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


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?

In the circle of caring...

Saturday April 23, 2016

One of the jobs I loved most was as Spiritual Care director at a hospice, serving the dying and their families.

This week, I will pause for applause, because I have just completed writing my first novel, A Scent of Sage. It will be published soon on Amazon, God willing.

What do you do when someone learns they are going to die?

At this season of my life, I have a longing for order and simplicity.

Determination can conquer all

Saturday February 20, 2016

When I did a Virtues Pick for 2016, I received Determination.

The most important job in the world

Saturday February 13, 2016

As Oprah Winfrey once told me when I had the blessing of being on her television show with our first book, The Family Virtues Guide, parenting is the most important job in the world.

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