Oil that’s had calendula steeping in it all summer. I love the colour! Now to combine with beeswax (50g to make a 1:4 ratio with nearly-200g calendula oil) to make a healing balm for the family.

Morning coffee view. Listening to Weezer’s take on Toto’s “Africa,” which has become my 6yo daughter’s new favourite song. open.spotify.com/track/3ZP…

Someone on my local community notice-board recommended this as another way to pay one’s respects to those who were killed in the Chch shooting ten days ago. I’m going to do it tomorrow. A Loving-Kindness Meditation to Boost Compassion - Mindful

“Broken-hearted but not broken.” I listened to this on the radio today while sitting in the sun on the balcony, listening to the cicadas and watching a one-year-old cat roll around by my feet. I feel great hope that we can make some solid change in NZ, and genuinely make our country a better place for everyone.

A quite pleasant Friday afternoon!

It will be interesting to see if these big companies can get away with trying to blow off the outrage of our little country. But there are some very angry people here in NZ right now. Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening - Toby Manhire - Opinion - The Guardian

Students perform haka to pay tribute to classmates killed in Christchurch - video - World news - The Guardian

It was too much to hope that this tragedy wouldn’t be politicised… ‘“Your grandparents came here … and they returned in caskets,” he said. “Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers.”

Another good’un. Opinion - Kiwis Experience an Attack That ‘Feels Imported’ - The New York Times

This is very good: New Zealand felt removed from the global voices of hatred. No longer - Elle Hunt - Opinion - The Guardian

Sorry to swear, friends, but holy fuck, apparently 30 people have just been wounded / killed in a mosque shooting in Christchurch just today… never in a million years did I think something like this would happen in nz.

Man who burned his passport and went to fight with IS feels like the government has “stabbed me in the back” because it told him to find his own way home…

This is really embarrassing, especially coming from mayors of coastal towns that are undoubtedly going to feel the effects of climate change in coming years. e.g. ‘Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless said he believed that human industry had an impact on climate, but that it was overstated. “Some of it has been exaggerated - I’m not sure about sea level rises and all that. I don’t think people need to get too alarmed.” ‘ the rest here.

The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Wellington Opera House! 👌☺️😍🎸 and 🎧

One for @macgenie’s research…

Really liking the new (?) Weezer Teal album!! Their Billie Jean is 👌… and then of course there’s this

Probably preaching to the converted here at micro.blog, but this was a good (if terrifying) read: Kids can’t use computers… and this is why it should worry you — Coding 2 Learn

I’m thinking of putting a kid-friendly Linux distro on my old white MacBook…Qimo, Sugar, and Ubermix seem to come up a lot… has anyone tried them? My daughter is six and pretty much besotted with the idea of having her own computer. Requirements are for something that can teach the basics of computer use— not keen on anything too “internetty” just yet though.

Squee!!! Also, the keyboardco.com branded nail files were a nice touch.

Says it all, really: Greta Thunberg: “Sweden is not a Role Model” – We Don’t Have Time – Medium

Writers as magicians

Just finished reading the introduction to Francesca Lia Block’s The Thorn Necklace with a shiver up my spine. Reading her reinforces the idea to me that writing, and reading, is a sort of magic. It’s a writing book, so that’s what she’s referring to, but I love how her focus is on creating positivity and changing the world, rather than landing some publishing deal:

I’ll show you how to use your pain, or just daily stress, to feed your art; how to tune into the wisdom of that inner muse and mentor; ignore your ctiric until the time is right; create order from chaos; live simply but expressively; frutcify; perservere; trust; face your shadow; find magic; create art for those you love rather than as a commodity for a larger, faceless and judgemental audience; and maybe even change the world!

She refers to her life as a writer as a “grimoire, a kind of magic book.” It’s a beautiful way to look at writing.

What writers do something similar for you? Which books have you read that changed your life?

An excellent lie-in this morning.

I never knew Germlish was a thing. But thanks to my German friend Conny, I’ve been re-educated. Enjoy those kiwi vowels ehhhyyyeuuu?

I’m reading my timeline through the web, uh, portal, but for the life of me I can’t find where to ‘favourite’ a conversation so I can refer to it later? I can view my favourited posts via the above menu (and there’s a handy ‘unfavorite’ link where I’m expecting it) but no ‘favorite’?

e.g. this post of Cheri’s… where to fave?

edit: found it! Turns out the link is not available on the conversation page… you need to view a user’s list of posts, and the link shows up there…

edit: meant to raise this as a bug but I’ve been a bit busy lately. I wonder if I //cc @help, if I can belatedly create a mention…

If nothing else, today I am going to write 2,000 words. I am going to do this by sitting down at my desk with coffee, then opening up Scrivener, then simply getting stuck in. If I do this and only this, today will be a good day.

(thanks johnhenrymuller.com/today)