Monthly Update March 2013




After an idyllic week in NZ I am back into teaching 21 year two students. I love them. They are great to teach. Teaching is very tiring as well as time consuming outside of classroom hours. Please pray that I prepare well and that I prioritise my time and energy efficiently.


I want to play again this year. I wonder if my body will be up to it. I also want to entice as many friends as possible. If you play front row you even get a discount on your fees. But enjoying the camaraderie of rugby is one of the best ways one can enjoy a winter Saturday. Check it out now!

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Monthly Update February 2013


I may have started the countdown rather early, however anyone can follow the countdown here and the really eager have saved it to their computers. Today another early countdown was announced. Julia Gillard announced an election – in September. Fans of football and rugby sometimes start counting down to the next world cup as soon as one has finished. Too bad they have to wait four years and none of their friends are interested in the countdown.

What am I getting at? If something seems too distant, it is easy for us to forget about it, lose sight, be distracted from the goal, or begin to think it will never actually happen anyway. As far as our wedding is concerned, I will not forget about it. I am counting down with an eagerness and enthusiasm that borders on extremism. For others it’s not such an occasion.


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Monthly Update January 2013


So where is home these days? Currently it is Olympia, Washington, USA. The most amazing time of my life occurred a couple weeks ago. I am happy to announce that Marie and I will tie the knot in Shelton, WA, USA on July 6, 2013!! I return to Australia soon and have work from the start of the school year until June 21. Marie will come to Australia in February and look for work. We will return to the states for our wedding before setting up home in Sydney. As I type this Marie is busily filling out visa application forms and getting her head around the vagaries of Australian immigration. Thanks to all who have prayed for us both and those who have been supportive in helping us with practical tips and information.

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Monthly Update December 2012


Have I got your attention?

I thought so!

Today is my parent’s wedding anniversary. They have been married for 46 years which is a wonderful achievement, a wonderful testimony to the institution of marriage and a wonderful example of faithfulness.

“Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam.”

These oft quoted words to do with marriage from the Princess Bride are favourites of mine. What images does the word or concept of marriage conjure up for you?



I would like to end the year with various updates regarding Ukraine. I am glad I was able to spend time there this year and although I don’t know when I will next return to Ukraine, I only need a few seconds with my screensaver to be transported back there.


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Monthly Update November 2012


It is not often that I am stuck for words. Sometimes when I want a pick-me-up I go to my own website (it’s not as bad as it sounds) and hit refresh a few times to read the various quotes of the day. Here are a few to share with you and just maybe one of these is for your situation this day. From one of my favourite authors and a truth I readily experience:

The soul is healed by being with children. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

For any Swedish friends – or just those who tend to be a bit anxious:

Worry gives a small thing a big shadow. — Swedish Proverb

From another classic author along similar lines:

Our whole life is taken up with anxiety for personal security, with preparations for living, so that we really never live at all. — Leo Tolstoy

Look up some more for yourself right here!



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Monthly Update October 2012


“Text” – is it a noun or a verb? As our world changes and our language morphs and adapts to those changes, new words appear and old words take on new meanings. The word text is a common place verb these days. This brought about a meaningless discussion the other day with a group of friends as to the correct pronunciation of the past tense of text – i.e. texted. I say it with two syllables, others think that sounds dumb. What do you think? Actually – how important is this discussion?

Two regular areas of conflict in everybody’s everyday lives are miscommunication and arguments about minor details – often a result of a miscommunication.

As a teacher, I want to teach students to communicate well. Not so that they look good in front of others or can win a Pulitzer Prize for eloquent commentary. But because the most important issues in our world are issues of the heart, and one heart needs to communicate with another in a clear and understandable way.

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Monthly Update September 2012


I feel like my emotional bandwidth is running above capacity and the friendship load is about to give a message: "error, your interaction has timed out!"

What is a true friendship? How do you maintain a true friendship? Can a person have too many friends? How do you say good bye and how do you stay in touch?

It is possible I am over-cooking this issue as it is pertinent to my life's situation right now. But I want all of my life to have the ring of "real" about it, and that includes friendships. I said goodbye to a lot of friends whom I will probably not see for at least 2-3 years. A couple of friends drove a long way last night to say goodbye even though they had to be gone by 5 the next morning. What does it mean to me? I must admit I have never been so thankful for Facebook!

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