Category Archives: Inspiration

Having a Baby Chinese Style

Well, my grandson was finally born on 8th February in Shanghai – a very auspicious date – and also just on the very tip of the dragon’s tail, 10th February being the start of the snake year. I was very excited to be there and be part of a very special moment, hearing the baby’s first cry, about 20 minutes later getting a first glimpse of him as the nurse came out and showed him off briefly. Continue reading

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Some New Year Thoughts

It’s always good to have New Year’s resolutions but by February, many people have already fallen off the wagon. How are you travelling with your resolutions? Mine is to learn Mandarin as I’ll be spending a lot of time in China. Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

At this time of year it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by all there is to do that we can easily forget what the season is really all about. It’s not only about consideration of others; it’s also about consideration of ourselves. We can’t help others or be appropriate roles models if we are grumpy and unreachable through exhaustion and stress. Sometimes it is hard to think about being charitable when we feel we are the only ones doing absolutely everything! Continue reading

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Going Green

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During recessionary times it is interesting to see people going back to basics by doing such things as learning to cook for themselves. Yes, I realise it is what most people do most of the time but this is a novel concept for some. Cooking schools, especially boutique classes, are flourishing. Along with this comes repairing your clothes so they last another season rather than tossing them out and buying anew. Some people even go so far as growing their own vegetables. Continue reading

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Having Passion

I had the privilege last weekend of attending a school reunion, not mine, but my brother’s. It wasn’t a school year, as such, that was being celebrated but rather the year that two new, young teachers started at the school and decided it would be a good idea to put on a musical production – The Pirates of Penzance. It was such a huge success that the next year they did it again with HMS Pinafore. There were several things that were remarkable about this evening, the most obvious being the passage of time since that eventful first year – fifty years! Continue reading

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A Selfless Act

I get tired of people telling me about how badly behaved children are today (compared with when?), how selfish they are ‘ blah, blah, blah ‘ and so I thought I’d share with you an article from a past Cancer Council WA newsletter as it struck a chord with me, and hopefully it will with you too. Continue reading

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Lessons from a Business Coach

Barbara Anderson put out a newsletter a few years ago in which she outlined tips for managing and keeping staff. When I read through the list, I thought these principles apply to people in any profession, including teachers, not just business people. They can also apply to how we relate to children, empowering them so they feel good about themselves. An extract from Barbara’s newsletter follows – Continue reading

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