The Documentary Film Festival- Kids for Cash

Kids for Cash last night. It is the story of two corrupt American judges who ran a kick back scheme to make money by routinely imprisoning  young teenagers for long periods of time  for very minor offences. The film is utterly compelling and includes not only the testimony of the young teens and their parents but also intimate portraits of the judges themselves. I had no idea that the US has not signed the Declaration for the Rights of the Child ( along with the Sudan and Somalia). They incarcerate 5 times more children than any other country and children are not allowed parole in  severe cases like murder. It costs just over $10,000 to keep a child at school and $88,000 to keep them in prison. The director, Robert May was at the screening and we were able to ask questions. It is on again on Sunday at 6.30pm. If you are able to see it, I highly recommend it.]]>

If only

“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.”

― George Eliot The above quote was read at our marriage and three week’s later at my husband’s funeral.  I am going to try to remember to tell my loved ones how dear they are to me.    ]]>

Care packages

That would be all good Thanks 🙂 Ha ha sure  How do you show your affection for your children?]]>

Books I'm reading

“Here are books that prove that the term ‘self-help’ doesn’t have to be either shallow or naive.” Mind you, he does write one of them. I consider them to be easy-reading philosophy books.  They are called The School  of Life series and come in two volumes. The ones that are asterisked are the ones I’ve read so far. They are all by different authors. Toolkit for Life Vol. 1 includes the following titles:

How to Find Fulfilling Work  * I read this one after I had resigned but it was very reassuring. How to Stay Sane  How to Worry Less about Money  * How to Think More about Sex * How to Thrive in the Digital Age  How to Change the World 

Toolkit for Life Vol. 2 includes the following titles: How To Be Alone How To Develop Emotional Health How To Deal with Adversity * currently reading How To Connect with Nature * How To Think About Exercise * I am not reading them in any particular order, just what becomes free on the Auckland Library Borrow Box kindle service. And of course I enjoyed some more than others.

I usually have a few books on the go so I am also reading Knitting Yarns, Writers on Knitting, a collection of short stories edited by Ann Hood. My son gave this to me for my birthday and while I am not usually a great fan of short stories I am loving it. So much so that I went to the library and and got out Ann Hood’s The Knitting Circle. I tend to enjoy Canadian writers more than American writers but  I am enjoying this and it is keeping my attention.

It also inspired me to finish another square of a blanket I am knitting. What comes across strongly is that knitting has a meditative, soothing quality that helps calm and comfort.

Let me know what you are reading. Sue



The small joys of being at home-end of week one

photo I am developing a bit of a rhythm to my day by starting with yoga, doing some domestic chores while mulling over my list of things I want to do and then sitting at the computer for a while, I have read about the concept of “flow” and had a sense of that yesterday when I looked at the clock and it was 4 o’clock and I had no idea where several hours had gone, I am looking forward to spending some time with my partner tomorrow where previously I needed to spend a lot of the day doing domestic chores or shopping and so on. I resented his enthusiasm for biking or walking as I felt I had so little time to myself after a full-on week at work. So far I have more or less stayed within budget but I can see how a coffee here and there can add up very quickly. Anyway, have a great weekend wherever you are and whatever you do. Sue    ]]>

Faux Frugality?

IMG_5925 (480x640) Another example is that I like to knit, (I know, I know I’m trendy..) and more specifically I like to knit dishcloths with pretty patterns on them for friends. However I like eco -yarns and organic cotton and bamboo which makes the wool really expensive. You can buy a good old absorbent dishcloth in the super market for around $2.00. Not really frugal living…  ]]>