Extraordinary mothers combine in special team work

Extraordiny mothers photo of baby

Two extraordinary mothers, my granddaughter and daughter, provided an outstanding example of teamwork when my newest great-grandchild arrived recently. And what a beautiful baby he is!

Alistair James Stuart Linton decided he’d had enough waiting for something to happen. He was born, several weeks early, with little warning (an understatement). His grandmother, my daughter Jenny, managed to arrive with just enough time to deliver him safely at home in the shower. Lucky she lives a quick phone call and 2-3 minutes away by car.

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Your chronic pain may respond to these activities

chronic pain - tips to manage

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 is my second blog about persistent pain although I’ve deliberately not written about it earlier. You can read the first blog at Brain plasticity new science and chronic pain.

I’ve discovered that it’s possible to manage some kinds of pain with the mind, using the principles of neuroplasticity. Perhaps it’s possible to banish chronic pain altogether, although that would take work. For now, I’m happy to take baby steps and see what happens.

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If You’re Happy by Fiona Robertson – a review

Cover image of If You're Happy

If You’re Happy (2022) consists of a delicious collection of twenty-four cleverly crafted and beautifully written short stories. Fiona Robertson’s work has been published in literary journals in Australia and the United Kingdom. This collection won the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland writer at the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards.

I am proud to call her a friend although we have never met in person.

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Is your convenience more important than my death?

Your convenience or my death

Your convenience, under normal circumstances, should be taken very seriously. In ordinary times in the western world, we have the right to freedom of movement. We can choose with whom we associate, where and under what circumstances. We choose what goes into our bodies without sanctions. Everyone wears what they like.

But during a pandemic or war, extraordinary times, fewer personal freedoms can rightly be expected. The greater good of all forms a basic tenet of ethical decision-making..

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Gender neutral clothes for new great-grandbabies

Gender neutral clothes

Ideas about gender neutral clothes for my next batch of great-grandbabies interest me. Three of my granddaughters will present us with babies in the next few months. Two other babies were born at the end of last year. By June, I’ll have twelve great-grandchildren. How did happened so quickly? I should feel incredibly old, but here I am instead, writing an article about colours and shapes of baby clothes.

I’m not sure why this is only the second blog I’ve posted about my great-grandchildren. Being their great-grandmother is a source of great love and pride for me. Here’s a link to the other blog about them.

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Why we need carp-catchers to protect our lakes

Carp-catchers wade in lake

Carp-catchers or more precisely, feral-fish catchers, caught my eye on this morning’s walk on Subiaco Common. There have been odd-looking structures in Lake Mere for several weeks. They’ve piqued my curiosity but today I caught up with two young men to find out about the structures. They seemed so out of place on the apparently pristine lake I wanted to know more.

Dressed for work in the hot sun in gum boots, rubber pants, wet-weather shirts and sun hats, the men waded knee-deep in muddy water. They paused happily to talk about their contribution to a better environment and also to pose for photos.

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Brain plasticity new science and chronic pain

brain plasticity 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. It also describes how memories can be changed or ‘distorted’ through processes in the brain.

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How to prepare for open WA borders

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 it like that!

For others, two years without physical contact with families and friends in other places has been both long and painful. Those who want to travel the world can’t wait to be free.

But whether you want the borders to open or remain closed, preparation of ourselves and our homes could be important.

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Ten tips for better health in COVID-19 times

Ten tips for better health in COVID 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 the past month or so, case numbers and the numbers of deaths of people with COVID-19 have been lower than elsewhere. Western Australians are continually blessed, but this may change when our borders open to the rest of the world.

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Peaceful my new word and practice for 2022

How to be peaceful

Peaceful, the word I’ve chosen for this year, and many words with similar meaning – tranquility, serenity, calm – have a gentle sound, unlike the clamour and chaos of the past two years. They’re easy on our ears and hearts. 2020 and 2021, years of epidemic, pandemic and COVID-19, have also been years of great personal pain and distress for many individuals and families.

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