How to Succeed at University

By Celia Walmsley I recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts, even though I never sat a single school exam. My first exam (not counting driving test and music exams) was when I was twenty, and I was okay with it.  It wasn’t scary, I didn’t freak out, and I didn’t fail! I have found … Continue reading

What’s More Important Than Cleverness?

Last week we had a very happy day when our daughter graduated from the University of Auckland.  This young woman has never been to school and never sat an exam before the age of 20.  She loved studying and she did so well in her course that she was offered post-graduate study.  There were a lot of happy moments on her … Continue reading

A Download for Your Children

A Feel-Good Day Last Friday was a worldwide ‘Feel-Good Day’.  Who couldn’t be wooed and impressed by the beautiful wedding that was watched by millions around the world?  Here was good news.  Here was something going right.  Here was happiness and goodwill. No wonder we got a bit of a warm glow from it. I would like to add some … Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient to a Balanced Life

Life has felt a bit strange the past couple of weeks.  Not abnormal, but not normal.  Just strange.  (See It feels like an earthquake) And an unexpected epiphany has happened within me.  I am remembering what my vision is.  One aspect of my vision had become so important to me that it had started to grow out of proportion and … Continue reading

It feels like an earthquake

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have shocked the world.  For us in New Zealand, it seems to have a deeper meaning because we have so recently experienced an earthquake first-hand or observed it up close.  Photographs and videos of devastation shock us.  But it’s the photos of young parents holding very small children while a man in a protective suit waves some … Continue reading

A Song for Christchurch

My songwriter friend, (wrote ‘Brother, Let Me Be Your Servant’) Richard Gillard, has written a song, a tribute to Christchurch. Listen to it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rplobKsj54Q This song is a gift to the people of New Zealand, royalty free for, and into, the unforeseeable future. Writing about the song, Richard says that the song is based on a hymn by Isaac … Continue reading

If Momma Ain’t Happy…

  Hands up if you feel disappointed when you go out without a child and see a fire engine but have no-one to point it out to. Or what about having dinner with an adult and you want to cut their meat for them or help them clear their plate. Have you ever corrected someone’s grammar – out LOUD? (so … Continue reading

Handcrafts for Children

I have had time to indulge in a little web browsing today and I came across a couple of sites you might like to look at: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/ http://lovelydesign.blogspot.com/ http://www.makeandtakes.com/ I really enjoyed looking at these lovely sites on crafts with and for children, I felt inspired and I am already planning what I will make with my favourite three-year-old. I … Continue reading