The New Economics Foundation (well worth looking at) listed five acts that we can all do, that promote wellbeing: connecting to the people around us (grandsons and their cousins – tick) being active in our bodies (see below – tick) taking notice of the world (driving hire car on left in New Zealand – tick) … More Activity promotes Wellbeing
I have now been in New Zealand just over a week. Just thinking of all the travel, and things done since I arrived makes me exhausted, not to mention the everyday doings, talkings, and exchanges mostly in Chinese that surround me. My terrific bilingual grandsons, age 9, have left China, they begin their NZ school … More How Long is a Week?
Staying in Orkney for a few days, at Burray. We left from Aberdeen last Saturday. Wonderful days – see Stromness and the Pier Art Gallery, travel around by bus. Thank you Scotland’s free bus travel for older people. We have been teenagers and dog- sitting, the last seen most, the teens hardly at all, … More Few days in Orkney
I do not have any comment to make on the recent UK election, others are commenting enough, speculation, planning, “doing deals” or whatever their position calls them to do. I have no authority anywhere that might affect outcomes. Or? Maybe every tiny bit at least affects me, I feel I do something. So here goes. … More Aftermath – message to Jeremy Corbyn
It is election day in UK. I have voted. The way the system works means I vote for one member of the UK parliament, out of a selection of candidates, for this particular constituency in which I live. UK people do not vote for a president or prime minister, whichever party gets the majority in … More Election Day: Hope vs Fear
When I got off the plane on Tuesday morning at Terminal 5, ready for my connection flight to Edinburgh… well everyone now knows what the overhead TVs were showing, and like everyone, I am so sorry for those who have suffered in so many different ways in Manchester. I am also moved by the families … More Prevention, 3,2,1
Well this is my last day on Block Island for a while – I head out tomorrow, first for Edinburgh and then even further as I hope to see the family in New Zealand in July. It has been an incredibly busy month here, first the NAMI BI Mental Health Month Conference, then I got … More Summer coming, me going
Silly Question! I should know better, there is no one problem, no THE problem, no final or magic solution. Ecological. Complex. Human. Life on Earth. Some problems do seem to be more fundamental in their effects on the others, different levels in the whole. In a way, any start is a choice. I first posted … More What is the Root Problem?
It is a long time since I have had so much to do. What a month, and it isn’t over yet. This morning I prepared a poster display ready for the NAMI BI Opioid Conference, first event this Saturday, then the rest the following weekend. As well as being on the sub-committee, I look after … More What Can Block Island DO?
Originally posted on A Better NHS:
Last week I went to the second of 3 interdisciplinary workshops on Shame and Medicine. The first workshop was on patients’ shame, and this was on shame and healthcare professionals. In particular, it helped me think about some of the things that are making life so difficult for health…