• Life Matters

    Choices and Aged Care

    What type of choices do older Australians have when it comes to aged care? If you are like me you like choices. Every day we are continually faced with choices. Choices about what to buy at the supermarket; choices regarding medical care; choices for holidays, choices in cars; in homes; choices about gender selection when having a baby and choices not to have one; and choices when diagnosed with gender dysphoria. If you live in Victoria, Australia, you have a choice when to end your life. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 gives people, who have a terminal illness and less than six months to live, the choice to end…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Be Strong

    Be strong! Can we be strong and not cry or not worry? Is a strong person always confident? Is a strong person someone who faces difficult times, takes a deep breath, picks themself up and keeps going? Such questions can cause a conundrum! Can we be strong and show weakness – place our vulnerabilities on show? When I was practicing social work, it included using a Strength Based Approach. I would identify the strengths a person or family had and concentrate on these to build resilience in what was a difficult situation. For example, identifying experiences, aspirations, interests and talents? That can be difficult to achieve alone when life is…

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    Books, Books and more Books!

    Wherever we look we find books. There are around 2.2 million books published each year worldwide. The best-selling book of all time is the Bible. The best-selling book in 2018 was Michelle Obama’s memoir. Her book was titled ‘Becoming’ and it sold 3.4 million copies. I have not read the book, but it is on my list of books to read. With the arrival of computers and the internet there was much talk about a paperless world. When I look around my home office I can tell I never entered the paperless world. I have more paper then ever. I print recipes and all types of articles. There are articles…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Circle of Life

    My interest in the topic ‘The Circle of Life’ came about this past week as I was thinking about how we live our lives. We live in the world we create, in our own circle. Our circle includes family, work, learning, health, social, spiritual and community. This is our circle of life. Do we stay in our own circle of life or do we venture out into anothers circle? Do we invite others in and keep others out? It is our choice. We are the masters of our circle of life, what we create and how we live. Eventhough we create our own circle of life we are all connected.…

  • Life Day By Day,  My Garden

    Doing life

    We are all doing life in one way or another. If I am ‘doing life’ I want to make it the best, I can. To do this I pause along the roadside of life and create a few ‘I can’ moments. I can do it; I can complete a difficult task; I can achieve my goals – I CAN! But then apart from all those ‘I can’ moments in my life there are other moments that are just rather ordinary.  I am in my retirement years – I have retired from work. But that does not mean I have retired from life. I am ‘doing life.’ I am living life,…

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    Writer’s block

    Writing a blog, articles, a book, or a letter there are times when there is a pause, a creative slowdown. Another term for it is writer’s block. There is the motivation to write but nothing is happening. The capacity to produce new work has diminished or disappeared altogether. Recently, I did a short writing course to improve my writing skills. I discovered that Oscar Wilde (Irish poet and playwright) said: ‘Before lunch I added a comma. After lunch I took it out again.’ Do I have writer’s block? If I have anything resembling this and I can’t write, there is a reason! Too many ideas, too many thoughts! Is there…

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    The Australian Landscape

    There is so much to love about the Australian landscape. Even if you live in a high density city in Australia you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the bush: the Australian landscape. Getting outside into the Australian landscape has huge health benefits. All we have to do is walk. Walking can decrease our blood pressure, improve our physical and mental health and reduce our risk of disease. When walking in the bush I like to take deep breaths and smell the country air while enjoying the breathtaking views and the sounds of the bush. We have spent a few days in the Scenic Rim staying at a country…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Laughing is good for you

    It is true laughing is good for you so we should laugh often. Studies have shown that children laugh around 300 – 400 times a day. Adults laugh about 17 times a day. Growing up is no laughing matter. Children do not have the problems adults face day-by-day. So, children can laugh away! I love spending time with happy people. I worked with a woman years ago who laughed and spoke all at the same time. I always wondered how she did it. Was it a carry over from her childhood? Anyone who spent time with her would also laugh along. At a work meeting, I was chairing, there would…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Taking decluttering too far

    Decluttering is so popular but are we taking decluttering too far? What about that old pair of track suit pants that went in the bin and would have been ideal for working in the garden? Then there is that favourite book that no longer sits on the bookshelf. And the question I ask is ‘can creative people declutter?’ To find out about someone who was not into decluttering we need look no further than Margaret Olley. Make a visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales. There you will find a re-creation of Olley’s home studio. There are over 21,000 items gifted from the Margaret Olley…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Take your phone with you!

    Our mobile phone has become our new companion and I often say or hear the phrase at our place ‘take your phone with you.’ No more did the phrase ‘take your phone with you’ stand out for me when I heard the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, from herein referred to as Ken (with due respect), Minister for Indigenous Australians. He gave an address during NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week at the National Press Club. The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Not long into his talk Ken mentions that the Sunday following the recent Federal election was National Sorry Day. Later that day, when…