Ex-Christianity, Health & Wellbeing, Religion

On Kids Camps, Worship Bands and Life with Jesus (Part One)

Kids Camps Attending kids camps as a youngster was easily the most significant factor in my conversion to Christianity. I went to my first one in January 2007, about a month after I turned nine. As you can imagine, I was at an extremely impressionable age. Kids' minds are like sponges, and for the most… Continue reading On Kids Camps, Worship Bands and Life with Jesus (Part One)

entertainment, Music, Reviews, Web Series

The Covid19 Diaries: Five Queer Friendly Web Series to Binge On

Given the current Covid19 sitch we all find ourselves in, why not take the time to binge watch some quality rainbow-friendly web series to while away the hours? Once again, carefully curated for your viewing pleasure: we have here a mix of Kiwi and international series, ranging from comedy, to drama, to musical, to everywhere… Continue reading The Covid19 Diaries: Five Queer Friendly Web Series to Binge On

Music, Reviews, Te Reo Māori

Wāhine for your Music Rotation: Crushing on Kiwi Musicians

Basically since forever ago I have had a strong affinity to New Zealand songstresses. For your listening pleasure, I have collated some absolutely stellar wāhine kaiwaiata kaitito/singer songwriters: many of whom have written music that has spoken deeply to my soul. As well as that, their music has seen me through puberty, teenhood, young adulthood… Continue reading Wāhine for your Music Rotation: Crushing on Kiwi Musicians

Music, Podcasts, Politics, Reviews, Te Reo Māori, Technology

The Covid19 Diaries: Five Quality Podcasts to Quell Lockdown Boredom

I have collated a very eclectic list of podcasts near and far: from lesbians discussing books and their film adaptations, to comediennes getting horny over filmstars, to French language learning for intermediate speakers, to whakaaro Māori, whakataukī and kīwaha, to humorous and insightful intersectional feminism discussions... let's go: 1. Boners of the Heart Comediennes Alice… Continue reading The Covid19 Diaries: Five Quality Podcasts to Quell Lockdown Boredom

Education, Favourites, Health & Wellbeing, Politics

Navigating Pākehā Identity Part Two: Letter to My Grandchildren | Reta ki āku mokopuna

This is my first of what I hope will be more bilingual posts to come! Shout out to my te reo Māori lecturer for the prompt of writing a letter for my grandchildren - I'm so down with that kaupapa. Whatever your level of reo, I hope you get something out of it, and I… Continue reading Navigating Pākehā Identity Part Two: Letter to My Grandchildren | Reta ki āku mokopuna

Favourites, Health & Wellbeing, Religion

Confronting Sexual Purity Culture

Purity culture within religion is problematic. Reflecting on my time as a Christian, this is one of the fundamental parts of it that still makes me angry, and its ghost still lingers. Today, I consider myself empowered, liberated and sex positive - yet I know I'm still affected by what I was taught by the… Continue reading Confronting Sexual Purity Culture

Food, Health & Wellbeing, Other, Politics, Technology

The Covid19 Diaries: Isolation Staycation?

I'm all Coronavirused out, so I'm fully not going to talk about it - other than to say it has been a weird, chaotic and uncertain last few weeks, has it not? I hope everybody is staying safe, well, and being nice to their flatmates/family/partners during this stressful time. Sparing a thought for all the… Continue reading The Covid19 Diaries: Isolation Staycation?

Health & Wellbeing, Other

New Year, Sore Knees

It has been far too long - a mammoth four months - since I have posted. I feel like the longer I'm away from my blog the harder it is to get back into. It has crossed my mind numerous times over the last few months to chuck up a few hundred words or so,… Continue reading New Year, Sore Knees

Health & Wellbeing, Politics, Technology

Anti-Social Media: Too Much Time Online?

I am acutely aware of my social media addiction. I don't really shy away from calling it that - my iPhone usage statistics don't lie, and checking for notifications is unfortunately second nature to me. Online it's so easy to switch into autopilot: I constantly find myself logging on in order to do a specific… Continue reading Anti-Social Media: Too Much Time Online?

Education, Favourites, Health & Wellbeing, Other, Politics, Religion

Navigating Identity: Being Pākehā in Aotearoa

The older I get, the more I realise that identity is extraordinary complex. In my own context, I have a lot of questions of myself, my friends, my whānau, and the communities I am involved in. Shock horror - Abby has more questions? Such is the life of a philosophy major, a poet, a writer,… Continue reading Navigating Identity: Being Pākehā in Aotearoa