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”

Tell me it isn’t so…..

First, my apologies for a whole month without a post.  Wow, things have been busy…In my defense, for two weeks we were in Australia (new tourist motto: great beaches, but not a lot of hotel internet) and then after our return to Nz, we are busy getting ready….to….leave…Please, say it isn’t so. One of theContinue reading “Tell me it isn’t so…..”

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”

Now we’re Cookin’ !!!

One of the great things about living in New Zealand is your proximity to the South Pacific.  Just after Easter, the first term of school ended for the boys, and Deb and I somehow managed to get a week off work during the boys’ two week break between terms.   Hmmmmm, where to go?  The CookContinue reading “Now we’re Cookin’ !!!”

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.”