Monday, September 30, 2013

New Zealand

Wiki:  New Zealand

Auckland City Center
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. The region is home to some 1.5 million people and and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, our largest and most diverse city.

 New Zealand:  Travel Information Links

Mauri Haka

Wiki:  Mauri Culture

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Home Videos

Video clips from Bill Cobabe Family home movies, around 1970...
No small inkling of what each of us was destined to become.

Mary and Kathy pirouette, Jim scampers
Note the '57 Chevy that speeds by in the background

Mary models a new outfit
Tom poses in someone else's underpants

Sand Dune Park
Bill swings away
Grandpa Norris takes a slide

Tom's new cardigan (smart enough to ditch the stupid bow tie!)
Jim in new jacket
Mary and Kathy
new wardrobe and coiffure
reflect true elegance and style

Mary, Kathy, Jim, Bill, Tom
Bill pushes Tom down the stairs
but helps him up

Tom stalking something in the Irises

Princess Patricia models a new outfit
Swimming at Cobabe apartments in Redondo

Kathy's birthday at the park
The baby must be - Cindy
Tom kidnaps an empty stroller

Dad and Grandpa Norris 
Toting the station wagon pad
As usual, Jim takes a backward approach on the slide

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Segregation - beyond "racism"


I lived in the South for a while, but never noticed any of these signs of segregation.

What is happening now?  The idea of abolishing any form of segregation is almost a mania.  In California, it seems that even the idea of segregation of public bathrooms for boys and girls is now passé, even illegal.   Not that I find anything particularly objectionable about sharing bathrooms.  The house I grew up in had bathrooms that were shared - we took turns.  But the rationale for this idea in California does not appeal to my own sensibilities.

In my thinking, the problem today is the mistake of confusing form with substance.  Our contemporary culture makes us slaves to the letter of the law.   "For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." (2 Cor 3:6)  The letter of the law prohibits segregation, whether it be on the basis of race, sex, age, or what have you.  But real segregation has its roots in personal enmity, and that dwells in our hearts and in our minds.