Friday, June 26, 2015

FSO: Red our postie

Despite all the internet and emails, there will always be snail mail, and our friendly postie. Our postie comes without fail, rain or shine, snow or hail.
When D was little, we would walk down our foot path, and sing:
Please Mr. Postman, please check and see, if there is a letter for me.

My D is grown and lives overseas, a letter or two would be nice, but our New Zealand Post just announced the postie will be delivering the snail mail every second day. 

National Volunteers week

The Color Red [Friday My Town Shoot Out]

Get involved in promoting volunteering in New Zealand during National Volunteer Week.

VNZ puts together resources to help you promote events and activities starting the 3rd Sunday of June annually.

National Volunteer Week is from 21-27 June 2015. I have been involved in teaching ESOL, English speakers of other Languages for about nine years. I take a day off to volunteer teaching them.There have been others who have volunteered for a long time.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oscar Wilde on death.

"Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft 

brown earth with the grasses waving above 

one's head and listen to silence. To have no 

yesterday, no tomorrow . to forget time, to 

forgive life, to be at peace"- Oscar Wilde.. writer (1854-1900)

When I first read this quote, I thought to myself, Oscar Wilde must be crazy. How can death be beautiful. Then I pondered and read this quote again and again. I grasped his meaning.

Death to the dead is indeed peaceful, no more pain, no more tears. However, to the living mourning for his death, thinking of their loved ones, it is far from beautiful. I often thought on a cold winter's day, how my poor Andrew was freezing and wet in the hole. 

Bereavement has not expiry date. I finally made the symbolic closure on Andrew's 21st. I finished writing his book and told him, Andrew, Mum is going on the next chapter of her life. Mum is not going to mourn for you, but will channel my energies to help others. He must have heard me from above, and gave me his blessings.

I joined the sands, my slogan to the nearly bereaved is it's ok to cry.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Donor organ

Chrysanthemum is my special flower with Andrew. When he was still alve, a friend gave me a pot of mums.

I gave my baby for science. He had a very rare syndrome, the doctors wanted to learn more. It was something beautiful out of something very tragic.

In New Zealand, it was in yesterday's news that people are not willing to give their babies for donor organ. I thought to myself, why people don't do this?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wellington and my books

The is the Icon of New Zealand, The Beehive , the parliament of New Zealand. All five of my books are circulated in the National Library of New Zealand.

Alexander Turnbull Library - National Library of New Zealand
Alexander Turnbull Library - National Library of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

304 miles
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National Library of New Zealand
National Library of New Zealand - Wellington Service Centre
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lecretia Seales

Lecretia Seales with her mother. Photo / supplied
Lecretia Seales was unsuccessful in seeking a landmark High Court ruling to allow her doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution.

A very sick Lecretia dies, and her mum becomes a bereaved mother.