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Now here’s an interesting proposal

Ah, the political springtime. The electoral sap is rising, and so are the party promises (or lack of promises) for unpaid carers. I’ll be looking at some of them over…

Clean politics

Meanwhile, back in the real world … the business of caring goes on.  Astonishing as it might appear for those within the Wellington chattering class, there are one or two…

On the hustings

What a week this has been in politics! We have been to two pre-election meetings, neither of them very well attended.  The first was hosted by the teachers’ union, the…

Social cringe?

“Strengths-based” is a popular buzzword for encouraging Kiwis to address challenges in a positive, proactive way.  Instead of saying “life is bloody hard on a benefit and I haven’t been…

Food of life

In the interests of seeing the (wine) glass half full, I’ve taken to cooking with a gusto in the years since being a carer became part of my life—and generally…

Gaza blues

The situation in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel has been on many people’s minds these past couple of weeks.  It has been on my mind as well—not only because…

Caring again?

By Laurie Hilsgen There is a poem in Ted Hughes’ final book, Birthday Letters, recalling his innocence as he bites into a peach for the first time and soon thereafter falls in…

The professorial finger

You know the situation I mean: your medical adviser thinks you really haven’t understood the seriousness of your health problem.  So he (women are more subtle) wags his index finger at…