About Grace

Whilst you are approaching retirement; during those years when you no longer need a regular income to sustain your lifestyle; you may want to remain emotionally aware, physically fit and cognitively engaged. My mission is to support you in living the best life possible during your senior years.

We are fortunate to be living in a special era. A time in which there are many opportunities to experience  the last decades of our life with a positive attitude, participating in active pastimes and creating opportunities for learning new ideas whilst engaging in activities never previously experienced. I plan to help you retain your physical health with varied activities, develop your cognitive capacity with engaging challenges, and ensuring you have the ability to learn new skills throughout your life.

For the past 10 years I have been a facilitator of Conscious Ageing, conducting small monthly meetings with members of the University of the Third Age. This experience has allowed me to enrich the life of the participants with the ongoing support they receive in living a positive lifestyle.

Welcome to my Website – I look forward to sharing the journey

Join Grace

I visualise this blog as a co-operative venture in which I plan to engage and interact with like-minded people in a similar age group.    I have gathered together some tools and some ideas which have assisted me in retaining an active life-style both physically and cognitively.    I have explored the internet and found some role models and some experts who have exciting things to say about how to use our added life span wisely and actively.    I will introduce you to some ideas about becoming acquainted with the benefits of technology.   Most importantly you will be motivated to continue taking on new challenges and retaining your curiosity about what is going on in the world.

Watch my video or listen to my recent radio interview to learn more.

September 12th

It is now 6 months since we have been aware that the Covid-19 pandemic would have a direct effect on each and everyone in this universe.    As it is said, “We are all in the same sea, but some of our boats are better than others.

I consider myself very fortunate to be protected from the worst inconveniences of the autocratic rules which are governing our daily life.   I have adapted well to the zoom room and how offer two different courses for my followers.   As well as the Conscious Ageing, I have started a new group based on Ted Circles which meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 2.30pm (SAT)

Conscious Ageing is meeting in zoom on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 2.30pm.   We have been having important discussion about the new life style we are living.   The zoom room has allowed us to connect on a regular basis and support each other through these changing times.   Nothing replaces face-to-face conversations, and a good hug, but zoom has done an amazing job of transforming its services and adapting to the run away demand for its services.

Drop me a note if you wish to join the regular Monday discussions! 

24 Hours of Reality

As a Climate Reality Leader, I know that we are facing an unprecedented series of challenges – a global pandemic, climate crisis, racial injustice, and deep inequities – that have transformed everyday life and created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change that we cannot squander.  As an Ambassador for Climate Reality I will be answering the call to promote awareness for a just and green recovery and finally build a truly sustainable and equitable future where there is opportunity for all.

At this critical moment, Climate Reality Ambassadors have been asked to give a virtual presentation to people in our networks. I will be joining the other Ambassadors in creating a global climate conversation on October 11th when there will be  24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future.

The aim is to hit 3,000 presentations worldwide on October 11. After reaching over 2,000 24 Hours of Reality presentations last year the plan is to go even bigger in this important year.

Here is the link to my presentation

I am hoping you will be able to join on Sunday 18th October at 4pm.   Do contact me with any questions

Grace’s Blog

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Adapting to the Zoom Room

Merely a short half year ago, the Zoom Room was foreign territory to me.   Now, it is an integral and important area of my daily attention, offering me many hours of challenge and entertainment.   It has been an amazing personal transformation.  …
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Your Invitation to Support my Climate Activism!

New Feelings I have shared with you in previous blogs the strong feeling that pervaded my consciousness early this year.   These meandering thoughts were around the need for me to become an active participant in promoting healthy habits of…
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My Journey to Activism

I am not religious. Nor do I consider myself to be particularly spiritual. However, in January I found myself experiencing a profound premonition that this year the subject of Climate Change would be important in my life. January 2020 In January…
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Baking Bread and Bettering the Brain

Baking Bread and Bettering the Brain My daughter Daniella who manufactures chef uniforms, did a deal with Jade who teaches Bread Baking.   Daniella would make Jade and her mother each a beautiful apron to wear at their bread making demonstrations.  …
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Five Months Later

“But this is a time to gather the facts, then get quiet and summon our deepest wisdom — and let that wisdom lead us. For we have difficult choices to make in the coming days,” says Valerie Kaur in her memoir entitled “From Revolutionary…
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The Great Reset

Premonition of January 2020 I have never considered myself to be a particularly intuitive person. I have the odd hunch, and I know that foresight does play a role in decision making. However, since January 2020, I have been grappling to come…
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My Introduction to Climate Activism

Having been a facilitator of Conscious Ageing for the past decade with members of the University of the Third Age as my participants, I felt a strong urge at the beginning of 2020.   It was the need to refocus my work from emphasising the…
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My Son-in-Law Challenges Me

Last Sunday my daughter invited me to breakfast. She had been telling me about the delicious pancakes she makes. They are accompanied by stewed pears, naartjies, and bananas then topped with nuts, seeds and syrup. This description was indeed…
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Searching for Transcendence

Being in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, with restrictions having been imposed on the traditional lifestyle; it seemed like a good time to start a new initiative. TED has recently curated a new opportunity within their offerings. This they…
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Some Reflections on the Implications of Covid 19

South Africa has been in lockdown since 27th March 2020 – that amounts to 13 ½ weeks at the time of writing.    What have I learned about myself, society and the human condition during that time?  How am I making sense of all these constraints…
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Honing our New Skills

It is 12 noon on a Friday morning, 22nd May 2020. I am feeling energised by three positive experiences. The first one totally unanticipated, and the following two planned arrangements that turned out to be extremely satisfying. It would not…

Reflections on Today and Tomorrow

My Hunch At the beginning of this year, I had a hunch. Life was about to transform. The present Neoliberal philosophy dictating our lifestyle had outlived its usefulness. With some degree of discomfort I found myself predicting that humankind…
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Adapting Under Lockdown

Life Changes Enforced by the Lockdown It is the beginning of week four of the South African lockdown, the government’s response to the Covid-19 virus infection. “How am I feeling?” I ask myself. And, then I respond to my own question:…
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Life Long Routines

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but that does not mean that human beings are unable to learn new skills throughout their lifespan The Science of Building New Nerve Connections It was about 15 years ago that I started…
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Wisdom and Climate Change

“Your true purpose is found at the intersection of your greatest aliveness and the world's critical needs.”  This statement was made by Frederick Buechner to define wisdom. My Search for Wisdom It was some years ago that I realised…
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Perambulations on the Present Pandemic

Man's Footprint and its consequences Do you believe there is a connection between the appearance of the virus that causes Covid-19 and the disturbance of the natural environment?  I posed this question recently in a meeting which had been…
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The Challenges of Climate Change

“Your true purpose is found at the intersection of your greatest aliveness and the world's critical needs.”  This statement was made by Frederick Buechner to define wisdom. My Search for Wisdom It was some years ago that I realised I…
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Reflections on an Art and Meditation Retreat

Shambhala Art I have just returned from a week on a nearby farm where I attended a Shambhala Art Retreat.  The invitation stated,  “Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint…
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A Surprise Phonecall

I had a surprise phone call this morning, Sunday, 1 December 2019. It was from Jechaim, who is the brother of my son's wife. He lives in Amsterdam, where he is fulfilling a lifetime passion and a dream. He recently opened a Baking Lab History…
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A Husband and then a Friend

Two days ago, I witnessed the death of the man with whom I have had the longest friendship in my life! I have known this man as a husband for 32 years, and as a friend, admirer and supporter for 28 years. Joe passed away at the age of 94,…
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The Lessons of Travel

During my school days, I was reluctant to participate in many of the activities offered. However, I was elected to be the proposer in a debate entitled, "Travel Broadens the Mind and Stimulates the Intellect." Having just returned from a…
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Dear Noam: A Letter to my Grandson

I am so excited that you decided to take on the challenge of learning your Parasha and preparing a lesson about Jewish customs and beliefs, on the occasion of your Barmitzvah.    Your parents can encourage you to participate in a Jewish ritual…
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My Passport has Expired

It is just eight days before I am due to leave Cape Town and fly to Amsterdam for my grandson’s Barmitzvah.   Plans have been ongoing for some months.   Flights have been booked for the family. Accommodation at our destination has been…
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Cataract Surgery Delayed

For many years I have been hearing reports from my friends about the ease with which they have coped with cataract operations.   For some reason or other no-one had suggested to me that it may be time for me to undergo the procedure. And,…
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A Contemporary Initiative in Journalism

I wish to introduce you to The Correspondent.   This new publication was founded in September 2019.   It offers a unique contemporary approach to journalism.   The reader is introduced to a brave and bold approach to playing their own part…
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Generation Theory in the Local Press

What is Generation Theory? American research and literature have been including references to Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and millennials for some time. Now the terms are starting to appear in the newspapers in South Africa. In…
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My Introduction to Memory Training

As I was about to enter the eighth decade of my life, I was constantly hearing from my friends about their memory loss. Or, about their confusion when navigating familiar parts of their home town, or their difficulty in maintaining concentration…
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What is the Role of Education Today

"Education should not only train people to solve problems and sharpen their intelligence but, more importantly, to be good human beings." ~ Matthieu Ricard #10 Chatting to a friend yesterday, I was surprised to hear from her an evaluation…
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The Importance of both a Legal Will and a Living Will

Not all of us are the owners of vast financial fortunes. We may not consider ourselves to be wealthy. Some of us may have limited monetary resources. However, each and every person needs to protect their family members by drawing up a Legal…
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Preparing for the Future

Chantell Ilbury is considered to be one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers.    This modest and attractive young woman spoke at a meeting under the banner of the Cape Town University of the Third Age, at our local Baxter Theatre. Scenario…
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The Early Morning Vicissitudes of a BLogger

I had planned to concentrate on doing my weekly blog post first thing this morning. Not to become diverted by any other chores. However, it is now two hours later, and I have not yet started on my noble intention. Some Diversions Checking…
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The Evolution of Ideas

I studied psychology in the 1950's.  It was one of my majors for my BA degree. Today I was reminded on two discrete occasions about concepts I had studied six decades ago, which had not been part of my consciousness for many years. Two Different…
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Your Amazing Gut

When I heard that Anwar Mal was to give a lecture on, “The Gut - its Contents and Malcontents,” I knew I was in for a treat! Whist the gut is primarily known for its role in digesting our food, I have some knowledge about recent research…
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What is Anti-fragility?

The term antifragility was introduced into the English language by Nassim Taleb when writing his book of the same name which appeared in 2013.   I was somewhat chuffed to learn about this concept as it verified an observation I had made…
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Maintaining an Open Mind

A serendipitous viewing of this fascinating debate between Jonathan Sachs and Jonathan Haidt led me to pursue the evolving change in communication habits which influence our contemporary value systems.  The subject addressed by the two eloquent…
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Multiculturism

I spontaneously made a statement during our recent monthly Conscious Ageing Meeting.   This impulsive articulation of an inspirational hunch has resulted in my delving into a profound journey of research and meditation.   My suggestion.  …

Online Learning

Online Learning What is Zoom? I had a new experience today. Sandra Mackay of the Neuroscience Academy invited her past students to a zoom meeting. In these an online courses Sarah teaches coaches the basic neurological principles behind…
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Ongoing Challenges

My friend Geraldine recently celebrated her 83rd birthday.  I phoned to congratulate her on reaching this milestone. In the past, she has invited her friends for a morning tea to celebrate this annual event, but having recently moved to a…
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Is Facebook Damaging Society

Intelligence Squared is considered the world’s leading forum for online debate and intelligent discussion.  This medium recently staged a lively discussion around the role that Facebook plays in influencing public opinion.    Two contriubtors…
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Curiosity

I had a new experience today.    Sarah McKay teaches online courses about Neuroscience.   As a past student I was invited to a zoom meeting to share my experiences in applying her teachings in the work environment.. In these an online…
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Acquiring a Compassionate Lifestyle

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." — Dalai Lama I like to keep up to date with current developments in mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. This results in my contact with…
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Technology Today

Do you remember when you had  to “Keep up with the Joneses?”  It was a serious challenge during the early years of my marriage when the lifestyle of Minimalism had not yet entered the psyche of my cultural group. Today we need to keep…
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Contemporary Challenges for Mankind

Some problems mankind has had to cope with since time immemorial, including famine, plague and sickness.   Yuval Harari in Homo Deus argues coherently from this premise.   However in his recent book, The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven…
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My Technological Challenge

O800 444 426 is the number to dial.   It is the international phone number for South African residents which allows them to communicate free of charge with Apple Support on a telephonic land line The Problem I had landed myself in a situation…
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Wisdom, Conscious Ageing and Sageing

Wisdom If you look at the Merriam-Wester dictionary, you will find the word Wisdom defined as:  “The ability to discern inner qualities and relationships.”    Somehow, I have the feeling that there is more to Wisdom than described here,…
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From Darkness into Light

Perusing the daily newspaper yesterday morning, I was intrigued by the background story about a 5K walk due to take place in Cape Town the following morning.  It was being held by an International Charity which counsels people with suicidal…
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My Daily Meditation

The increasing popularity and awareness of the Practice of Mindfulness in the Western World during the past decade, has been so phenomenal, that some sceptical observers have been calling it somewhat sardonically MacMindfulness! My first…

Family In Transition

There was a time, not so long ago, when words like Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ‘the spectrum’ were not part of the everyday vocabulary.    Today you hear such cynical comments as, “If you are a grandparent and have not at least…

Who or What to Believe?

There is no doubt that we live in a world today, Saturday 27th April 2019 at 12h15, in which we suffer from information overload.   Whatever your perspective on an issue, there will always be multiple examples of expert evidence to confirm…

Reflecting on Political Assassination

It is not often that I read a book that I am unable to put down.   A book in which I continue to the next chapter even though I have mentally decided to switch off the light and go to sleep when I am at the end of reading the present one.  …
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Reflections on Passover

Whilst I was born Jewish, I grew up in a Post-Holocaust Era when many British Jews decided that it was a disadvantage to publicly demonstrate any adherence to this ancient religious grouping.   My father was one of those people. Immigration…
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Maintaining Cognitive Reserve

Rachel Carsons who wrote the definitive work Silent Spring in 1962, her classic exposition on the potentially disastrous role of DDT which caused such damage to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans; has…

History from Another Perspective

I was born just before the outbreak of WW2 and have early memories of our home help saying, “If the Germans come into this country you will be sent away to a concentration camp.”    I would have been between the ages of 4 and 7 years…

Learning from Adversity

It was Saturday morning and I decided to visit the local park where an open-air Craft Market was taking place.    Usually when I visit this park the dogs have a wonderful time interacting with the squirrels and running freely, but because…

What's the Buzz

Freshlivng is the name of a free magazine offered to loyal shoppers at what is probably the largest South African supermarket, Pic n Pay.   Whilst there are a couple of general interest articles in this monthly publication it is mainly devoted…
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Maths and the Media

Professor John Webb of the University of Cape Town has done much pioneering work in the teaching of maths and has been active in organising Maths Olympiads in South Africa.   Today I was fortunate to be able to listen to him address the University…

Mindfulness Conference at the Cradle of Humankind

Mindfulness Convention at the Cradle of Humankind I have just returned from a unique four day conference in the Cradle of Humankind.  It was convened by IMISA (Institute of Mindfulness in South Africa) and created an opportunity for all…
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What is Wisdom?

What does it mean to be wise? When I reached my mid-sixties, I had a strong, and rather guilty feeling, that I had reached the age in which it was required of me that I fulfill the description of being “A Wise Woman!”.   After all, were…

Can you Burn a Candle at Both Ends? Can you Multitask?

Burning the Candle at both Ends They say you cannot burn the candle at both ends, but today in the middle of summer I managed to do just that.   At 8am this morning, just after sunrise,  I was on the tennis court playing in a Tournament…
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The Brain and Behaviour

I have something in common with both Winston Churchill and Oliver Sacks.   Yes I know I am neither a great politician nor an esteemed neurologist known for my brilliant essays written for the lay public.   However, all three of us suffer…
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What is a Death Cafe

I was initiated into Mindfulness and Meditation through an academic route by undertaking a two year diploma course at our local university.   However, I have become aware of the debt that is owed to Buddhism for its unique and valuable contribution…

An Unexpected Meeting

As a newcomer to the ritual of writing a regular blog, I am developing fresh ways of evaluating my daily experiences.   The mundane has become a possibility.   An ordinary event may just be an opportunity.   What would in the past been…

Forgiveness for Self and others

Tracey Ford, the mother of a 17 year old boy who was shot dead at an ice-skating rink in London, some years ago has wisely said, “Forgiveness is not saying that what happened was OK, it’s being able to say within your heart that you accept…

University of Cape Town moves forward

This morning I experienced a multi-faceted insight into the role of an insightful, articulate and profound leader.   The newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, who in the days of Apartheid belonged to the previously…

Harry Leslie Smith, 'The 90 year old Rebel', has died

Harry Leslie Smith aged 95, has just died, and this portrait of him is culled from an article by Paul Hunter written in The Star on November 28th 2018. I have taken particular inspiration from this story, not only because I share my surname…

Competitiveness and Croquet

The past six days have been spent on beautiful green lawns competing in the Western Province Croquet Association’s Annual Tournament.   In order to play in the four events for which I am eligible I put aside four days of my schedule, which…
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The Buddhist Contribution to a Peaceful Future

I wish to introduce you to one of my favourite thinkers.   Matthieu Ricard holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the Pasteur Institute, in Paris.   He is a multitalented scholar who interrupted his research into cell genetics to become…

A serendipidous Blogger Experience

Cape Town, South Africa, made history last year when it was the first major city to be threatened by a devestating drought.   Severe water restrictions and some late rains have slightly relieved the situation, but nonetheless strict restrictions…

The Hazards of Spontaneity

It was Wednesday evening at 9pm and I received an email to inform me of a lecture being held at the University of Cape Town’s Medical School the following Thursday at 9 o’clock in the morning.   Alright, I would miss my usual Thursday…
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Ageing and Sageing

Yesterday I was invited to give a talk to members of our local University of the Third Age about “Ageing and Sageing.”   This invitation resulted from the events of last year when I had the privilege of hosting Gary and Charolotte Carlson…
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Adapt or Die

In Cape Town we have been adapting during the past few years to a severe shortage of water, and how with our public supplier of electricity Eskom, going through major supply problems we are having to cope with regular electricity outages lasting…

The Need for Achievement

Much of my recent thought time has been devoted to wondering about my own personal motivation.    Have you ever speculated about how many thoughts you have during a single day, or in an hour, or a minute?   Your ‘default mind network’…

Figuring

My week-ends for the past five or six years have been highlighted by Maria Popover’s Brainpickings – her weekly blog of musings, readings and philosophical insights which include a potpourri of miscellanea.   In December 2018 Maria announced…

Join me in my New Venture

I have decided to take the "bull by the horns", the "bit between the teeth" and expose my day to day musings with my cohort who are endevouring to develop some meaningful understanding of the human experience. The motivation to start a blog…

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