Month: December 2017

1 January 2018

It’s the same world with the same wars but the date on the page is sparkly. It’s the same home and the same team but the diary is hollow. It’s the same brain and the same skin and the heart of you is waking. poem and pic by rachel mcalpine cc by 2.0 More of […]

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Life expectancy and the bonus years

  (First published in 2015 in another blog, Boot Camp FOR The Bonus Years.) In which the bonus years are defined, rejected, resented, and grudgingly accepted. The bonus years are the years we will live beyond our subconscious life expectancy. Here’s what I mean. Average life expectancy  First, a quote from Statistics New Zealand. We […]

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A parsimonious new year: an easy resolution

When grandchildren are almost grown up, buying fewer gifts could be an easy transition, we hope. Looking at the wrapping for the gifts we shared this year, we’re already on the way. Only a few years ago, I seem to remember the wrappings filled a large rubbish sack. It’s a sad fact that at 18 […]

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One hop to happiness: learning kicks in when needed

(Reposted from my Boot Camp for the Bonus Years, 2015.) In which somebody is mean to me, and I am sustained by rote phrases to a painful situation. This week I magically applied lessons from a course on the Science of Happiness to shift myself from despondent to normal in a twinkling.  Normal for me […]

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