The true meaning of beauty

By on May 22, 2016

In the last few weeks I have been taking some active steps to help myself. I could feel, and can feel, a hint of depression crawling back into my chest. I feel tired constantly. I’ve stopped running. I’m drinking too much. I want to change that. I can’t rid myself of grief, and I don’t Read More...

Episode 09: Vivian and Meghan – living with Dravet Syndrome

By on May 19, 2016

Meghan¬†and her husband Brian never thought they would be moving almost 2,000 miles across the United States for their daughter to be treated with medical marijuana. But when their baby daughter, Vivian started having seizures due to Dravet Syndrome, and standard pharmaceuticals weren’t working, that’s exactly what they had to. This episode looks at the Read More...


Medical cannabis: Anecdotes may not be enough, but they have power

By on May 9, 2016

Every year that I have been a teacher I have had my senior students write opinion pieces. I have told them to write about something they feel strongly about. It can be humorous or serious as long as it is writing in that style. They need to use language features; metaphors, rhetorical question, listing. They Read More...



Mother’s Day – in recognition of a special group

By on May 7, 2016

It’s Mother’s Day in New Zealand tomorrow. Last year I wrote a sort of ode to the other mothers like me who find Mother’s Day harder than most. I wanted to recognise all of those mothers who weren’t necessarily feeling like the mother they were that day. Perhaps, like me, they had lost their child Read More...



Episode 08: Stacey and Thomas

By on May 2, 2016

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4336018/height/360/width/480/theme/standard/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”360″ width=”480″] This next episode is only the second time I have been able to interview a family in person. I drove up to Warkworth, NZ to meet and talk to Stacey Dodd and her son Thomas. Stacey and her husband, Joe, are the parents to Thomas. Thomas is an adorable toddler with Read More...