OPINION: Sister city Adelaide is lovely, but Christchurch is where people genuinely enjoy social interaction.
OPINION: Apparently there's nothing more valuable than good parenting - unless you're asked to value it in monetary terms.
OPINION: People who didn't know Charlotte Dawson shouldn't speculate on the choice she made.
OPINION: Sex sells, right? Stick a lady on it and you'll shift more than a feminist can shake an angry stick at.
OPINION: I use the F-word even when no-one is listening. My thought process has expletives in it.
OPINION: Paula Bennett can speak for solo mums, John Key can talk about wealth and Gerry Brownlee is a superb Transport Minister because he looks like a truck.
OPINION: It's always bad after any gathering of fringe dwellers, but it is worse after Christchurch.
OPINION: Inspired by the trend in boutique political parties, I am thinking about starting one of my own.
OPINION: The most traumatic thing about being on a plane that has made an emergency landing is being interviewed about it afterwards.
OPINION: Chin up. This is the worst day of the working year - the first Hump Day of your first week back.
I am optimistic that 2014 and I are going to get on just fine, but it's predecessor 2013 is another story.
OPINION: A dear friend of mine cheerfully avoids Christmas, preferring a solitary celebration.
OPINION: Somewhere in the Canadian snow last week, my Christmas humbuggery melted.
OPINION: We were there when the batons rained down. My friend, Rona, was beaten till she bled. She was 70.
OPINION: Easter's meaning hijacked by bunnies so let's not have Christmas suffer the same.
OPINION: Best guess is that this week is the last time you will get to think clearly and sensibly about Christmas.
OPINION: My daughter's waters broke at the exact moment I was checking in for my flight across the Tasman to be with her.
OPINION: "We are tired of the constant criticism about the way we dress, as though what we wear says more about us than our behaviour."
OPINION: From time to time - and I know you will understand this - the world gets much smaller.
OPINION: We may not be ashamed or embarrassed about what happens in our living room or how our body looks, but we'd like to choose who gets to see it.
OPINION: With all the twerking and celeb sex tapes, young women are getting the idea they can use their sexuality to get a job.
OPINION: Last Thursday I had a public whinge - not here, it was on the wireless - about waiting for an ambulance that didn't come. This week I'd like to offer St John a written bouquet.
OPINION: There is a dude in Saudi Arabia who says driving a car hurts women in the ovaries.
OPINION: Faced with trying to get work in a downpour, I decided that public transport is sexist.
OPINION: There are myriad signs that let you know you have reached middle-age.
OPINION: NZ kids have embraced US traditions of the sweet sixteen, high school ball, and baby shower - all foreign to the parents who have to arrange and pay for them.
OPINION: Ugh! A survey claims single men only change their sheets every three months.
OPINION: I shed a happy tear when I read about Warren and Tony, who finally had their relationship legally celebrated.
OPINION: It would appear I set a small, drunk cat among sober pigeons last week, when I fizzed with enthusiasm for the drinking culture in New Orleans.
OPINION: A 'prohibition-lite' clamping down on Kiwi binge drinking won't work - we should try 'unclamping'.
OPINION: To see living things bigger than our houses reminds us we're not in charge of everything.
OPINION: What if your mum was Hilary Clinton? Do we dismiss her because of her 'mum-ness'?