Superstorm Sandy

My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by Superstorm Sandy, and especially everyone who has lost a loved one. I have never experienced a hurricane and can’t imagine what it’s like, but it looks like things are pretty rough on the East Coast at the moment, and the clean-up will take a while yet. Thinking of you all!

Photo from Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information


Behold the beauty

I’m lucky enough to work just a few minutes’ walk from the Wellington Botanic Garden, so I often spend my lunch hour walking through the gardens. I’ve been doing this for more than a year now, and have seen all the seasons come and go. In fact, in Wellington, we sometimes see all the seasons in one day, but that’s another story… Continue reading

The art of avoiding an argument

At the moment I’m reading Dale Carnegie’s classic book, ‘How to win friends & influence people’. It’s an oldie but a goodie. And the man makes a valid point: no one can win an argument. Continue reading


The organic food debate

There was recently an article in the news with the astonishing information that organic food is no more nutritious than other food. Sorry, did I say ‘astonishing’? I meant predictable. Continue reading


A balancing act

When it comes to environmental matters, I think the biggest problem is how to balance economic and environmental issues. One of the stories which recently made the news is the people of Greymouth who are trying to save the Spring Creek coalmine. Now, I’m not a fan of mines, and coalmines would probably be my least favourite type of mine. But it’s hard not to sympathise with people who have young families and just want to save their jobs. Continue reading


Amazing creatures: Longfin eels

I know what you’re thinking: what’s so amazing about longfin eels?! Continue reading


Can one person really make a difference?

Can one person make a difference in terms of the environmental issues we are facing? If you ask five people this question, you’ll probably get five different answers. Here’s my answer: unless you try, you definitely won’t. Continue reading