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Stop Thinking Start Doing

Alicia Papa, Erin Brewer, & Mary Bowlby

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By sharing stories and experiences, join three best friends as they learn again and again how to stop thinking and start doing to live their most abundant lives. Through laughter, tears, and “I feel nauseous” moments; they will share their truths with you throughout their wellness journeys, in hopes that you will come along. Released monthly and created with love.
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Catholic Nerds

Catholic Nerds

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Join the Catholic Nerds Podcast for quality Catholic nerdery. The Catholic Nerds basically nerd out on comics, movies, video games, and books, all from a Catholic perspective, plus a hefty helping of all things Catholic. There will be plenty of Jesus, Mary, and the Eucharist here! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-smith677/support
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Addiction psychiatrist and bioethicist Carl Erik Fisher explores addiction and recovery from the widest possible diversity of perspectives: from science to spirituality, from philosophy to politics, and everything in between. He interviews leading experts in areas such as psychology, neurobiology, history, sociology, and more--as well as policy makers, advocates, and people with lived experience. A core commitment of the show is we need more than medicine to truly understand addiction and re ...
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The Women by Kistin Hannah who is well known for terrific historical fiction. The Nightingale is probably her best loved work, but I’m also a huge fan of The Four Winds. This new one is set during the Vietnam War. Frankie McGrath’s family have a proud history of military service, but when she volunteers to go to Vietnam with the Army Nurse Corps th…
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Crowds of tourists are expected to head to Paris in the coming months, ahead of the 2024 Olympics. When fans aren't sitting in the stands watching athletes represent their countries, there's plenty for out-of-towners to do and see in the city. BloggerAtLarge's Megan Singleton recommends the Montmartre neighbourhood, the Catacombs and the various wa…
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This week on the Sunday Panel, podcaster Brodie Kane and partner at Freebairn and Hehir lawyers, Liam Hehir, joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the week- and more! Prime Minister Chris Luxon has pulled a rapid U-turn on his claiming of an accommodation allowance after taking $52,000 to live in his mortgage-free Wellington apart…
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In recent years, science has been examining the relationship between gut microbiomes and the resulting effect on mental health. New research has revealed the gut microbiome has a critical role in mood disorders, as serotonin, dopamine, and glutamate are impacted by gut health. Naturopath and wellness expert Erin O'Hara offers tips and tricks for ke…
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Smoked fish and kumara top pie Cook time: 12 minutes Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 6 1kg smoked fish, broken roughly 2 large kumara, peeled and diced 1 onion, peeled and diced 1 tbsp curry powder 4 eggs, boiled till hard, peeled and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 1 onion, peeled and diced 3 tbsp butter 3 tbsp flour 1 cup grated tasty c…
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Why don't we have tails? This was the question asked by geneticist Bo Xia as he recovered from a tailbone injury. Around 25 million years ago, apes (and therefore humas) diverged from monkeys and in the process they lost their tails. Tails play a crucial role in the animal kingdom helping creatures to communicate, balance, send signals, regulate bo…
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A new crime drama brings horror, intrigue and secrets to New Zealand’s garden city. Based on the bestselling novel by Kiwi crime author Paul Cleave, Dark City: The Cleaner depicts a darker version of Christchurch plagued by serial killers. Stars Cohen Holloway and Chelsie Preston-Crayford say it's a unique experience to depict serial killers that h…
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Several years after 2021's Dune, the long-awaited sequel has finally arrived in theatres. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista and Stellan Skarsgård all return to reprise their roles, alongside newcomers Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh, and Austin Butler. Flicks.co.nz editor Steve Newall says viewers will get…
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Experts are calling on people to look after their memory and overall health this Brain Awareness month. Research shows the brain can grow and change - and deteriorate - over the years, so strengthening your mind is essential to stopping health conditions later on in life. BrainFit coach Jude Walter says the brain needs a variety of challenges to st…
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The demand for beer nationwide has dropped significantly, according to new figures. Stats NZ data shows consumption has dropped by 4 percent, the largest drop in 15 years. Brewers Association NZ executive director Dylan Firth says smaller breweries have taken a significant hit as consumers look to curb their spending. "With interest rates being ver…
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US comedian Chelsea Handler is set to bring her controversially-named tour to New Zealand shores this July. Handler had a diverse, long-running entertainment history, having worked as an actress, writer and television host for over two decades. It’s been a long career, the result of big plans and ambition brought about by a complicated family dynam…
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Time is almost up on the end of the Government's first 100 days. Its 100-day plan is comprised of 49 actions to be completed by March 8- this coming Friday. Newstalk ZB political editor Jason Walls says it's an arbitrary number, that happens to be over the summer period. "By definition, it is quite a gimmicky thing. It's a really good, easy, PR vic…
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One expert believes the Government has made a good amount of headway on their 100-day plan. Next Friday marks the deadline for the Government to accomplish everything they laid out in their 49-point plan. Political commentator Dr Grant Duncan says there's some loose ends the Government has yet to resolve- meaning ministerial statements could be com…
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The power of surrender with em show notes: In this episode of the Stop Thinking, Start Doing podcast, we have a profound conversation about surrender with Em Lake. Em shares her perspective and life experiences, offering valuable insights into the concept of surrender. Em describes surrender as a state of being, emphasizing acceptance of what is, r…
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This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. This is a brilliant book which originally came out four years ago, but is now out in second format and worth revisiting for anyone who may have missed it at the time. It’s about four children who escape from a terribly abusive school for Native American Indians (though actually only one of them is a Native …
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The borders are open, the restrictions have been lifted and people are taking to the skies again. For those who haven't travelled since Covid - or who need a little refresher - BloggerAtLarge writer Megan Singleton has a list of tips and tricks to plan the perfect trip. She recommends starting with a clear itinerary, doing plenty of research and jo…
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This week on the Sunday Panel, journalist and broadcaster Wilhelmina Shrimpton and editor and commentator, Jo McCarroll joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! There's lots of new developments in space exploration- does this need more regulation? Will the race to claim the moon turn out like the race to claim Anta…
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These last few years have been tough on all of us, with many feeling like they're still in 'survival mode'. Life in 'survival mode' comes with its own risks, with sleep, nutrition and holistic life balance being pushed aside in rough times. Wellness expert and Erin O'Hara explains how to return to optimal health and offers tip on how to thrive in l…
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Drama, scandal, high fashion and betrayal await in the new series Feud: Capote vs the Swans. Created by Ryan Murphy, the brains behind American Horror Story, this anthology series examines the complicated relationship between writer Truman Capote and a group of New York-based socialites. Flicks.co.nz editor Steve Newall explains what this Disney Pl…
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Kiwi reggae band L.A.B are back with their sixth album, titled L.A.B VI. They've put out five albums over a five-year timeframe, but this project took longer to craft- two years. Joel Shadbolt, Stu Kora, and Miharo Gregory joined ZB's Francesca Rudkin to explain they'd surpassed their goal of releasing three albums over a three year period- and thi…
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Grilled fresh figs with halloumi and toasted almond dressing Ingredients- 6 figs, halved lengthways 3 small red onions, cut into quarters 1 pkt of green leaves 300gm good halloumi, sliced into long strips 5 tbsp oil Flaky sea salt Ground black pepper Dressing- 1 cup almonds (toasted in a pre-heated oven on 180* for 12 minutes) 3 tbsp red wine vineg…
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Since you were old enough to be potty trained, you’ve known that your urine was yellow. But it’s taken until 2024 for scientists to determine how that yellow colour was being produced. New research in the journal Nature Microbiology found that the secret ingredient to yellow urine is an enzyme called bilirubin reductase (BilR). When our red blood c…
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Celebrated British-Australian actress and comedian Miriam Margolyes aims to bring her brand of humour to Kiwi audiences in the coming weeks. The 'Harry Potter' and 'Age of Innocence' actress is also well-regarded for her honest and outrageous interviews and TV appearances. Oh Miriam!- a live show based on her bestselling memoir of the same name- is…
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In 2023, Kiwi runner Jon Nabbs set off on a mission to run across Canada to raise money for child cancer research. He was inspired by the loss of his parents to the disease- just 16 months apart. Jon has confirmed he's expected to reach Vancouver - and the finish line - this week. He says he's got 150 kilometres to go, after battling his way throug…
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Many are recovering from the unexpected loss of Efeso Collins. The Green Party MP died on Wednesday, after collapsing at a charity event in Auckland. ZB political editor Jason Walls says this is the first time in about 50 years a sitting MP has died in office. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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New Zealand's fertility rates continue to plummet, with 2023 figures being the lowest on record. Last year, the country's fertility rate dropped to 1.56. The average across OECD countries is 1.59. This follows a full decade of New Zealand's fertility rates being below the replacement level of 2.1. Massey University emeritus professor Paul Spoonley …
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On Friday afternoon, the spacecraft Odysseus landed on the moon, prompting NASA administrator Bill Nelson to claim- “What a triumph. Odysseus has taken the moon. This feat is a giant leap forward for all humanity.” But is it? Or is it just another start of a great leap forward? And haven’t we been here before? The excitement is understandable. It’s…
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Anna O by Matthew Blake. A psychological thriller in the vein of things like Gone Girl- Anna O is found unconscious next to the bodies of her murdered friends and it’s believed she killed them while sleepwalking. She enters a state known as “resignation syndrome” and stays asleep for the next four years, which is obviously of interest to both the m…
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We're almost at the end of summer, and people are planning and booking their mid-year fix of sun when the weather turns cold. For people looking for a fresh and exciting spot to travel this winter, Megan Singleton has a hand-picked selection of destinations to investigate. She recommends Bali for the prices and hospitality, Tahiti for the snorkelli…
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This week on the Sunday Panel, Newstalk ZB's Roman Travers and partner at Freebairn and Hehir lawyers, Liam Hehir, joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the week- and more! Prime Minister Luxon delivered his State of the Nation speech in Auckland this morning- what do we think? Did he spend too much time talking about how the prev…
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A diet promising unique health benefits is trending on social media- and experts have their concerns. The 'lion diet' consistent of eating nothing but meat, salt and water for 30 days. Naturopath and wellness expert Erin O'Hara says a strict meat diet might work well for animals, but cutting other food groups comes with negative side effects. LISTE…
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Brown sugar panna cotta with plum compote Serves: 6 Prep/cooking time: 10 mins Setting time: 3 hours 3 leaves gelatine sheets ½ cup brown sugar 1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise and seeds scraped 6 star anise pods 700ml cream Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water, squeeze out the excess water before use. Heat cream, sugar, star anise and vanilla in …
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As we get older, we might find it harder to remember things, including lists of information. So how can we help our brains to retain new information? One option is to continue to repeat the information over and over again to try and help our brains to remember it, the other option is to use a mnemonic. New research out this week in the journal Roya…
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Britain's biggest annual celebration of film, the BAFTAs, is set to take place tomorrow. The awards will be presented at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre- with Oppenheimer and Poor Things leading for the most nominations. Barbie, another award show favourite, has fallen short with only five nods. Flicks.co.nz editor Steve Newall…
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Kiwi IndyCar driver Marcus Armstrong is set to complete his next big challenge during the 2024 racing season. After claiming the Rookie of the Year title on a part-time schedule in 2023, he's expected to race the full programme for Chip Ganassi Racing. This means Armstrong will drive ovals for the first time in his career, starting with the Indy500…
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Crystal Hefner, widow of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, has opened up about her life with the infamous tycoon. In 2008, psychology graduate Crystal Harris moved into the Playboy mansion as one of Hefner's live-in girlfriends. Within months, Crystal had advanced to becoming Hefner's third and final wife- he was 86, Crystal was 26. Several years after …
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Excitement is in the air across the ditch, as Taylor Swift's Eras Tour is well under way. Taylor Swift performed her second Australian gig at the MCG yesterday, with one more to go tonight before her Sydney shows. ZM Content Director Ross Flahive says Taylor's Eras Tour is a unique concert experience- unlike anything he's seen before. "There's sequ…
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One transport planner is looking into the feasibility of a fixed link between New Zealand's two islands. KiwiRail are officially cancelling an overseas contract for building more mega-ferries, after the Government declined to foot the bill. Nicolas Reid, the Principal Public Transport Planner for MRCagney, says there are other options available to …
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The Prime Minister is expected to paint a frank picture in his State of the Nation speech this morning. Chris Luxon will deliver the address to party faithful in Auckland. ZB senior political reporter Sophie Trigger says this year's address is a unique opportunity for Luxon. As he's just four months into the job, he can both attack the previous Gov…
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The Mental Health Minister plans to tackle the nation's fragmented youth mental health system. A new report by the Auditor-General, has highlighted dire inadequacies in accessing services and information among 12-to-24-year-olds. Minister Matt Doocey says he plans to reach across all Government departments to develop a mental health strategy. "I'll…
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It has been really good this week to hear Assistant Education Minister David Seymour talking about tackling truancy rates. The stats are awful. The latest figures, released in December, showed only 46 percent of school pupils attended school more than 90 percent of the time in term 3 2023. In comparison, 63 percent attended in term 3 of 2019, befor…
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As a bonus for this special episode with the artist Erin Williams, author of What’s Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine, I got permission to post some of the illustrations from her new book, What’s Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine. Head over to my Substack page to see those. You won’t want to miss th…
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Moscow X by David McCloskey. A brilliant, wonderful spy thriller, one of the best I’ve read for a long time. The CIA want to get close to Putin’s banker – a man named Vadim and his wife, Anna, and devise a cunning plan whereby they will send in a couple of operatives and play to the Russian couple’s love of horses. Max owns a thoroughbred ranch and…
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This is set to be a big week for Las Vegas, with thousands set to attend tomorrow's Super Bowl LVIII. Tickets for the big game begin at $14,000, leading people to turn towards officially sanctioned tailgate parties to catch the game on screen. Megan Singleton says between this and last year's Formula One season- it could be a sign Vegas is expandin…
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This week on the Sunday Panel, NZ Herald senior writer Simon Wilson and Newstalk ZB Wellington Mornings host Nick Mills joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! After a busy week for David Seymour, the ACT Party are enjoying a significant bump in the polls, with a 5.6 percent gain in support. What does this mean fo…
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Dark chocolate is often justified as one of the healthiest ways to fulfil sugar cravings- but how healthy is it? New research recently revealed dark chocolate is linked to reduced hypertension (high blood pressure). When paired with the other existing health benefits linked to dark chocolate, including fibre, vitamins, and minerals, people are eage…
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Caramelised watermelon salad with honey olive dressing Cook time: 5 minutes Prep time: 25 minutes Serves: 6 1 small watermelon, cut into 1/4 lengthways and then 3cm slices 3 tbsp caster sugar 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives 4 tbsp liquid honey 6 fresh basil leaves 200gm soft Danish feta or goats' feta (optional) Heat a cast-iron skillet until very h…
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This week's topic is all about blueberries and how they aren't blue! Have you ever wondered why blueberries look blue on the outside, but when you squeeze them, their juice is reddish-purple? Well wonder no more, as scientists have just made a new discovery and found that blueberries are actually not blue at all, but instead trick us with a secret …
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We're less than a day away from this year's Super Bowl LVIII, and viewers are excited for more than just football. Grammy-winning 2000s R&B icon Usher is set to perform at the half-time show, and he's promised roller skating, 'killer choreography' and surprise guests. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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A powerhouse group of female Kiwi music stars are set to take the stage for the Auckland Arts Festival. Next month, Betty-Anne Monga, Annie Crummer, Julia Deans and Boh Runga will come together for an International Women's Day tribute 'Hear Me Roar'. Fur Patrol lead vocalist Julia Deans is 'excited' to be a part of this musical project. "We've got …
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