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


My visit to a very special person

Saturday March 07, 2015

The best present we can offer anyone is the gift of our presence – our loving, focused, rapt attention.

Create unity in the community

Saturday February 07, 2015

When I recently asked a friend who looked sad and down-hearted, “Pe’ea koe?” (How are you? in Cook Islands Maori), he gave me the automatic ‘fine, thank you’ or ‘Meitaki’. 

Raising a child requires many skills and virtues. 

Virtues power spiritual warriors

Saturday January 24, 2015

When my husband Dan, brother John and I put together our first book, The Family Virtues Guide, we had a big dream; to help parents raise children who would be champions of virtue. 

Cleanliness next to Godliness

Sunday January 18, 2015

In all the holy books of the world’s religions, there is a virtue that is named as a stepping stone to Paradise, bringing us “nearer my God to Thee.” 

Try a ‘pace of grace’ for 2015

Sunday January 11, 2015

When I ask people how their holidays went, most say, ‘Too busy!’ or ‘I’m so tired.’ 

How will you spend the New Year? 

I was very touched to be invited to serve as one of Santa’s elves this year for Christmas in the Park on Aitutaki. 

Christmas gifts from the heart

Saturday December 20, 2014

Since Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the question arises, what gift can each of us offer Him? 

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