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That sense of entitlement: an enemy of joy-writing

What blocks you from really enjoying the act of writing? I can think of at least a dozen things that stop the joy in its tracks, and one is a sense of entitlement. It’s a killer. I encountered this phenomenon very early in my writing life. Barely had my first book of poetry been published than I […]

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These legs were made for walking

Walking. I’ve been doing it for 74 years but I never want to take this miraculous skill for granted. Many of my friends have crook knees or ankles. Some have cranky hips or ceramic hips or bad backs. Some have MS or asthma or bronchiectasis. I’m humbled by their courage and ingenuity as they continue […]

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Joy of dancing

Imperfect but full of joy—that’s us, the Crows Feet Dance Collective. Forty women, average age 55, range 39–76, skilled and unskilled. Last weekend we performed at the Tempo Dance Fest at Q Theatre in Auckland. If you are a New Zealander, you’ll understand that performing in our biggest city was rather an intimidating prospect for a […]

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When it comes to exercise, less is less

A funny thing happens every time a new research project confirms the power of exercise to improve cognition, physical health, mental health and happiness: lifestyle journalists tend to interpret the results in terms of minimum dosage.

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UN tackles ageism

Ageism is a big deal. Like sexism and racism. Time for another change. And it will be just as tough a battle. I can’t do better than link you straight to an article by the immortal Ronni Bennett who, as she says, has been banging on about it for years. International Day of Older Persons: […]

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