Human spillage by Trevor Plumbly

Growing pains Over recent years I’ve noticed an increase in the number of ‘street people’ in my area of Auckland. Most (including me) either avoid them where possible or buy our way out with a couple of coins. In one form or another they’ve always been with us, but the recent increase in numbers should raise greater concern. In the past, they were dismissed as ‘deadbeats’, ‘addicts’ and ‘alkies’; thus the authors of their own misfortune, best left to the Salvation Army or, if things got out of hand, the Police. The… Read More

Nor any drop to drink by Trevor, Angela and Emily. Thoughts on the importance of water

Trevor speaks We need to take water more seriously. As we focus on saving electricity and oil, we need to educate ourselves into more intelligent use of clean water. Don’t waste it At home, habits like running taps and poorly planned hose use could be easily corrected, but commercial abuse is where the main threats lie. Dairy farmers use billions of litres for sterilizing and cleaning procedures; surely a lot could be recycled? Soft drink manufacturers are returning huge profits by producing untold amounts of what is medically accepted as gutrot, but… Read More

What is Happiness? by Angela Caldin

What is happiness? We know it when we experience it, but how can we define it? I heard this on ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4 this morning and thought it came quite close: “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the… Read More

Thought for the day by Angela Caldin

There are some people who come into your life to make it better. There are other people who go out of your life to make it better still.   A Spanish friend of mine (Jorge, you know who you are) posted this on Facebook and it really resonated with me, even though it sounds quite harsh. I’d been thinking about how important it is to surround ourselves with a community of positive people who have our best interests at heart and who truly care about us. We will thrive better without people who criticise us, try… Read More

Think On by Angela Caldin

Don’t let anyone rent a space in your head unless they’re a good tenant.