All posts by Adrienne Kohler

Writer, editor, curious human being

The Winter Camp – Chapter One

I’ve been slowly writing this novel for ages now, so I figured I may as well serialise it on my blog as I write. I hope you enjoy it. The aim is to post a chapter a week. Please comment if you like it or have any suggestions! I’d love to hear from you. Thanks! 🙂 Be sure to subscribe so you know when the next chapter’s up!

The Winter Camp

Chapter One

Nayra led the way, pushing aside the dense undergrowth and thorny bushes aside for her younger sister Sira. The beech forest was a gloomy misty green, broken only by the brilliant red of their headscarves and scattered shafts of golden sunlight piercing the canopy.

“It’s cold—and creepy,” said Sira as she briskly rubbed her hands and arms to keep warm.

“I like the quiet, it’s peaceful,” replied Nayra. She loved coming here and listening to the sound of the forest, the constant thrum of the insects and birds, and the whoosh the wind made as it travelled up the slopes and through the beech trees.

“It’s still creepy. Is it far?” Sira asked, peering ahead.

“No, we’re almost there,” Nayra said, stopping to let her sister catch up. “See where the sun shines through those crossed trees? That’s where we have to go.” Continue reading The Winter Camp – Chapter One

As infections increase, are we in the end times for antibiotics? Be afraid, very afraid.

MIddlemore Hospital in Auckland recently notified that it had three patients infected with Carbapenem-resistant organisms (CRO) and this is something we should all be very worried about. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been running a global campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance because it is a major threat to everyone’s health. That reported cases of CRO are increasing in New Zealand is terrifying because once it gets established, it is almost impossible to get rid of and we are fast approaching a time when the simplest of infections could kill you.

Continue reading As infections increase, are we in the end times for antibiotics? Be afraid, very afraid.

How to change your brain (and why it’s so hard)

A few years ago I was fortunate to interview American  neuropsychologist and author Dr. Rick Hanson.  He has written a number of best-selling books that draw on his scientific and clinical knowledge of how the brain works combined with Buddhist concepts to teach people how to shape their brain for greater contentment, love, and wisdom.

Essentially, he teaches how neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways – can be used to create change in our lives. One of his comments stuck with me as it is a fundamental concept for understanding human behaviour. Continue reading How to change your brain (and why it’s so hard)