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Let­ter of the month

What an in­cred­i­ble in­spi­ra­tion He­len Man­son is! As a mum-of-three my­self, I find life busy enough just jug­gling school drop-offs and get­ting to work on time. The fact that He­len does all of that while cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful im­agery of peo­ple and coun­tries in cri­sis made me think how heart­break­ing and re­ward­ing her life must be. Her pho­to­graphs are amaz­ing. Sue Robert­son

CARDS IN THE MAIL

What a won­der­ful treat to re­ceive the royal post­cards in­side my lat­est is­sue of The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly! My mum, who lives in Cen­tral Otago, is a royal fa­natic, so over the past cou­ple of months she has loved see­ing the news of lit­tle Prince Louis’ ar­rival, and of course Harry and Meghan’s beau­ti­ful royal wed­ding. As soon as I saw the post­cards in my mag­a­zine, I quickly wrote mess­ges on all four of them and posted them to her one at a time, so they didn’t all ar­rive on the same day. She has loved re­ceiv­ing them and it’s been fun to send her some­thing in the post! Thanks AWW. Amanda Sed­don

WAK­ING UP TO THE NEED FOR SLEEP

Af­ter go­ing through menopause a cou­ple of years ago, sleep has be­come a dis­tant me­mory for me. I can’t re­mem­ber the last time I had a full night’s sleep and woke fully re­freshed. Slowly I have just got used to it and learned to cope with the tired­ness dur­ing the day. But af­ter read­ing your ar­ti­cle Re­dis­cov­er­ing the Lost Art of Sleep in the July is­sue and learn­ing about the links be­tween sleep­less­ness and chronic dis­ease, I have de­cided it is prob­a­bly some­thing I need to ad­dress more fully. Read­ing that Alzheimer’s, heart dis­ease, weight gain and can­cer are all linked to how much good sleep you get made me re­alise I need to pri­ori­tise it and learn some new ways to make sure I get at least a lit­tle more shut-eye each night. Thanks for the wake-up call (so to speak!). Kay Wil­son

AGE AP­PRE­CI­A­TION

It’s so re­fresh­ing to hear older women cel­e­brat­ing the next stage in their lives. Your story on Julie Wal­ters in last month’s is­sue was a joy for me, as a woman in my mid 60s. I hope I have her at­ti­tude at 68. I don’t think so­ci­ety fully ap­pre­ci­ates older peo­ple, but I’d like to think that is start­ing to change, and with it the con­fi­dence and free­dom of those in our se­nior years. Lois Aldridge

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