The World Headquarters Of The Verb

The World Headquarters Of The Verb
Originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

So we’re back from our wonderful and all-to-short trip to Wellington, New Zealand. I think we’re mostly recovered from jet lag, and have caught up with things at work and at home.

I tried to keep a trip blog while we were gone, but failed miserably. I’m not used to taking long, relaxing vacations and didn’t realize that I’d be about as interested in blogging as I am about, say, Kumquat growth in equatorial regions. Which is to say, not at all.

But I’ve still got a lot to tell you, and more photos to show, so keep an eye on our Pakeha In Paradise blog over the next few weeks while I wrap things up, tell stories, and share some cross-cultural goodies.



There is nothing I can give which you have not;
but there is much that, while I
Can not give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
Find rest in it today.
Take happiness.

No peace lies in the future,
which is not somewhere hidden in this present instant.
Take Peace

The sometime gloom of the world is but a shadow;
Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
Take joy

And so, at this holiday time, I greet you,
With the prayer that for you, now and forever
The days break with peace,
and all shadows flee from your path.

~Fra Giovanni, A salutation written to a friend in 1513

Red (Eyed) Bull

Red (Eyed) Bull
Originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

I love movies, and I’ve seen a ton of them in my relatively short lifetime. One of the few flicks that can get me to cry EVERY TIME is Watership Down, which is based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. I know, I know, it’s an animated movie about bunnies. What could possibly go wrong? Actually, it’s also a metaphor for many facets of humanity, not the least of which are fear and tyranny.

This bull reminds me of the Black Rabbit who… well, never mind. I’d rather you see the movie than blow the ending for you.

All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with a swift warren. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.