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A big shout out to @PledgeMe supporters

Posted by Philip on 8 March 2013, 9:45 am in , , ,

Back in January, the National Youth Drama School asked me to speak at their opening on 20 April. I was really keen to do this as the students are 14-18 year olds and I knew it would be a unique opportunity for me to share my message of diversity, creativity and social change with them.

The school is a non-profit organisation and could not cover all my travel and expenses. So I set up a PledgeMe campaign to raise $1200. Thanks to the generosity of the following people, and others, we reached the campaign goal, so I'll be able to attend the opening.

Thank you to:

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The week that was: 15-22 Feb 2013

Posted by Philip on 23 February 2013, 1:27 pm in , , , , , , ,

I haven't felt compelled to blog for a while so I thought I might try a new blogging format for a while and look back on the week in reflection and see what themes and insights emerge. I immediately feel slightly daunted by the task as I take a look at my calendar to jog my memory of the highlights.

Teenage guardianship

The most significant change of the week is that, last Saturday, I became the official guardian of a long-time friend's 14-year old daughter. This is quite an adjustment in both my default living arrangement and "parental" status. I have lived alone for as many years as I can remember and, apart from a few dogs and cats, have never been responsible for any other being but me.

The circumstances are that my friend's daughter, whom I've known since she was born in her parents' living room on Waiheke Island, chose last year to leave Ohakune, where her family has lived for about seven years, in order to attend Western Springs College, which is five minutes walk from where I live. She boarded with others of her Mum's friends last year and visited me each Tuesday after school. This year her boarding situation changed, due to the friends' living arrangements changing, so it was a bit of a no-brainer for her to come and live with me.

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