02 / 2011


My Uncle and Aunt are driving with me to Nizhny shortly – a trip from cold to colder. (February 1, 2011 at 21:36)

I am delighted to advise that a painting by one of my friends, Dave Willis, and one of my new haiku have joined forces to produce a haiga that has been accepted for publication in the July 2011 issue of Haigaonline. (February 2, 2011 at 11:15)

summer sunrise …
an agapanthus yields itself
to the sky
(February 4, 2011 at 17:34)

Svetlana Marisova has access to a computer for a few hours today. I call this happy state of affairs “connectus uninterruptus”. (February 4, 2011 at 17:40)

I still miss New Zealand. (February 8, 2011 at 6:58)

my old room …
a death watch beetle
marks time
(February 9, 2011 at 22:07)

stillness –
even spring
is frozen
(February 11, 2011 at 6:27)

a stream trickles
beneath winter shadows …
(February 11, 2011 at 10:17)

I shall be travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway from February 28th to March 6th for 139 hours 48 minutes – the journey of a lifetime. From there I shall travel to South Korea to spend a little time with family there prior to returning home. (February 12, 2011 at 7:59)

frigid air …
the emptiness
left by your words
(February 13, 2011 at 8:17)

hidden spring …
all that cannot be expressed
spills over
(February 14, 2011 at 23:11)

squelching mud
between her toes –
silent spring
(February 15, 2011 at 19:32)

In a few hours I am going to fulfill a call that I have had since my childhood.
I am going to take time out in пустынь (poustinia) in preparation for the desert (пустыня) of the lenten journey. A dream coming true. <3 (February 18, 2011 at 20:50)
autistic child –
the coffin she renames
a boat
(February 20, 2011 at 23:40)

full moon …
taranaki’s hidden glow
(February 20, 2011 at 23:40)

Christchurch quake: Running report – national | Stuff.co.nz
2.37pm: John Hamilton, head of Civil Defence, says a level 3 emergency has been declared. This is the highest level that can be declared for a regional emergency. (February 22, 2011 at 14:04)

A huge earthquake has struck Canterbury with witness reports estimating it was bigger than the one which struck last September. (February 22, 2011 at 14:07)

We just got news that one person we know was killed when the bus he was on got crushed by falling rubble. :'(
(February 22, 2011 at 20:55)

name day …
the smoothness
of a white stone
(February 26, 2011 at 8:48)

On this, my name day, I am delighted to share the news that one of my recent haibun has been selected to appear in Contemporary Haibun Volume 12.
Contemporary Haibun is a series dedicated to the best haibun and haiga written each year in English from around the world. The book, published by Red Moon Press, is expected to be ready for distribution by April 1, 2011. (February 26, 2011 at 16:29)

~ The Choice by W B Yeats ~
The intellect of man is forced to choose
perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.

When all that story’s finished, what’s the news?
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day’s vanity, the night’s remorse.
(February 27, 2011 at 9:22)

Must there be a choice? That is the dilemma. The days to come will give the answer. (February 27, 2011 at 9:28)

“You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect .”

We have the opportunity to become fully human by imitating the loving qualities of God. If we are to emulate the type of selfless love that radiates from God, the true hallmark of our conversion will be our ability to conduct ourselves in ways that allow our words and our deeds to show others the love of God. (February 27, 2011 at 22:04)

I leave on the Trans Siberian in 17.5 hours. I am going to follow up on breaking the journey at Lake Baikal as you suggested, Roy. I have no idea on internet access during the journey so will hope for the best. (February 27, 2011 at 19:18)

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