    SHOE LACING AND OTHER THINGS

    Shoe lacing Have you ever decided to clean your walking or running shoes, taken out the shoe laces and then wonder how to lace your shoes? I did it again this week. I took out the laces and later thought ‘Oh no’ where do the laces go! Fortunately I have more than one pair of walking shoes, I worked out a long time ago that running is not healthy, so I walk! Even then I was not sure I had laced my older shoes the correct way. So I went online for advice. I found that the Adidas website most helpful. They offer advice on how to lace your sneakers,…

  • Life Wise Hints

    WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK

    This week is world glaucoma week (10-16 March). Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable blindness in the world? There are over 300,000 Australians living with undiagnosed glaucoma. It is a serious condition when undetected as it damages the optic nerve. The damage is irreversible. It is very easy to find out if you have glaucoma. All it takes is a visit to the optometrist. People with family history of glaucoma, and those from an African or Asian descent have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Anyone with a history of glaucoma in the family and over 40 years should have their eyes checked every 2…

  • Socio-Political

    GENDER MAINSTREAMING

    Have you heard anyone talk about gender mainstreaming? Today, the 8th March is International Women’s Day. It is celebrated every year to applaud women’s achievements. Also, it draws attention to women’s human rights and fundamental freedom to participate in all aspects of social, economic, cultural and politically life. But what is gender mainstreaming? It was established as a major global strategy for the promotion of gender equality in the Beijing Platform for Action from the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) agreed on some important overall principles for gender mainstreaming. While mainstreaming is clearly essential for securing…

  • Life Matters,  Self-Care

    Healing the Broken-hearted

    The need for healing of the broken-hearted is no more evident than what was seen this week on national television in Australia. The broken-hearted who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the church. This week the Catholic Church was in the spotlight. Yet, there are other churches, other denominations where countless others have been sexually abused. Sadly, this is the insidious culture of evil in our community, in the churches, that preys on vulnerable children and adults. Just recently I read the book ‘Blood on the Rosary’ by Sue Smethurst and Margaret Harrod. It is Margaret’s story of her childhood, of the sexual abuse by her father. To…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    12 Rules for Living

    My topic this time has more than ONE word! But as I always say, “If I make the rules, I can break the rules”! Now and again I will have a topic with ONE word, but for now I might leave it behind for a while. If you are familiar with “12 Rules for Living” the name Jordan Peterson will mean something to you. Jordan is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. I have listened to one of his interviews and he is a very commanding speaker. Right now, Jordan is on his “12 Rules for Life” speaking tour across Australia. I can’t make…

  • Life Matters,  Self-Care

    RESILIENCE

    Where does resilience come from? Are we born with it or do we develop it over our lifetime? Certainly, we need resilience to survive the “ups” and “downs” of life. Building resilience enables us to bounce back more quickly and get on with life, even if it just takes us to the next hurdle! It is much more difficult for children to build resilience if they experience abuse while growing up. Children need a loving, nurturing and supportive adult in their life. Similarly, for adults we survive better if we have the love and support of others. If a person is in a domestic violence relationship their resilience is under…

  • Life Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    VALUE

    When I think of the word value there are many ways, I can look at it. At our place when we have tradespeople in, we want them to do a good job, but we also want value for money. It was no more evident last week when we got a quote for a replacement shower screen. We got two quotes. The first one was $2,600 the second one was $750. Then there was the quote from a plumber with no brand names for our selected products! What would we get – an inferior product? I asked if the quote could be updated with product details. Three days later, no news!…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    WORDS

    If we did not have words to communicate what would our world look like? Would it look better or worse? Words are all over the place. We read them in books, newspapers, letters, emails, billboards and the list continues. Words  come out of our mouth, sometimes without thinking! We can use words to hurt or we can use words to heal. We are all shaped by words and this begins straight after birth. The words our parents and others say to us can encourage us or discourage us. We can feel loved or unloved. Words matter. As long as words are syncretised with our non-verbal actions. When our words and…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    ENGAGEMENT

    When I hear the word engagement my first thought goes to a couple who are planning to marry. However, the word engagement means much more than committing yourself to another in marriage. I am sure you would agree? We can be engaged in work, play, an activity, enjoyable or mundane. However, when we are “fully engaged” in what we are doing other things become unimportant. We are totally in the “zone”. Concentrating solely and fully on the task at hand enables us to shut out other things happening around us. It is extremely important for those who trim trees! When I am fully engaged in an activity I wonder where…

  • Life Matters

    DEATH

    You may wonder why I am writing on the topic of death? It is a continuation of where I left off on my last subject of “Limitations”. The quote from Pope Paul V1 reminds us that we should think about death because it helps us live a full life, a life without limitations. As the quote said: Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Death is not a conversation topic that…