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A broken neck and a brilliant memoir. #Half-Life

When you first meet Joshua Prager, you see his stick. Then you see the smile, the warmth in his face, and the light in his eyes. And the stick doesn’t matter.

But in his memoir, of course it does. It symbolises another life entirely from the one he meant to lead.   Continue reading

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High fives

Quick thought.  I just read Jill Ruddock‘s “high-five” rules for good health (via an Evening Standard piece on health reform). Her book, “The Second Half of Your Life”, is aimed at women, but the memo works all round.

– Keep in touch with family and friends.

– Think of others.

– Cultivate a passion.

– Exercise

– Eat well

It reminds me of  Anthony Clare’s Seven Steps to Happiness.

Who cares if cliches are cliches, if they keep you going stronger for longer?