25 August 2010

Growing Older in Australia

Throughout my life, I have often preferred the company of older people. My husband is several years older than I am. My grandparents were a big part of my childhood and younger years. As an Australian, I am part of a society with more senior members than many others and this is something very pleasant to someone like me who likes a quieter, slower pace to life.

23 August 2010

Quietly Unfamous

It is so nice to be able to walk around anonymously in public. No one comes up to me asking for my autograph. No one can type the word "Via" into Google and quickly find my blogs. No one follows me down the street trying to take photographs of me without my permission.

19 August 2010

Via Via

During the 1980s, I felt I was at the centre of things. The media was exciting. I was young and I worked in television. London was the place to be for an ambitious girl from the provinces. I worked on prestigious and pioneering programmes. The media had power. The world was at my feet.

14 August 2010

A Healthy Mind


Feeling well is far more about the mind than the body. But what is the mind?

You may hear people talk about mental issues, but do they really mean diseases in the brain, problems in society or just the personal preferences of individuals?

07 August 2010

Reflections on Advertising

When you see advertisements on blogs, what are your views about them? How appropriate are the adverts in relation to the content of a blog?

How might online adverts be of use to you, even if you choose not to click any of them? Are advertisements an intrusion into your thoughts and reflections, or a source of inspiration?

03 August 2010

Australian Federal Election 2010


Politics can often get in the way of a quiet life. Sometimes, however, politics can be too quiet, and ominously so. When politics is noisy, we might switch off the hyperactive commentators and empty opinion leaders and look for important issues without them. Even so, we will still have a mass of information to sift through if we are to understand the decisions being made on our behalf in the corridors of power.

01 August 2010

A Taste of Good Living

Whenever I think of luxury, I often associate it with wastefulness and extravagance. I prefer to use the word quality for material items of high value, and for aesthetic experiences worth cherishing. This means that the good life can be enjoyed without being economically excessive, detrimental to the environment or unpleasant towards other people.