Re-entry

When a space capsule returns to the Earth, it has a heat shield to protect it from burning up in the atmosphere.  As I walked into our newly renovated house in Los Gatos I wondered, where is my heat shield? Boxes and boxes everywhere!  I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, wanted to tapContinue reading “Re-entry”

From the heart…

Today is my last full in Dunedin.  The words, so matter-of-factly written, belie a deep sadness in my heart. This is the store Wine Freedom; hands down the best wine store I know.  Yes, the wines there are outstanding, but more importantly it’s run by Paul Williams, who is just the most knowledgeable (wine) personContinue reading “From the heart…”

Perspective….and more of the bucket list.

This is a GT (if you fish, you are salivating right now).  A giant trevally.  30 kg of pure muscle.  This GT was photographed by my niece, Christine, on the Great Barrier Reef.  And if you dive, and if you dive and have a bucket list I would be bet the Great Barrier Reef isContinue reading “Perspective….and more of the bucket list.”

Reflecting, and a bucket list

This is it.  The countdown.  My last Sunday night here in Dunedin (for now…..). I didn’t really know what to expect when I moved here a year ago.  I don’t think I tried very hard to imagine what it would be like….I have moved enough in my life (this is the 7th country I’ve livedContinue reading “Reflecting, and a bucket list”

The Gift

Five years ago this July, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  It was a terrible moment, and I remember so vividly sitting with my sister Karen in the waiting area outside the recovery room where my dad was laying, asleep in a drug induced slumber after his diagnostic procedure.  His doctor came out anContinue reading “The Gift”

When words aren’t enough.

New Zealand is a majestic country.  Sometimes, even when you’re right in the thick of the majesty, you know you can’t capture what is right in front of you….though you try if you’re lugging around a Canon 7D.  Isn’t that what man has been doing since he (she) figured out how to recreate images…whether onContinue reading “When words aren’t enough.”

Mum’s Day 2014

Yes, I’m a bit behind…but it’s still May.  Back home in California I end up working most of the Mother’s Days, so it was real treat for both Deb and I to be off work that day.  (I asked to be put on the schedule that day, but to no avail).  Autumn was holding offContinue reading “Mum’s Day 2014”

Happy Easter! (sponsored by the New Zealand dental association)

It’s Easter morning.  Deb has gone to work already, and I’m the only one awake in the house.  This is the sunrise outside our front window right now.  No kidding. The Otago harbor is glassy, an unusual site especially for the last week, during which we have been pounded with rain.  It is a quietContinue reading “Happy Easter! (sponsored by the New Zealand dental association)”

Friday Night (Southern) Lights.

When my two youngest boys, Ryan and Matt, signed up for ‘summer sports’ teams at Bayfield High School at the beginning of the academic year in January, I was proud of their choices.  Matt, who is a year nine (or freshman) in the high school signed up for softball (they don’t have hardball baseball here)Continue reading “Friday Night (Southern) Lights.”

A Weekend in Wanaka

It is autumn.  Though it is still light at 8pm, the sun has set half an hour before, and if you wake before seven o’clock in the morning night still rules the sky.  We have sensed winter closing in, and with that, fewer opportunities for outdoor pursuits.  Our weekends have become a frenzy of ‘let’sContinue reading “A Weekend in Wanaka”