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Seasons Greetings – My Last Blog for 2009, Looking to 2010

peach-rose-2This is my last Blog for the year. Other Blogs and comments at any stage are most welcome.

Many in this part of the world are preparing for Christmas celebrations and summer holidays and 2010.

I’d like to thank all who have helped to create this website,  and to all who have visited this Village.

In Christchurch, New Zealand, where I live, the roses are splendid just now. I have chosen a peach coloured rose to accompany this message as a symbol of my appreciation and gratitude.

The site has been well supported. On the busiest months, there have been around 4,000 visitors who between them have looked at about 40,000 pages. These visitors have come from all over the world, with the largest number from New Zealand, followed by the United States. Other countries that have featured strongly include Great Britain, China, Germany, Canada, Russian Federation, Netherlands and Australia.

I feel very grateful for this interest. I have felt a need to explore ideas about meeting human needs now and into the future. I have very much appreciated the opportunities that this website has begun to provide.

I’ve been challenged to come up with more practical ‘how tos’ and make it easier for you – as the real knowledgeable actors – to engage in these explorations. I will do my best. Watch this space!

It is my hope that 2010 will be a year in which very real progress is made in learning to share our localities and the planet in ways that enable us all to thrive – sustainably, peacefully and joyfully.


  1. Bindy says:

    A Ladder Award to Hazel and John for believing and acting?

  2. erin loo says:

    Yes, definitely an award for Hazel and John…

  3. erin loo says:

    I’m a Msian living in Chch, NZ since 8 mths ago and i want to share this very nice view of NZ that i saw at Riccarton Mall few days before XMas: Salvation Army was there at the mini concourse near PaknSave and there was this young boy standing there with the SA donation box while some XMas music was being played out. As always, I told my daughter to drop some coins into the box. I have a personal liking for SA as a distant cousin back home was a SA boy and today, he is training to be a surgeon in Europe.
    We then sat at the nearby sofas and as we were enjoying the music, a young guy of about 20s (Maori or Pasifika, not sure) stopped to insert some notes into the young boy’s box. He then tousled the young boy’s hair, smiled and patted his shoulders for a few seconds, all the while gazing at the boy, before going off…wow, it’s really Xmas. I wonder if he was a former SA boy. We are really who we are bcoz of our experience.

    Happy New Year to all…

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