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There are Some Skank Ho’s in West Auckland

There are some skanky ho’s living in West Auckland. And they aint got no shame. At all. But what makes it worse? Little Son thinks they are wonderful, delightsome creatures…The Hot Man was being kind and thoughtful. He took all the children off my hands so I could write. (Yay for the Hot Man.) He… Continue reading There are Some Skank Ho’s in West Auckland

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Fifty Memories of Samoa for Fifty Years of Independence

Flags flying in Samoa for Independence. Photo by Leone Samu.Today Samoa marks the 50th anniversary of achieving Independence. For me, the story of Samoa's last fifty years is also my family's story because my parents were married in 1962 and they celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary this year as well. My parents chose to stay… Continue reading Fifty Memories of Samoa for Fifty Years of Independence

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Who’s the Favoritest of them All?

I called up my Dad in Samoa the other day. I said, "Hi!"He said, "Who's this?"I said, "It's your favorite, most amazing, most splendidly talented daughter."He said, "Oh, Rebecca!"He may as well have taken a butter knife and stabbed me in the heart with it. Thanks Dad. Thanks a lot.(And you just know, that right… Continue reading Who’s the Favoritest of them All?

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Why Parents Should Spy on their Children

Me and James would make the perfect team. I sit like this in my house all the time. Watching, waiting with my gun. So I can shoot twisted, dark forces that are out to drag my children into dark pits of despair.I spy on my children. I do it shamelessly. It's true and I'm not… Continue reading Why Parents Should Spy on their Children

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I am Old and Have Too Many Children

So does five children.I am really annoyed with Primary school teachers. Why, for the love of snickerdoodles, do teachers have to load up my child with sheetloads of homework every week? Yes, I've read all the studies done on the glorious blessings of giving kids homework. Yes, I want my kid to be a super… Continue reading I am Old and Have Too Many Children

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Falling in Love

(Several of my friends have recently become new mothers. As I rejoice with them in their discovery of this wondrous thing called motherhood, I am reminded of my own first steps on this endless journey. In honor of fiercely beautiful and strong new mothers like Fotu, Vivienne, Manuia and soon-to-be Vanessa - I am sharing… Continue reading Falling in Love

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My Father’s Heart

Tomorrow my father's chest will be sliced open. His chest bone will be sawed apart with a very loud drilling machine. He will be hooked up to a heart and lung machine that will live for him for the three to five hours that it takes for the surgeons to sew four 'new' veins to… Continue reading My Father’s Heart

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Things that keep me awake at night – Questions.

In 2002, a 14 yr old girl called Elizabeth Smart was abducted at knifepoint from her bed in the middle of the night by man called Brian Mitchell. Her abductor took her to his forest hideout where he lived with his ‘wife’. Elizabeth commented later, “I thought maybe they took me because they had no… Continue reading Things that keep me awake at night – Questions.

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The root of all evil. A shortage of Meanness.

Much to HRH’s chagrin, I have never been very ‘good with money’. I’m no good at making it. Saving it. Or budgeting it.I am however, very good at spending it. How to ensure these are not weaknesses passed on to one’s children? ( because lets face it, FIVE children who are only good at spending… Continue reading The root of all evil. A shortage of Meanness.

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You are nobody and have nothing of importance.

My parents are going to work in a certain Pacific island nation far away for 2 years. It's a somewhat dangerous place. One where you shouldnt catch a taxi from the airport because the driver is likely to drive you to the bushes where a helpful gang will be waiting to rid you of every… Continue reading You are nobody and have nothing of importance.