A website about writing, ageing, learning and well-being

A website about writing, ageing, learning and well-being from the perspective of someone pushing 80. Poems and opinions to make you nod, smile and ponder. I’ll write about other topics too like travel or food or style, but not about politics.

  •  I’m fascinated by the ways we use writing (and that includes blogging) to solve problems and improve our health and happiness.
  • I think about my own advancing age, fear it, enjoy it, and brace myself for the years ahead. You may be doing this too.
  • My latest books are mini-books of easy-read poems for those who are growing older, and who think about that sometimes.

My web profile: trying to focus here

Class of 5S Christchurch Girls' High School 1954

At this stage I was already a writer. Christchurch Girls High School, 1954. (That face was torn off by accident, not on purpose.)

In the early days of the web, every new project or role demanded that I set up another website, write another book, open another social media account—until my brain was a hundred open tabs flapping in the wind.

 

Muehlenbeckia astonii: a tangle of wiry twigs with tiny leaves

Muehlenbeckia astonii: this New Zealand plant grows by endless divarication and connnections

Divarication as a professional strategy

Do you know about New Zealand’s marvellous divaricating shrubs? Instead of growing branches from a trunk they grow by endless splitting. There’s no hierarchy, just a mass of twiglets crocheting themselves together into a dense anarchic ball. (The evolutionary justification was that this prevented bushes from being eaten by moa.)

That’s how I lived my online life. For 20 years, proliferation was my pattern.

heavy-footed-moa-te-papa-by-paul-martinson

Heavy-footed moa (pachyornus elephantopus). Image from ‘Extinct birds of New Zealand’ via nzbirdsonline.org.nz

Stop cluttering up cyberspace!

In 2016 I was about to create yet another website for a new project. Then a little voice said, “Stop! Surely your WordPress site can handle this. Just make it work.”

The muehlenbeckia bush close up appears to be in a dither of indecision… but stand back and you’ll see a strong structure with a striking texture. It’s built on connections, like a blog.

This website aspires to be my only website.

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