31 December 2011

Slow food, near it’s source

Though we arrived late to the Farmer’s Market, after the cold had chased the buskers away,

we hunted and gathered, and interacted with the producers themselves. Buying food nearer

to it’s source is satisfying, and knowing the financial gain was going only into the pockets

of those who did the work, more so.

The Lebanese woman’s recipe of spinach stuffed bread with a tang of lemon went nicely

with ‘young’ Colin’s cheese and the venison salami I’m to “hang unwrapped by it’s string.”

Add all of these to the tomato, lentil & pumpkin soup made by my friend, and we feasted.

Food is best shared, most satisfying when hungry and long remembered when the procurement takes time.

30 December 2011

Knitting Therapy

I've seen babies rub the satin edge of their blanket and men stroke their dog's fur.
What do you do that might compare? Read on . . .

Knitting is becoming the in thing in younger generations, not just the domain of nana's anymore.

Several of my friends knit or crochet. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a girl, but I've done nothing of that sort for many years, and don't now.
I garden, make photographs, read, try to paint sometimes . . . .

In a television show called NCIS, you might see Gibbs working on a boat he is building in his basement. A few visitors have commented on the potential difficulty of getting the boat out. Gibbs just looks at them like they're dumb; they just don't get it.

It's about the making of the thing.

Knitting can be like that too, from yarn to thing with a couple of sticks. Click on the cartoon to the left and you'll be taken to the rest of the story; how knitting can be therapeutic, how the process and the rhythm connects with the knitter on an emotional level.

What do you do that might compare?

"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands,
just as we instructed you before." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

29 December 2011

“Crisps, lollies or biscuits?”

“Crisps, lollies or biscuits?” she said as she paid attention to passengers in each row.

It was only after I heard it for the seventh or eighth time that I realized how foreign

those words would be to someone unfamiliar with the Queen’s English, or any of it’s

colonial derivatives.

NZ673, Auckland to Dunedin, 2 Nov 2011

28 December 2011

Grief: The Aggrieved & Their friends

People act oddly when others are grieving. Some personality types want to fix things, remove the offense so their friend will cheer up. Others avoid the aggrieved, possibly feeling ineffectual and frustrated. Some cannot empathise at all and others say really stupid things.

I like what Stephen Marsh has written about Job's friends.

Doesn't everyone know that when you have grief or sorrow, what your life really needs is someone to shout at you?

Of course what they are really doing is trying to make sense of Job's problems. They want:
  1. The universe to make sense.
  2. The universe to make sense in a way that assures them that they are innoculated or protected against bad things happening to them.
  3. Job to get over it so he is not a cloud in their lives.
  4. To "help" without actually having to do anything.
Helping a friend in grief is not easy.
Trying to make sense of and understand is challenging for them, let alone for those who are step or two removed. Sometimes it is good to ask your friend how you can help. They may not know, but at least voicing your desire and accompanying ignorance will allow for better communication and lowered expectations.

Oh, and there's no quick fix for grief.
It's different for everyone, it cycles around over time. Two to three years down the road, a parent who has lost a child may still regularly feel the loss acutely. While life must go on, especially if there are other children, it'll never be the same. Never.

27 December 2011

32 panes

The view from my cell-like room is breathtaking; old homes

brightly painted, rooflines with character, pointing toward green hilltops guarding the horizon.

I see through old windows , painted, grouted and latched nearly shut with big brass handles.

32 panes of glass break the tableau into parts, or is it 32 paintings brought together as a mural of the whole?

otiose: another new word


[oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-]
being at leisure; idle; indolent.
ineffective or futile.
superfluous or useless.

Don't think I've EVER seen or used this word before . . . . probably heard it along the way, but didn't understand what was being said. Context gives me heaps o'hints.

26 December 2011

Christmas Etymology

The word "Christmas" originated as a compound meaning "Christ's mass". It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is from Old English Crīstesmæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. Crīst (genitive Crīstes) is from Greek Khrīstos (Χριστός), a translation of Hebrew Māšîaḥ (מָשִׁיחַ), "Messiah"; and mæsse is from Latinmissa, the celebration of the Eucharist. The form "Christenmas" was also historically used, but is now considered archaic and dialectal; it derives from Middle English Cristenmasse, literally "Christian mass".

Day of Birth

"Xmas" is an abbreviation of Christmas found particularly in print, based on the initial letter chi (Χ) in Greek Khrīstos (Χριστός), "Christ", though numerous style guides discourage its use; it has precedent in Middle English Χρ̄es masse (where "Χρ̄" is an abbreviation for Χριστός).

In addition to "Christmas", the holiday has been known by various other names throughout its history. The Anglo-Saxons referred to the feast as midwinter, "midwinter", or, more rarely, as Nātiuiteð (from Latin nātīvitās below).

"Nativity", meaning "birth", is from Latin nātīvitās.
In Old English, Gēola ("Yule") referred to the period corresponding to January and December; the cognate Old Norse Jól was later the name of a pagan Scandinavian holiday which merged with Christmas around 1000.

"Noel" (or "Nowell") entered English in the late 14th century and is from the Old French noël or naël, itself ultimately from the Latin nātālis (diēs), "(day) of birth".

See also BOXING DAY, a post explaining a British tradition of the day after Christmas, which it is already in much of the world. World Clock Day & Nite Map

25 December 2011

What would he like? What do I have?

The Little Drummer Boy is a song, a story, of an impoverished boy wanting to give something to another boy.

What would he like? What do I have?

It's not that much different even now.
That sums up the life of a Jesus follower quite well, I'd say.

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copywrite Jill Shaw 2011

22 December 2011

Make the Message accessible!

I work with students and tech savvy people.
This video contextualizes the nativity for them.
Amazingly well thought out and executed.
Reframe the old message and make it accessible.
God put on flesh; musta been uncomfortable sometimes.
How an we offer access to the message today?

Digital Nativity for Tech Savvy Viewers Speaks Their Language

21 December 2011

Difficult or Lonely Christmas?

How have your circumstances changed since last Christmas?

  • Drastically? Incrementally?
  • For the better, or not?
As we go about our business, it might be easier on those we care about if we realised that Christmas and holidays are not always jolly celebrations.

We know people for whom this is likely to be their last Christmas. They may be aware of it, or those closest to them may be harbouring that thought. It will cast a shadow, to some degree, over how they go about these next days and weeks.

Others are eager for the holidays to be behind us all because they feel they have little to celebrate this year. Losses have changed things for them in ways we may not consider as wish them a Merry Christmas.

Celebrations are good.
Lives and losses worth grieving are good too.

Those "good" things may not be easily compatible.

Let's Handle With Care those we care about.

Check a previous Conversations@Intersections post about
managing illness and potential loss during the holidays
and another about planning ahead to spend the day as well as possible.

Struggling through Christmas

You can also check Hospice, Aged, Mental Health or Grief
websites and forums for suggestions and support.

20 December 2011

"To each his own" or "No accounting for taste"?

Those of us in the Southern Hemisphere are not in need of such knitted items, but I thought I'd give the Northern Hemisphere friends a heads up. Though my grandmother would have lovingly knitted a couple of these, most of them are something even a Weasley wouldn't wear.

My personal favourite is shown here.

For the others, click on the link below.

The 12 ugliest Christmas sweaters, voted upon and selected by people in the know . . . . at CollectorsWeekly.com staff.

Christmas shopping? Fair Trade

If you're not quite done yet, consider what you can buy locally. Is there a market where handmade goods are sold by the maker?

How about a craft co-op nearby where you can buy unique items that will say "I picked this just for you". That's in contrast to the scenario where someone walks in with 27 identical gifts, without tags, and distributes them to each relative. One-size-fits-all is handy for the purchaser, but not the recipients . . . unless of course it's the new Fiskars scissors that do multiple things or that 5-in-1 tool from the paint store or . . . oh, sorry. I digress.

Uhm, what about Fair Trade?

What about profits
going to the one who provided the idea, initiative and sweat? I know distribution is vital to commerce and should be rewarded, but when distributors make disproportionately more than producers then the balance of power has shifted and the production is likely to dry up.

Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors
producers, communities, consumers, and the
environment. It is a model
for the global economy
rooted in people-to-people connections, justice,
and sustainability.

In this economic season price matters, but ethics do too.

Shop ethically when at all possible.

Pay fair prices for items and do not reward modern day slavery of sweat shops where employees are sporadically paid and not free to change their situation. Many have had their passports confiscated and live in cramped squalor.

Fair trade is good. It makes the world a more equitable place.
Click to download a Fair Trade Finder App.

19 December 2011

Struggling through Christmas: Plan ahead!

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

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.

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.

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.

18 December 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

St Matthews- in- the-City, Auckland, often has controversial billboards. They definitely get people talking.

What's this billboard saying?
What's Mary thinking?

16 December 2011

Facebook Timeline Tips Links

Facebook was not the originator of "There's nothing so constant as change." but they support the idea.

Check the following links for Timeline tips.

Facebook tips & links

Timeline: 7 days to review. on.fb.me/tZDjmk

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Simplify for 2012: Feed content for your convenience

Feeds are a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into "widgets," "gadgets," mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display blogs, podcasts, and major news/sports/weather/whatever headlines just about anywhere.

What Does This Mean?

You may recognize the universal feed icon or these "chicklets" from your favorite websites, blogs, and podcasts. These icons represent content in any format - text, audio or video - to which you can subscribe and read/watch/listen using a feed reader. What's that?

Why is This a Good Thing?

Technology evolution in online publishing has made it really easy to not only publish regular updates to web-based content, but also keep track of a large number of your favorite websites or blogs, without having to remember to check each site manually or clutter your email inbox. You can now streamline your online experience by subscribing to specific content feeds and aggregating this information in one place to be read when you're ready.

  • Consumer Bottom Line: Subscribing to feeds makes it possible to review a large amount of online content in a very short time.

Read more via GOOGLE . . . . after you've subscribed to this blog.

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15 December 2011

Charles Shulz nailed it: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Forty-six years on and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" continues to thrive as a favorite of holiday television programming.

Mark W. Benjamin calls it, "It is a testament to what television programming can be: contemplative, unpretentious and, above all, respectful of the intelligence and innocence of its audience."

A Charlie Brown Christmas" first aired on CBS, 7:30 p.m.on December 9, 1965, sponsored by Coca Cola.

Benjamin explains,

"The director, Lee Mendelson, found kids with no professional experience, ages 6 to 9, to do the voices. Some of them could not yet read a script.

Charles Schulz agreed to write the screenplay. He had never written one before. Then he declared that there would be no laugh track, something unheard of in the day.

Then he included a scene in which Linus read from the Gospel of Luke. Melendez argued against it: "You can't have the Bible on television."

Schulz countered: "If we don't do it, who will?" And so they did.

Predictably, the show fell behind schedule as the animators worked feverishly to complete it. CBS had been heavily plugging the special without quite knowing what they would be showing.

When they finally got a private screening, they were horrified.

The special opened with Charlie Brown moaning, "I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I don't feel happy."

A child says this? It got worse. No laugh track. Jazz music. Wobbly children's voices. Linus quoting from the Bible and then proclaiming, "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Worst of all, Charlie Brown constantly inveighs against the crass commercialism of the Christmas season. What would the sponsors think?

The CBS execs didn't laugh once. They declared it a flop; they would air the film once and then consign it to a can, never to see the light of day again.

They were wrong.

Several months later, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" won Peabody and Emmy awards.

Helpful holiday To Do lists to help those managing illness

Last year I wrote about those who may struggle through Christmas. The post included a helpful to do list from Hospice, giving ways to help those families managing illness, as well as everything else right now.

No time is a good time to be ill, but it's especially hard when everyone else is getting on with celebrations and you find little to celebrate. It's hard when you don't have energy to brush your hair, let alone hang your Christmas cards or decorations up.
Read that post here.

14 December 2011

The Hobbit: Did you know . . . .

  • Two Films – Two films will be made of ‘The Hobbit.’ The first film, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for release the following year, on December 13, 2013. [Official Release]
  • Director – The films will be directed by Peter Jackson, with Andy Serkis as second unit director.
  • Characters – All major characters from The Hobbit are expected to appear in the films, as well as additional characters from the Middle-earth lexicon. Please see ‘character‘ and ‘cast‘ lists for more information.
  • Locations – Both films will be made entirely in New Zealand, using many of the same locations and sets from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Just a year to go, Sir Peter!

And from Harper Collins:

"At a time when there is so much speculation about how others are visualizing The Hobbit, it is rather special to be able to read the novel with Tolkien’s own pictures and with parts of it read in his own voice, for a truly authentic experience.”

... as we entered The Hobbit’s 75th year, we felt we should acknowledge its success not only in print but also in the e-book world. Many thousands of readers have embraced The Hobbit in the two years since it was first released as an e-book, and with the growing availability of color-enabled devices, we felt it was time to offer an alternative edition, complete with Tolkien’s color pictures from our popular Deluxe edition.

Exclusive to this enhanced version of the e-book are new high-resolution color images of all of Tolkien’s illustrations for the book, many of which are also included in their earlier black-and-white versions, which can be revealed by a simple swipe of the screen. A foreword by Christopher Tolkien examines the writing of the book, complete with illustrations including manuscript pages and unused drawings. Finally, the enhanced e-book includes some recently discovered audio recordings of J. R. R. Tolkien reading excerpts from The Hobbit, including the dwarves’ party song, the account of their capture by the three trolls, and Bilbo Baggins’s terrifying encounter with the hideous Gollum.

Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home. Then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services — as a burglar — on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the Dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again.

The Hobbit was an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien’s epic tale of hobbits, elves, dwarves, goblins, myth, magic and adventure has lost none of its appeal.

13 December 2011

A Different Way of Getting Pregnant

(Matt 1:18–25)

The birth of this bloke Jesus sort of happened like this. A woman called Mary got pregnant, but it happened a bit differently. Mary’s fiancé Joseph had nothing to do with it – it was arranged sort of direct by God. Now, Joe wasn’t so sure about all of this being right and proper. He was all set to send Mary off down the road when this angel character turned up in a dream one night when Joe was packing a few zzzs. This angel, she said, ‘No worries Joe, God wants you to marry this woman, this baby bloke has been planted there direct by God, no worries. Matter of fact, you’re going to call him Jesus and he’s going to sort a few people out, OK?’

Joe woke up, he did, married Mary, but they didn’t have it off till the little chap was born.

To buy the Kiwi Bible, go to http://www.kiwibible.co.nz

12 December 2011

Gift For Life: Tear Fund link

Imagine buying your brother or friend a pig rather than a CD you're not sure they'll like!
Or a toilet, well or bag of school books!

Gifts they don't really want .... or a Gift for Life?

Kiwis buy yours via Tear Fund or your favourite charity.

Readers around the world, check your local hospice, refugee organization or outreach to families of prisoners.

Make Christmas Matter

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09 December 2011


Definition of 

      stubbornly disobedient.

I don't think I have ever seen this word, until today. 

Have you?

Have you used it in everyday speech? How'd that work for ya?

Learn more word meanings at Dictionary.com

08 December 2011

Go easy on the SHOULDS this Christmas

Have you got your tree up, assuming you are in the majority of people who compromise on the pagan origins of such a decoration.

Have you sent out cards? Did they say Merry CHRISTmas or Happy Holidays?

And Santa? Are you including him, or maybe just allowing snowmen to wear red droopy hats?

There are sooooo many opinions about how people should celebrate the upcoming holiday, birthday party, in fact, where everyone but the birthday boy gets presents.

What I suggest is that we all go easy on the shoulds.

Don't should on anyone else,

and find diplomatic ways to resist being should upon.

With that in mind, I'll not say the knitters amongst us should or shouldn't knit the illustrated jumper/sweater. I will offer that maybe we shouldn't hug anyone wearing the knitted item, for our own safety and for the safety of the one wearing it.

Straw pokes and pierces, ya know.

07 December 2011

Imagine the conversations between these authors!

If you were to make a list of your top 25 books, whether titles you'd like people to read or think they should read or think are enlightening, enjoyable or whatever . . . . .... which would be included? Check out these lists and read previous lists from Conversations@Intersections.

Theoblogy - Tony Jones' napkin list.

Renovare's list from the book,
25 Books Every Christian Should Read Previous lists featured in this blog.

Books The Guardian thinks we shouldn't live without:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6 The Bible 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34 Emma -Jane Austen 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52 Dune - Frank Herbert 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson 75 Ulysses - James Joyce 76 The Inferno - Dante 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal - Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession - AS Byatt 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I wouldn't have lumped all of those together in the same company. Goodness! Imagine the dinner table conversation between some of those authors!

04 December 2011

Shaky Isles are shaking: 4 felt quakes in 3 weeks

An earthquake measuring 4.9 was recorded in the centre of New Zealand's North Island on Sunday a day after a 5.7 earthquake rattled the capital Wellington and the top of the South Island. In November two quakes rattled the East Coast, one measuring 6.1!

Depth matters quite a lot in how it is felt at the surface. The deeper the better for minimising damage and risk to life.

Today's 4.9 earthquake was recorded at 5.05pm and was located 30km west of Taupo at a depth of 160km, GNS Science says. It was felt in Porirua near Wellington and was likely to have been felt in Hawke's Bay.

I have been traveling through these parts over the past couple of weeks, from North of Wellington, Palmerston North, through Hawke's Bay, Napier and Taupo.

Live every day and go to sleep with as few regrets as possible. There is so much that is beyond out control, much as we like to think otherwise.

NZ records more than 14,000 earthquakes a year – but only about 150 are usually felt. Kiwi schoolchildren regularly undertake earthquake drills just as children elsewhere learn how to respond to tornadoes or other natural disasters.

Shaky Isles

02 December 2011

Perspectives of different people, and over time

28 years ago I studied this passage.... then revisited it in a big way 17 years ago.... living in it is different from studying it.

Paul, a Jewish Roman citizen who could argue w/the best of the philosophers & snake handlers, said, "Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to [converse with] a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized-whoever. I didn't take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ-but I entered their world, tried to experience things from their point of view. I've become just about every sort of servant there is... "
(1 Corinthians 9:19-22 MSG)

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