Founder of the Australian and New Zealand Parkinsons Support Chat Group
Has her say, in her blog and in her podcasts now on 4ZZZ 12pm Sundays. Listen to her past recordings here, with great music and relevant and entertaining discussions
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Growing up in the ’70s in Brisbane, Australia in the backyard we had: a vegetable patch, compost heap, an incinerator and of course, a Hills Hoist. It was a place to play backyard cricket, do gymnastics or at least headstands, plant vegetable gardens and grow things like choko vines, Passionfruit, Paw Paws and Bowen Mangoes if you were lucky. My Parents love gardening, when we were young, Mum and Dad planted the front garden with annuals and roses, making a beautiful display outside and inside the house bunches of cut flowers were plentiful.
Down an internet rabbit hole and happened to stumble across my blog and thought why not crank it up again?
Let me state to begin with, it still seems weird to say ‘my blog’ even in my head, it’s a little like saying my Maserati or my Gucci handbag. It sounds so ostentatious! The practice of writing thoughts and ideas helps to make sense of this crazy world we live in.
A cute little girl in a Frozen costume, her brother also wearing a frozen costume with Grandad and Grandma beaming brightly in the front yard. They are all smiling and happy, the grandma is a recognisable Stafford identity. The group is obviously enjoying Halloween in Stafford, Trick or Treating in a neighbourhood where it is not really done. For the last 25 years it has been an older persons area, we were the young family. Years ago when my kids wanted to do Trick or Treating, I gave a warning to the elderly ladies around the corner, and a sneaky packet of wrapped lollies also.
Today is our last day in Portland, the World Parkinson’s Congress closed yesterday. What a week it’s been! The Radioparkies team worked together very well, and showed amazing dedication and enthusiasm throughout the entire congress.
Driving into downtown Vancouver the taxi driver tells us the the properties are worth millions
Arrived at our hotel, Rosdale on Robson in Vancouver Canada at 8am after a flight of over 13 hours from Brisbane, Australia. Our suite was ready and sooooo comfortable.
Yesterday, the Board of Parkinsons Queensland Inc, of which I am a member, spent the day developing a practical and achievable strategic plan for PQI in 2016 and beyond. New and enhanced learnings and understandings about PQI and the big picture were gained. The challenges and opportunities both internal and external were identified and discussed
Sometimes, life throws you a curve ball, and what can you do? Depending on what the situation is, and the magnitude of the shock at the time of revelation, was it totally unexpected?
Sometimes I just can’t help it, I’m fabulous! Other times I’m just me…..
This week I’ve been spectacular in a few ways…..I have indeed
– taken brisk morning walks
– organised support group meetings for which I will not be present because I’ve double booked
– started a paper diary to keep it all together
– produced two fantastic radio shows from my own home
– started my poster for the WPC poster displays
– planned the borders for a quilt
– talked with great people around the world
Last week, some of the radio shows on radioparkies.com could not be broadcast as there was something happening that was out of our control. The best efforts were made by our technical team to get the shows out, but to no avail. So what did I do? I had the night off!!
There was never a more true statement. Finally, a quilt I’ve been working on sporadically for at least 18 years
irds……hold a fascination, effortlessly flying through the air, gliding over water, perching on small branches, their heads moving to enquire. Light hopping movements or striding with pride investigating and always searching for sustenance, nesting materials, safety with birdsong sweet, loud and vibrant.
Recently an article has been circulating that is so good, it must be shared. But not all at once! Oh
Music can take you anywhere and show tunes definitely make me feel happy, except for those annoying ones. Can’t think of any annoying show tunes at the moment, my head is full of happy songs and the verve of the music I’ve been listening to whilst preparing for the Wednesday radio show.
Happy New Year! With the new year comes new beginnings, another chance to start anew. Have a look at life in a fresh way. Planning a NFY resolution? I am! Here it is……Get more sleep
The takeaway message from Linda Rondstadt in the interview below is really vital for everyone and especially for people living with Parkinson’s.
Linda Rondstadt and DJ_Pete interview on Radioparkies Recording of Wednesday night Radioparkies show Linda and DJ_Pete talked on the phone