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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just a quick note. I have a new addition to my evergrowing clan - a brand new grand daughter - Scarlett Ensor. I can't wait to meet her.
So that makes 5 in the next generation to keep up with. I am sure they will keep me young & alive !
It's a strange feeling as I still see in my mind my own two -Kelly & Jamie (who are now near the middle age mark)- as my grandchildren are now - it doesn't seem that long ago. But I guess time has no meaning when it comes to the magical moments in your life.
I have a video to share of my grandson rocking - it is one of those precious delights I am allowed to wallow in I guess. Family can be both rewarding and hard slog but in the end they are what we are. Luca epitomises this for me in this video. I don't apologize for the indulgence as sometimes a picture can tell a thousand words. Make your move Luca!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Who would want to be a 'Tall Poppy ' in NZ ?
When someone of ability, guile or success makes a mis- take in this country the knife is very quick to appear in one's back. Take the Tony Veitch case. Now I am not condoning what he got himself into but I am appalled at the ferocity of the general public in bringing this guy to his knees. It's no wonder we are lacking in talented people who are prepared to step forward and be themselves. They are expected to take on the mantle of role model for all & sundry and if they stuff up - then its a national pastime to dwell in their misfortune. Even as a low order profile person, in my role as a school Principal, I feel this pressure at times. It is bloody ridiculous ! We should be able to eat, drink, play and be our true selves without recrimination - and if we break the rules (or the law) then let the supposed appointed arms of justice deal with it, as is appropriate. Trial by public opinion needs to be wiped out of NZ society.
The sooner the better and then maybe we as a country can move on and be more successful in the global arena. Let the real leaders and artists come forth!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Whew - I needed this holiday break. It's been a full on time during the last twelve weeks but bloody rewarding.
Having the opportunity to adjust the sails in peoples lives is a deep soul rewarding privilege.
I used to take much pleasure in learning new stuff myself ( and still do to an extent) but to impart & share with others ( kids & adults alike) is definitely a special treat in one's existence.
But its bloody hard yacker - no thrills about that. Why do we do it some may ask? Its not about ego or stepping up to the next rung for me anymore ( I doubt if it has ever really been that - except for the lure of the $$ when my kids were young)
Its about the realisation that we only get one shot at making a difference - and it ain't no dress rehearsal. I feel reasonably satisfied I have had a good crack at helping others to be more successful in their lives and have no regrets about the 57 years in my existence to date. I am certainly looking forward to the next 30 or so ( if I can still walk, talk & think for myself)

Looking forward to playing some golf, fishing, reading and having an extra wine & not worrying about the after -affect next morning.
On reflection ( without making a list Luke) - life is very sweet & who gives a toss about the recession - it just means the TAB have lost a contributor for while!