In the creative mission of writing a novel such as Today In Paradise, some characters are just too peripheral to warrant much space in the text. However, they still have a story to tell. 

Such is Josiah, the much-maligned madman who shares a brief connection with the main character of the novel. And his story is told here, in fiction, with some careful fidelity to historical sources.

My prompt was to tell a story from the Christian scriptures with an unusual perspective - I hope you enjoy the view and the voices.

View the 'Voices' short story below or click here to view the PDF

 Short Stories Award Finalist

Yuval Noah Harari's book Homo Deus is a provocative and, at times, disturbing second instalment to his earlier Sapiens. The first book traces the journey of Homo sapiens over the past 75000 years to, arguably, its current zenith - a peak of power limited by its own creations. Human nature is being transformed through an uncoupling of intelligence from consciousness, through increasing engagement with, and reliance on, machines. Homo Deus describes the drivers and consequences for this change in the 21st century and beyond.

Friday, 04 March 2022 17:06

Procrastination and antifragility

Thriving in an uncertain world seems to be an unreachable dream in the face of current global crises. But uncertainty, disorder and turmoil, rather than being undesirable, actually may be the very tools needed for survival and growth. This is the revolutionary and compelling message behind the concept of antifragility.

Twenty-five years ago, this month, New Zealand embarked on one of its most significant electoral reforms to address inequity by implementing the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system of governmental democracy.

Friday, 24 April 2020 09:37

Flourishing in an ageing population

I started writing this on 20 April 2020; the globe suffering in the malicious clutches of the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand in week four of its Level 4 lockdown, and the world coming to terms with redefining the meaning of such things as community, healthcare, economic recovery, and humanity.

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