Words matter

In the New Zealand media, a city mayor recently came forward admitting he had been wrong. He said he had been dismissive of the needs of Maori. He┬ácalled himself a recovering racist. He asked for the people of New Zealand to think about their own actions. Andrew Judd did something… Read more

The true meaning of beauty

The true meaning of beauty

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… Read more

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

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;… Read more

Singing in the shower

Singing in the shower

Last night I was talking to my boyfriend about the things we do when no one else is around. He admitted that he sings in the shower – I doubt I’ll ever get to hear it, but it made me smile. He asked if I did, and when I thought… Read more

Mother’s Day – in recognition of a special group

Mother’s Day – in recognition of a special group

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,… Read more

It’s the world that needs to change

I don’t always watch these kinds of videos. But someone I trust shared this one so I watched it. As I was watching it I started crying thinking of the video I don’t get to make of Eva reaching some of those milestones. By the end I was nodding and… Read more