Category Archives: education

(57) Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video – YouTube

At a time when the world is challenging us, it is important to remember that progress is being made. Here is Emma Watson motivating us. “It’s about freedom!” Advertisements

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My Critique of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Self Improvement by Stephen Covey – YouTube

This video is a summary of a book I read many years ago. Worth revisiting, yet I’ve moved on. Covey doesn’t speak to me at all now. Yes, he teaches skills that are useful, skills I use every day toward … Continue reading

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An Antidote to White Male Capitalist Culture: Adrienne Rich on the Liberating Power of Storytelling and How Reading Emancipates – Brain Pickings

This week this was on my reading list. I think Adrienne Rich is absolutely correct. Reading, writing, learning to think carefully and critically are foundation steps toward self-empowerment and emancipation. That is true for every marginalized, disempowered and ignored individual. … Continue reading

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How to Make a Learning Bucket List | Science of People

At present, I’m busy at work. It is going to be a series of short blogs for a while as I concentrate on work and slowly on a bigger post. But I am keeping on with my goal of blogging … Continue reading

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(57) Christopher Hitchens: Empowerment of Women – YouTube

This man was a wonderfully clear thinker and makes an important point about poverty. I’m not sure how this translates to New Zealand, we do so much more than ensuring access to health-care for women. Poverty is still a challenge … Continue reading

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Sexuality Leads to Boosts in Mood and Meaning in Life.

I am struggling to state my views on this paper. It’s clear that active sexuality helps adults feel happy, worthwhile and connected; however, this topic seems taboo in New Zealand. Although I see papers similar to this examined in overseas … Continue reading

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Treaty of Waitangi

In my professional life, I teach. Recently we were required to attend a half-day Treaty of Waitangi training seminar. The Treaty of Waitangi is the agreement between Maori and the English Crown that established Government in New Zealand. Many of … Continue reading

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Jim Curtis Double DTM RIP.

I met Jim when I emailed Massey University Toastmasters. My line manager had asked me to set up a speaking club at IPU New Zealand. As an experienced Toastmaster, I thought that there would be someone in Palmerston North in … Continue reading

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Speak Honestly and Clearly about Sex.

I collect motivational and interesting comments. That has been part of my life since university when I kept a folder titled “beautiful things”. That’s a collection of interesting, snappy, motivational and just beautiful quotations and pictures, photos and stuff. Later … Continue reading

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Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

I love the cross-over between art and science. This book is a wonderful example. Colin Salter’s new book is a selection of extraordinary electron microscopic images of the plant world around us, including seeds, pollen, fruiting bodies, trees and leaves, … Continue reading

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