13 December 2012

Celebrate Christmas? No thanks. Too hard.

Celebrations like Christmas are good.
Lives and losses worth grieving are good too.
Those "good" things may not be easily compatible, but they're not incompatible.

If you know Christmas is going to be difficult for you this year, make a plan now to make it as survivable as possible.

I remember sitting at an intersection in tears one Christmas, knowing I was welcome several places, but not feeling at home in any of them. It happens. Holidays are not always jolly-days.

You may not be able to get home, or you may have a broken relationship, or have lost a dear loved one, or just can't cope with the hubbub of big groups. You may be in the dog box or have no money to do anything special or have kids who are celebrating with their other parent.

Some options:
You can find ways to cocoon yourself and ignore the whole thing, though that will mean little or no access to TV, internet or radio. One friend considered going to a country where Christmas wasn't celebrated! You could get enough books or videos to last 2-3 days. Plan healthy snacks with a few special nibbles.

Another option might be to involve yourself in a project you enjoy and want to do anyway.
Get out those paints, that puzzle, book or toolbox . . . glue gun, sewing machine or model airplane.
You have to plan ahead though. Make sure you have all the supplies you'll need so as not to add to your frustration on the day.

Again, you might choose to volunteer or brighten someone else's day. You won't be the only one struggling. Together you might end up in a better place, telling stories of happier times or sharing that chunk of chocolate instead of eating it all yourself.

What about doing some baking, or gathering some supplies ahead of time, and delivering parcels to those who are working to provide essential services? The police, fire services, medical and utilities staff would all probably rather be home instead of at work. Take them something that acknowledges their 24/7/365 type job. Offer the same generosity to the homeless or lonely in your community.

Are theatres or movie houses open near you? Go! Get some popcorn and ice cream and enjoy a film. Going to movies alone means you can see whatever you want and don't have to share your snacks. Even go for a double-header!

What do you enjoy doing? What have you been wanting to do?
Plan for that on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and whatever other tough times you anticipate. Take what control you can of the situation and focus not on what you've lost, but on what you enjoy.

I don't mean to minimise your loss or discomfort, and make this sound easy. I'm just encouraging you to make it through these holidays as best you can. Planning ahead will make the day easier, if not easy.

Being nostalgic and imagining everyone else having a super time . . . well, those imaginings are not helpful, and those other families are very possibly getting on each other's last nerve.

Grass is always greener . . . ? Most families are dysfunctional. Really.

Check out the following for ideas and considerations:


11 December 2012

Grief at Christmas

Grief is difficult at the best of times. Christmas complicates it. Holidays also bring dormant or deeper grief to the fore.
Be considerate of those for whom Christmas is not all jingle bells.


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05 December 2012

Nouwen: Silence: & Solitude strip away our scaffolding

Henri Nouwen, writing of his own experience with solitude, beautifully summarized both the challenges and the benefits of solitude and silence:

In solitude I get rid of my scaffolding; no friends to talk with, no telephone calls to make, no meetings to attend, no music to entertain, no books to distract, just me—naked, vulnerable, weak, sinful, deprived, broken—nothing. It is this nothingness that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that everything in me wants to run to my friends, my work, and my distractions so that I can forget my nothingness and make myself believe that I am worth something.
But that is not all. As soon as I decide to stay in my solitude, confusing ideas, disturbing images, wild fantasies, and weird associations jump about in my mind like monkeys in a banana tree. Anger and greed begin to show their ugly faces. I give long, hostile speeches to my enemies and dream lustful dreams in which I am wealthy, influential, and very attractive—or poor, ugly, and in need of immediate consolation.
Thus I try again to run from the dark abyss of my nothingness and restore my false self in all its vainglory.The task is to persevere in my solitude, to stay in my cell until all my seductive visitors get tired of pounding on my door and leave me alone.

But it's worth it, to know who we really are.

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03 December 2012

Wisdom gained through the perspective of brevity of life

“Lord, make us know the shortness of our life, and we shall gain wisdom of heart”. (Psalm 90:12)

To live like one were dying, to give at every minute of one’s life, one’s all,
to put in the treasury, everything one owns, like the poor widow of the Gospel,
willingly perishing from one’s thoughts all and every worry about tomorrow;
in this alone one truly lives.

There's a certain reckless abandon required if one is to live life to the full,
a certain surrender to the unknown, a willingness to walk and be guided by
the most ephemeral signs and pointers along the way, as one allows himself
to be led only by God’s providential hand, from the comfort and security of
terra firma to the immense mystery and awesome darkness of terra incognita,
trusting only in the God who shall always be waiting.


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02 December 2012

Characters on the journey to the manger

As we approach Christmas, we are in ‘waiting’ mode – but waiting for what? Sacred Spaces offers a retreat will help us to find out what’s going on between ourselves and God and how we might move forward, even a little, in our hope and commitment.
Through Sacred Spaces mini online retreat, you will meet God in the deepest dimensions of your heart, because there you are your truest and best self. Ask then for the gift of a silent heart to be able to hear God’s whisper. Then you will catch on to what God wishes for you this Christmastide.
A retreat is an inner journey, but where it may lead is as yet unknown. You may well be surprised or encouraged, challenged, or excited at what happens. You may become puzzled or fearful: perhaps God may be hinting that your life should take a new direction – think of a young Mary just going about her business, interrupted by God. 
By staying with the prayer with an open mind and a generous heart, you will come to inner peace. God is a God of consolation and waits to be gracious to you (2 Cor 1:3; Isaiah 30:18).
The retreat is organized into four sessions which you can complete in a single day or spread them out over the four weeks of Advent. Or you can take them in some other way. Just go gently, at your own pace. There are advantages in going slowly and staying a while with each Gospel character you meet. And of course some things will attract you which you find yourself pondering outside your prayer time.
Choose a time and a place. Eliminate distractions for the chosen time frame. Join God on this journey to the manger.

Follow the link below for more of the following:
  • a) Imagine Jesus looking at you. How does he look? Bored or angry or loving? Think of the phrase with which a French mystic summed up her relationship with God: ‘You gazed on me – and you smiled!’ Allow God to smile at you, and allow yourself to smile back! Perhaps much of the prayer time is spent here, but that will be fine! To accept the divine invitation to move forward into the unknown, you need to be aware of God’s infinite and unconditional love for you.
  • b) Now ask for what you need.

Sacred Spaces journey to the Manger

25 November 2012

Reality: whose? Where?

While I sit by a quiet lake in the middle of NZ's North Island, missionaries are fleeing their homes in the Congo... "rebels move again south toward Bukavu. Pray for the Congolese people, your brothers & sisters in Christ as they face this..."

Bombs go off in Nigeria, refugees flea Syria as violence continues in Damascus, and a fragile ceasefire allows kids to go to school in Gaza City.

Boat people languish in Australian offshore facilities, the East Timorese barely survive, Zimbabwe doesn't thrive, people are sold into slavery, spouses break covenants, loved ones die of HIV and obesity, Cantabrians fight for insurance payouts while Haitians seek shelter & clean water ...
... all at the same time, on the same planet.

My everyday lived reality is like a dream.

I write not to induce guilt, but to inspire gratitude.

We all have struggles, and they are our own.

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23 November 2012

Leftover Turkey: When to kiss ol' Tom goodbye

Storing and Using Leftover Turkey

Discard any turkey, stuffing, and gravy left out at room temperature longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.
Divide leftovers into smaller portions. Refrigerate or freeze in covered shallow containers for quicker cooling.
Use refrigerated turkey, stuffing, and gravy within 3 to 4 days.
If freezing leftovers, use within 2 to 6 months for best quality.

Reheating Your Turkey

Cooked turkey may be eaten cold or reheated.

In the Oven
Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F.
Reheat turkey to an internal temperature of 165 °F. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature.
To keep the turkey moist, add a little broth or water and cover.

In the Microwave Oven
Cover your food and rotate it for even heating. Allow standing time.
Check the internal temperature of your food with a food thermometer to make sure it reaches 165 °F.
Consult your microwave oven owner's manual for recommended times and power levels.

For more information about food safety (in English and Spanish), call:
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline. 1-888-MPHotline. (1-888-674-6854)
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday
E-mail: mphotline.fsis@usda.gov
Or "Ask Karen," FSIS' Web-based automated response system - available 24/7 at www.fsis.usda.gov.

For more info from USDA/FDA
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11 September 2012

An Attack on the World

These bright paper peace cranes hang in a stairway at the World Trade Center Memorial.

I took the photo in July this year.

To read the history of this installation, click on Japan Times for a 2007 article that explains about the 23 Fuji Bank employees who died. The attack was on American soil, but it was an attack on the world.

More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The foreign countries with the highest losses are the United Kingdom (including the British overseas territory ofBermuda) with 67, the Dominican Republic with 47, and India with 41.

Fatalities included the following:

  • Everyone aboard the four hijacked planes. Including the hijackers, this includes 76 passengers and 11 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11; 49 passengers and 11 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175; 53 passengers and 6 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 77; and 33 passengers and 7 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

For more info on the events of the day see CNN and National Geographic.

  • 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground:
    • This includes 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, including one FDNY Fire Chaplain, Franciscan Fr. Mychal Judge, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers. Casualties of the 9/11 attacks also included 15 EMTs and 3 Court Officers. Approximately 2,000 first responders were also injured in the attacks.
    • 1,366 people died who were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower (1 WTC); according to the Commission Report, hundreds were killed instantly by the impact while the rest were trapped and died after the tower collapsed (though a few people were pulled from the rubble, none of them were from above the impact zone).
    • As many as 600 people were killed instantly or trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower (2 WTC). Only about 18 managed to escape in time from above and in the impact zone and out of the South Tower before it collapsed.
    • About 292 people were killed at street level by burning debris and falling bodies of those who had jumped from the World Trade Center's windows.
    • A bomb sniffing dog named Sirius (not included in above total).
  • 125 in the Pentagon

08 September 2012

Integration, integrity, integral

Integration: Life is not about the bits of the jigsaw,
but about how they relate to one another.

To have integrity is to be who you are wherever you go,
to have continuity in your thoughts, actions, values, opinions and decisions. to be brutal in examining the fragments of your worldview, discarding those that nolonger hold up under scrutiny.
to be whole in every way, or as whole as this munted world allows.

Whaddaya reckon?

07 September 2012

Use of proverbs

“A man, who knows the use of proverbs, reconciles difficulties.”
~ African proverb (which country, language or culture unspecified)

06 September 2012

Cookies & Tea: as it should be

Another great design idea.

Probably needs a ginger nut recipe.

Tears clarify our perspective

"... before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way."
~ Indian tribal proverb

05 September 2012

Plan ahead: Great cookie cup design

And something to put in the little cubby hole~

I like baking with pumpkin, though my Antipodean friends might balk at the idea. Give it a go!

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
Prep Time: 25 mins Baking Time: 35 mins 45-50 cookies

Ingredients for cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or microwave/roast fresh pumpkin then remove skin & purée)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Italian Penuche Glaze
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2-2 cups confectioners' sugar
Vanilla can be added too

Preheat oven to 175C or 350F degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
Blend in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Nutmeg too, if you'd like.
Mix flour mixture into butter-sugar mixture.
Drop tablespoonfuls 3 inches / 7-8 cm apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges.
Remove warm cookies and cool on racks.
Let cool completely for a least half an hour, then frost with glaze.

Directions for Penuche Glaze:
In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly.
Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
Beat in the milk. Blend in confectioner's sugar until the glaze is smooth and spreadable.
Using a brush or a butter knife, spread glaze on cookies.

* * This glaze will harden fairly quickly, so keep the saucepan on the stove on the lowest heat possible to prevent that.

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Church: Place or People?

From Taken 4 Granted by David Grant,

"When Constantine came along at the beginning of the fourth century, he legalized Christianity and paid to have basilicas built. There was a sense of awe and wonder connected to these buildings especially because they were often built over or next to sacred sites, cemeteries, where Christian martyrs had been buried.

Hushed reverence was always associated with the entering of these edifices and even purification rituals were incorporated to ensure that those entering would give due respect to the fallen martyrs that the building had been constructed over.

And thus was born the idea of a sacred place that literally changed the definition of church from Jesus' original usage, which simply meant, "gathered ones", to the now almost universally accepted definition, "a Christian sacred building."

Today, people have forgotten the historical roots of church buildings but have managed to hold onto a false dichotomy between sacred and secular. They often live and speak differently when they are at a church building from their day to day activities. Onlookers often associate Christians by those who go to a sacred place. Sadly, this pagan assumption is endorsed and even considered mandatory by uninformed Christians as well.

But Jesus gave us a different command as to how we are to distinguish ourselves as Christians. I find it rather ironic that even his words "new commandment" are still, 2,000 years later, "new" for many Christians who go to church." Read the entire post on Taken 4 Granted

John 13:34 (NIV) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

This doesn't make church buildings a good or bad thing, but it places them in context. Understanding how we got here is often a good thing for making wise decisions and prioritising well.

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01 September 2012

Knowledge, wisdom or information?

"... perhaps what we need more of in our religious, spiritual, philosophical, and political conversation is conceptual clarity as to what sort of question we’re asking. Only then can we determine what authority we ought to consult. And if we make a mistake on the former, as I think many people do, we will then consult the wrong people and get the wrong advice. And isn’t there a lot of that around nowadays!"

~ John Stackhouse

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31 August 2012

Feel Inside (and stuff like that) Flight of the Conchords and friends

You might wonder what's in the bowl, the giant bowl?

If you were a kid, how would you raise money to help sick kids? Imagine crowd sourcing children for ideas . . . . and then using their own words in a song recorded by some of the best talent New Zealand has on tap.

The comedy duo behind Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, have released a new single on iTunes to help raise money for children suffering from a life-threatening illness. The song was part of a Cure Kids’ Red Nose Day comedy event that took place on August 24 in New Zealand. Link to Mashable article for related videos.

The song, “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)” draws on McKenzie’s and Clement’s inspiration after sitting down with a group of quick-witted rhyming children, including some from the Clyde Quay School in their hometown, Wellington.

Turning these ideas into a cohesive song couldn't have been a straightforward exercise, even with brilliant rhyming lines like "the kids who are sick can't do their hip-hop anymore, because their tummies could be very sore", or "open up the lids, help help help the kids" already supplied.

But the pair managed to come up with a classic upbeat pop ballad that also had room for a great rap breakdown, along with the all-important exciting upwards modulation 30 seconds before the end.

Choosing a wide cross-generational range of New Zealand artists to contribute vocals was also very savvy - that way there's something for everyone. They had 21 extras in total, with some established stars like Brooke Fraser rhyming hospital with lostpital, Dave Dobbyn warning about drinking too much bubble mixture, and Boh Runga singing the word "spews" - probably for the first time ever. NZHerald.co.nz

Printz Boar, writer and producer for the Black Eyed Peas, and hip-hop and reggae artist Che Fu's 6-year-old son Marley wrote the chorus.

Images of Sam Scott and Luke Buda of the Phoenix Foundation joyfully pogo-ing around Roundhead studios; Rikki Morris, Nathan King and Zowie singing about robbing robbers; Ruby Frost tackling the feta issue; reinforcement from Victoria Girling-Butcher, Kids of 88 and Elizabeth Marvelly; great rhyming from Savage, PNC, and Young Sid; Moana Maniapoto, Peter Urlich, Maitreya, and young gun Massad explaining that crazy financial system; and excellent vocal gymnastics from Cherie Mathieson as she tells us where to put all those teeth for the tooth fairy - they all helped to form an instant Kiwi classic.

The song was televised and performed live by the Flight of the Concords on “Red Nose Day: Comedy for Cure Kids” and helped to raise $1.3 million for medical research into life-threatening illnesses that affect children in New Zealand. Watch the video

Though the comedy event is over, the song is still available for purchase on iTunes for those in Australia and New Zealand and internationally.

It's fun and contagious.

LYRICS "There are children who are so unwell, they have to live their lives in hospitals, they're feeling lospital, mospital. Children getting sicker, drinking too much bubble mixture, they all just wanna be bubbles, they all just wanna be bubbles. There must be something we can do, to stop these kids from doing spews. Feel inside, and stuff like that, open up the lids, help help help the kids, feel inside, and stuff like that, open up the lids, help help help the kids. Kids need us to come together, we can make them better, we can get them some feta. Can raffle scooters cars and movie vouchers, John stop...."

Thanks to Brian Bell for alerting me to the video on YouTube and the chance to buy the song on iTunes.

Ever had a really sick kid you cared about? Ya? Buy this song.

Bret McKenzie won an Oscar this year for the song Man or Muppet. His laugh is a terrific part of the video.

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09 August 2012

Recycled Discerned Experience & Knowledge

"The most intelligent people can extract the most knowledge from a single event, regardless if the event is positive or negative. Presumably, the newly acquired knowledge when applied is transformed into wisdom that can be "reused" in new contexts. Intelligence is certainly rooted in experience, but more importantly in the ability to extract valuable information about people, events, attitudes, behaviors, etc., from those experiences."

Matthew R. Kutz, “Toward a Conceptual Model of Contextual Intelligence: A Transferable Leadership Construct,” Kravis Leadership Institute, Leadership Review, Vol. 8, Winter 2008, pp. 18-31.

08 August 2012

Congruence, Integrity, Harmony


  [kong-groo-uhns, kuhn-groo-, kuhng-]
noun1. the quality or state of agreeing or corresponding.
Synonyms:accordaccordancecoherencecompliance,conformance, conformation, conforming,conformitycongruency, congruity,congruousness, correspondenceharmonization,harmonysimilarityuniformity

I desire congruence in what I say and what I do.
I desire a harmonization of my beliefs, my life, my commitment to following Jesus, my identity and my talents.

To be incongruent is to lack harmony, to challenge the validity of the whole, to be off balance out of sync, discordant, inconsistent . . . .

In watching the Olympics this week, I've seen the results of much practice in getting the perfect stroke, stride, swing, or jump.

I've seen one woman just nip the edge of a hurdle, throwing her off balance and totally running her rhythm in approaching the next hurdle. For four years she has trained for this day, only to catch her toe on the top of a bar the same height she has jumped over numerous times before. But today, her miscalculation brook her stride, causing her to stumble in to the next lane, slow, lose the race and collapse in a heap of tearful desolation.

I saw another woman totally take out a hurdle, veer off the track and not even finish the race. Why bother? No point really.

Harmony: it's not just musical. 

Congruent: it's not just mathematical.

Integrity: it's not just about honesty or ethics in the sense we often think.

It's about identity, about being reflective enough to know who we are and whether our words, actions and opinions are consistent. It's about thinking quietly, honestly, and being brave enough to adjust as needed.

I want to live creatively, with integrity ... ever learning, stretching and growing, seeking understanding and wisdom to live well.

07 August 2012

Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Olympics

The conversations today revolve around the Olympics and how well NZ is doing, and that we have volcanoes erupting in two different places and quakes continue to jiggle Christchurch.

Nine quake/aftershocks in just 7 days, one over 5.0

LATEST: A new vent has opened up near the Te Maari Crater area on Mount Tongariro. Volcanic activity at Mt Tongariro could continue for weeks, months or even years after Tongariro rumbled to life after being dormant for more than 100 years last night.
Last night's eruption was a total surprise, so "we have to expect the unexpected", GNS volcanologist Michael Rosenberg said. 
An earthquake lasting about five minutes accompanied the eruption and residents reportedly heard the explosions. 
The mountain erupted at 11.50pm, sending ash across roads and prompting a potential threat warning for central North Island regions.
The eruption threw rocks and spewed ash from the Te Mari craters, near Ketetahi hot springs, on the northern side of the mountain, GNS Science said.Roads were initially closed and flights will be disrupted because of ash.

WITNESS ACCOUNTS Truck driver Tama Coker was heading across the Desert Road while the eruption was happening and said the noise was like a train."There was a big flash," he said. "I thought it was lightning and then it started raining sand. It was pretty thick. I heard it rumbling like a train."Coker said that when he drove through the Desert Road he could not see the white lines on the road."I could just see the yellow glare on the mountain. I only had visibility of about 10 to 15 feet in front of me. It was a bit scary. "It's something I'll probably never see again in my lifetime.""It's a volcano. If it goes. It will go. We'll all be vapourised. Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe have erupted regularly over the years. Now it is Tongariro's turn." said a local resident, David Bennett.
SH46 at Lake Rotoaira, just north of Tongariro 
is covered in a "thick, clay-like mud", about 
half a centimetre thick. "It's just carpeted 
everything, all the fields, cars, trees - 
the whole landscape looks quite murky and grey,"

NZ's a busy beautiful place!
I have walked the Tongariro Crossing.
That walk is possibly the significant cause of the plantar fasciitis I've suffered from ever since.

The beauty of the area is a result of violent geothermal activity over the years.

We often think of such events historically.
Auckland itself has up to 60 volcanic cones that shape the landscape, skyline and shoreline.

05 August 2012

Good grammar: good job

"If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun..."

Read more from Harvard Business Review blog article.

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04 August 2012

Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync: a cloud sync storage face-off

Ellis Hamburger of The Verge give us a run through of online storage options that can sync across devices and provide back up storage of your important documents. Using these apps can give you  access to documents you might need on the go. 

We'll take a look at the top apps that let you sync files between all of your devices automatically, share files using password protection, pick which folders you want to sync, and do anything else you might want to do with a syncing app. While our evaluations of each app aren't full-on reviews, they are encapsulations of where each app excels and what makes each unique. Refer to the chart at the bottom of the page for full breakdowns of each application.

The introduction of Google Drive, a new and improved app that replaces Google Docs, is the impetus for this comparison. Does it do everything, most things, or just add to the conversation and menu of choices? Check the Verge article to read the details.

03 August 2012

Depth for discipleship

"A lot of new church plants wait until they can run a good worship service before they open up to the public.
There is little talk about whether the community has the spiritual depth to receive and disciple newcomers."

Taking your time in a rushed world
Tall Skinny Kiwi

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02 August 2012

Foreign, at home.

I find sympathy within the following . . .

"I stay in touch with friends in (at home) as if it’s been just a few weeks, as if I never left. Their lives there continued and mine didn’t.
Andrew Love, a great writer, speedskater, father and friend said it’s kind-of like time dilation in science fiction books. “You drop in all world-weary and tired from your travels and our lives have moved on – we’ve had kids and gotten new jobs and made new friends; people have died – but you haven’t gone through that with us. We pick up where we left off; you’re the same as back then, and we haven’t seen the world with you.”
I want to say every day to the people I love: I wish I could bring you with me and that I could stay with you. There’s this strange pull of Home and a longing to see and do everything, everywhere, all at once.
I wish that I could say after all these years I have figured it out, solved the riddle of Home."

From @XpatAdventures: ...... http://t.co/P9ikOyjD

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01 August 2012

Few Win at Olympics

The BBC interviews athletes and experts in living with losing, which for many is anything less than a gold medal.

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Jesus, Friend of Sinners- Really? Really!?

Some of the words, concepts, images in this song upset me.
They are true. That's why they upset me.
I am sometimes an obstacle to people coming to Jesus.
I can see the faults of others, but not my own because of the plank in my eye.
Comparing myself with others, a movable measurement that says nothing really.

Jesus, Friend of Sinners,
Lyrics by Mark Hall, Matthew West Sung by Casting Crowns
Go to the official video

Jesus, friend of sinners
We have strayed so far away
We cut down people in Your name
But the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners
The truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You
But they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up
I’m so double minded
A plank-eyed saint with dirty hands
And a heart divided
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world
At the end our pointing fingers

Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Break our hearts for what breaks Yours
Jesus, friend of sinners
The One whose writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away
And the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember
We are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy
Bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for
Only what we’re against

When we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs
Crossed over the lines
And loved like You did

You love every lost cause
You reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame
They’re the reason that You came
Lord, I was that lost cause
And I was the outcast
But You died for sinners just like me
A grateful leper at Your feet
‘Cause You are good
You are good
And Your love endures forever
And I was the lost cause
And I was the outcast
You died for sinners just like me
A grateful leper at Your feet
Open our eyes to the world
At the end our pointing fingers

Open our eyes to the world
At the end our pointing fingers

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31 July 2012

Christchurch CBD to rise again . . . Intentionally greener and smaller

22 months after major quakes forever changed the texture of Christchurch, the blueprint for the new Christchurch has been revealed.

While buildings are still being dismantled, it is time to start rebuilding.

Lois Cairns of The Press writes, "The scale of the destruction meant there was never going to a quick-fix for Christchurch's broken centre; there was too much damage over too big an area for band-aids to be applied.

As the aftershocks continued to rattle through the city some suggested the CBD should be abandoned but authorities were determined to rebuild - to create a city centre for Christchurch that was better - if not bigger - than the one that was there before."

With property acquisitions soon to be underway and an extensive public consultation taken into consideration, 12 precincts will take shape catering to the arts, sport, parks, medicine and other prioritized civil needs.

See NewstalkZB's report and video of the proposals for a mix of central and local government and private investments.

The timeline looks outward 10 years, though those residents in the suburbs who are most affected claim they are most neglected, living in cold and broken homes.

The insurance companies are said to be running out of excuses for not paying out. The pressure is on them to start paying. Without those pay outs, work cannot begin. Some homeowners have been told it will be up to 8 years before the 'dust settles' in terms of paperwork and decisions.

How do you rebuild, repair and reignite the local economy without money? Commentary on Voxy has a go at the procrastinating transnational insurers

Time to put the boot into insurance companies Voxy.co.nz

It's time you put the boot into the insurance companies, who have shamelessly charged hundreds of thousands of Cantabrians premiums for generations and are now finding every excuse in the book, plus making up some new ones, to delay paying out or not paying out at all.

The legal term is breach of contract.

They are playing hardball with the people of Christchurch, holding the country to ransom and slowing the post-quake rebuild of the city to a crawl, indeed, they are stopping it altogether.

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Art wins with the Olympic Cauldron Copper Petals

Though I was on an airplane during much of the Olympic Opening ceremony, I have been happy to see the artistic flair of associated Olympic traditions and features.

The copper petals in the Olympic 'cauldron' are amazing! We've possibly seen and heard more about them since the cauldron was moved to a better location than if it had been left in it's original position.

Car panel beaters, the English version of body shop workers, made the individual copper petals and etched the name of a competing country on each one. The petal will be returned to the country at the close of the games allowing for the Olympic spirit to spread around the world in a material form.

The petals formed a huge flaming flower on tubes that lifted ring by ring to make an impressive but delicate cauldron unlike the industrial versions of years past. Photos of past cauldrons

Thomas Heatherwick, the cauldron's designer, said he had not wanted to compete on the basis of size with cauldrons at previous Games, and had focused instead on the symbolic meaning. The artistic design and location does not allow the masses to see the cauldron, but adds value by its symbolism and it's participatory nature. A child brought in each petal and the petals will be distributed at the end of the games.

See more on Heatherwick and a video of the assembly and lighting of the cauldron on The Telegraph's website.

Art wins.

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30 July 2012

Sights that are Worth the Crowds

The hordes come to these places for a reason. Don’t hate them just because they’re popular or you’ll miss out! This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Experiences gives you the places worth the queues.

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Tourists crawl over Angkor like ants over a picnic blanket. But it’s worth joining them to register your first glimpse of this shrine-city’s awesome main temple, the world’s biggest religious structure, Angkor Wat, with its lotus-shaped towers and extraordinary bas-reliefs. Angkor was sculpted from sandstone between the 9th and 13th centuries to satisfy the egos of a succession of Khmer devaraja (god-kings), providing the ancient empire with the grandest capital imaginable. The site contains hundreds of temples besides Angkor Wat, and is still being reclaimed from the jungle that overgrew it when it was abandoned in the 15th century. Capitol temple is a must-see during the early evening; escape the crowds by taking a mototaxi to the newly opened ruins at Banteay Srei, 25km from the main site.

2. Prague’s Old Town, Czech Republic
Prague’s Staré Město (Old Town) is wildly crowded day and night. Note that restaurants and bars around Old Town Square are notorious for criminally overcharging visitors. Wandering the district’s tight lanes on rainy days means constantly ducking to avoid being impaled on umbrella tips. And groups of drunken males stagger around at night ritually humiliating the groom in their midst. All of which is forgotten once you see Týn Church’s delirious baroque trimmings, the art-nouveau brilliance of Municipal House and the magnificent bulk of Prague Castle across the Vltava. Daily four-hour walking tours run all year 11am–2pm, revealing the secrets of Old Town. They end up at Prague Castle or the Old Town Square.

3. Eiffel Tower, France
Men love to build towers (perhaps it’s something about the shape) and Gustave Eiffel was no exception. Commissioned to build an eye-catching entryway for Paris’ upcoming Exposition Universelle, he finally unveiled his 300m-high iron icon in 1889. The structure was only meant to stand for 20 years but won global admiration for its beautiful architectural form and has stood its ground, despite attempts to demolish it by aliens (Mars Attacks) and Thunderbird puppets (Team America: World Police). Put it on your ‘must-visit’ list – after all, 6 million people a year can’t be wrong. Visiting hours from July to September are 9–12.30am; miss the rush by arriving first thing or catch the last entry at midnight.

4. Florence, Italy
The capital of bella Tuscany can test the endurance of the most hardened traveller. Its piazzas are filled with the whir of digital cameras, the leather and jewellery shops hem you in, and money belts can disappear faster than kisses. But Florence is also Italy’s Renaissance jewel and few cities can match its classic beauty. Swoon over Michelangelo’s David in the Academy of Design Gallery, the gorgeous headpiece of the Brunelleschi-built Duomo, and the stunning sculptural landscape of the Boboli Gardens, or just sit in a cafe and swoon over handsome passers-by. The city is virtually tourist free (and cheaper!) in winter; many restaurants and attractions are closed Sunday and Monday, so plan accordingly.

5. Grand Canyon, USA
Arizona’s desolate back-country is one of the last places you’d expect to get stuck in traffic, but this is typically what confronts visitors to the Grand Canyon. Once your vehicle is stowed away, however, you can check out one impressive hole in the ground: a 446km-long channel dug out of the surrounding rock by the Colorado River. The canyon measures 29km at its widest point and 1500m at its deepest. Stare into its magnificent depths from up on the South Rim or hike to the canyon floor and back; lazy types impose themselves upon a mule. The North Rim gets around 10% of the number of visitors that head to the South Rim; plan your trip at www.nps.gov/grca.

6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Victoria Falls is an astonishing sight, the result of a 1.7km-wide stretch of the Zambezi River falling into a crack in a basalt plateau and being crunched in a narrow gorge. In 1855 explorer David Livingstone presumed to name Victoria Falls after his homeland’s monarch, but its local name is Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke That Thunders). Try to catch these 108mhigh falls during the wet season. But regardless of when you go, plan your trip carefully, as the turbulence of this enormous cascade unfortunately reflects the current social climate of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the two countries that provide access to it. The Zimbabwean side is cheaper, safe and far less crowded; head to Victoria Falls Town. Remember to stock up on US currency.

7. Pyramids, Egypt
Judging by the scale of many of the pyramids anchored in the desert around Cairo, the word ‘modesty’ wasn’t in the vocabulary of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs. This is particularly true of Khufu, who around 2560 BC commissioned the Great Pyramid, which dwarfs two similar structures at Giza. Khufu’s gigantic burial monument is the only surviving member of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and that should be enough to tempt you to see it silhouetted against a North African sky. By the by, ‘pyramid’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘wheat cake’; apparently the pharaohs liked pointy desserts. The Mena House Oberoi is a short walk from the pyramids; a room with a view costs around US$240 per night.

8. Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal was completed at Agra in 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to glorify the beauty of his favourite (but dead) wife. So, is this minaret-ringed marvel with its domed mausoleum, white-marble calligraphy and bejewelled inner chambers a romantic dream come true, or is it a lavish folly to which the labours of 20,000 people over 22 years should not have been devoted? You be the judge. The story behind the Taj Mahal has already been dealt with on-screen by Bollywood director Akbar Khan; it’s only a matter of time before the Hugh Grant version appears. Dine at the Taj Khema hotel during a full moon for unmissable views of the Taj; the hotel is 200m from the Eastern Gate.

9. Machu Picchu, Peru
The fabulous stonework of the ruined Inca city of Machu Picchu is nestled high in the Peruvian Andes. It was built in the mid-15th century but abandoned only a century later, around the time some Spanish visitors arrived bearing malice and smallpox. Archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered the site on behalf of the outside world in 1911 and Peru’s tourism bureaucrats are still thanking him. The ruins and the Inca Trail connecting them with Cuzco were becoming buried under tourist numbers and waste until several years ago, when toilets were installed and visitors limited to a mere 500 per day. Solo visitors are now banned. Organised treks must be booked 30 days in advance, plus a nonrefundable entrance fee of US$50.

10. Uluru, Australia
Massive, monolithic Uluru is embedded in the remote Australian outback and draws hundreds of visitors at dawn and dusk to watch the rock’s colours magically change with the rising and setting of the sun. Some people choose to scale this sandstone giant even though the rock’s custodians, the Anangu people, ask visitors to keep their feet on the ground out of respect for Aboriginal spiritual beliefs. A more respectful way of exploring enigmatic Uluru is to circumnavigate it via the Base Walk, a 9.5km trail that often allows you a little solitude. Rise above the masses with a 15-minute helicopter ride over Uluru. It costs AU$120 per person; details are at www.uluru.com.


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24 July 2012

Prayer for the Sick

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
And for all your love's sake. Amen.

Saint Augustine

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23 July 2012

Reading beyond my comfort zone

Have you read anything by Francisco Garcia-Julve?
He’s described as

"a philosopher from Spain who married a woman from Pittsburgh, holds advanced degrees in psychology, linguistics, and physics (to name only a few). In his book Sense-Nonsense, Francisco poses provocative questions about God, free will, secularity, and right and wrong. He does it in the form of aphorisms, and his are as memorable as those of his philosophical predecessors, Pascal and La Rochefoucauld and Nietzsche. Of those three, I suppose he’s most like Pascal, since Francisco, too, is a Catholic and a scientist.
Sense-Nonsense makes readers re-consider their most basic categories for understanding the human condition, human behavior, and human destiny. For many people, “to think” is to move from unexamined assumptions to inevitable conclusions without ever asking why — without ever knowing how to ask."

It's not about being comfortable. It's about being in conversation with people who may think differently from me.
Sometimes it gives me a headache, but it keeps me honest.
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TRAVEL: 10 tips to help you enjoy the moments

1. Simplify Your Travel To-Do List – allow for spontaneity 
2. Set Up Routines : good for Mind & Body
3. Slow Down: See more, Stress less
4. Plan – But Don’t Overdo It: Be prepared but be present
5. Don’t Try To Control The Uncontrollable 
6. Learn from Mistakes and Move on
7. Eat Healthy
8. Create Your Own *Me-Time* Space 
9. Be Aware Of Changes Within Your Body 
10. Make The Time To Exercise 

from AsWeTravel.com  Go there to read the entire article with tips and illustrations.

21 July 2012

Longing: "I'd tell him that..."

In an interview with The Telegraph, Joan Didion puts words to wishful longing after her husband died:
But one of the aspects of Dunne’s absence that has troubled her most frequently is the way she keeps thinking of things she would like to tell him; her office at the end of the dimly lit hall continues to face the one he used and, especially in the months after he died, it was often hard to remember that his was no longer occupied. Today, she says she still finds herself wanting to share things with him, although not as often as she once did. Towards the end of our conversation, I wonder what she does now with these thoughts, when they occur to her; what does she do, instead of telling John?
“Instead?” she asks in surprise. “It’s not an either-or situation. I don’t tell anyone. I just keep it to myself.”

20 July 2012

A literary artistic blog worth reading

"I wonder how much to reveal of our conversation and how much to keep in my pen."

And of a painting she'd just completed . . .

"The memories? The experiences embedded between the marks? And that's where I stopped struggling and began writing ... , "between the marks," as it were. So many of our memories are captured there. Between the shutter-clicks, between the lines."

... is just a taste of what you'll find on Charis Carmichael's blog, Before I Transfer. I don't know the whole story, but it seems she is moving from New York City so the taste of her prose may change as does her climate and view, but I'd say the transition will cause her to see and illustrate her new place acutely.

I'm along for the journey. You?

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17 July 2012

Pastor AND preacher AND leader: Really? Really?

Can a preacher be a pastor too, to thousands?

Must the preacher necessarily be leader as well?

Can they build the 'brand' as well as The Church?

preacher/pastor/leader: that's a challenging bundle of roles for any one person to attempt.

Me thinks we might expect too much.

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30 June 2012

Inter-faith conversations

Do you know someone of another religion?

Relationships often result in conversations about the things that netter most to us. Conversations are not about getting your point across, but about listening too.

What do you know about other religions than your own?

If you know someone of another faith?
If so, you'll probably have better attitudes toward all other faith groups.

Appreciative knowledge:
What is the core teaching of Islam?
What's good in Buddhism?

Do not hold whole religions captive by the actions of a few.

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28 June 2012

Libraries: vital role in our societies

"... thanks to Andrew Carnegie, who gave some 1400 grants to build libraries across the country, worth $41 million at the time, or several billion in today's dollars. His gift of the New York Public Library tops the charts of philanthropic acts in American history. "The library in his mind was the quintessential educational institution for the whole community," said David Nasaw, history professor at City University of New York.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2118141,00.html#ixzz1z3czojVH

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The UNDERGROUND New York Public Library - photos, readers & books

My friend and bibliophile, Cheryl, found this blog and told me about it. Now I'm sharing it with you. Fascinating, especially since I'm visiting New York this week.

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole.

I’m Ourit. This is my current photography project. I’m fascinated by how we apply ourselves to stories and discourse. In so doing, we shape who we understand ourselves to be.

Library Hours

Sunday- Friday: Posting daily

Sunday: A Sunday Morning Bible is posted.

Friday: At 12:00 PM I post a photo with an unsolved title. The Tumblr community helps me solve it.

Final post of the week: A Friday eReader is featured along with end of the week recaps and links.

Saturday: Closed

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11 June 2012

Nowhere to 'leave off from'

John Bluck writes, "What saddens me as a reasonably orthodox Christian believer and church attender is that we don’t seem to have any sense of urgency or even awareness about how much we’re missing out on our market share. Tarot card readers and deep breathing meditators pedal their wares with more enthusiasm and confidence than your average (Christian denomination).

It’s almost as though we think that people will wake up one morning and all come back to church, and after we’ve given them the page number in the prayer book they will pick up with us where they left off.

Except those people never joined in the first place so they have nowhere to leave off from, and the way we worship and interpret the faith now is going to be radically different in five years time, ten times more radically different than the revolutionary changes we’ve been through in the last fifty years."

EIDTS graduation address 2009 by Bishop John Bluck

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17 May 2012

Seeking meaning

Jeannette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, had this to say:

"I do not believe in a sky god but the religious impulse in us is more than primitive superstition. We are meaning-seeking creatures and materialism plus good works and good behaviour does not seem to be enough to provide meaning."

Are we meaning-seeking creatures? Why would seek meaning? How do we know to seek meaning? Why are we so inclined?

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16 May 2012

Be CEO of/for your own life

The Weekly Review: How One Hour Can Save You A Week’s Worth of Hassle and Headache

Link to LifeHacker.

I share this as I pursue my own new and better self-management habits.

As a procrastinator in a helping profession, I can respond to URGENT, to the neglect of IMPORTANT. That means the important stuff is sometimes left at the bottom of the list, or undone.

Considering that I'm self-employed without the luxuries of regular admin or IT support, I need to manage myself better. I'm gonna go read this article again and then get out my planner and a pen .....

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11 May 2012

Friends, Initiative and Other

I have several friends who are passive about initiating communication. They need someone with my energy level and initiative to be their friends! Thats why it works.

I'm sure I annoy them sometimes. I sure get discouraged by their seeming lack of initiative.

But I love 'em dearly and love doesn't try to change the other, but celebrates the 'otherness' of the other.

Just another reason to be grateful for Facebook and cellphones. Finding a stamp just pushes them over the edge!

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Stories paint picture too: On the streets of Kolkata

From Word Made Flesh staff and Chris Heuertz's blog...
Here’s a song about our friend, Tuna.
Tuna sleeps on the sidewalk across the street from one of Kolkata’s (formerly Calcutta, India) largest outdoor markets. He spends his days outside the Government Art College.
Tuna carries all he owns in a bag or tied up in a blanket. He usually has some old notebooks or a newspaper completely filled with sketches and drawings. Sometimes he has another shirt or some soap or a toothbrush, but that is about all. He often makes friends with a street dog that will follow him around and sleep with him at night on the sidewalk. A mere 96 pounds, Tuna looks like he could be about 20 years older than he is.
If you saw him on the street, you might give him some change, but most of us wouldn’t give him the time of day. Tuna is a visibly broken man. Sadness is carved into his face. His kind eyes reflect a deep sense of the tragic.
Word Made Flesh community members first met Tuna in 1995, but it wasn’t until a few years later that we actually got to know him. Over the past decade, many WMF community members have given themselves to a deeper relationship with Tuna.
Read the rest of this story and more stories about returning dignity to impoverished people on Chris Heuertz blog.
Getting to know Tuna hasn’t been easy. For the most part, Tuna lives in his own world, and trying to tap into it is as difficult a task as any. When someone is able to make a tangible connection with him, it’s short-lived and easily interrupted by the slightest of distractions.
People who live and work in the area where Tuna spends most of his time have filled in some of the mysterious gaps about his past. They say that Tuna was a very talented and successful art student until something terrible happened to his brother. Whatever that crisis was, it was so traumatic that Tuna broke under the burden of it and went to the streets. He has never been the same since and it seems very unlikely that he will ever be the same again.

Most of our interactions with Tuna happen over a meal at Khalsa’s, a little “Northwestern Frontier Restaurant” run by a kind Punjabi family. Over the years, the WMF community has contributed to a running tab allowing Tuna to eat there as often as he’d like — for most of us not a big deal, but for a homeless man it’s been an answer to his prayers.
But Tuna doesn’t like to eat alone. So, sadly, he often goes without meals while he waits patiently on the streets, looking for a friend to join him for lunch. Though he expects you to pay for it, he is not looking for a handout. He is looking for an opportunity to be known and accepted over a cup of sweet milk tea (with lots and lots of sugar) or a plate of fish curry.
When he sees a friend, he will shout out their name and come running. He immediately asks to be taken to lunch or at least for a cup of tea. A friend once asked him if he had already had a cup of tea that morning, to which Tuna replied, “Yes. Five cups.” The friend then asked how many cups Tuna could drink in one day. After some thought, Tuna replied, “About fifty.”
Tuna also loves to go to see movies if someone will take him—especially if they have “good action.” Be warned, though: a movie is never enough, and ice cream is always in order once the movie has completed.
Over many meals we’ve sat with Tuna and tried to get him to talk about himself. After gentle persistence, he sometimes begins to recall things from his “old life.” In eruptions of surprising vulnerability, Tuna has said that he had three brothers and sisters. He’s said that his real name is Dipankar Pal (a typical Bengali name). He seemed to want to remember, but there was something that wouldn’t let him.
As a typical artist, Tuna is constantly drawing. And as a form of payment for the meals provided on his behalf, he loves to draw the faces of the friends with whom he eats. And nearly every one of these precious portraits are scribbled out on a slightly used Khalsa’s napkin.
As he sits down with a pen and begins to fill whatever paper he has at hand with tiny, seemingly confusing little scratches and lines that magically become the portrait of whomever he is sitting with, he shares his story bit by bit.

when we befriend people who are poor
it is not our job to save them, but to love them.

His napkin sketches seem to speak a truth. An artist and WMF community member once wrote after observing Tuna’s drawings, “I appreciate the vitality and the magic of drawing. In a few lines with a ball-point pen on a napkin, a human person appears. It is a record of an intimate dinner conversation. The pen is the sensitive instrument able to carry a pulse and the tender humanity of the person holding it.”
Another WMF staff member reflected on his own portrait Tuna had drawn: “A friend recently penned a picture of me on a napkin as we shared lunch together. What he created conjured up many of these thoughts in a moment of hopefulness. His crooked lines and scribbles provided a portrait that depicted much more than myself. It helped me to see, with new eyes, the humanity that has been gifted to us.”
The napkins we walk away with are a tangible reminder that, although Tuna is poor and we have come to serve Jesus among the poor, we receive so much from him—namely an invitation to be known and accepted.
Being friends with Tuna has been transformational for the entire WMF community. It has challenged us to move from a mentality of programmed ministry to one of relationship.
For so long, many of us have perpetuated a mentality that has been one of ministering to the poor as objects and recipients of compassion and charity. But Tuna has reminded us of our need to include those who are poor in our lives through intimate relationships — not to see those who are poor as people we “minister to,” but those we identify with.
Being in relationship with Tuna has allowed us to move from donor to receptor. When we view him as a person with intrinsic dignity that points to his proper identity, we receive tremendous gifts from him. In our efforts and prayers to help “liberate” Tuna from his physical, emotional and spiritual poverty, we have found ourselves being “liberated” by his presence in the life of our community. Though we had hoped to give to Tuna, he always seemed to give us more.
Let this shirt be a challenge to every person who wears it to seek out relationships with those the world sees as unimportant. For it is those who seemingly have nothing to give who will give us the most. In seeking to love God, we must follow God’s children — those who are weak, those who are vulnerable — with an expression of that love embodied through voices reminding us to keep our love pure.
Tuna’s story is unfinished. It’s a restless reminder of process and longing. Though he’s been offered all forms of assistance, he opts to stay on the streets and live on his terms. As strange as it might sound to others, he has his rhythm of life.
What’s unresolved in his life is painful for him and painful to many of his friends. In our relationship with Tuna, we are reminded that when we befriend people who are poor it is not our job to save them, but to love them.
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