She plays, we win

SportsThis is the title of a photography project by Christin Rose. In it she photographs, beautifully, teenage and pre-teen girls who are competitive sports players.

In a set of 10 photos shown on the ESPN site, the average age is not quite 13 years. But the words these girls have spoken about how their sport makes them feel, come from a confidence that is much more mature. Read the rest of this entry »


What can I learn from this?

Learning is funMatt Nippert, writing for the NZ Herald about Kiwi business prodigy, Jamie Beaton, quotes Jamie’s mum, Paula: “Sometimes I wonder if I actually gave birth to him; there’s times I see him as a mother, and other times I’m just in disbelief.”

Jamie Beaton is currently studying at Harvard University, and is head of his own education-related company, now valued on paper at US$60 million. He also moonlights for Tiger Management. He is only 20 years old.  Read the rest of this entry »


We can all inspire

Cleaning productsA Christchurch schoolboy whose gritty determination to defeat cancer inspired many, has just named those who impacted him most during his successful treatment.

There are the normal people you would expect in such a list: family, friends, his school, medical staff, blood donors, strangers who wrote encouraging messages after hearing his story.

He also mentions a nurse who encouraged him to get out of his sick bed and deliver his head boy’s speech at the school’s prizegiving. But there is one on Jake Bailey’s list less likely to be mentioned by most. Read the rest of this entry »


The bus inspector who put the ‘merry’ in Christmas

legoThe Eastern Courier of 6 February 2015 tells the story of a boy who woke on Christmas Day to find that a piece of his new and treasured Lego set  was missing. His mum rang the bus company the family had travelled with the previous day. She doubted the small piece would be found, but  her son was so distraught she thought it was worth a try. As it turns out, it was. Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t miss repeat business

A simple step to keep customers coming back

I found out in the weekend that my car’s warrant of fitness (WOF) had expired. I never remember to check, and it was my husband who pointed it out.

The amusing thing is, is that he works for the company that does my WOF checks. While he remembered my car needed to be brought in again, the company had failed to remind me. Bad move. Read the rest of this entry »


The demise of kindness

Is doing good bad?

Couple Working in Homeless ShelterTwo young Canadian men recently started a social media challenge, daring their friends to acts of kindness. All well and good. But the comment of one of them brought me up short.

Russell Citron, who has a non-profit organisation called Kindness Counts is reported as saying this:

“I think that society views kindness as a very passive concept. There’s some attitude toward being kind now that it’s not the cool thing to do. It’s not fun. But in order to really make an impact and get people talking at their dinner tables, you have to be creative and unconventional in the way you address kindness.”

Well, I don’t disagree with the concept of the second part of his statement – creativity certainly helps when promoting discussion and action around social issues. However, when did kindness become uncool? And if it is off-trend, then why?

What do you think?


Quilts for Kids

 When she couldn’t bear the thought of a pile of fabric scraps going to the tip, Linda Arye wondered “What if…”

What if she could find some willing volunteers to turn the piles of material into quilts for children who needed some comfort? Her nearest and dearest thought she was dreaming. Who would spend hours creating a work of art just to give it away to someone they didn’t even know?

Linda’s detractors didn’t realise who they were dealing with. Quilters seem to have a reputation for being serial gifters. One person has called them the ‘best slices of society’ for precisely that reason – typically they will give away three out of every four quilting projects on which they work.

It was just that generous-hearted attitude that has transformed Linda’s brilliant idea for recycling into an international charity called Quilts for Kids. About 13 years old now, it has 96 chapters in the USA, Canada and the Bahamas. Volunteers sew the quilts, which are given away to sick and abused children in those countries and also further afield.

It just goes to show what can happen when you ask “What if…” rather than “So what…?”