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A Job To Do

A Job To Do

This week our guest blogger is John Gordon, editor of our new release A Job to Do I began researching ‘The Div’ (my working title) in 2001 but it was a stop/start affair until a couple of years ago. It was always going to happen though. I felt that it could be unique, an anthology focused on one division – 2 New Zealand Division (‘The Div’) – and written by its members or those closely associated … Read entire article »

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You should NOT be eating that!

You should NOT be eating that!

This week’s guest blogger is Leanne Cooper, author of Change The Way You Eat as featured in the Sydney Morning Herald today. Who isn’t guilty of walking past someone who is overweight and happily munching on an ice-cream or junk food and thought to themselves, ‘You should NOT be eating that!’ Your inner voice is telling you that they have no willpower and that must be what’s got them there. But is this really the case? … Read entire article »

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The Power of a Purr

The Power of a Purr

This week’s guest blogger is Anouska Jones editor of our gorgeous new release Meow: A book of happiness for cat lovers. People are apparently supposed to be either ‘cat people’ or ‘dog people’. Well, as with many things in life, I don’t seem to fit that mould, as I quite happily include myself in both camps! But there’s no denying that cats and dogs often demand a different kind of affection from their owners. If my … Read entire article »

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No Better Hero

No Better Hero

This week’s blog is written by John Crawford, editor of No Better Death. For me the most satisfying aspect of this project was the opportunity to get to know a great New Zealander who experienced some of the most dramatic events in the nation’s history. Malone was killed on Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915 leading the remnants of his beloved Wellington Infantry Battalion in the defence of the highest point seized by the Allies on … Read entire article »

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Everyone Can Write

Everyone Can Write

This week’s guest blogger is Howard Gelman, author of Everyone Can Write. Writing a book about writing is presumptuous; that is, you better have something practical to say or else don’t do it. Everyone wants to write and ‘Everyone Can Write’. That’s the title of the book I just finished. When you write something that is supposed to be concise and practical, you always have to leave something out. So, yes, I left a few things … Read entire article »

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What can you do to prevent dementia?

What can you do to prevent dementia?

This week, the beginning of Dementia Awareness Month, our guest blogger is Lee-Fay Low, leading Dementia Care researcher and author of Live and Laugh with Dementia. When I tell people I work in dementia research, the three questions I most commonly get asked are: 1)      What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of neurodegenerative (i.e. brain-deteriorating) diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for … Read entire article »

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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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