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Useful resources for Kiwis coping with COVID-19

COVID-19 has rapidly changed our world and how we live, work and play. If you’re feeling anxious, worried, or scared, you’re not alone. It’s normal to feel worried about things like your job, health, family, and what’s going to happen next. Taking action when you’re feeling emotionally and mentally stressed is important. You can get through these uncertain times and, if you need support, there are lots of helpful resources available. Get support if you need it If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed, ask for support as soon as possible. If you need help you can: contact a close friend or family member and ask for support contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone in your faith community who can help use an employee assistance program if your employer has one. These services usually offer counselling or can refer you to a mental health professional call your doctor or a mental health professional for advice and guidance. During COVID-19 the option of phone, video
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Because the world needs poetry right now (and always)

Annual Commemoration of the Divine Passion You eclipse me & I have stained the Sun with black love . . . death from a bottle cools my ardour for a while, until I see you again. The damp distance is bleached then blackened with shadows & flocks of shrill birds, screaming for blood Bound hands grow swollen body – silently numbed a bed on fire I laid upon now reddened with burning life In these blistered hours of insomnia objects are like lead I believe they are other things & less than they are as if fewer of them would create a stillness like sleep — if only to dream of her again . . . The cushions beckon in the mirror white & summoning, judicious the bed reflected in that fantasy land, that round pool of hope Why stir dust on a sacred tomb as I lay down with a prayer for darkness a snowflake melts on her virgin eyelids somewhere & now, together again we drink every breath of poisoned air she asleep, I awake . . . Not believing in resu

Review of my book, 'Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Published Authors'

The following is a review of my book Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Published Authors ,  from  Any authors out there who have hit the 'best-seller' lists who would like to be featured and interviewed in the next volume of this book series, please contact me via my contact page .   SECRETS OF BEST-SELLING SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS  – A SELF-PUBLISHING NON-FICTION GUIDE   In  Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Published Authors,  William Cook, author and entrepreneur, shares a selection of interviews from his popular online interview series, alongside an analysis of the interviews and two fresh essays: ‘Self Published Author VS Successful Self-Published Author’ and ‘Growth Hacking for Authors.’ Along with the interviews and essays, a very helpful and inspiring list of ‘Indie Power Tips’ is included. OUR SUMMARY Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Published Authors  is a self-publishing non-fiction book. It features tips, interviews, and essays that will help aspiring

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Immanuel Kant's Notion of Genius in Art

This article was written in 1999 and was part of a paper I was completing in Art Theory under the tutelage of Dr Denis Dutton. Having the good fortune to be a student of Dr Dutton's was a highlight of my academic studies and I am very proud to boast of an 'A' mark for this particular essay. I have updated it slightly and it will be part of a larger collection of academic articles I plan on publishing, concentrating on art, literature and philosophical theory. Denis Laurence Dutton (9 February 1944 – 28 December 2010) was a philosopher of art, web entrepreneur and media activist. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch , New Zealand . He was also a co-founder and co-editor of the websites Arts & Letters Daily , and Immanuel Kant KANT’S NOTION OF GENIUS IN ART In an integral section of The Critique of Judgement [1] that deals with notions of art, Kant attempts to expl