Category: Identity

Catechism—a poem about the power of names and nicknames

Q. What is your Name? A. Jigger the jumper Robin the tomboy Fishface the dumb dumb Rachel the Taylor and womanly Rachel McAlpine Tosh the friend and Pud the wife and suddenly Granny-Rachel. Q. Who gave you these names? A. My sister, parents, classmates godmother, friends and husband grandsons and granddaughters knowing the words they […]

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The power of names and nicknames

To name a child is brave, or foolhardy; even now it shakes me. Lauris Edmond How many names and nicknames have you had? Have they stuck, do they still work for you? I had a baby nickname, a kid nickname, a couple nickname, and a wife nickname. I’m wondering whether they still hold some truths, […]

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Skiting about our fiercely feminist great-grandmother

It’s just over 100 years since Ada Wells became the first woman ever elected to the Christchurch City Council. And what an uproar she caused! A beautiful, brave, bossy, bloody difficult woman. My five sisters and I are proud to be of her tribe. A short article that catches the flavour of her life: All About […]

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The personality of numbers as revealed in sudoku

Something’s just become clear to me: the reason why I like sudoku is because it’s a sociable, strategic game. Sure, I play alone, in theory. But equally, the numbers are playing me. Each one has a distinct personality and they use their unique strengths to the hilt. Anyway I’ve just spent a happy pointless hour with my […]

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