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


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

It took three days and four flights to get back from the Philippines to the Cook Islands, with little or no sleep, yet my trip ended with a very special encounter: an angel awaited me at Rarotonga International airport.

What do we say to a loved one who is dying? How do we respond to a grieving person?

When I did a Virtues Pick not so long ago, I received Determination.

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.

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