Category Archives: New Zealand

Sisterhood

Last night I couldn’t sleep – jet lag, probably, but I kept thinking about Fields of Gold, “A story of two sisters.” Pam Morrison wrote the words, some her own and some from her sister Annie, who was dying of … Continue reading

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Travelogue

I bought an A5 spiral notebook to record impressions and stories for this travelogue. But it may not do – may not do the trick. Moments recorded after the fact lose a dimension or two and even the best of … Continue reading

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Choosing Heroic

An esteemed colleague of mine took voluntary retirement in the tumult of budget cuts and departmental reorganization that followed the recent recession. He asked whether his situation was tragic or heroic. Here’s what I said: I cling to the notion … Continue reading

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Cab Ride, Dunedin

Rain poured down while Lynley and I waited on her porch for the cab after a three-hour dinner with plenty of talking and an abundance of wine. Cab drivers can be so irritable when kept waiting. We saw his lights … Continue reading

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Going Home

Larry says I came back from Iowa with a twang. Saturday morning, no need to rush, so I’ve made him read my favorite essay, “You have too many prepositions here!” “What’s this ‘oiled up’ Why don’t you just say ‘oiled?’ … Continue reading

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Mizpah

I bought a pin on TradeMe (New Zealand’s version of EBay). No one else bid on it, perhaps because it wasn’t terribly attractive – a bit of silver in the ungainly shape of a horseshoe with a piece of purple … Continue reading

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