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Cultivate women friends: tiny tip for a happy, healthy old age

Here’s a tiny tip from Margo at that little voice blog. Sound advice! Especially if you take your women friends for granted, or have no younger friends. Q. Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer. A. Cultivate […]

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Commit to hobbies for a happy old age

I decided to commit to hobbies as part of my preparation for old age. Hobbies provide a transition from paid employment to retirement, plus friendships, a role, and a chance for perpetual learning. I love my singing and dancing groups, but would I pass my hobbies-audit?

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Messages in code drawn by aliens with pohutukawa stamens

Mystic photographs taken on the slopes of Mt Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand a few days ago. What wonders we walk past and walk over every day. There’s a logical explanation for these mysterious shapes. Rain running downhill sweeps fallen pohutukawa stamens into clumps that cling to bumps and curves on the surface of the footpath. […]

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New Year of the Rat —meditate on new opportunities

The old calendar fills me with gratitude like a song. Yosa Buson (1716-1783) It’s 11 January, 2020. Surely not too late to contemplate what the Year of the Rat will bring. In Japan the new year begins on 1st January but nation-wide celebrations continue for about ten days. I understand that rats are not only […]

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