Language and Meaning

Language creates meaning and power. Language is inherently political. You can’t talk about anything important without straying into the stuff of politics: priorities; social justice; privilege and disadvantage; accountability and ethics; and building the sort of society we want for ourselves and our children.

Since when has clover been a weed?

A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, or growing where it is not wanted, is usually considered a weed.

Clover is beneficial to bees and to the soil. Lying on cool, soft clover watching the clouds move across a Queensland sky is one of the lingering memories of my childhood. The only downside of clover in the lawn is that you have to watch out for bees when walking barefoot. That is not enough to designate something a weed.

How and why did it change? [continue reading…]

Metaphors We Live By

I discovered this book, “Metaphors We Live By” by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson after an aside by Dr Joan Mulholland during a university lecture sometime in the 1990s – if you’re interested, you might find this book interesting – so I jotted down the name and checked it out in the library. [continue reading…]