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Existence in a time of civil crisis has a surreal feel. We lived through the Canterbury earthquakes, moving through a dream that was a nightmare, and the feelings were vivid but then quickly forgotten. The events, so meaningful at the time, blurred together. Afterwards, I wished I had kept a coherent narrative of my state and how our world changed, that would have pinned down my thoughts at each point in time and explained them to my future self. So, in the face of COVID-19, I set myself the task of documenting my experience, and forcing myself to keep on track through putting it out there for others to see. When I started this, in March 2020, I had no idea how long I might keep writing. Now, in 2021, there is no clear end in sight to the pandemic, so I will continue to write…

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Ladders, snakes & lakes

I got to go back to the mountains and swim in a few more high lakes (I promise to give you a break from alpine lake pictures after these). Some more stellar summer weather took us up the Wilkin Valley to visit Lakes Lucidus, Castalia and Diana, beneath the stunning peaks of Castor, Pollux andContinue reading “Ladders, snakes & lakes”

Connections

One of my favourite mental activities is seeing connections between different disciplines and ideas and one of my favourite out-of-my-head activities is seeing connections between people. Our informal New Year party, a mostly annual event, connected some people as well as giving me some connections between ideas. We held the party, despite my concerns aboutContinue reading “Connections”

Valuable rags & rusty nails

Christmas is a traditional time of gift giving in countries influenced by Christianity. Such gift giving has grown out of any proportions that any Jesus Christ that might have existed is likely to approve of. Sarah knitted us ear warmers and dish cloths for Christmas, which is my favourite sort of present – made byContinue reading “Valuable rags & rusty nails”

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