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It’s great getting reader responses to Fraying. So many people whose parents have had dementia have written to me, and I find their stories so moving.

Here’s a few lines received this week.
‘I purchased a copy of Fraying and I simply couldn’t put it down. It was like I was reading my own life experiences with my mother… Thank you so much for writing this story for me too. It will remain a most treasured book on my bookshelf and shared with others.’

All I can say is thank you, thank you to readers.
The more we share our stories, the richer the community. Stories, after all, are our treasures.
Michele Gierck
Author/Freelance Writer/Speaker

Launch – Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me

Launch – Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me

So pleasing to see my latest book- Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me – in stores. Celebrated with an ‘In Conversation’ with Morag Fraser, at Readings Hawthorn.

(Pic – Michele Gierck on the left, Morag Fraser on the right.)

To hear Michele Gierck’s radio interview with Richard Fidler, broadcast across Australia, here’s the links.

ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/02/25/4186353.htm

On SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/abc-conversations/michele-gierck-caring-for-my-mum-with-alzheimers

Fraying is available as a paperback, or an ebook.

 

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Pause, Ponder, Power Down

Pause, Ponder, Power Down

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Holidays, especially in naturally beautiful places, can be a wonderful time to pause … and ponder. They can become a vital time to power down, and then, eventually, recharge.

Image: view of the mountains from Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

Advance Health Directives or Advance Care Plans

Advance Health Directives or Advance Care Plans

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Life is a series of cycles. And having your wishes respected when at your most vulnerable is important, particularly come the end of your life. Here’s the link to an article I recently wrote about Advance Care Plans or Advance Health Directives.

http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41460#.U4mjbPmSyBI

Making an Advance Care Plan, or Advance Health Directive, is not only a good idea for the person who makes it, but it’s important for family members or friends (or whoever you appoint as your Medical Power of Attorney or Substitute Decision Maker) who may be called on to make critical decisions should you be in a state that renders you unable to express your own wishes.

If you are thrust into the roll of carer, it’s a good idea to make sure the person you are caring for, if over 18 years of age, has an Advance Care Plan or Advance Health Directive, as they are known in Australia, in place.

To find out what inspires Michele check out her other blog: www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Text and image: copyright Michele Gierck
Photo: Eucalyptus Silver Princess just prior to sunset

Stepping into the World of Another – Writing Personal Profiles

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One of the most rewarding aspects of writing personal profiles, at least for me, is the opportunity it provides to step into the world of another. Then to really listen, not just to what is said, but to get a sense of the person’s essence, and to commit that to the page.

My most recent profile was hip-hop artist and Burundian refugee, Fablice from The Flybz. War, loss and years as a refugee have not dented his spirit or his hope for the future. What an inspiration. So too his song, Child Soldier, with the iconic singer/songwriter Paul Kelly.

To find out what else inspires Michele visit: www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Pursuing An Idea

Pursuing An Idea

BabyTern&MumOnBeachCreativity is a fascinating process. Critical to it, and I’m speaking from a writer’s perspective, is the capacity and determination to pursue an idea – be it fashionable or not.

And to believe in it. Relentlessly.

It was like that with my first book, published in 2006. And so it is with the current two!

 

 

 

 

Image: Baby and Mother Tern, Lord Howe Island, Australia

Text and Image copyright Michele Gierck

www.michelegierck.com.au

 

A Piece of Paradise

A Piece of Paradise

MalabarViewOfMtGower&Walker01-15-2014Paradise for me is naturally spectacular, ringed by coral reef teeming with hundreds of fish species, with mountains at its southern tip. It’s Lord Howe Island.

What an inspiring place. In fact, I was so impressed that I’ve just penned a travel piece about it. Not sure when it will appear in Australian newspapers.

Photo: Lord Howe Island from Malabar Hill
Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Storytelling and Surprises

Storytelling and Surprises

JohnReflectingAn old friend, a respected Australia journalist and storyteller, once told me that when it comes to writing people’s stories, put away your preconceived ideas and biases, and simply meet them as a person. Listen without judgement. Be really present. And you might be surprised. How insightful.

Tune in

Tune in

BirdBillHoneyeaterI was speaking at a conference this week. My topic was storytelling. There’s nothing more precious than our stories, except of course a healthy memory to file them in. There are so many different stories all around us, if we tune in–and listen.

The Shape of Your Life

What shape is your life

If you drew your life story as a shape, what form would it take? A square, with sturdy sides? A thinly lined circle? Or a long meandering squiggle? (The trunk of a scribbly gum tree, covered in a mass of squiggles, comes to mind.) Would your shape be vibrantly coloured, covered with daubs, dots and blotches, gently shaded or perhaps painted with thick oils? How might you choose to express the shape of your life?