Writing

I live in Hamilton, a city on the Waikato River in the
heartland of Aotearoa-New Zealand

Recent Blogs

A tale of the sting: celebrating nettles

A tale of the sting: celebrating nettles

My favourite plant is the nettle. The European stinging nettle, Urtica dioica.  There’s a nettle patch at the bottom of my garden. Nettles aren’t pretty or sculptural, unlike many other plants that are considered weeds. But they are interesting and very useful....

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My third grandmother

My third grandmother

I consider myself lucky to have had three grandmothers. At the age of 24 I was gifted a new grandmother, Dr Mary O'Meara Pepper. I received things from my bonus grandmother that I'm only now making sense of, more than three decades later. Like, unconditional love and...

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Me and Lois

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...

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The economics of local food in New Zealand

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...

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Jamie Fraser, my maths teacher

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...

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Nothing sacred?

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...

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A watershed moment

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...

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A new modality: Wisewoman

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...

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Ecoman: health, wealth and New Zealand culture

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...

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Fair traders

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...

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