Heart, Mind

Board Games for All Ages

When our friends were staying with us recently we played a number of board games which were enjoyed by ages 8+.   Board games teach many skills such as turn taking, patience, how to lose gracefully and following rules. The favourite during the whole visit was Phase 10.  A game with a special set of cards… Continue reading Board Games for All Ages


World Suicide Prevention Day

When I was about 13 a member of my extended family members suicided.  My mother was quite open about it and I can clearly remember her talking to us about it.  Mental health issues affect or have affected a number of members of my extended family including my mother.  My parents were always quite open… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day

Mind, Soul

Learning To Solve Crosswords and Learning About Faith

This morning my daughter asked me to check the answers that she had in a crossword puzzle that had both cryptic and straight clues.  After checking the answers that she had filled in, I helped her with a couple more clues.  As I gave her some hints or told her what a few of the… Continue reading Learning To Solve Crosswords and Learning About Faith


July 2018 Reading Log

I managed to finish 3 books in July: The Great Escape:  health, wealth and the origins of inequality by Angus Deaton Talks about how much the world has changed, particularly since WWII.  How combating childhood illnesses has increased life expectancy and how many nations are better off.  But this has created a bigger gap between… Continue reading July 2018 Reading Log


June 2018 Reading Log

I'm a little late but here's what I finished reading in June. I finished 2 books: Mothers & Others - Edited by Maggie Scott, Miriam Sved, Christie Nieman, Maya Linden and Natalie Kon-yu This is a collection of fiction & non-fiction short stories by Australian writers.  Some of the women are mothers and some are… Continue reading June 2018 Reading Log