Category Archives: Original

Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity | Aeon Ideas

I like this. Would you steal a bunch of flowers from a graveside? The dark side of creativity means that you can be both clever and wicked What an fascinating subject. Creativity has a dark side. We already knew that. … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis Polly Morland A Review

I am fascinated by the idea of change; particularly, how we change for the better. This book written by journalist Polly Morland is titled “Metamorphosis: How and Why we change”. It’s not a self-help book, rather Polly seeks to explore … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Science Communication: Thoughts in response to Linett et al. 2013

Science Communication: Thoughts in response to Linett et al. 2013 In 2013 a group of science communicators met at MIT in a workshop to bring together their experience in communication and to set up a research program. This was the … Continue reading

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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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How to Hack Willpower

How to Hack Willpower. I enjoyed a recent piano competition but my daughter was the only European face there. Why is this? Do New, New Zealanders have more willpower than others? Maybe they do. A recent New Scientist article ‘Yes … 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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Book Review: The Age of Wonder Richard Holmes

The age of wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science. Richard Holmes 2008. Pantheon Books, New York. This is a different direction for me. Biography is outside my normal reading and as such a possibility … Continue reading

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