collecting · downsizing · good bad brilliant · it's all about me · remembering / musing

Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

Being fifty-something, I’m prone to reminiscence. Today, I went scurrying beneath the house to unearth our 70s/80s vinyl record collection. A copywriting assignment for a vinyl record retailer got me inspired. As I waxed lyrical about the warmth of high fidelity sound, I got to thinking about the records and artists that underscored my growing… Continue reading Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

bookishness · out and about

Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016

Being fifty-something, I’ve figured out where my “campfires” are, the places where I can gather with like-minds to feed my curiosity, celebrate, commiserate and share stories. One of my campfires is the writers festival circuit. I love an author talk, a book signing, a writers’ panel and a writerly workshop. Today I attended the launch… Continue reading Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016

good bad brilliant · inspiring folk

MobileMuster – transforming lives AND lessening landfill

Being fifty-something, I’m inspired by two-birds-one-stone opportunities – social-positive concepts that do double-duty to make the most of my effort or donation. This heartening partnership between MobileMuster and Able Australia has got inspirational written all over it. For September and October, MobileMuster and Able Australia are joining forces in an initiative that supports Australia’s deafblind… Continue reading MobileMuster – transforming lives AND lessening landfill

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~~ a book review

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it… Continue reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~~ a book review

it's all about me · shopping / or not

Frugal Friday [19 August 2016]

Lately, I’ve been fielding questions about my year of buying nothing new. I haven’t been banging on about it mostly because it felt like a personal mission rather than an opportunity to air my laundry. Still, folk are keen to know whether I’m lasting the distance. Two and half years in, I’m proud to report that… Continue reading Frugal Friday [19 August 2016]

bookishness · health matters

Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review

Is your job making you fat? How to lose weight and control your waist at work By Ken Lloyd, PhD & Stacey Laura Lloyd (Nero Books) When I sighted the cover of this book, I expected a light-weight how-to about “al desko” exercise rationalised by more of the “sitting is the new smoking” message we’re all… Continue reading Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review

it's all about me

The Ultimate Bucket List for Over 50s

Being fifty-something naturally boosts bucket list cogitation up the dinner party conversation agenda, even though it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. To do, or not to do a bucket list? Are you on the yay or nay team? I’m far better at listing than ticking off. For me, the process of listing (even if only in… Continue reading The Ultimate Bucket List for Over 50s