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‘Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.’ Rudyard Kipling


Psychologists say that one of the deepest human needs is to feel appreciated. Simply telling someone in your family that you love them, or that you think they are special, that they did wel...

A beloved aunty of mine recently died, a beautiful, generous woman with great spirit who will be very missed. For anyone going through the loss of a loved one, here are some texts that I have found useful from a book I have edited for the New Zealand market: DYING: A N...

Lovelier are her words

Than the exquisite notes

That speak of the souls of flutes.

The song of birds.

A.R.D. Fairburn


Words are relationship food. They feed love and nourish the spirit, so be generous with your words. Affirming words pile up like snowflakes to create a bla...

‘We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.’ Epicurus


When life deals you a bad hand of cards, there is nothing more special than a good friend who will partner you through the game. Hard times, tragedy and heartache are unf...

My beloved Nana recently died, aged 95. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She spoke a little about her life in my book LOVE IN AOTEROA, so I reproduce her words here in her memory.


On meeting her future husband:


I met my future...

Some gems from LOVE IN AOTEAROA:


Something that rises

beneath the curved

ribs, catching the

updraft of vision.

Unending kite

on the string

of love.

Bob Orr


‘It is important to do things for other people because some people can’t do things for themselves and they need help. An...

Celebrating anniversaries and creating rituals within your relationship will strengthen your bond, and is an important way of creating a fun and loving life together.  Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and every good piece of fortune that comes your way. Create specia...

What does the word ‘love’ mean to different people around New Zealand? Responses vary but whatever people’s background and native language one thing is clear – love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a consequence of this verb. To love is to take action. Here is some e...

‘Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.’ Jim Rohn


With an increasingly busy lifestyle it can be difficult to find time to spend with your fam...

Here’s some useful tips for successful friendships from my book UNLEASH YOUR INNER SEDUCTRESS:


Accept others. This doesn’t mean lowering your personal standards, it simply means being tolerant of other people. Everyone likes to be around people they feel relaxed with,...

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