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Home Again

Mission accomplished.

Spirits were high on the return trip.

Home safe.

Very long day.

Still warm, though late.


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Annual Tradition

January day trip to Rundle Mall, IKEA, Costco, Harbour Town DFO, (2) Officeworks, Koorong, and anywhere else that fits. What we lack in numbers is made up with enthusiasm.

You can’t let the day get away from you.


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Practically Perfect In Every Way

My daughter Christine holding her Mary Poppins POP figurine birthday present. Someone who’s practically perfect in every way, holding a POP figure.


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End Of The Playlist

Thanks to my wife’s brother for the loan of his car this past week. It helps that he’s away working at the moment, but one achievement is that we made it to the end of his not-quite-infinite playlist.


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Clever Girls

My wife and I saw Ladies In Black today.
It’s the cinematic adaption of novel The Women In Black.
The movie sort of acknowledges the fact that if you leave a life story at particular point then you achieve a happy ending, but life always goes on beyond that point and happiness is never guaranteed.
Actor Noni Hazelhurst, with sublime craft, restraint and warmth delivers the words which are the thematic climax of the tale.
As someone blessed to marry a clever girl, and then for us to be further blessed with three clever girls, it warmed my heart.
This is the version from the novel, which differs slightly, but conveys the substance of the idea.

You’re a clever girl, I could see that. It’s a pleasure to work with you and I’ll be sorry when you leave us. You’ll be going to the university, won’t you, of course you will. A clever girl is the most wonderful thing in all Creation you know: you must never forget that. People expect men to be clever. They expect girls to be stupid or at least silly, which very few girls really are, but most girls oblige them by acting like it. So you just go away and be as clever as ever you can; put their noses out of joint for them. It’s the best thing you could possibly do, you and all the clever girls in this city and the world.


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Mother And Son

Mum’s been having a tough time lately.
We’re spending a few days close at hand.


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Seeing Love Through Different Lenses (via Heidi Tai at Gospel Coalition Australia)

There are times when I wonder why I scan through so many online articles.
Then I read one like this.
Heidi Tai writes about a loving across generations and cultural expectations.
And the difference that Jesus can make in bridging those gaps.
Just go and read it.
Maybe have a tissue or two around, as well.

Growing up, my dad and I saw the world very differently. Coming from two different generations and cultures, we would clash for many years to come. As I became a teenager, our relationship became a battleground between Eastern and Western values. He would fail to meet my expectations of a loving father, and I would fail to meet his expectations of a respectful daughter. While I longed for love to be expressed through the Western form of affection and affirmation, Dad expressed love through his Eastern lens of provision and sacrifice.

Read Closing The Cultural Gap at Gospel Coalition Australia.