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Personal Stories

The weary wanderer returns

Hi everyone One of the things I try to avoid is getting into a rut and generally making life too easy for myself. However, this is usually in the realm of work or study and expanding my areas of interest. Firstly, this keeps me on my toes. Secondly, I need to follow my own advice […]

Dead tree in desert landscape
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Uncomfortably numb

Hi everyone I’m not a fan of reality television but some of the human interest shows make for compelling viewing don’t they? I came across a show called Interventions a while back which follows the lives of people who struggle with addictions. The show documents the build up to an intervention by loved ones to […]

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Gratitude

Sixteen years ago I arrived on the shores of New Zealand with a few boxes, a couple of suitcases, no job and a lot of Google information about the country. I went from being fairly well-known and established in Durban to completely unknown in Wellington! Coming from a city that teemed with people, it took […]

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The journey to you

“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” (Linda Hogan – Native American writer) Hi everyone One of the things I ticked off my list this year was a DNA ancestry test, […]

Full moon in clouds over railroad
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On trains and brains

Hi everyone I’ve rediscovered my love of train rides over the last wee while. I enjoyed them as a child and still do as an adult. The excitement of staring out of the windows at the passing landscapes, with the clickety-clack, clickety-clack of the wheels on the track. I find the motion of the train […]

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If the ducklings can….

Hi everyone Reclining in the dentist chair at one of my regular hygiene sessions recently, I was fascinated by a nature video playing on the TV overhead. (such a neat trick to distract twitchy clients with soothing vids) This one was about wood ducks, yes indeed, riveting stuff folks, but when you’re trying hard not […]

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Hopes and dreams

Hi everyone We humans have an amazing ability to hope and dream. If we then take action towards these imagined futures, we can see amazing things accomplished. Nowhere are hopes and dreams better exemplified than in the space industry. Going into the big unknown surely must be a testament to our finest qualities of curiosity […]

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Unpleasant emotions are a signal

Hi everyone A few years back, after leaving a lunch date with a friend, I remember feeling quite flat and out of sorts. It was unusual as I’m always energised by catch ups with good mates. What was going on? Being in positive spirits beforehand, I pondered the feelings on the way back to the […]

Footprints on beach Kaikoura
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Shake, rattle and roll

Hi everyone Travelling through the South Island, on my first trip to NZ, I remember driving for long periods of time without seeing another person. I had a strange feeling that perhaps there’d been a mass evacuation and I didn’t get the call! Hello, hello…is there any reception here….is this phone working? Seriously though, the […]