Links In The Chain — Mentoring

Oscar Wilde said, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” Usually, however, some wisdom does tag along. We hesitate to define ourselves as wise because, if we’re honest, the older we get the less we know (or can remember). And what is ‘wisdom’, anyway? One definition is ‘the soundness of an action or […]

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Listen to your body talk

As we grow in years and experience we also become increasingly aware of the body we live in, its many quirks and tendencies, its propensity to certain reactions, urges, moods and whims, its aversion to certain conditions or experiences. In other words we become aware of our body as an entity with its own ‘personality’, […]

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Reflections on two decades of tourism development

The history of Planet Earth is the history of mankind’s migrations and as a reader of this article you are most likely a recent migrant yourself. I am sure that everyone who eventually turned into a migrant and is now living here, came once before as a tourist. What remains rather odd is that people […]

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Welcome To My Paradise

Thousands of foreigners come to Bali on holiday the first time and fall in love with the magical “island of the gods” and return, often many times. The wheels in your head begin to spin “what can I do to live here?” Many older people want to retire here or others look at Bali as […]

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The Benefits of Cultivating Gratitude

Rice paddies stretch out from our house. Flooded now, they reflect the sky with puff-ball clouds that turn pink then orange, gliding to shades of white as the morning sun rises. Chickens and white herons peruse the paddies foraging for insects and tiny critters that come with the flooding. Occasionally a heron flies right towards […]

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Heart Health In Bali

As the candles on our birthday cakes multiply to alarming numbers, we wonder from time to time how our hearts are doing.  We can’t see what’s going on in there and it’s a bit of a worry. Cardiologist Dr Putra Antara of Ubud Care Clinic recently gave an excellent presentation on heart disease, followed by […]

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A Few Tips for a Better Travel Experience in the Boomer Years

Galvanized by the Venice Biennale, I recently returned from a twenty-three day trip to Italy. This every-other-year international art exhibition goes from May to November and always recharges my creative juices. Plus, I love being in Italy. The people, the food, the art, the Renaissance buildings, all speak to a deeper part of me. After […]

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Oh, Those Aching Joints

I don’t know about you, but I get stiff these days. Half an hour sitting on the floor or hunched over my computer seizes up the joints… not just my problematic hips but my knees and neck as well. So when I heard there was a joint guy in Ubud, I was very interested in […]

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Living Old is Optional

We all know that growing older is inevitable. It is just a fact of life. And a lot of people think that growing older means our best and most productive days are behind us and that our peak years are long past. How wrong they are. Ask yourself why your biological age would stand in […]

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Last Stand in Paradise

Life on the Island of the Gods – what Nehru exclaimed when he visited Bali for the first time in the 1960s – is a unique and enviable experience. A growing number of foreign retirees are choosing this balmy tropical land of palm trees and clanging of xylophonic orchestras as a place to live off […]

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