Roundup: Good (or Bad?) Luck, Sabbaticals, and Performing

by Nora Dunn on March 3, 2011

performing live in Auckland

The picture above is of Cybiont and I, performing a set of new songs (including the one below, called So Much Work for Love to Do), in Auckland. Time is passing quickly here in New Zealand, with so many awesome people to meet and socialize with, beautiful hikes to do, waterfalls to discover, and personal writing retreats to immerse myself in. Starting next week, I’ll be posting a few articles on this site about why I’m still in New Zealand and the journey (inner and otherwise) I’ve been on for the last few months. In the meantime, please enjoy my latest published articles, including a piece on Good Luck (which might be Bad Luck, or vice versa), and how taking a Sabbatical is good for you.

Wise Bread

Good Luck, Bad, Luck: Who Can Tell?

Must the glass be half-full or half-empty? What if there’s a different way of looking at things entirely? Here’s a new perspective.

Care One

Got the February Blahs? Ever Think of Taking a Sabbatical?

It’s that time of year. With short (cold) dark days and a long haul between the Christmas and Easter holidays, we all go a little bit stir-crazy. Although many of us take vacations to clear the cobwebs, there are many other Americans who can’t or won’t.

But time away from the office is quite necessary, and can even be financially beneficial (as counter-productive as it seems). You’d be amazed at how rejuvenating a sabbatical can be for your life and career.

Profiles & Shout-Outs

Cybiont and I are on a roll…having just recorded what I think is our best song yet. It has gotten rave reviews already, and it will likely make the next album release (more on that in time). Please have a listen of our latest song: So Much Work for Love to do. (Email subscribers, please click through to my site to play the song).

So much work for love to do by cybiont

And a little celebration is in order: I’ve been named TravelAvenue’s Favourite Blog for 2011! It’s nice to know that a few travel sites find my content interesting enough to syndicate. World Reviewer has been another staunch supporter, adding many of my posts (such as my recent Indian Pacific series) to their featured pages. Cheers!

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Yasmine March 17, 2011 at 5:08 am

Hi Nora,

Wow! Your writing is just exquisite and inviting – I just want to keep reading & reading (and I will….). And your content deep and reflective which is replenishing for the soul!

I just listened to your recording with Tomas – wow again! When I asked him to describe his music in words he said “dark” which I was trying to imagine but couldn’t quite grasp that until I heard it. What a beautiful combination – his darkness truly comes out which is speckled with your light crystal voice. Just beautiful!

It made me miss the both of you and the whole enchantment of Mana.

Love & Blessings your way from me,


theprofessionalhobo March 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

@Yasmine – You are a gem! Thank you so much for your amazing kind words. And it’s great to hear from you! What a pleasure to have met you and spent time with you here….YAY for travel and the amazing people you meet along the way! I hope you and your family are safe and sound, and enjoying the “ripple effect” of the Mana experience! :-) Your presence is missed here….you were a treat to spend time with.


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