Bordoodle puppy for new zest

Meet the Bordoodle puppy who’s come into my life. Maggie’s name seems somewhat obvious because her black coat with white trim resembles the colouring of a magpie. At eleven weeks, after the long flight from Toowoomba in Queensland, she fell into my lap. There she slept for two hours straight. Two days later, she’d undone…… Continue reading Bordoodle puppy for new zest

Do something different on Sunday

To do something different on Sunday was once a long held habit of mine. The idea of keeping holy the Sabbath, deeply engrained, meant the day always began with Mass in the parish church. After that, the days unfolded gently. My memories of childhood Sundays, especially after the end of World War II, include fun…… Continue reading Do something different on Sunday

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Three shiny new things and some travel

Three shiny new things and a little spontaneous travel and adventure have brightened my life this week. Just when I thought I’d never travel, never write, never feel enthusiastic, there I was at Point Peron (I’ve written about that before). And writing a blog post! The tedious life events I’ve written about recently are coming…… Continue reading Three shiny new things and some travel

Grateful I’m alive and growing

Grateful I’m alive isn’t something I’ve said or written very often over many months. Except, perhaps, in one of my somewhat Pollyanna* attempts to write in my gratitude journal. But this morning it struck me that I’m grateful and glowing. This may be a temporary state. But while the feeling lasts, while the concept lingers,…… Continue reading Grateful I’m alive and growing

Discipline – do you love or hate it?

Discipline, according to the Collins English Dictionary, is the quality of being able to behave and work in a controlled way which involves obeying particular rules or standards. This definition doesn’t say whose rules or standards, but I believe they’re our own. My friend, Elizabeth Brennan, says discipline is a grace (which implies a gift). I…… Continue reading Discipline – do you love or hate it?

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How to reimagine ageing with hope

‘Reimagine ageing’. Written by Jennifer Grieve, a respected Australian aged care nurse with forty years experience in the field, it talks about the care that old people need and deserve when they slip into the residential aged care scene. It’s a good article if you consider that some old people need nursing and other care.…… Continue reading How to reimagine ageing with hope

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Incompetent until proven not guilty?

Who is incompetent to make a will or to act as one’s own agent by virtue of their age? At least one law firm in Western Australia seems to think it’s all right to demand proof of competence. ‘Everyone over eighty has to provide a doctor’s letter,’ the receptionist said when I called to make…… Continue reading Incompetent until proven not guilty?

Crazy-making – why the world seems mad

Crazy-making seems to describe my world. Nothing goes the way I expected it would as I aged. Ageing-in-place seemed a delicious idea in theory. But for this eighty-six year old, life-events are confronting. I thought that I’d be peaceful and gentle. And I also thought a rocking-chair and some knitting would feature in my life.…… Continue reading Crazy-making – why the world seems mad