Where Fear Belongs

The media and internet technology play a role in our lives and not all of it is healthy, or indeed necessary.  Remember how shattered and affected we were at the bombing of the Twin Towers.  The images were relayed simultaneously as events unfolded and many struggled the effects of vicarious trauma. The media and internet…

How I like to get the news these days

It depends on what it is and what the context is.  It also depends on whether it’s personal or general.  If it’s personal then I like to hear about it from the horse’s mouth so I know it’s true.  I’ve been embarrassed too many times because I’ve believed something second hand.  Gossip usually has a…

Saint Patrick's Day 2011

Is this really who we’re honouring on St Patrick’s Day? It seems so from the activities that usually take place in pubs.   Have You Seen This Leprechaun? Happy St. Patrick’s Day to One and All! I was born in Mombasa, Kenya, grew up and was educated in South Africa, emigrated to New Zealand when…

I Heart These Charities

poor Compassion Australia A Christian organisation that do amazing work in impoverished communities around the world. Through a program of child sponsorship those families are assisted, through the child’s sponsor, to improve living conditions, and the child receives an education. The program strengths communities by improving living conditions bringing clean water into villages, helping people…

Most Romantic Thing Ever

A lifetime ago we sat under the African sky. It was dusk as wildebeest, lion, giraffe, springbok and elephants meandered towards the watering hole. They moved to the rhythm of African time. Animals came in herds to refresh themselves after a day of foraging on the harsh baked plains. Springbok scanned the vista their ears…

No way, I couldn't live without a car for a year

Well for a start, I’d have to give up work, or find somewhere else to work where I don’t spend my day driving from one appointment to the next. I’d probably have to move into the city because I have lots of activities in which I’m involved and it would be difficult to give them…

What I Like Most About My Job

That each day is different. Clients are booked in in advance but on the day there are usually cancellations which are then filled with other people waiting for an appointment. Every one has a different approach to their addiction to drugs and alcohol. I enjoy that they are individuals and that they each find strategies…