All Hallows Eve

Halloween once marked the end of summer. A time when the ancient Celts prepared to descend into winter, anticipating the cold, dark and often deadly season ahead. Halloween marked change, a time when the Celts believed the worlds of the living and dead became blurred. In Aotearoa New Zealand it’s a festival of costumes and … More All Hallows Eve

Life of Pi

We’re awaiting our fate at 4pm. Although we’ve had enough spoilers to kill any climactic announcements. Even the kids are asking about daily numbers, whether when we’re going to plateau, and whether Jacinda really means it when she says a couple more weeks at the strictest lockdown level. I’m not alone in my reaction to … More Life of Pi

Looking Beyond

My day started with Cosmic Yoga. The poses were familiar. The young British presenter in a pink troll costume with an energetic screech to her voice was not. This was followed by a quick course of Let’s Dance, hip-hopping around my lounge with Sophie. Meanwhile Ruby’s mastering the difference between kinetic and potential energy and … More Looking Beyond

New Habitats

There’s a new kind of madness emerging. First there were toilet paper wars in the supermarket isles, then came flour and yeast shortages not seen since Churchill’s post-war Britain, and now, in the plentiful first world, we’re struggling for building supplies. Across the globe there has been, to varying degrees, a year and a half … More New Habitats

Staying Alert

We’re on alert. And this time I’m not talking about the virus or any of its variants. Over the last month we’ve followed compliantly into a mini lockdown. One of the more unusual birthdays I’ll experience. And now Aucklanders are in the midst of a long week of caution, to wait out what our Director … More Staying Alert