The tree is up, the preparations are almost complete. Hopefully, our hearts are also ready to welcome the Christ Child…… Another year is drawing to its close and once again we are attempting to adapt to the changes it has brought. Liza’s mother is now … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Next week we will (sadly minus the NZ contingent) gather together as a family here in Chichester and celebrate Thanksgiving. Liza’s American heritage does indeed live on…… All of us continue to face unlooked for and even unwanted events in our lives and these can … Continue reading Thanksgiving
As a family we have made quite a few of these recently – the details of most of them will need to wait until another time.
Apart from this one.
It’s been a tough one to make but for a whole host of reasons we know it is right.
At the end of this term Liza will finish teaching after almost 30 years of doing something she has fiercely loved.
That’s just under half of her lifetime.
So Christmas will mark the beginning of a new era for us with all its attendant anxieties and adventures!
Two months is a very long time. Two months is a very short time. For us, it’s definitely been both. Since we last wrote, in addition to normal life, we have had hospital visits (both planned and unplanned), building work and family moves to negotiate. … Continue reading Two months
Or perhaps resonances is a better word? You know, those things that happen and despite whatever else is going on there is a sense of something more going on. We’ve had a few of those over the years and one in particular lately. Back in … Continue reading Connections
We spent Easter at home with all the family but sorely missed Lucy, Dino and the children in New Zealand. Life is still presenting us with considerable challenges but we can also see many encouraging things happening both here and in Kenya. So as we try … Continue reading Hope
Our social media feeds resonated throughout January with reactions to this name-calling episode. We were initially horrified by what had been said and then highly amused as numerous Kenyans responded with cutting wit and belly-laughing humour.
Then this week we heard about the shutdown of the main TV stations and our hearts sank- another attack on the proud democracy that so many Kenyans hold dear. Once again our social media feeds were full of stories of people standing up for freedom of speech.
The temptation for many of us outside the situation appears to be to revert to name-calling.
On further reflection however we realised that the level of control currently being attempted in Kenya has the same roots as that of the name-calling in other places.
Power, it’s all about power.
And Power does not like being challenged does it?
Our hearts and prayers are with our colleagues working in civil society in Kenya and indeed the world over- those who courageously and peaceably speak truth to power.