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Introducing On Research — a blog for Age Concern New Zealand

Let me introduce a blog written by my friend Professor Judith Davey, On Research. She writes this for Age Concern in New Zealand, who have “a passion to see older people experience well-being, respect, dignity, and be included and valued.” Here’s a link to her latest article: University Study in Retirement — Choices and Balance […]

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Writing tips: practise what you preach

I’m fully focused on a summer writing school I’m planning for January 2018, right here in Mt Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand. And when I say planning, I mean that in a rather formal sense. Swerving offline to teach writing I’ve been teaching online for nearly 20 years, one way or another. I’m not knocking MOOCs […]

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Wedding song

I think you’ll like this love poem. Do reblog if you have friends about to marry, or just in love.

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19 books about aging, happiness, and the bonus years

For the record, I list some books below that have educated or entertained or enlightened me as I nervously anticipate the final stage of life. Happy reading! Links are to the Amazon page for each book. Please share your own favourite books about these topics, and tell us what they gave you. (That’ll be your good […]

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Joy of Writing in Feilding, Manawatu

Tomorrow I’ll bus to a little town two hours north of Wellington for the inaugural Manawatu Writers Festival. An impressive programme includes more than 40 sessions over four days. I was asked to speak at the official opening and to run a workshop, and am delighted to be part of this boutique writers’ festival. This […]

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