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Online Adventures of a Happiness Gal

Online Adventures of a Happiness Gal

This week’s guest blogger is Fiona Robards, author of What Makes You Happy? and social media queen, with some priceless tips for how to use social media effectively. When I sit down with a cuppa in front of the computer, I’m aware of how writing is largely a solitary activity. Inevitably I’m drawn into the online world where I journey as the Happiness Gal. The online space is a good way to make connections with others … Read entire article »

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WHAT LESSONS HAVE I LEARNT?

WHAT LESSONS HAVE I LEARNT?

This week Benny blogs as about how her experiences as the parent of a child with a disability lead to Lessons from My Child. Many years ago as a bewildered parent of a young child with Down syndrome, I was struck by how difficult it was to let anyone know how bewildered I actually was! As most of us are when confronted with an awkward situation, people were usually very upbeat in that tense little … Read entire article »

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Stop the Train! I want to get on.

Stop the Train! I want to get on.

This week’s guest blogger, Graham Hutchins author of Stop the Train! I want to get! It was 5.30 in the morning and the middle of winter. I was about three years of age. In Te Kuiti where I was born and raised, the Wellington to Auckland Limited Express was making a hell of a racket as it coasted down the Waitete bank towards Te Kuiti station. It started blowing its whistle near Puketutu, and as the … Read entire article »

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Community resilience by Guest Blogger Chris Skellett

Community resilience by Guest Blogger Chris Skellett

Resilience, in the face of adversity, is seen in two parts:  Firstly, it requires us to maximise our capacity to live in the moment and to accept life’s twists and turns, but it also requires us to take stock and re-commit determinedly to valued goals. Following trauma, some individuals will tend to grieve for the affront to their prior sense of contentment. The world will now seem unpleasantly challenging and they will be prone to depression. … Read entire article »

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Busy, busy, busy!

Busy, busy, busy!

This week’s guest blogger is Exisle’s own Sales and Marketing Guru, Mark Robinson. It’s always busy here! After all, we’re a small team at Exisle and we cover a lot of ground. As our list of titles grows, the challenge of releasing new titles, preparing for upcoming titles and keeping our backlist alive and kicking means there is no shortage of things to do. You might have noticed our blog posting has been a bit quiet … Read entire article »

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What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

This week’s guest blogger is Fiona Robards, author of the soon-to-be-released What Makes You Happy? and presenter at last week’s Happiness and Its Causes Conference. Each year the Happiness and its Causes Conference gives us the opportunity to take time out, be inspired by fabulous speakers and ponder some of the important questions in life, like what makes us happy? This year to celebrate the upcoming launch of What makes you happy?, the lovely Benny from Exisle … Read entire article »

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The Power of the Second Question: Finding Simple Truths for Complex Lives

The Power of the Second Question: Finding Simple Truths for Complex Lives

This weeks guest blogger is Chris Skellett, author of The Power of Second Question. This book invites the reader to pause and reflect on their accumulated wisdom in life. It promotes personal reflection, insight and self-awareness. And the key to structured reflection and wisdom is to ask good questions of oneself. As a clinical psychologist, I have always known that it is more effective to ask challenging questions in therapy than it is to give useful … Read entire article »

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Slug Culture

Slug Culture

I have to say I was not surprised that the Federal Budget targeted the ABC and SBS — of course they would, as they are the two independent bodies that have the ability to criticise the government. I am sure if they could pay some shock jocks and get away with it they would … but I had probably better not go there! I was, however, saddened that an initiative as great as the GET READING … Read entire article »

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Myth busting ADHD

Myth busting ADHD

As a registered psychologist in private practice, one of the saddest things I ever heard came from a young boy sitting in my office as straight as he could be. With big blue eyes he looked at me and said with fierce determination, ‘I’ll try to be a good boy.’ He was too young to understand what was going on: that he was born with a neurological disorder that influenced his behaviour and his ability to … Read entire article »

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How a simple idea can lead to …

How a simple idea can lead to …

A few years back, Katie in our office was waxing lyrical about her new found health-kick called ‘paleo’. Paleo, I soon found out, was a diet that is often described as being focused on what cavemen ate: vegies, fruit, nuts, meat and, most importantly, no processed foods! Needless to say this diet has no appeal to me (I am actually eating a Snickers bar as I write!) but it was certainly working for young Katie. … Read entire article »

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