Category Archives: leadership

Book Review: Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

I have an embarrassing habit. I read self improvement books. Vanessa Van Edwards writes self improvement books ; actually she researches human behaviour and is an effective science communicator. She caught my eye when I was looking for short videos … Continue reading

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Writing for Science Workshop 1

We can always improve on something we love. It’s a strange day when I rise at 5 (That’s normal), on the road at 6.15 (That’s strange), on a train at 7.30 (before the estimate) and in Wellington at 8.30 for … Continue reading

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Curiosity: The Good, the Bad, and the Double-Edged Sword | Psychology Today

This is a great read, thoughtful and complex; and well structured and understandable. Well worth reading in full. Curiosity is a doubled-edged sword with many benefits, but also a dark side. Source: Curiosity: The Good, the Bad, and the Double-Edged … Continue reading

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Friday essay: the legend of Ishtar, first goddess of love and war

This is a fascinating account of the earliest goddess of war and love. It is also tells that the first recorded poet was a Enheduanna a priestess of the Moon God thought to have lived in Ur about 2300 BC. … Continue reading

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Lucy Hone: In defence of introverts | Stuff.co.nz

Extroversion isn’t the Holy Grail of functioning. I found this article positive and encouraging given how much I enjoy my own company. An important message to share. Being an introvert is a good thing. Its great. We need to encourage … Continue reading

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What I have discovered this week: Science Writers and Magic lessons

Three times a year between terms I find myself dreaming a passion for science story telling. I love the stories, I’m a PhD in science and a teacher, but I seek to learn and do more. But, how? This week … Continue reading

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300 Posts

I have posted 300 times since beginning in October 2011. Ive enjoyed doing this and will continue. Thanks to all of you who following. Over 800 now. Here is the statement about my purpose here. In many ways my posts … Continue reading

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In The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Teens Speak Up By Singing Out : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

A wonderful example of young adults learning and finding their voices. And a lesson in the power of the arts to transcend the usual barriers to connection: wealth, colour, location… And a story of vision and passion. But, of course, … Continue reading

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Silence and powerlessness go hand in hand – women’s voices must be heard | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian

I was not aware, until a student questioned me, that I did not notice the footprint of power. When I began exploring around power, one of the Wikipedia entries made the point that silence is often a consequence of the … Continue reading

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Words That Matter: Ursla Le Guin

This book is a collections of essays, reflections and book review by Ursla Le Guin. Ursla is one of those authors I loved but did not know it. Many years ago, when I was six my teacher, Miss Lambson began … Continue reading

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