good desserts, fibonacci numbers and other patterns

I see the world in patterns.
We spent a day in Nhill recently catching up with my sister Al and her family. We were discussing school and someone commented that they didn't like the rote learning that maths involved. Now I have always loved maths, from times-tables competitions in grade two to The Theory of Complex Variables in my third year uni degree. But after all these years, that little conversation in Nhill sparked a realisation for me I'd never had before. Maths had always been a quest to understand and experiment with (number) patterns (rather than rote learning).
I remember learning how to solve magic squares, and then once I understood the pattern I completed one that was 25 x 25 - just because I could. I can still remember my delight when my year 9 maths teacher (Mr Pearce often wore a yellow T-short with the simple questions in capitals WHY?) explained Pascals Triangle. As with magic squares much earlier, I then proceeded to write a solution to (a+b)15 just becaus…

wisdom is proverbial

I like evenings in my office. I like the soft light, the feel of a book in my hand, the quiet tones of Monocle 24 in the background, the cherry brown wood and the darkness out the unblinded window. Sometimes I watch a TV show, and sometimes a wee dram of scotch keeps me company.
A couple of evenings back, while thinking about a book that takes aim at people like me (subtitled The Elite Charade of Changing the World) I found myself pondering some of the 'big' ideas that have shaped my view of the world (over the last couple of decades), and that I was introduced to by reading a book. It is true of course that we are enthusiastic about ideas that already have a seed in our thinking, but for me the following ideas, if they were not introduced by the author, were certainly explained and advocated for in ways that shifted me. So these are not just ideas with which I agree .... my bookshelf is packed with those. These are ideas that actually changed me, or catapulted my understandi…

what's in a name?

When we lived in Brunswick we had a huge family room with polished floor boards and sliding glass doors that opened up into the backyard. One day nearly twenty years ago I sat in a rocking chair near the open back door pondering what I would call my new business.

I now have a much better understanding of my vocational contribution (see my LinkedIn profile) but even then I knew that my work, while unobtrusive, if deployed effectively could result in significant shifts for people. So on that afternoon nearly two decades ago, as the afternoon air ruffled the curtains I had a "katching" moment ... my business would be called Breeze. Often unseen, typically refreshing and yet if harnessed could result in profound changes. So Breeze People Development was born.

A couple of years later when I started making a few dollars I had to create a proper business structure and so the trustee company we set up, that remains my key business entity today, was christened Temuka Breeze, after t…

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