Staying Upbeat

Staying Upbeat

Dear Friends, Readers, Community,

Here’s a quote for the day that someone I’ve never met was kind enough to send me.
Necessity is the mother of invention. In these challenging times get creative!

Creativity and curiosity are great gifts to have, especially now. They help us stay upbeat.

Friends have been sending me links to useful online sites. No point keeping them to myself, so here they are.
For some relaxing yoga — as good for the mind as the body — check out this online session.

If you’re up for a free short course, you might like to have a look at the broad selection on offer at Future Learn, from screen writing to health and history.

Feel free to contact me via the contact page on my website if you have ideas or comments.

Photo and text copyright Michele Gierck

Who Really Listens?

Who Really Listens?

The headline for my latest article on listening, which appeared in The Age (Australia) and other Fairfax media, was titled: The Opposite of Talking? Too often, it’s not Listening. But it could be. The article has created quite a bit of interest, drawing on the insights and experiences of people from Australia and the USA.

Listening, what an art it is. Hopefully not a lost art!

I’m currently collecting stories about listening. So if you have one you’d like to share, please send it via the contact page on my website.

Image and text © Michele Gierck

Michele Gierck Author Tour in USA & Canada June/July 2016

Michele Gierck Author Tour in USA & Canada June/July 2016


Michele Gierck, author of Fraying and 700 Days in El Salvador will be on tour in the USA and Canada in June/July 2016. If you’d like Michele to speak at your bookshop, university, corporate, community, library or not-for-profit event, please contact her via the contact page on her website.
Confirmed cities so far are: Washington DC, Chicago & Halifax.

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