Blogger recognition award

23 Dec 2019 .. my notifications include a pingback from writer Jane Dougherty and I find she's included me in her Blogger Recognition Awards. I feel honoured and grateful. It was a lovely acknowledgement and I'd like to do the same for those whose friendship and blogs have meant so much to me since I... Continue Reading →

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... Continue Reading →

The Skylark Rose

Lark Ascending. This post celebrates ongoing achievements by writer Kay McKenzie Cooke who lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. This year Kay will see her 4th book of poetry published. Not only that, she's been working on a novel for the past decade and has now reached the stage where she's scouting around for a 'home'.... Continue Reading →

At What Price?

At what price do we support industry in our local communities? Industries provide employment and may attract related industries, providing even more employment. Councils generally welcome industry. Just hold that thought. Last week we had torrential rain for days on end after an extended dry period. Southland's a region of rivers and they quickly rose.... Continue Reading →

We’ll Care Next Time

Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG has been under enormous pressure to NOT proceed with his company's contribution to the construction of the Adani Mine in Australia. Because this is a German company I was especially hopeful he might take a stand and withdraw his company's support. Unfortunately this is not the case... Continue Reading →

We Are The Lifeline

"We are the lifeline if anything goes wrong, so we have an important role to play, and I think people are generally very grateful for what we do," Charmaine says. Aboriginal mums / grand mums who started a fire brigade to protect their area: "There was a sense of helplessness before we came along but... Continue Reading →

Indigenous Australia

I had little to offer in terms of indigenous perspective on the current bushfire situation but I thought you might be interested in the few stories I'd found. Then two more articles became available while I was still completing the post! STOP PRESS: Just as I was proof-reading my post I noticed a tweet linking... Continue Reading →

Current Affairs

The bookstore in the fire-ravaged village of Cobargo, New South Wales, has a new sign outside: “Post-Apocalyptic Fiction has been moved to Current Affairs.” I used to work as a librarian so was particularly taken with the above line which was taken from an excellent opinion piece in the New York Times. The whole purpose... Continue Reading →

#AustraliaBurns

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to comprehend what's going on in Australia. I've read so much recently via twitter i.e. tweets and the articles they point to. Various photos and video clips. My eyes feel tired. In a way none of it makes sense to me. Australia is such a big and well-resourced country and... Continue Reading →

Burning Questions

Australia is burning. I guess many of you have seen pictures, videos, news. Australia of course is our near neighbour, just across the Tasman. Close enough that in certain conditions Australian dust, smoke and ash reach us here in New Zealand. There is so much going on that I can't go into much detail. I'll... Continue Reading →

Not OK, Lost for Words

I don't know how many of you overseas are aware that in the Pacific Islands there has been an outbreak of measles in Samoa. There's been thousands of cases and at the time I write 55 have died, almost all of them young children. And this afternoon via Twitter I was horrified to find the... Continue Reading →

Just Sayin’

First thing that I read this morning on Twitter.. already into Nov 16 here in NZ.  Fyi, Twitter profile of John O. Brennan reads: "Former CIA Director (2013-17). Nonpartisan American who is very concerned about our collective future."  John Brennan replying to Donald Trump. Here's a link to the  actual Tweet  and a link to... Continue Reading →

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