This Week’s Top Picks – 7th December

So much goodness this week! Beautiful sounds, stunning images, powerful reads, and great design. Here are my top picks from the week that was…

Your Ears Will Thank You
While catching up on some podcasts this week I came across The Blues, a segment from ABC Radio National’s fabulous program, Poetica. This is radio at its absolute best – a beautiful blend of words and sounds, guaranteed to stir the soul. And since Poetica won’t be around for much longer (thanks to the Abbott government’s disgraceful cuts to the ABC), you should listen to The Blues and the rest of the Poetica archive while you still can!

The Best of 2014
The folks at Long Reads have named Jackie’s Goodbye one of the best long-form articles of 2014. And I completely agree with them. It’s a powerful, well-written account of the social, economic and political forces that influence the individual experience of living with, and caring for a person with, dementia.

The New York Times Book Review also announced their Top 10 of 2014 this week and Roz Chast’s graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? made the list. Chast uses comics to beautifully capture the highs and lows of caring for ageing parents and I think her work will resonate with a lot of people.

What Dreams May Come
Do you ever dream of family or friends who are long gone? Paula Span does and her post, Dreaming of the Departed, is a lovely exploration of dreams as part of the bereavement process.

Art Imitating Life
The Conspiracy of Silence is a hauntingly beautiful series of photos from Nicholas Prior. Although Prior’s goal was to portray childhood experiences, when I saw the photos I couldn’t help but wonder if this was how people with dementia felt. Check them out and see what you think.

Designing for Life
I’m a sucker for great design, particularly when a beautiful form has a powerful function. These nifty little flavour utensils caught my eye this week and I think they’d be fabulous for people in aged care who have trouble eating. I also enjoyed this short-film about using virtual reality to support people with chronic pain.

Shameless Self-Promotion
And finally, yours truly had a little something published this week. It might not make any Best of 2014 lists, but I still think Caring ‘Til It Hurts is an important read.

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