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Markie: 50 Faces 50 Lives

15 October 2019 | Living Well

When we talk about transforming our lives many of us think about changing jobs, retiring, a tree change, losing weight, getting fit or perhaps a new relationship. But what about realising the need to change your gender? This week I was privileged to talk with Markie, who in her 70’s made the life changes needed to live as a woman, rather than a man. This is a deeply personal story and I am humbled to share this with you in the Viva 70 climate of respect, learning and acknowledging the very different paths of older age that we may take. It’s a story of courage, authenticity and being true to oneself.

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Arts


Judy: A Film About Judy Garland

Renee Zellweger is tipped to win an Oscar for her performance in Judy, the latest biopic about the actress and singer Judy Garland. Biopics are difficult territory to navigate. Do you praise performances that accurately mimic the story, mannerisms, speech and looks of a famous artist or is there more?…

15 October 2019 | Arts

Downton Abbey: The Film

Can a TV series transition to a film format successfully?  Can you think of a TV series that made this transition seamlessly? I soaked in Downton Abbey when it was first released (2010) and bought the DVD sets of all three series because I couldn’t get enough. This historical drama…

10 October 2019 | Arts

Unbelievable – Worth a Watch

Unbelievable is a series showing on Netflix and it is outstanding. It is based on a true story when a teenager reports a rape and then after being interrogated, recants the story. In parallel another story tells of a serial rapist attacking women and leaving no trace of DNA. A…

2 October 2019 | Arts

Life-Style


Snippets in October

Hi Everyone! I hope your days are joyful and full of adventure. Is it fall where you are? I’m seeing photos of russet leaves and even snow appearing on Instagram. Here in Oz the days are longer, the sun smiles more often and there’s a new energy in the air….

15 October 2019 | Life-Style

Snippets in September

Hi Everyone! The days are getting longer here in Oz and spring is definitely in the air. What’s happening in your life? I hope whatever shape it takes you are feeling good about the way you are spending these very special years. It’s been a week of 9/11 memorials and…

13 September 2019 | Life-Style

Ageless Style: A Melbourne Fashion Week Forum

“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.” —Iris Apfel   As part of Melbourne Fashion Week I attended a forum of fashion industry…

8 September 2019 | Life-Style

Living Well


Markie: 50 Faces 50 Lives

When we talk about transforming our lives many of us think about changing jobs, retiring, a tree change, losing weight, getting fit or perhaps a new relationship. But what about realising the need to change your gender? This week I was privileged to talk with Markie, who in her 70’s…

15 October 2019 | Living Well

Why We Need to Talk About Mental Health

In a recent 50 Faces 50 Lives article I wrote about the two most transformative events of my life- the birth of my son and having him in my life and the experience in 1998 of a complete physical and mental breakdown. Let me point out that these 2 events…

10 October 2019 | Living Well

Adrienne: 50 Faces 50 Lives

The question is often asked ”Where are Adrienne and Mal now?” This globe-trotting couple in their 60’s have embraced a grey nomad existence and overseas travel with a passion. I met Adrienne a few years ago and I was immediately welcomed into the warm and friendly space she creates around…

3 October 2019 | Living Well