Posts Tagged new zealand


The Big Lady With Purple Hair

Yesterday, I was shopping in our version of Walmart when I saw her. The first thing I noticed was her short, purple hair. Then the “circus tent” dress, her 350-pound bulk, and the painfully swollen feet that were somehow stuffed into brightly colored Crocs. I thought to myself, “I bet Mom would have loved this lady.”

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R.I.P. Robin Williams. Love & Prayers from New Zealand

    I’m not sure why the death of Robin Williams has hit me so hard; why this thing’s weight is so heavy, so suffocating, so oppressive. It may be because initial reports of his death said it was self-inflicted asphyxiation. Rightly or wrongly, that gave me a ghastly image of poor Robin hanging himself. […]

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Ditka or Die — All Blacks Rugby Comes to Chicago

Ya’ll ready for this? The legendary New Zealand All Blacks take on (hah!) the USA Eagles on Saturday at Soldier Field. We are sure that Mike Ditka is turning over in his grave, whether he is dead or not, because rugby is just not ‘Merican. Still, there are some things to like about the sport, […]

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Wire Dog

(This happy Moosedawg story is republished because it went missing from the blog, for some technoid reason. FYI, the Moosedawg had to be put down last year. Sniff). Last night, the ancient Moosedawg gave me the biggest laugh I have had for a long while. He gave me his usual “WOOF”, which means, “I have […]

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Humor During Lent? It’s Allowed. We promise.

(Reprinted, again, because I wanna.) In New Zealand, we’ve already begun Lent — 40 days of prayer, fasting and penance leading up to Easter. Since this is (mainly) a humor blog, I will begin my Lent by republishing a favorite about two great priests who were incredibly funny in very different ways. Archimandrite Stephen was […]

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The Amazing Power of a Christmas Tree

We agreed there would be no Christmas tree this year. Junior has been on tour, and he only just got back. So spending $30-$40 on a tree for a week just didn’t make any sense. But, of course, we stopped at all the Christmas tree places on the side of the road. Just to, you […]

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I Chickened Out

I have managed to dodge the Chicken Bullet for 27 years now. The Missus loves chickens. Happy childhood memories and all that. But she is increasingly determined to have chickens. And she is a force to be reckoned with. Which took us to the Kumeu Showgrounds at the weekend. I knew we were 10,000 miles […]

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