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Enhancing Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Crisis

Julia Richards, a medicinal herbalist living in Yorkshire, UK is a regular contributor to Viva 70 and a dear friend. Last week she helped us learn about the benefits of red clover and this week Julia sent through a very timely article about supporting your immune system especially during the…

23 March 2020 | Living Well

The Corona Virus : Our Responses & Actions

Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself. This wisdom wandered in the Instagram stratosphere last week. I like it. Self-efficacy at its best. But the world had other plans last week. In Australia, the pale, withering form of a recession hovers and the government acted to stimulate…

20 March 2020 | Living Well

Four or three leaf: Red clover is more than just a good luck symbol!

It’s St Patrick’s Day! And while social distancing, corona virus and hand washing are front of mind we hope that in the confines of your home you’ll play some fine Irish music, have a Guinness or wine and pay homage to this Irish saint on 17th March. Clover is said…

18 March 2020 | Living Well

Why is Storytelling so Important?

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… said the BBC Radio presenter on Children’s Hour, the must listen program for kids in 1950’s England. We gathered in the parlour, my sister and I and we’d listen to a story being read on radio. I remember Little Women and Enid Blyton’s…

9 March 2020 | Living Well

Hogeweyk: A Dementia Village

I came across this wonderful TED talk the other day by Yvonne van Amerongen. I’m always on the look out for information about Dementia as we have a family member who lives with this dreadful illness. He’s 83 and life is a turmoil for him as his memory is diminished…

25 February 2020 | Living Well

Life and Death and the “Widowhood Effect.”

Two of my friends have died in the last two weeks. I’m here in Bali receiving messages from home. I remember my mother, who was famously caustic in her commentary on life, saying that at 80 her only social engagements were to attend funerals and do her weekly shopping. Both…

18 February 2020 | Living Well

Do our Holidays Change As We Get Older?

Last night I moseyed down to the beach club for sunset drinks,  which in my new angel status world means a slushy mocktail probably with more calories than a decent glass of wine. However I feel virtuous and I don’t miss alcohol in this very stress free world where the…

12 February 2020 | Living Well

The Rose – so much more than just a symbol of love

Do you celebrate Valentine’s day? I do… and I’m single! Forget the commercial spin on showing love by buying stuff….Perhaps it’s as simple as thinking about those you love in your life and the gratitude you feel about them being in your world- your family and dear friends. It’s also…

11 February 2020 | Living Well

Women…Let’s Talk About Money!

Financial management is a tricky thing. It’s something you learn. It’s not just common sense. And many women are really bad at it. It’s only in recent years that we have started a conversation about women and money and dare I say that Oprah Winfrey and Suze Orman had a…

30 January 2020 | Living Well