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Backyard banter: Resilience key to adapt to change
With earthquakes, drought, floods and fires, many New Zealanders have had it rough over the past few years. It’s often been a challenging time, with some people having to deal with more than one major natural disaster in quick succession.
While it’s common to experience feelings of grief and sadness after these traumatic events, everyone reacts differently to a disaster. This depends on your experience at the time, your social networks, your psychological and physical wellbeing, the impact of secondary stressors (like jumping through insurance hoops or dealing with infrastructure damage), and the extent that the disaster has altered the normal day-to-day routines of your life. All of these things can affect your ability to bounce back from adversity and adjust to “the new normal”.
During a door-knocking programme in neighbourhoods affected by the November 2016 earthquakes, New Zealand Red Cross discovered that some small communities such as Culverden and Ward have a remarkable ability to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and continue with their lives…
Stampede a history lesson in resilience
When a fast-talking showboat in a big hat came a calling back in 1912, no one could have foreseen what a lasting legacy he’d leave.
As full of confidence as he was, American wild west promoter Guy Weadick likely wouldn’t have dreamed his idea for a Calgary rodeo would still be a viable and thriving enterprise more than a century later.
With the backing of the Big Four — Calgary cattlemen and entrepreneurs Pat Burns, Archie McLean, George Lane and A.E. Cross — the Calgary Stampede was born, putting the city on the map as the place to rope and ride for cow folk. It still is. Among the richest payouts in rodeo, the Stampede attracts all the top names in bareback, saddlebronc, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, barrel and chuckwagon racing, and the baddie of them…