Some sage advice and other herbs

When life gets you down, when little problems compound up and the worries of everyday living seem unsurmountable, who do you call? Well for those who don’t have rum, there’s Auntie Roger. Millions of people in the Bay of Plenty find sound...... Read More

Change always happens

“The secret of change is to focus all of our energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates.  Some of us are happy with change, but for many it’s something we have difficulty accepting because there’s...... Read More

Have you considered contact lenses to see clearly?

Glasses are not great in the rain, they make going to the gym a hassle and they are pain to find when you need them to read the newspaper. These days, there are a wide range of modern contact lens options to provide a convenient vision alternative...... Read More

New old museum for Tauranga

You’re welcome to sniff our ropey old relics We’ve solved the apparent problem of Tauranga not having a museum. We’re opening our own. The Sun’s new pop-up museum is nearly complete and will be open any day now. It’s...... Read More

Jacinderella, class and culture

You may remember our story from last week, of the fairy princess Jacinderella. Today we continue the adventures of Jacinderella who is just about to leave for the Working Party Ball and dance on the glass ceiling in her glass slippers. Jacinderella...... Read More

Financial infidelity and what to do about it.

Honesty and openness are key to a healthy relationship – especially when it comes to money. But some couples are suffering from what’s called “financial infidelity”. Financial infidelity is when you lie, or hide financial information...... Read More

Win-win situation

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doings and right doings, there is a field. I will meet you there.” Rumi, 13th century Persian poet.   This quote was a particular favourite of James Donovan, who came to be known as a great negotiator...... Read More

Jacinderella and the glass ceiling

Once upon a time in a dysfunctional kingdom, there lived a humble public servant girl  named Jacinderella. She worked in a Beehive with her ugly step-sisters, Greenella and Winstonella. And when we say ugly, we’re talking butt ugly. And...... Read More

Looking after your skin

I recently read an article that once again reminded me how important Vitamin C is in improving the skin’s natural defence systems. Every day, natural and environmental triggers work to change the skin from inside and out, speeding up the ageing...... Read More

We are what we eat, and the same goes for our pets

Nutrition plays a vital role in the overall wellbeing, health and longevity of our pets. Pets need to be fed a diet that is “complete and balanced” - that means it must contain the correct ingredients and the right balance of nutrients for...... Read More

Clutter through procrastination

“Clearing the clutter in your physical space will go a long way toward clearing the clutter in your mind.” Peter Walsh. Here’s a helpful gauge on clutter from clutter guru Marie Kondo. Ask yourself: “Do I love it, is it useful...... Read More

Real solutions to world issues

There are so many important issues facing the world today.  Famine. Climate. Terrorism. Overpopulation. Plastic  shopping bags. Yet some people fail to take these things seriously, instead wasting away their life on pointless pursuits such...... Read More

Eating frogs

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” Alfred A. Montapert. You may have heard the saying about “eating your frogs” before you begin anything else, which means begin the day by tackling the thing(s) you are avoiding.  Most...... Read More

Signing a lease on your terms

A business is more than just bricks and mortar but, depending on what your venture is, its location can make or break how much custom you get. A waterfront restaurant, for instance, might not have the same appeal if it were to move inland. Which is...... Read More

Spotlight on Curcumin and OPC part 2

I speak daily to people affected by inflammation. This commonly affects joints, but can also affect most types of body tissue. While we can feel the discomfort of joint inflammation, we cannot feel inflammation of blood vessels until disease symptoms...... Read More

The RR guide to royal wedding clangers

Half the world will go all gooey  and the other half are already tired of it; inflicted with yet another Royal Wedding. Fortunately for those of you less interested it’s in the middle of the night New Zealand time, so it will be easy to...... Read More

Avoiding sun and stress for beautiful skin

Two of the greatest  enemies of beautiful skin are sun and stress. At least we have products to block the sun. If only we had a cream that could block stress from our lives too! While some stress is unavoidable, we can take steps to manage it...... Read More

Regrow your hair, regain your confidence

Are you checking your hairline every time you walk past a mirror? Or are you finding more hair seems to be falling out in the shower or when brushing? While everyone at some stage in their life has problems with hair regrowth, first noticing your hair...... Read More