November 11, 2015

Men and belonging



The men's shed movement : the company of men
Invented in Australia, the remarkable men’s shed movement has spread from the back blocks of Australia to reach a total of more than 1,400 Men’s Sheds in diverse countries on opposite sides of the world.

This book provides a fascinating, carefully evidenced and definitive story of men’s sheds for the first time. It is a book and movement whose time has come. Many nations are struggling to meet the needs and interests of men beyond the workplace. Over two decades, the men’s shed movement has mushroomed from the ground up to become a strongly networked international movement, not only in Australia, but now Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, and continental Europe.

How and why this has happened and what the evidence and research means for service providers, communities and the men in the men’s sheds movement is thoroughly explored. Lead author, Professor Barry Golding, Federation University Australia, is the respected world expert in the field, being a patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the winner of the coveted Ted Donnelly Award in 2013 for his “outstanding contribution to the men’s shed movement.”

The art of belongingThe Art of Belonging Mackay shows how strong communities develop our moral sense and build our emotional security. He says that as 'social creatures' we can only reach our potential when we engage with our communities - in the local neighbourhood, at work and even online.
Drawing on his lifelong work as a social researcher, Mackay creates a fictional suburb, Southwood, and populates it with characters who, like most of us, struggle to reconcile their need to belong with their desire to live life on their own terms. Through a series of stories, illuminated by Mackay's social analysis, we witness the conflicts that arise when individuals assert their needs at the expense of others, but we also glimpse the satisfactions that flow from contributing to the common good.
Compellingly argued and written with wisdom, compassion and wit, The Art of Belonging is for those who yearn for a society that sustains and nurtures the many, not just the fortunate few.

What makes us tick?"Dr Mackay has spent a lifetime listening to people talk about their dreams, fears, hopes, disappointments and passions. As well, his bestselling books have documented the impact of the changes that have been radically reshaping our society. In WHAT MAKES US TICK? he reflects on some of the things that don't change, identifies ten desires that drive us all, and asks: Why do we talk as if we're rational, but act as if we're not? ; Why do some people always want to take control? ; Why do we seek change, yet resist it? ; Why do we want more of the things that have failed to satisfy us? . His exploration of these and other issues goes to the heart of some of life's big questions. In this new edition Hugh Mackay offers a postscript that delves into the many concerns that were raised by people around the country when he was first promoting WHAT MAKES US TICK?. They include: Why do people become workaholics? ; How can religious people hold such irrational beliefs? ; Why are so many people hooked on social media? ; What about gender and generational differences? ; Shouldn t our desire for security be on the list? , as well as many other issues that resonate with modern Australia. He also offers more thoughts on the desire to be taken seriously; the desire for my place ; the desire for something to believe in; the desire to connect; the desire to be useful. Raising all these ideas, this is a book that will explain us to ourselves"

Wishes fulfilled : mastering the art of manifestingThis book is dedicated to your mastery of the art of realizing all your desires. The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined. And everything that will ever exist must first be imagined.

Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact.
The monk who sold his Ferrari : a fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny
Everyone loves a good fable, and this is certainly one. The protagonist is Julian Mantle, a high-profile attorney with a whacked-out schedule and a shameful set of spiritual priorities. Of course it takes a crisis (heart attack) to give Mantle pause. And pause he does--suddenly selling all his beloved possessions to trek India in pursuit of a meaningful existence. The Himalayan gurus along the way give simple advice, such as, "What lies behind you and what lies before you is nothing compared to what lies within you." Yet it is easy to forgive the story's simplicity because each kernel of wisdom is framed to address the persistent angst of Western white-collar professionals.



It's never too late to change your mind : the latest medical thinking on what you can do to avoid dementia

First our memories. Then our independence. Finally even control of our bodies. Dementia can be a frightening illness, first for the unsuspecting individual, and then for the often helpless family. That a lifetime of achievements, knowledge and experiences could be replaced one day by a state of infant-like dependency in an anonymous and incomprehensible world is an understandable fear. But there is good news! We can help to protect ourselves against the scourge. There are practical things that we can all do to mitigate against course of dementia. Using the latest research, It's Never Too Late to Change Your Mind explains just what dementia is and what causes it. And most importantly, what you can do to avoid it. Understand the importance of having a healthy heart – the link between vascular health and forms of dementia is paramount • Learn the link between diabetes and dementia and how the oxidation theory works • How can cholesterol and what we eat affect brain function? • Is there a link with hymocysteine levels? • How mental activity promotes brain growth – even in adults! • Use it or lose it – what mental activities are best? Avoiding the onset of dementia is a whole body, whole-of-life process. It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Mind explains how this works, what to do, and reassures us all that we can all take action before things go too far.

all of which can be borrowed be emailing nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au if you are a member of ALZ NSW library

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