Category Archives: Review

Shortland Street: The Musical (A Biased Review)

I’ve been to this wonderful musical twice already, and recommend it to you. From the opening car crash, to the middle truck crash, onto the ending hanging crisis, I was alert, amused and entertained. Once again Centerpoint shines and creates … Continue reading

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Book Notes: Sea Change

I have always understood the challenges we face with environmental pollution. That was the topic of my first speech in Miss Lamason’s class in 1967. I was six years old. Since that time I have read and studied environmental science … 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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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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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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Book Review: Grit: the power of passion and perseverance. Angela Duckworth

Book Review: Grit: the power of passion and perseverance. Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania. This book is also the subject of a thoughtful TED talk…, “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance.” I was bought up with the … Continue reading

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