Category: Identity

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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Little home, lucky home, big home

“Have you ever paused to contemplate the idea of home?” asks Robyn Haynes in her blog, Big Dreams for a Tiny Garden. On a trip to Outback Queensland, she felt a deep connection with the land, and her sense of home expanded from house, garden and family to something much broader—Australia. (I’ve distorted her thought flow by summarising it — […]

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Zq = inquisitive Kiwi

Here I am at the mysterious Zq post, published by me, apparently. Some of you commented when this page was nothing but the headline: Zq. You were puzzled. So was I. What did Zq mean? To reveal that Zq was accidentally posted by a fat finger on my iPhone is too simple. Surely everything has a […]

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