Raw & Unfiltered: Why you must speak your truth!

In the Sunday Story Club, we ask questions that sidestep prepared narratives to open up a conversation in new and refreshing ways. We want readers to run their own Salons to experience these extraordinary conversations.

We all carry stories within us – wrenching, redemptive, extraordinary, and laced with unexpected and hard-won wisdom. A meaningful conversation has the power to enlighten, heal and transform.

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When parenting becomes competitive, try a different conversation.

My co-author Doris Brett and I had a wonderful conversation about non-competitive conversations with Shevonne Hunt on her FEED PLAY LOVE podcast when we were in Sydney recently.

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In the era of fake online personas, you need to talk.

The Sunday Story Club. We all carry stories within us – wrenching, redemptive, extraordinary, and laced with unexpected and hard-won wisdom.

Your curated online persona, be it funny, adventurous or fake, is not you. You need to talk.

This book reminds us of the power of conversation to enlighten, heal and transform.

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You are not a screen. Why we need Face-to-Face Conversation

This is the blog that turned into a Salon that turned into a book called The Sunday Story Club.

We wrote the book to not only share some of the stories but to also show you how to run your own Salon.

LISTEN HERE:  And interview with Cassie McCullogh, ABC,  Sydney.

What do you think makes a friend, well, a friend?

We like to use quotes from famous writers or philosophers as if they are the only people who reflect on life.

The quote above is by ex-model Yolanda Hadid, star of the reality TV show, The Real Wives of Beverley Hills. 

We all carry stories within us. THE SUNDAY STORY CLUB (PanMac) is the book group without books where you share your own stories of love, loss, trauma & triumph BOOKTOPIA.

This is one of the real-life stories of breaking up with a friend from The Sunday Story Club.

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How E M Foster’s 1909 vision of dystopia became our reality

In Foster’s 1909 novella, The Machine Stops, people communicate via glowing screens but live lonely, isolated lives. His dystopian world has become our reality. We wrote The Sunday Story Club as an antidote to screens.

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Sharing the Magic of Running A Salon

When we, Doris and Kerry, ran our first salon, 12 women who had not met before sat in Doris’s lounge room looking at one another. We wondered if strangers would talk. Well, they do with the right questions. Not only strangers but also long term friends have been amazed to hear stories told by someone so close to them that they have never heard before.

We wanted to share the astounding experience of the salon so we wrote THE SUNDAY STORY CLUB so others can discover this magic running their own salon.

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There is a hunger out there for open and honest conversations!

My co-author Doris Brett & I were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm for our book THE SUNDAY STORY CLUB (PanMac), @The Happiness Conference in Sydney on Mon. There seems to be a hunger out there for open and honest conversations. This is one theme of the book, which we wrote as an antidote to all those FAKE online personas. (Yes! Irony alert! I’m online here.)

Not only do we share stories from our salon, we also show you how to run your own salon so you can benefit from deeper connections with others.

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The Sunday Story Club: Real-life stories that reveal the untidiness beneath the shiny surface of modern life

The Sunday Story Club begins:

“Ironically, considering how strongly we advocate face-to-face contact, the two of us met online. It was 2014 and Doris had just published a memoir, The Twelfth Raven, recounting her husband Martin’s dev­astating stroke and extraordinary recovery. That same year I had established a website, ­Sibylesque, dedicated to breaking down the female stereotypes of age, size, marital status and so on.”

This is the Blog.

And this is the book.

There is the extract in The Weekend Australian Magazine (See pic below)

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When we started this blog, we never realised it would lead to a book. Fabulous!

 

Stop Oxidants? Stop Breathing! The Antioxidant Hoax

by Kerry Cue

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Evidence gathered over the past few years shows that, at best, antioxidant supplements do little or nothing to benefit our health. dark red quote 2

Lisa Melton,The antioxidant myth: a medical fairy tale, New Scientist, 05 August 2006.

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Eat. Pray. Breathe Oxidants.

We breathe oxygen. The oxygen is carried around our body by red blood cells. And, guess what? Oxygen is an oxidant. It ‘burns’ or ‘oxidises’ fuel in our cells. We get energy. The red blood cells then carry the carbon dioxide produced by oxidation back to our lungs and we breathe it out. Sometimes, these oxidising reactions are incomplete producing free radicals or, as scientists like to call them, Reactive Oxygen Species, ROS.

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Lisa Melton attacked the popular belief that anti-oxidants have magical health benefits in the New Scientist. In the article biochemist, Barry Halliwell from the National University of Singapore explains that “One percent of the oxygen we consume turns into ROS.” Other free radical producing factors include X-rays, smoking, air pollutants, bacteria, and intensive exercise. When subjects with diets high in fruit and veg were found to suffer a lower incidence of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, stroke and some cancers the theory that antioxidants mop up free radicals was born. It has sponsored a $US 23 Billion supplement industry and that is not even including superfoods.

According to Melton ‘Time and again, however, the supplements failed to pass the test. ‘True, they knock the wind out of free radicals in a test tube. But once inside the human body, they seem strangely powerless.’ Evidence suggests that sometimes anti-oxidants can even do harm. One study involving 18,000 subjects had to be stopped when researchers found the cancer rates rose in those given beta carotene supplements.

Even antioxidants should be consumed in moderation.

Kerry Cue is a humorist, journalist, mathematician, and author. You can find more of her writing on her blog. Her latest book is a crime novel, Target 91, Penmore Press, Tucson, AZ (2019

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