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One of the lessons I have learnt over the years is to stop expecting – it saves a lot of heartache. You know the typical scenario – you expect something to happen, or someone to do something, and things don’t turn out even remotely as you were hoping. The resultant disappointment leads to all sorts […]

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium and Boron… I found myself singing the elements of the periodic table. In a flash it all came back to me: learning the periodic table at school, studying chemistry, completing a science degree majoring in chemistry, teaching chemistry and science. I thought this stuff was lost forever. After all, when in […]

Patti Digh has posted on her blog my contribution to her 37 Days Challenge which she has been running as part of the build up to the official launch of her new book Life is a Verb. I am so excited about this. The best part is that I will be receiving a signed copy […]

As I woke to the news blaring from my alarm clock radio this morning an item caught my attention. In my sleepy state I couldn’t remember the specific details but I was aware of the ramifications of what I had heard because this is something that has come up a number of times in various […]

In my workplace we have a daily tradition that really brings us together as a team. It centres on the ‘Five Minute Quiz’ published in our local daily newspaper The Dominion Post. This quiz consists of ten questions on a variety of trivia which always seems to spark interesting conversations, debate and a whole lot […]

You cannot change the cards you are dealt. Just how you play the hand. Randy Pausch I have written about Randy Pausch a few times in my blog. I feel as though he is a personal acquaintance yet I have never met this man and I never will. For months a daily ritual of mine […]

Today began with an air of excitement and trepidation. Despite all the planning I felt disorganised. Being unwell didn’t help the situation. I had to make decisions and take action because time was marching by. I kept thinking of a mantra my husband, Lynsey, often recites: I’m efficient and effective and I get things done. […]

I was standing in the shower this morning luxuriating in the transformative power of the streaming water as it enveloped my body. My whole being is invigorated by this daily activity. It is so much more than a cleansing ritual. Being warm and relaxed always fuels my mind into action. I find that the words […]

Dr Jill Bolte Taylor is an extraordinary scientist. It is no wonder she was named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential in the World for 2008. On the morning of 10 December 1996 she awoke to a pounding pain behind her left eye due to a blood vessel exploding in the left half […]

Let’s wind back the clock. It is November 2007 and I am in Austin, Texas on holiday visiting our friends Trevor and Amiel Romain. We are sitting at the glass table in their dining room having a chat over a cup of tea – one of Trevor’s favourite drinks. The discussion moves to my blog […]

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