2012 Posts

Foundation of School Needs to be Love Love is the Missing Foundation of Education

December 14, 2012
As the tail of non-achievement in education steadily grows in New Zealand despite all the theories put forward about what we need to do about it, one thing has been consistently overlooked: Education needs to have a foundation of love.

View from my cottage with Shingle Peak in the distance, rightLiving On Molesworth Station

August 09, 2011 (Updated on December 22, 2012 with new photos)
Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm (180,476 hectares). It’s startling moonscape-like landscape lies west of the Inland Kaikoura Ranges and offers a striking contrast to the lush green landscape normally associated with New Zealand. Experience the awe-inspiring scenery and vast emptiness of Molesworth…

An enriching experienceMake Mistakes. Lots of Them! And Learn.

December 14, 2012
Perhaps I will mostly be remembered by my students as that ‘crazy’ teacher who used to say, “I want you to make lots of mistakes.” I could always feel myself grinning inside each time I saw their astonished faces.

Wool Over Their EyesDon’t Let the ‘Wool be Pulled’ Over Your Eyes in This Election

November 06, 2012
Lies, prejudice, ignorance, insipid reporting, and an overly dominant focus on the economy are the hallmarks of this American presidential election. The desperate nature of this contest tells me that much more much more is at stake.

The BullMisogyny: Hatred, Entrenched Prejudice, Or Both?

October 29, 2012
Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, made a riveting speech in parliament about sexism and misogyny and double standards. It was a riveting speech because it came from a fire in her belly that finally said…

Awaawaroa, looking out to Mount Maunganui (230 metres)Waiheke Walking Festival

October 25, 2012
The Waiheke Walking Festival, now going into its third season as a nine-day event, this month won the Event category in the Outdoors Awards, hosted by Outdoors New Zealand. This year the festival includes 40 walks to cater for about 2,500 walkers… View images from selected walks.

SeagullA Tribute to Richard Bach

September 14, 2012
Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, is recovering in hospital from a serious head injury after his small amphibian plane he affectionately calls Puff, crashed when its landing gear clipped wires while attempting to land… Final Update on Richard Bach’s Recovery

Sophie and JulietStaying Young

August 15, 2012
From Palm Beach to Miami the ‘snow birds’ come each year to escape the cold winters of the north. Most of these ‘snow birds’ are retired elderly people who arrive en masse to fill holiday resorts and restaurants. The memory that stays within my mind – even after twenty years – is seeing their struggle to get out of cars to shuffle…

Mother and ChildAre Free Contraceptives Really the Answer?

May 13, 2012
As New Zealand’s welfare bashing continues over the Government’s proposal to offer free contraception to female welfare beneficiaries, political hopeful Colin Craig has stuck his boots into New Zealand’s ‘promiscuous’ women by opposing such a move.

Botany Bay-New Year's Eve, 2001Depression Has A Safety Net

February 07, 2012
Flashbacks of negative experiences can play in your mind in a similar way to the movie scenes that repeat on a DVD menu when you don’t make a selection. Not only can this keep you awake for hours at night, it can send you headlong into depression. If you were traumatised or abused as a child – especially by family members…

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