War in our Life Time

At the beginning of 1980, I placed a bet with a workmate that before the turn of the century we would have world peace. I was so confident of this we placed a significant amount of money on the bet. I’m not a gambling person, but that was how confident I felt back then.

Why Kim Dotcom should go away.

Having gained a degree of celebrity and notoriety, Kim Dotcom has managed to slip his way out (for now at least) of an extradition to the United States, he's now managed to slither his way into our political system. But why he's been put under such legal scrutiny in the first place is, I think, worth noting. 

The Malaysian Airlines Disasters and Why Conspiracy Style Thinking is Not Okay.

Conspiracy theories tend to live and thrive in the gaps between certainties. Pearl Harbour, Area 51, 9/11, the Titanic, the Moon landing, the Illuminati and the New World Order, the Bermuda Triangle, JFK, Elvis Presley and Princess Diana, you name it, if there is an ounce of mystery there, there’s a conspiracy theory to fill the gap. So, as cringe-invoking as it is, we can only imagine how conspiracy theorists must have been excitedly drumming their contriving little fingers together with glee when Malaysian airlines flight MH370 seemed to essentially vanish into thin air.

The people who influence us

This blog is in honour of my mother-in-law who recently passed away.

It all comes down to respect

Being a girl is a risky business.

Nothing has brought this home to me more emphatically than the recent revelations of Rolf Harris’ assaults on young girls, which started in the 1960s.

Two things have shocked me about the Rolf Harris story. The first is that his assault on young girls was so blatant and public. The second is that it never stopped and that he is one of many people who have abused their position of power and celebrity.

Story Design

Characters step into your imagination, they take up residence and before you know it you are telling their stories. You pick the moment or moments in their lives you are going to tell and you create the setting, situation and outcome.  That is the magic of storytelling. You occupy someone else’s life and you tell their story and in a strange way some of that story becomes your own.

The master storyteller shares the journey in such a way that the reader feels as if there is no one else making the journey – just the reader and the writer.

Proving your idea has legs

When I went into the ecentre in 2011, I was challenged to validate my business idea. This meant researching and testing the market to see if it had legs. Validating what I believed was a fantastic idea that would work and be very successful was a truly challenging experience.

Intersecting Lives

This is a story about two women whose lives took different paths. When I was in my twenties I had a small catering business in Taranaki.  Through it, I made many friends. One was special. May was a little bit older than me and when she came into the coffee lounge (that’s what they were called back then), she was surrounded by friends laughing and sharing their thoughts about voluntary work they had just done at the museum nearby.

Imagination and Creativity - the same thing?

Every so often I hear people declare, ‘he’s really creative’ or ‘she’s got a great imagination.’ I’ve often wondered what exactly they mean by this. What is being creative or what is happening when we use our imagination? Interesting, isn’t it? We take these two words for granted, and we all know what they mean, but just what is happening when we use our imagination and are being creative is rarely discussed.

A writer's legacy

Whenever a group gathers, the value of their collective purpose is multiplied many times and the capacity to do good is increased manifold.
So it is important to join those groups that gather to educate, inform, and contribute. This was the case last weekend when over 50,000 people gathered in Auckland to listen to 150 global writers.


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