Virtues in Paradise

Linda Kavelin-Popov is co-founder of The Virtues Project and best-selling author of ‘The family virtues guide’, ‘A pace of grace’, ‘Graceful endings’ and other books on virtues. In this regular column, she explores virtues in the Cook Islands context. You can find out more about her work at or


One of life’s small pleasures for me is setting a goal, then accomplishing it.

Trust essential for open communication

Saturday September 01, 2018

If you’re interested in genuine conversation and open communication, creating trust is essential.

Years ago, I read a fascinating book entitled “Mutant Message Down Under”, by Marlo Morgan.

As I navigate this season of elderhood, one of its lovely surprises is that intimacy has become more central in my life. 

Are you familiar with the blurt?

It is one of my least favorite and most dire old habits.

The idea of the A-type personality was popular some years ago, referring to someone who had to get all A’s in school, drove themselves mercilessly, and had to get it all done, whatever it was.

The medical conference on Aitutaki earlier this week marked the 20th anniversary of these conferences so generously sponsored by Dr Joseph Williams, aka “Papa Joe”.

Does your head start to spin with all the undone tasks on your “to do” list?

It took a life-threatening energy illness in my early 50s – post-polio syndrome, to give me the wake-up call I needed to create balance in my life.

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