Category Archives: Philosophy

Essential 2017 Christmas Gifts for Kids that will be loved forever

I recently watched the (now classic) youtube hit clip by Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff. In this world where a huge proportion of us can’t afford Christmas and the rest of us are trying to work out how … Continue reading

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How parents fail.

Our parents don’t fail us when they can’t make it to sports games, don’t bake the perfect birthday cake, aren’t there to watch us get a certificate. When they make a decision once or twice that they later regret. They … Continue reading

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Bulimia – acknowledging that parents can screw up is part of healing.

The first thing that happens to us in our life is that we are nourished and nurtured. We naturally, form loving bonds with family around us. This is the essence of life, the meaning of life, however you put it. … Continue reading

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Bridal Registry Wish List – the top ten… in hindsight.

If I got married today what would be on my list? After 13 years of marriage this week and 2 (mostly) fabulous kids, I was thinking about the things I had on my bridal registration list.  What was worth it, … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Secondary schools, mobile phones and unsupported teachers

Every kid worships Steve Jobs.  And his comment?  Technology can’t fix education. New Zealanders aren’t talking enough about mobile phones in classrooms. Mobile phones can be great assets.  They are calculators, cameras, audio recorders and calendars.  They provide access to … Continue reading

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Thanks for the discussion, Amy Chua.

I would like to thank Amy Chua for instigating a fantastic conversation. To be good at anything you have to work hard at it. And to be really good at something, you have to work through the hard stuff, and … Continue reading

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How our idea of ‘the bottom line’ may change.

  I find it fascinating that the people who look at me and my sometimes organic, definitely fruit in season,  low gluten, free range animal meat choices and think I am weird.  That I go to too much trouble. And … Continue reading

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Icing on the cake of life.

I have decided that truly loving yourself and being at peace with yourself is the icing on the cake. Not loving the world, your kids and friends. Yourself. How are you? Fine. I'm fine now. Really! It's all good. I'm … Continue reading

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Celebrate turning Forty. There I said it.

I just had the best birthday party of my life. Really. I decided that in turning a grand age, I should be old enough and ugly enough to say exactly what I wanted for the event and how it happened.  … Continue reading

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The Depression Cure could help I think

My father, single father, looks after small child in the 1970's.  Limited income.  All his brothers are successful.    Stops lifeblood, his loved profession, of being a farmer.  "You can't bring up a little girl by yourself forty miles out of … Continue reading

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