Feeling flat and seven tips for a quick fix

Feeling flat from occasionally seems part of the human condition. It’s normal for life to lose its sparkle. Problems, loneliness and pain mount up and we lose energy. Asked to describe our feelings, we might say everything feels blah! This blog does not address medical conditions like depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses. It is …

Seize the day, grabbing opportunities

Seize the day might have been a good phrase for me for this year, 2023. My last post, the one about eating dessert first, had not been published when a new opportunity for fun presented itself. Talk about synchronicity! Hard to believe now, but it took push, a few pushes really, from my daughter and …

Why abortion legislation matters to this old woman

Abortion legislation, very much in the news this week, matters to me. I believe women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies and what happens to them. For too long, patriarchal institutions like medicine, the law, the media and religion have dictated to women. The recent overturning of the Roe vs Wade …

When cooking for two became my new battlefield

Cooking for two – or twenty or more – didn’t faze me. I loved making meals. I also enjoyed baking; barbecuing; making jam and generally playing with food and creating in the kitchen. Then, everything changed. Mealtimes come round with increasing monotony. And, dare I say it, with increasing stress. My world has shrunk a …

Your chronic pain may respond to these activities

Since I recently discovered that chronic pain is not a life-or-death sentence, I feel like a new convert. Or like someone who’s fallen in love or given up a forty-a-day cigarette habit. I’m grateful that a casual conversation over coffee led to a new way of looking at life. An achievement at any age! This …

Brain plasticity new science and chronic pain

Brain plasticity is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself. There’s a chapter in my PhD thesis, submitted in the mid 2000, which deals with this remarkable new discovery. The science spans many disciplines, including physics, biology, psychology and ethnology. My chapter talks about the importance of memory in memoir-writing. …

How to prepare for open WA borders

WA borders will open to the rest of Australia and the world in a few weeks. Western Australians argue about whether this should happen now or later. Some of us would prefer to remain ‘in our cave’ or ‘under the doona’, as our detractors say. We’ve been safe for two years. Some of us like …

Ten tips for better health in COVID-19 times

Better health can be achieved by most of us. It doesn’t matter where we start. In COVID-19 times and at other stressful periods in life, however, we can take extra care. The better our general health, the more likely our immune systems are to work efficiently when called on. Australians have been relatively lucky. Until …

Why hobbies are good for you

Hobbies include the activities people do for fun or relaxation. Everyone needs an escape from their usual daily occupation, work or boredom. Hobbies fill this space. They range from sport and exercise, craft, art and puzzles to developing new skills in any field that interests us. A hobby or two or more provide the changes …

Masking-up makes older women cringe

Masking-up in Western Australia has been with us on and off for months. After a year of freedom from this practice, at first we found it hard. And it continues to be a difficult duty we perform for our own good and that of others. However, older women seem to have a more difficult time …

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