American novelist Erma Bombeck wrote a hilarious book titled When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home. The big news in NZ is all about a French tourist who has been hitchhiking around the country, and although he doesn’t seem to know it, is looking suspiciously like his passport photo. One… Continue reading Another Sign It’s Time to Go Home
I once wrote a dystopian story in which the human race, as a result of constant cell phone use, had mutated into two forms. One form was adapted to texting while the other was built for talking on the phone. Of course, being humans, each group hated the other for being different. Well, I’m happy… Continue reading Would You Like a Foil Hat to Match?
A few days ago, Solid Gold Creativity had a very moving post about The Big Issue. I hadn’t heard of the magazine before, but it is published by a not for profit organisation that supports the homeless and marginalised. It is sold by homeless and disabled people who earn income from the sales. A recent… Continue reading All I Don’t Want For Christmas
Regular readers will find the above assertion no surprise, but it’s always nice to bask in the reflection that one is able to discern trends and stuff ahead of the curve. This was brought home recently when I saw a report that the Global Language Monitor (GLM) had compiled a list of the most overused… Continue reading It’s Official—I’m a Visionary
I’ve been working on a new novel, which is one of the reasons I’ve been so quiet lately. When people ask me what the book is about, I tell them that one of the things I’m trying to do is reconcile the conflict between my wanting to view people and humanity as fundamentally good and… Continue reading Lifeboat Earth?
I have lived in New Zealand for a little over ten years and last Sunday I was privileged to participate in a ceremony that few people experience. Our neighbours at CUE Haven released endangered native kiwi birds onto their property. This is the first time in 50 years there are kiwi on private land in… Continue reading A Kiwi Encounter
A few months ago, the New York Times debated the question “Is Classical Music Dying.” According to all measures, e.g., number of new classical recordings, orchestra attendance, number of classical radio stations, the answer is yes. Some people think that the only thing classical music is good for is to prevent crowds of teenagers from… Continue reading Something to Tweet About?