ATTENDING ARTS FESTIVALS/’IDEAS EXCHANGES’ DURING COVID: IT’S ACTUALLY VERY REWARDING…

I’ve been ‘attending’ the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival over the last 10 days.  Though I haven’t moved from my home, they have been surprisingly rewarding experiences.  Is this the way of festivals – and other mass idea exchange forums – in the future?Read More »

LIVING ON THE PENSION: IT CAN BE ENJOYABLE

In our materialistic society, is it possible to live on the basic age pension…and be happy?  Yes!  My mother did it.  My mother-in-law did it.  They both saved money despite living by themselves!  But that was a few years ago and they were in their 80s.  Now I’ve discovered that some of my friends are also on the pension…and they seem to be able to enjoy a lifestyle similar to mine.  How do they do it?Read More »