Lifelong love affair with paper 1

Lifelong love affair with paper
Top of my list of things never to leave home without? (Aside from the obvious, like keys, phone and wallet.) Pen and paper. I always try to be in close proximity to a notebook and a pen or two. This is a habit I maintain, despite the fact that writing on paper seems to have ...

Much ado about a view 1

Much ado about a view
I always enjoy a view. I like getting a wide angle perspective of a landscape or seascape – whatever stretches out before my eyes. Especially of natural surroundings, and ideally all the way to the horizon. My favourite viewing position is parking off at a window or an outdoor outlook. My idea of a good ...

To Do: Nothing 1

To Do: Nothing
Here is some praise for an activity that gets a lot of criticism: Doing Nothing. We are endlessly exhorted to Do Things. To be active, to keep moving – forward. What is this relentless busy-ness aimed at? Achieving goals. Our To Do lists are full of goals: to exercise more, to eat less, to kick ...

A ping does not make my heart sing 1

A ping does not make my heart sing
A young person’s phone is the love of their life… Ask me about my phone and I’ll tell you there is little love lost between us. I actually miss the days when phones were not mobile but rooted in the earth. I miss rushing to answer a ringing phone. I miss the chats I used to ...

To be happier and healthier: retire! 3

To be happier and healthier: retire!
Do you want to improve your health, live longer and feel happier? Then retire. A new study shows that retirement is good for your health and wellbeing. When people stop work it makes them more active. They do less sitting, which readers of this column will know is a health risk. They even sleep better. ...

Binge-watching? Life’s too short 1

Binge-watching? Life's too short
“Binge-watch” is the latest Word Of The Year. binge-watch, verb: “to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession” – Collins English Dictionary Lexicographers – word-watchers – noticed that the usage of this word had increased by 200% over the previous year, so it was named 2015’s top word. Watching as many ...

Distracted Walking? No, pay attention!

Distracted Walking? No, pay attention!
“Watch your step!” I have heard that warning a lot in my life, and have often been grateful for it. However, there are a lot of people out there who seem not to heed such counsel. As a result they are putting themselves at risk for the latest health hazard of the digital age: Distracted Walking. ...

My New Old New Year’s resolutions

My New Old New Year's resolutions
Yet another new year… Instead of sighing and wishing time wouldn’t keep marching on, consider this. Judging from advice on making the most effective new year’s resolutions, it seems that we of a certain age are doing a lot of things right. Which means that we can happily ignore all the exhortations to reinvent and ...

‘Twas the season for writing Xmas letters 2

'Twas the season for writing Xmas letters
Welcome to the December Holiday instalment of my seemingly endless musings on What I Miss. About how ’twas. As every man, woman and child on the planet has been been reminded by looped Christmas carol compilations in shops and restaurants since October, ‘tis the season to be jolly. What My New Old Self misses when ...

Feeling down? Try some… nature!

Feeling down? Try some... nature!
As recommended here before, try this to improve your life as you get older…