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 [...]

Birdsong – The Essential Soundtrack

blue wren

With 7 billion of us on the planet, it’s becoming a very noisy place.  Maybe you haven’t noticed yet but recorded birdsong is beginning to appear, anywhere from blogs and websites to airport lounges and service station toilets.  Seems good sound may be starting to equate to good business. Natural sound may also help you [...]

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 [...]

Fitness, CoQ10 and Statins

Sorgue Marathon

Fitness, Ageing, CoQ10 and Statins Attention elderly marathon runners (and those of you with more modest fitness goals).  Do you seem to be running out of gas?  If so, you may be experiencing the effects of a decrease in levels of a vital substance called CoEnzyme Q10, the cause of which may be either age-related, [...]

Power Naps, Siestas and Forty Winks

Photo credit: donrenexito

Grandpa was a devotee of the siesta.  He called it “forty winks” and it was  the ritual of lying down after a hard day of manual labour and maybe nodding off for a while.  Not culturally sanctified on the job in suburban Australia, he managed to fit it in, mid-afternoon when he arrived home. “Forty winks” is an [...]

The House to Ourselves

Photo credit: imgdive

Perhaps while the kids were growing up you, like English writer, Virginia Woolf, longed for “a room of one’s own”.  Both men and women bringing up a family often harbour secret desires for space where they can pursue individual interests without interruption, where they don’t have to pack everything away to share space with other [...]

Carrot Juice and Keffir Spicy Shake

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Try this smoothie to soothe the stomach and digestive tract. For one serving you will need: 2-3 large carrots Small knob of fresh ginger 3 tablespoons Keffir (or natural yogurt) 1/2 banana Optional: 1 teaspoon of PURE maple syrup (Do NOT use maple syrup substitutes.) Pinch of cinnamon Pinch of nutmeg Method: Juice fresh carrots [...]

What’s to Love about Tomatoes?

tomato

Getting your 2 plus 5 or just eating pizza again?  When it comes to stroke prevention, the story starts to get interesting. “A diet high in fruits anad vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke”, according to Dr Jouni Karppi of the University of Eastern Finland. However, Karppi’s group particularly extols the virtues [...]