Author Archives: kiwihelen

About kiwihelen

A Quaker woman with something to say. I am 40 years old, a Pakeha (white New Zealander) who is an economic migrant living in the UK. I am a registered dietitian, a feminist (although I am very aware of the mysandry of some feminist authors and also support the work of some Mens Rights Activists), a crafter and I play the trombone. I am in a long-distance relationship with a Quaker man who has two beautiful daughters. I have 12 nieces and nephews and a great nephew and niece. I share a house with my best friend J, and we are the staff for two cats Archie & Asbo.

Being grateful

I am grateful today for two things. Firstly J has his diagnosis. ADHD inattentive subtype so a great big thumbs up to his psychiatrist. Secondly, that although there has been two more large aftershocks in Christchurch NZ my family and … Continue reading

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Adult Attention Deficit Disorder…

This has been an interesting year for some people who are important in my life. Late last year my SO and I were talking about some of his professional struggles and I suggested he look at ADHD. After reading about … Continue reading

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Plain Txting for Quakers

This is a bit of a silly blog entry. It comes from posting on the Association of Bad Friends on Facebook. I use txt messages a fair bit. I seldom plug commercial companies, but as someone who was horrified at … Continue reading

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Is it ministry?

This is something copied from Ben Pink Dandelion’s book “An Introduction to Quakerism” I am aware that some Friends will have problems with the God language in it, but if they can look past the language it gives some very … Continue reading

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Which comes first, the evidence based practice or the practice based evidence?

As a health professional, I am expected to undertake evidence based practice. Now this makes sense in many fields.  The Cochrane Collaboration Logo showing the benefit of corticosteroid treatment of women threatening premature labour and its huge benefit towards preventing … Continue reading

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Social Class – a measure of the person?

I found this after a discussion with a Friend, where we realised his dis-ease about something that had happened at Summer Gathering reflected his working class origins compared with the more middle class origins of the vast majority of Friends. … Continue reading

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Christenings and other celebrations

I was at a christening today for a very handsome wee man (the son of a colleague).  It was in a wonderful old church and was a christening outside the usual church service. I cried through it…in the way most … Continue reading

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