Talk Death, Eat Cake

Talk Death, Eat Cake

Can’t talk about it?  Don’t even want to think about it?  It may be time to stop avoiding the D-word. If a niggling voice somewhere is whispering that this is a block you need to work through, then mark your calendar for this year’s “Dying to Know Day”.  If you happen to be living in [...]

Tagore, life and death

Gitangali, book cover

“When I go from hence let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable. I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus am I blessed—let this be my parting word.” Contemplating questions of life and death?  Please take a moment [...]

Emotional Intelligence for Planet Earth

Emotional intelligence of indigenous elder

Are we really all that smart?  No question that intelligence is important, but it may be that our EQ (“emotional intelligence”) is just as important as our IQ when it comes to longevity.  That’s because EQ may be the key factor in increasing resilience and the ability to handle stress.  Lower stress levels, either innate [...]

Living Beyond The Bucket List

peace on a boat

The unexpected has no respect for bucket lists.  Our latter years are not all fun and games, and life can and does creep up with the bucket list, however it might be imagined, still glaringly incomplete.  Perhaps a heart attack arrives out of the blue, and things can change.  So it goes for many. So [...]

Honouring Older Artists – Judy Cassab

Marea Gazzared portrait by Judy Cassab

A retrospective of the work of renowned Australian portrait artist, Judy Cassab, has recently opened at Sydney’s Eva Breuer Gallery and will run over the summer – a very special opportunity for locals and other visitors to view the work of an artist who is twice winner of Australia’s top portraiture prize, the Archibald.  She [...]

Eating Healthy While Flying

cup-noodles-unhealthy

Frequent flying and healthy eating are two behaviors that don’t exactly go hand in hand. Frequent travelers want to move quickly, eat quickly, and not waste time finding food or else they may miss their flight. Healthy eating on the other hand emphasizes carefully selecting meals that are high in nutrients and made from wholesome [...]

Electrosmog and the Radiation Epidemic

Photo credit: n8kowald

Running out of steam before your due date?  For many of us something seems to be happening to that mysterious energy or life force. No doubt it does start to wane as we age but environmental factors can have a big effect on the speed at which this happens.  What’s more, there’s much more to [...]

Tell Me About Telomeres

My telomere

Which baby boomer doesn’t remember the television show which ran through the 70s and 80s called Days of Our Lives?  Even the most discerning viewer surely managed to be somewhere where somebody’s aunty was watching it. So you might remember the intro line……”Like Sands Through the Hourglass are the Days of Our Lives”. Yes, I [...]

Is it Just Luck?

Butter Side Up

In control of life?   Self-made man? Rising star?  Pete Strom would seem to be all these things.  Isn’t it implicit in talking at TED? Why then does Pete see his success as one huge lucky break, as a gift of grace which he neither earned nor brought about?  He opens up the subject of grace [...]

Philosophy Club for Longevityboomers

Examined Life movie poster - a film by Astra Taylor

Maybe you’re a book club refugee looking for a more philosophical forum? It’s true that many longevityboomers are feeling an urge to examine their lives more deeply. Why do we make choices we make?  This question forms the basis of personal ethics. How do we make our lives more meaningful?  Maybe it’s the contribution we [...]