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Me and Lois

For the last six months I’ve been having the delightful experience of discovering a new favourite author. Lois McMaster Bujold isn’t a household name like Diana Gabaldon, or JK Rowling, or Charlaine Harris, or even Ursula K Le Guin. But I think she should be. Bujold has been famous for about 30

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The economics of local food in New Zealand

This is a post about local food. I love eating food grown in my region, the Waikato in New Zealand’s heartland. I don’t think local food is just an idealistic middle class fad, as some cynical commentators claim. But the local food economy is an interesting and paradoxical phenomenon, particularly in New

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Jamie Fraser, my maths teacher

Like a zillion other people, I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. If you’ve never encountered Diana Gabaldon, her novels are packed with romance, feisty heroines, brave heroes, swashbuckling adventure, hot sex, and characters you’re happy to spend 700-odd pages with. Plus a bit of time-travelling to justify the plot. The hero, Jamie

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Nothing sacred?

In this post I’m writing about my spiritual experiences in a world where soul and spirit are very hard to talk about. Spirituality is seen as a subjective, personal thing that you can’t talk about to anybody else. (Maybe I’ve already lost you!) This isn’t a theoretical discussion. It’s a personal account

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A watershed moment

Watershed – two definitions: an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. an event or period marking a turning point in a situation. I’ve written this post to get my head around the multiple, complex issues surrounding water management, that are currently facing New

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A new modality: Wisewoman

I’ve been dreaming up a new modality. Wisewoman. It’s a problem solving modality, rather than a body of specialized knowledge or expertise. A Wisewoman is someone (actually it could be a woman or a man) who could offer informed, helpful, non-judgemental, confidential advice. Someone who has learned from their life experiences, and

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Ecoman: health, wealth and New Zealand culture

I’ve been reading Ecoman, the lively and inspiring book by Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands. He’s one of New Zealand’s creative entrepreneurial thinkers, and also a pioneer of ethical business practice. Like its author, this book is brimming with ideas and energy. It’s also very readable. Ecostore is one of my favourite New Zealand

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Fair traders

This weekend my ukulele group The Strumbles played at our local Trade Aid shop for World Fair Trade Day. Trade Aid is one of my favourite shops in Hamilton. It’s full of beautiful things and delicious fair trade food. It’s also a successful not-for-profit business and social justice organisation.

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Better Leap Tidy

This is a post about three books I’ve read recently, that have changed my thinking. They’re somewhat outside my usual bedside reading material. None of the three includes any recipes or organic gardening tips. None mentions Albus Dumbledore or the Beatles.

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My year of bullet journalling

Last year my life was transformed by a bullet journal. My friend Meliors Simms is usually far more up with what’s current than I am. About this time last year she emailed me and said, “I think you should know about this. Come over and I’ll show you.”