Author Archives: janstra

A Photo…

…to get things going again. It’s been a long time between drinks. Here’s a picture of Dunedin’s city centre. I didn’t realise what a lovely place Dunedin was until I left it and settled instead among the anonymous glass and … Continue reading

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Six Year Old Philosophy

The thing about accidents, says Petra, is that they’re not happening until they are. You’re going along fine, and then bang, an accident. You don’t know it’s coming. That’s why it’s an accident. Sometimes you can see that things are … Continue reading

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On Reinventing Idioms

A lovely wee quote from Petra talking about the craft project of one of her classmates: If Dylan wants to finish her bag before the end of the year, she’ll have to get on her wriggle. What she’s trying to … Continue reading

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All Quiet on the Ngaio Front

Miss Petra seems to have been sick every other week recently. A cold, one of those ghastly 24 hour vomiting bugs that always seem to kick in at 2:30 am and keep you up puking until dawn, and this week, … Continue reading

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Clementine Ford on Female Bodies

Ford publishes a weekly column for Fairfax Media in Australia. She’s smart, funny, and refreshingly sane about the crap that women deal with in male-dominated culture. Here she is talking about showing skin in public while not conforming to society’s … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon Joke

For book geeks everywhere… A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the librarian and says: “book, book, book, book”. The librarian hands the chicken a book. It tucks it under his wing and runs out. A while … Continue reading

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On Fixing Things

Petra’s growing apace. She’s bigger, faster, stronger, and much, much smarter. Figuring out what to do with her enlarging self is giving her a bit of grief. She’s not as assured and skilled as she thinks she should be given … Continue reading

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