Songlines The Power and Promise -a review

Songlines form part of the culture of Indigenous Australians. If we want to know about our First Nations people, we can start by reading about their rich and beautiful culture. In their book, Songlines: The Power and the Promise, Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly provide an in depth discussion of Songlines. They also show a…… Continue reading Songlines The Power and Promise -a review

Subjects to write about when life’s in a deep hole

I’d been casting around for subjects to write about. Right now, they need to be things that give me joy even when life seems to have fallen into a deep hole. Finding topics rarely fazes me. Writing itself brings me great joy, so that to not write leaves me confused and flat. This blog, and…… Continue reading Subjects to write about when life’s in a deep hole

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Seven ways to manage change and transitions

The ability to manage change is an essential skill. Change, like death and taxes, pursues us throughout our lives. Jennifer Katzenstein says, ‘A life transition is any major life event that alters our sense of self, our purpose, and how we go from day-to-day’. Nothing stays static. We move houses, change jobs, marry and divorce,…… Continue reading Seven ways to manage change and transitions

Write YES for social justice

Write YES on the ballot paper in the Indigenous voice to parliament referendum next month and vote for social justice. Social justice includes the concept that all people possess an equal and inalienable worth. Because of this dignity, each person has a right to all that is needed to allow him or her to live…… Continue reading Write YES for social justice

Seven ways to cultivate awe

Awe – the emotion we experience as reverential respect – always includes wonder. It sometimes, also, includes an element of fear. We feel awe when we encounter something which, often larger than ourselves, challenges our understanding of the world. Experiences of wonder and awe take us outside ourselves and into a different realm. They are…… Continue reading Seven ways to cultivate awe

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Snow dream and family bonds

Snow fascinates me but I’ve never been to a cold country in winter. I’d seen snow on mountains in autumn from a train between Spain and France, and a few small patches of melting sludge on a trip to Canberra. But to really experience snow sat high on my bucket list for years. I feel…… Continue reading Snow dream and family bonds

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Resilience, the art and skill

Resilience, the ‘capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficult experiences’, is both an art and skill. Resilience refers to the ability to successfully adapt to stressors. It includes maintaining psychological well-being in the face of adversity and recovering afterwards. Because it involves behaviours thoughts and actions, everyone can learn and practise it. The more…… Continue reading Resilience, the art and skill

Build from the wreckage, make lemonade, etc

To build from the wreckage of my old blog takes cheek. To make lemonade from lemons demands a sense of humour. But here it is! Welcome to ‘How to be eighty 2’. If you stumbled on this blog looking for something else, my apologies. If you like what you see, please subscribe to read more…… Continue reading Build from the wreckage, make lemonade, etc