Smiles and tears

May 27, 2014

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Does smiling make you happy?

* The Smile Project


* Looking at tears under a microscope.


Looking and learning

May 13, 2014

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Look Up – a YouTube video on social media which isn’t social. (I posted hte clip a couple of days ago – well worth a look and listen).

* Important life lesson from older people


* How to overcome regret

Losing and keeping friends

April 30, 2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass yesterday was sparked by:

* Time magazine’s list of 10 ways to lose friends


Kevin Roberts’ much more positive 10 ways to keep your friends


10 words to live by

March 18, 2014

Conversation with Jim Mora on Critical Mass this afternoon was sparked by:

Ten words everyone should live by at

Grammar no-nos and gadgets

March 4, 2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

These Famous Authors Made It Okay To Commit Grammar No-No’s among whom is one of my favourite poets, e.e. cummings.


What We Can Expect in Gadgets This Year  – I covet the solar rocking chair and the in-wall extension cord.


Uncommon thoughts on common things

February 18, 2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* 50 Reasons We’re Living Through the Greatest Period in World History by Morgan Housel at The Motley Fool.

* Robert Fulghham’s Journal – he’s the author of All I really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten at the start of which you’ll find the Story Teller’s Creed which he posts here.


* A working mother writes to a stay at home mother and a stay at home mother writes to a working one by Carolyn Ee at Healthy Doctor.

Life’s drafting race

February 18, 2014

Quote of the day:

“The other analogy I have learned quite a lot is this idea that life’s like the drafting race because you learn quickly, farming, all the things that begin with D like drenching and drafting, docking and dagging, getting into debt and dealing with DOC. If you go up the drafting race, even for a ewe you have to look good: You mustn’t limp, head up, eyes forward don’t show your teeth if they aren’t terribly good, clean bum, good digestion, good tits – the whole way – because you want to go to the right, to the mixed age ewe mob, because [then] you get kind dogs and good food. Straight ahead is not much fun because you will end up a chop on the table.Christine Fernyhough

Fake signs & two types of people

February 4, 2014

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked off by:

 Fake signs in the London Underground


There are two kinds of people in the world




Inspiration for resolutions

December 29, 2013

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, this could provide some inspiration:
:) kindest, Boris

Critical Mass

December 17, 2013

Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked off by:

* A Peculiar Christmas Feast and the 4th Wise Man from Valerie Davies, one of my favourite bloggers.

* Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

* What 120 things you should do every day to improve your life


* If you need some inspiration for your resolutions try the New Year’s resolution generator.

Finding your own voice

November 18, 2013

Quote of the day:

. . . if the solution you’re trying to use over and over with a child isn’t working, then don’t presume the problem is with the child: Consider that the stumbling block lies in how we understand the problem in the first place, and that the first place to start to better understand the problem, is by letting the child find their own voice; in whatever manner or language that voice may take. We need not fear those other voices; just like learning a new language, those voices may even enhance the strength of our own. Autism and Oughtisms

This doesn’t just apply to children.

Dear Younger Self

November 17, 2013

@[252006304935213:274:Word Porn]!

Only two words?

Mine would be: Love, laugh.

If . . .

August 14, 2013

If you could change three things in New Zealand, what would they be?

If . . .

August 7, 2013

If you had to communicate a bad news story, how would you do it?


July 14, 2013

Open large picture

Another gem from Story People by Brian Andreas.


If . . .

July 11, 2013

. . . you were asked to show a tourist to five(ish) prime spots in New Zealand which would you choose?

If . . .

June 26, 2013

If you were designing the perfect house, what five (ish) requirements would you start with?

If . . .

June 19, 2013

You’ve just been given the power to make the country a better place.

What would be the first five things on your list?

Protect mystery

June 3, 2013

Thought of the day:

 . . .Bit by bit, mystery is being sucked out of our lives. There isn’t a lot left that can’t be revealed by the click of a mouse. It’s not just that we like to know. Sometimes knowing too much takes the fun out of it. Even dating isn’t what it used to be. Youth don’t go in fresh and unschooled. They stalk each other on Facebook first.

When you know everything there is to know, there is nothing left to discover. We need to protect the mystery in our lives and in our brands. Mystery breeds desire and inspiration. It stokes our hopes and dreams. It emboldens our stories and creates legends. . . Kevin Roberts.

Weight training

March 30, 2013

This is a giant block of whatever is most difficult ...

By Brian Andreas at Story People.


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