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From book to blog…….Here goes!

  • Happy Earth Day – every day!
    22nd April, 2021, was Earth Day So, I thought it timely to write a few words and remind ourselves… ‘What a wonderful world’…we inhabit Each ‘bright blessed day’ (to quote that great song), I’m grateful for our beautiful, diverse planet, filled with incredible creatures – us included. During the pandemic I think we’ve all truly […]
  • A Life Well Lived – HRH Prince Philip, 1921-2021
    A sad day On Friday 9th April, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully at Windsor Castle, a couple of months short of reaching his 100th birthday. For so many of us, his strong, supportive partnership with the Queen had existed throughout our lives. They had been married for 73 years. A real love […]
  • A Time of Hope, New Life, Renewal …and Eggs!
    Happy Easter and Passover Hello again. Just in time to wish you joy and happiness over this festive and, for many, religious period. Sorry to have been out of touch for a while but life suddenly became extremely busy with voluntary duties, talks on ageing joyfully and the book, and my usual weekly activities. Bad […]
  • Live for Today
    ‘My favourite day’ Winnie the Pooh
  • ‘..If you just smile’
    Smiling is contagious – infect others!
  • ‘Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough’
    Even in the worst of times
  • Here’s to 2021!
    It must, it can, and it will get better ..with a little help from us!
  • Christmas Conundrum
    To meet or not to meet…
  • Couch Potato Treats
    “Creativity is contagious, pass it on’ Albert Einstein
  • Tips for Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow…
    ‘A good laugh is sunshine in a house’ William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 5 Tips to Kick-Start Your Day
    Make each day the best it can be. It’s your choice.
  • Happiness in the Time of Covid? Part 2
    ‘Things will get better. Tomorrow will be a good day’ Sir Tom Moore on 1/10/20
  • Happiness in the Time of Covid? Part 1.
    What’s Happiness got to do with it? ‘Happiness? What planet have you been on these last six months?’ I hear the more restrained among you say. I agree the words that most readily spring to mind are probably – anxiety, insecurity, inequality, isolation, illness, loss, uncertainty, stress…… no more or it will be ‘Wine & Chocolate […]
  • You’re never too old to set a new goal!
    Welcome to the new blog of a joyful, outgoing sexagenarian (aka a person aged 60-69)

Further news…

  • Open Age Art Competition
    Open Age ran an art competition in April asking ‘ What does ageing joyfully mean to you?’. The standard was high as there are many talented members who take advantage of the range of art classes available. A good number of these classes continued online during the pandemic. I even had a go at the […]
  • World Happiness Day Talk at Open Age
    In celebration of the UN International Day of Happiness 2021 (‘Happier/Kinder/Together’), I was thrilled to give a presentation at Open Age which was followed by animated discussion with around 30 members. The oldest attendee was a 92 year old member who attends a number of weekly exercise classes and is certainly ageing joyfully. How can […]
  • A Talk and Blog for The Joy Club
    Living better and ageing joyfully during a pandemic – and afterwards. Really looking forward to giving a talk on Wednesday 17th March, via Zoom, for the recently launched The Joy Club . It is open to all those in the UK from age 65. Helping us to age joyfully. My blog for the Club can […]
  • ‘Best in Singapore’!
    ‘How to Age Joyfully’ has not only made it all the way to Singapore but it has also been selected as the best book on health, fitness and nutrition on the website ‘Top Best in Singapore’. Extremely chuffed it’s appreciated both near and far. Thank you so much.
  • A generous mention in the CSRF’s ‘Staying at Home’ Guide
    Lovely surprise to see my book and blog get a mention in the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship’s Staying at Home Guide , the second of 2021. This excellent national charity’s newsletter also features other great charities including Independent Age. Thank you @CSRF for your kind words.
  • Supporting Local Bookshops
    You can buy the book online through the link below: uk.bookshop.org/a/5660/9781786859686
  • 15 Minute Video for Move It or Lose It
    Delighted to record a presentation, on ageing joyfully in these challenging times and how my book can help, for the excellent Move It or Lose It Club. Award winning Move It or Lose It was founded in 2010 by Julie Robinson. Take a look at what the Club offers and get free membership in January.
  • Ageing Ideas Advent Calendar- Keep dancing!
    Thrilled to be invited to produce a very short video for @csfoot, Co-Director of Evidence, at The Centre for Ageing Better. It appeared on December 4th on Twitter.
  • Everyone Can Dance – Para Dance UK
    I’m an Ambassador! I’m truly thrilled and honoured to have been appointed an Ambassador for Para Dance UK which promotes dancing for everyone, whatever their abilities. I look forward to working with this wonderful charity in a voluntary capacity, acting as an advocate for the Charity and Para Dance Sport in the UK, and providing […]
  • The CSRF Newsletters
    Thrilled the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship has featured my blogs and two posters. They are a great charity reaching out and helping former civil servants to live joyfully in retirement. So grateful for their ongoing support and comment that this website is ‘perhaps one of the most uplifting places on the entire Internet…. a must […]
  • Lewisham Pensioners Forum: 28/10/20
    ‘How to Age Joyfully. Is it Possible in A Pandemic?’
  • I’m a ‘Retirement Rebel’!
    Check out my quick fire Q & A with George Jerjian on what I’d tell my 18 year old self, aspirations, what makes me laugh…and more.  
  • Blog by Creator of the Visual Book Summary
    Emma Paxton, amazing poster creator, kindly says the book is ‘a joy to read’ with tips that ‘are applicable to anyone of any age’.
  • Oddfellows Competition
    Thrilled that @OddfellowsUK chose How to Age Joyfully as a prize in their August 2020 competition.
  • Mentioned in Yours Magazine
    Yours Magazine, June edition, very kindly mentioned How To Age Joyfully in their Books to Change Your Mindset section!
  • ‘Live Well, Age Better, Stay Joyful’: Book talk at Bell House, Dulwich
    I discuss a number of steps with Nigel Osner to help improve our physical and mental health and social wellbeing, and offer some practical tips and uplifting quotes, to help us make the most of our lives, whatever our age.
  • Donna Seebo Radio Show
    I was a guest of Donna Seebo on her half-hour radio show in the USA in June 2020.
  • Featuring on Nigel Osner’s podcast
    I featured on Nigel Osner’s series ‘Too Young to Stay in, Too Old to Go out’. Episode 4 – 11 June 2020