Archive | April, 2014

The Chi Exercise and Goal Setting

30 Apr

I hope that some of my blogger friends would love to read this blog that was published by Robert Weiss. Myself, I was very interested in reading it. It provides a lot of input for discussion! 🙂

Site of Discovery and Wonder

“What is it you really want, Veronica?”  Scooter from The Saddle Club Series 2

In the above quote, Scooter confronts Veronica with a fundamental existential question:  “What does one want out of life?”  Veronica has put on a series of masks that enable her to dodge this crucial question.  Her parents have instilled in her their values of wealth, position, and consequent prestige, but are those values what she really wants?  In our commercialized American society we are told how to look , to smell, what to eat what pills to take, what cars to drive, what constitutes romance, what constitutes beauty, and what love is about.  Our parents give us their own values, but what do we really want?  For some people that question remains unanswered and unexplored.  The Chi exercise is a means for approaching this problem.

Rod and Brooks Newton of the Hidden Springs Wellness Center in…

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First Sunday after Easter 2014

28 Apr

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Yesterday, on Sunday the 27th of April, Peter and I travelled from Dapto Station to Redfern Station. We had a good tasting Hamburger Lunch close to Redfern Station. My Hamburger was made with a chickpea patty, which was delicious. 🙂 For desert we had some yummy ice-cream. We finished our lunch early. Our plan had been to go to a seminar in Redfern. It was about a subject that we find very interesting. However it had turned out to be a miserable very wet day. We were dressed for a sunny warm day. And we had not thought of taking an umbrella along.

When our daughter Caroline messaged us from Waverly we could come to her place to warm up and Matthew would make us a nice cup of coffee, we could not resist. We decided there and then to give the seminar a miss. We just did not feel right any more to go there. We thought relaxing with Caroline and Matthew was the better option at that instance. We had not seen them since before Easter. They had been away for a little holiday.

So off we went to their place in Waverly. We arrived there quickly by train and bus. We were lucky. A train to Bondi Junction came straight away. And at Bondi Junction we immediately did get a bus. to where we wanted to go. Really an excellent connection! We knew where to get off the bus and from the bus stop it was only a very short walk for us. It did not rain very much, that meant we did get only a little bit wet. Caroline had some heaters on. That made us feel all right very soon. Being able to talk to Caroline and Matthew was great.

They made sure we caught the right bus back to catch our train to Dapto from Bondi Junction. By half past seven we were back home, had some supper and started watching our movie on ABC TV at 8,30 pm. We saw “Parer’s War”. It showed what Australians and Americans experienced in New Guinea towards the end of WW II wich is really quite mind boggling.

It is a pity that we did not feel up to it to go to that seminar. A very interesting speaker from the University of Canberra was to give the talk which in a way was to touch on the subject of “the crisis of democracy”. A few times we have been to other very interesting seminars at this place in Redfern. They often send out invitations we find worth taking notice of. However quite a few invitations we missed out on over the years, for it is not always convenient for us to go all the way to Redfern for a two hour talk. Maybe it would make a difference if we lived somewhat closer. I don’t know. We always seem to be running out of time!

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FINCH THERAPY, Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)

25 Apr

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I found the above adds after my consultation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I had a Carpal Tunnel Release operation in November 2013. A few weeks later I made an appointment at the above clinic. I was given treatments every two weeks and had to do some of the MAT exercises at home. After several weeks of this my body was well aligned. This week I went there for a follow up examination. This turned out to be okay. I was advised to have another follow up examination in three months time.

Thankfully my carpal tunnel syndrome has improved a real lot. My right hand is close to normal again! Also I seem to have a much better balance in my body. I would say the FINCH THERAPY really made quite a difference in my well being. Peter underwent the same therapy and is quite happy with it. This therapy helps with muscle activation. However arthritic pain is a different matter. The therapy cannot help with this. Both Peter and I suffer more or less from arthritic pain. This can be very painful at times. We are told, keeping as mobile as possible, is what we should aim for. Both, Peter and I, try to move about as much as possible.

I told one of the therapists that we were being kept very busy over Easter since we did have a few visitors staying with us and going on a lot of outings with us. The therapist asked me then if we went out for coffee. I said we did not go out for coffee so much. I should have told him then about all our different outings. But there was no time for this.

So were did we go? Just to recollect: There was one outing to Port Kembla Pool and Beach early on Easter Saturday morning. The same day we went to the Nan Tien Temple for a delicious vegetarian lunch. And of course we had a good look at some of the temple interiors and surrounding beautiful grounds.

Easter Sunday, very early in the morning, we went for a walk in the Minnamurra Rainforest. Later on we had a Buffet Lunch at the Novotel in Wollongong. When I said we had 15 people at our place on Good Friday, the therapist asked me whether I had to cook for all of them. I said I cooked lunch only for seven of us. The others came later.

I could have mentioned that our son cooked a lovely meal for us on Saturday night after we got home from the temple. He cooked Ravioli and there was a sumptuous salad to go with it.

As far as my diary goes, I could mention that Peter went already twice this week to get new top dentures fitted. Yesterday he had to see his eye specialist in Figtree. We went to Figtree together on the bus. While Peter saw his doctor, I ‘amused’ myself in the nearby shopping centre. Shopping centres make me feel very tired. And I had been up since 5 am already. We arrived home for a quick lunch. Then Peter drove me to my heart move class at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. Well, that was only yesterday. I remember I felt extremely tired during the class. I like to go to these classes when I feel more rested. These heart move exercises are actually great fun. There is always such invigorating Latin American music to go with it, as well as Vienna waltzes.

Uta’s Diary

25 Apr

Today is Anzac Day, Friday the 25th of April 2014. 

This is a copy of what I found in an ABC News Report:

“Thousands of Australians have attended dawn services around the country to commemorate Anzac Day and honour the men and women who have fought and died in war.

The services mark the 99th anniversary of the first landings by Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli in 1915.

More than 35,000 people were expected at today’s national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge were surprise attendees at the dawn service in Canberra.”

I got up at 5 am and watched dawn services from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne on ABC TV.

The Anzac Day March in Sydney starts at 9 am. I think I am going to watch some of this. There is also to watch the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli which is shown at 12,30 our time., and then at 1,30 pm our time there is the Villers-Britonneux Memorial Service from France. I like to watch all these sombre services with their beautiful musical displays and reciting of poems and stories.

 

A War Story on Australian Television

25 Apr

I copied here the ABC’s advertisement for Parer’s War which is going to be shown this coming Sunday, the 27th of April 2014. The problems returned soldiers might face at home this is something to think about.

Parer’s War on ABC1

Parer's War tells the story of a man caught between two worlds.
8:30pm Sunday 27 April
Based on the lives of real people and actual events, Parer’s War tells the story of a man caught between two worlds and battling with his emotions — at ease amongst the troops and in the midst of jungle warfare, but struggling to connect at home and to win the love of his life.

Thirroul

24 Apr

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On Wednesday was our check-up Finch Therapy day. We had an appointment for 10 am. Instead of taking the car, we travelled to Thirroul by train. We arrived in Thirroul with about forty minutes to spare and took time to look around a bit. I thought it was a good opportunity to take a few pictures.

This sign was not to be overlooked as we left the station.

This sign was not to be overlooked as we left the station.

Looking back to the Entrance to Thirroul Station.

Looking back to the Entrance to Thirroul Station.

Along the main road close to where all the shops were we noticed this nursery.

Along the main road close to where all the shops were we noticed this nursery.

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Peter is taking a Picture with his Tablet. What of?

Peter is taking a Picture with his Tablet. What of?

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We walked a bit further and reached our destination. Our check-ups turned out to be good. What a relief! We were told our bodies were still well aligned. But to come back for another check-up in three months.

This week is a short working week. On Monday was Easter Monday. And this week on Friday is a Public Holiday, namely Anzac Day which always falls onto the 25th of April.

I saw this sign in the window of one shop:

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They advertised a wonderful package. I was thinking that maybe I should take up this offer one day. It seems to be good value.

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Widen Your Circle with Guest Bloggers

24 Apr

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Blogging isn’t just about publishing. It’s about sharing, commenting, and connecting. When we engage with one another, we strengthen the fabric that sustains the blogosphere and us as individual bloggers.

One way to both grow your blog and contribute to the community is with guest bloggers. More engagement? More readers? More conversation? Where do I sign up!? This week, we’ll talk about inviting guest bloggers into your online house; next week, we’ll look at how to find guest blogging opportunities for your writing.

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