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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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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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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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The end of a rug, part 2: The Great Unwinding

It took me a few weeks to get around to finally saying farewell to the Mormor rug. (See my earlier post: Coming to the end of a rug.) It felt really hard to let it go. But in the end, taking it apart was much easier than I had expected. I started unpicking from the

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Coming to the end of a rug

In my living room there is a beautiful handmade rug. It’s a traditional Scandinavian braided rug, made by plaiting long strips of recycled cloth and then coiling the plaits together and hand sewing them into a flat oval rug. This labour of love was created by my maternal grandmother, Adeline Nordendahl Hirsh.