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About sustainabilityandbeauty

My passion is telling the stories of possibility, seeking a sustainable and beautiful future. My training is in science, chemistry, environmental science and teaching.

(30) Living with depression: Sir John Kirwan – YouTube

This is becoming a theme for me at the present time but John Kirwan is such a hero of mine. And we need to look after ourselves in this darkening world. John gives sound advice: sleep, exercise, eat well, do … Continue reading

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Why rest and recovery is essential during difficult times | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News

Not my writing but this  is a useful essay.   Between the coronavirus pandemic, a mass economic downturn, and a global protest movement fueled by systematic bias and racism, it’s an understatement to say we’re “going through a lot.” And … Continue reading

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Matariki: The Māori New Year

Last weekend my wife and I drove to my brother’s  farm.  At this time of year it is a place of chilled wind, lashing rain, and occasionally calm clear skies. The plan was to have dinner and stay the night. … Continue reading

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“If you want to be awe inspired..” (Christopher Hitchens)

Thoughts to think about on a winters day. Begin with wonder Transcript of Hitchens “If you want to be awe inspired, ladies and gentlemen; let me say, let me just tell you that those of us who do not believe … Continue reading

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Ballerina dances in the empty streets of Amsterdam – YouTube

Beautiful.

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5-Ways to be Optimistic about the future (at any age ) Mentemia

From Mentemia this morning. I really need this today. 1) Practice Gratitude every day.2) Write a new to-do-list: Fun things to do over the next six months to year.3) Know you have the power to change. Focus on small steps … Continue reading

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(7) Papatūānuku (our Earth Mother) is Breathing

Beautiful. Enjoy. Life. Sit at a distance, stand as one. When the time is right, we welcome you. But for now, listen. Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is breathing.

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(20) parachute [acoustic version] – YouTube

This is beautiful. Enjoy. via (20) parachute [acoustic version] – YouTube

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‘Magical and antiquarian’: William Arnold’s plant portraits | Art and design | The Guardian

A little beauty to begin our days. via ‘Magical and antiquarian’: William Arnold’s plant portraits | Art and design | The Guardian

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12 Questions to help you feel more grateful (Mentemia)

The Mentemia app has been a great help over the last two months. I recommend it to you. This is an exercise I was encouraged to complete last Tuesday. 1) What about today has improved on yesterday? Or the week … Continue reading

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