July 3, 2016

Stirring, stretching, thinking

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February 24, 2014

Summoning the winds of change…

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , at 5:42 pm by Margi Macdonald

Poplars (Wind effect) Claude Monet 1891

Poplars (Wind effect) Claude Monet 1891

Well, not quite summoning…but certainly exploring, discussing and reflecting.

I’m so lucky to have six blogging friends who form The Health and Happiness Collective, and together, we share our unique perspectives and reflections.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re visiting the theme of Change.

First up, we have Ananda Mahony at Vitale, with Confessions of a Skincare Tragic.

If you’ve ever needed encouragement to make the switch to natural, pure and effective skin care, Ananda’s article is for you.

The other happy bloggers are

Kathleen at Your health. Your life.

Sarah at The Wellness Ninja

Jan at The Eloquent Garden

Sandra at Nature’s Healing

Peter at Peter Kington

We invite you to sign up and subscribe to our blogs.

We’re a diverse bunch of natural medicine practitioners, gardeners and cooks who like to think, eat, create and share, and we’d love to have you with us.

March 20, 2012

How well are you? Really?

Posted in brisbane, health tagged , , , , at 12:30 pm by Margi Macdonald

Take the test.

Cautions and care: This poll is for your awareness and information only. If you have concerns about your health and well-being, please see your family doctor for a check-up. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture provided by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner is an effective complementary therapy, but it is not an alternative to medical advice.

March 13, 2012

How does acupuncture work?

Posted in brisbane, health tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:40 pm by Margi Macdonald

RMIT University academic Dr Zhen Zheng explains how acupuncture works.

January 30, 2012

Posted in life tagged , , , , at 7:52 am by Margi Macdonald

Be sure to read the full article. The concept of the Tao – The Way – can be applied to life, health, and economics!

Better Nature: books and commentary by Geoff Davies

[See this article at philosophers.posterous, adapted from the first chapter of The Nature of the Beast]

… Taoism arose from the close observation of nature and people.  It distills a higher wisdom than either of the crude world views that dominated the twentieth century.  We can aspire to create economies that transcend the crude and unhealthy economic systems that arose from those twentieth century world views, and that provide for and nurture a healthy balance in the lives of people and societies. …

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October 15, 2011

Breast Cancer awareness…. made hot n’ cheeky

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , at 1:09 pm by Margi Macdonald

It’s October, and the breast cancer awareness pink ribbons are everywhere.

I don’t need to say anything, now do I ladies?

Just watch the video, and then do all the things these helpful gentlemen suggest.

Your life might depend on it.

ps: if you’re coy about watching men with wash-board abs, great arms, very cute butts and underwear, and a few nice moves, then you can go here for a more scientific explanation.

Disclaimer: Margi Macdonald writing at this blog Some Energy Thing does not advocate the specific use of the application featured in this video. The video is for your information. If you are uncertain about correct techniques for breast self-examination, have a concern about your breasts, or haven’t received a recent well-woman check-up, then you must see your family doctor.

For an intriguing general article about breasts and breast health, go here.

April 5, 2011

Body, mind and nose

Posted in fragrance, health, life tagged , , , , , , , at 9:11 am by Margi Macdonald

Recently I was invited to write a newsletter article about Ayurveda and Aromatherapy for Rose Heart’s Organic Infusions.

I’m sure many readers know something about Aromatherapy, yet I’m guessing fewer have a basic understanding of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life.

Just as Traditional Chinese Medicine has its counterparts in tai chi, acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and lifestlye therapies, Ayurveda is the yogic way of understanding and moderating life and health.

Go here, and discover for yourselves…and after that, please visit this page here at Some Energy Thing.


Image: Plant with blue-violet flowers Maker: CE Wheelock c1915. George Eastman House Collection. Source: flickr

January 3, 2011

2010 in review

Posted in food, health, life tagged , , , , , , , at 10:05 am by Margi Macdonald

Healthy blog!

Well, the numbers are in! WordPress Bloggers all over have reviewed our blogging success for 2010.

Thank-you everyone who visited and re-visited, and to each of you who provided insightful and interesting comments.

Without doubt, articles about breasts, chocolate, cancer and pain are popular here at Some Energy Thing.

The big story of 2009 – Medical Negligence and the Meaning of Life – continues to receive many visitors. Most readers come from medical  and emergency medicine blogs, and this is a good thing. This powerful, compelling account of my Mum’s near-death encounter with the health system drew the attention of medical and nursing staff at the hospitals involved, and Mum has subsequently been invited to speak at ER conferences and staff training sessions. From horror and despair, came hope and change.

I was surprised – and kind of relieved – to see that two stories about men’s health, one starring Billy Connolly and his prostate,  the other featuring crabs were quite popular. We health professionals love it when men and their generally neglected health needs get some exposure, so to speak!

Roses, asparagus, cauliflowers and images of modern feminine beauty also gathered readers and some insightful comments.

I enjoy creating this little blog, and love that you continue to visit. Without readers, a blog really is just a lot of hot air!

I keep it meaningful, varied, challenging and entertaining. Sign up to receive updates by email or by RSS feed, and you’ll be part of the creative energy here.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 32 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 51 posts. There were 32 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 8th with 85 views. The most popular post that day was Banis bilong susu- baskets of milk.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mysticmedusa.com, mail.yahoo.com, networkedblogs.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cauliflower fractal, sun simiao, rose window chartres cathedral, bosch, and roses.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Banis bilong susu- baskets of milk March 2010


Welcome April 2009


Medical negligence, and the meaning of life May 2009


Sensual life: simple healing April 2009


About April 2009

October 19, 2010

You belong here

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , at 9:01 am by Margi Macdonald

Thank-you for visiting.

Visitors and readers are the lifeblood of spaces like this, and are part of the warp and weft of a good blog.

In our stories and conversations, we weave a tapestry of shared experience, knowledge and wisdom.

These pages are for you… tell us…. what would you like to see, hear and discover?

What interests you?

Which health and well-being topics would you like to explore?

Put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, sit a while, and spend some time exploring the archives.

Never miss a new article; be sure to sign up to receive updates by email, or by RSS.

You belong here.


Image: A Mon Seul Desir – from The Lady and The Unicorn Series of Medieval Tapestries.


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