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


When we first arrived in the Cook Islands five years ago, many felt it was their obligation to warn me about other people.

Do we love it enough?

Monday March 05, 2018

The slogan of Araura College’s Enviro Squad in 2017 was, ‘Do you love it enough?’

‘Thy will, not mine, be done’

Saturday April 15, 2017

Easter is a holy season – a time to remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made, the pain and suffering he endured, and the ultimate victory of his resurrection.

Time for a look at yourself

Saturday April 08, 2017

The first step in creating healthy balance in your life is to take an honest, compassionate look at yourself, and ask, “How am I, really? What stresses me and what blesses me?”

How are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? Do you even remember them now that we are several weeks into the year? I know better than to rely on my memory.

THERE are times in our lives, when we receive major wake up calls.

Schools across the island are counting themselves fortunate after being given the opportunity to participate in a workshop on the Character Education Programme by New Zealand visitor Judy Dixon.

Your time is what most youngsters want

Wednesday December 28, 2016

WHETHER in a small island shop, or a humongous mall, there are plenty of gifts to choose from. During this busy season, when family members come together more than any other time of year, take a moment and consider a different gift you could offer. This one is more precious than gold, frankincense or myrrh. Better than a Tonka truck or a diamond tiara: It’s you.

AS A CHILD, were you ever growled, smacked, or beaten, leaving you hurt, feeling worthless, shamed and humiliated?

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