The death of an elderly person, while sad, is part of the natural order of life.
We’re born, we grow up, we grow old, we die.
The death of a younger person is against that natural order.
Parents aren’t supposed to out live their children, young people don’t expect to lose their siblings and their friends.
When the death has come at the end of a prolonged illness like cancer, as it did today for blogger Anna Woolf, there may be relief that her pain and suffering are over. But that won’t lessen the grief of family and friends.
When someone young dies, those close to her lose not just what they had, but the hopes and dreams they would have had for her future with them.
I knew Anna only through her blog. I hope the example of her courage, strength and humour helps those who loved her.
As a member of the Bereaved Parents Club, I hope that they too will learn that, in time, it is possible to be happy again; and to know that a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of life are the most valuable legacy from those we’ve lost.
Not PC posted the news of Anna’s death. Kiwiblog , M&M and Whaleoil who knew her too, also pay tribute to her. Oswald Bastable knew Anna through her blog and writes from his experience with cancer.
Weatherston appeal reproach to Court of Appeal – Stephen Franks speaks sense on meritless appeals.
What makes good political interviewing? – Tim Watkins defends Guyon Espiner’s interview with Metiria Turei.
Why I bought a bookstore Jeff Mayersohn at the Huffington Post reckons there’s a future for books and the stores which sell them.(Hat Tip: Beatties Book Blog).
Just – Stripy sock studio on being “just” a job description (Hat Tip: Art & My LIfe)
After the fisking charges are laid – feel the frsutration over political interference in roading changes from Opinionated Mummy.
Williamson and the theory of firm – Anit Dismal on the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.
Fun Police # 2 Don’t let them eat cake – Liberty Scott on the birthday cake blues.
Not exactly deaf – Macdoctor says 6% hearing loss is barely noticeable.
VUWSA’s VSM violations – Scrubone guest posts at M&M on voluntary student membership machinations.
The poor are not helpless victims – Hernado de Soto – Not PC has found a hero.
Is this the worst hotel in the world? – Motella shows where not to stay.
That National Party Mainland Conference opened this morning with a recognition of all the mothers present.
Several bloggers have acknowleged their, or other people’s mums with a post:
Monkeywith typewriter qutoes Corinthians For Mums Everywhere
Frenemy posts on his plans for Moms Day (and because the mother in question is American he can get away with Mom rather than Mum).
PM of NZ has a Small Test for Mothers Day (though the connection between the test and Mothers Day escapes me).
I hope all the other mother-bloggers are enjoying the day and that the non-mother bloggers are too busy making sure their mothers enjoy the day to blog.
Warm thoughts to those who no longer have a mother, and special mention and aroha for Hekia Parata MP and her whanau who are mourning the loss of their mother who died last week.
UPDATE: M&M posts on her Mothers Day
Deborah posts on Celebrating Mothers Day at The Hand Mirror and on More Pinkification of Mothers at In A Strange Land
UPDATE 2- Lindsay Mitchell wants a get off my back & out of my face day.
Did you see the light dark last night?
TV3 showed us the lights on the Sky Tower going out (and also lots of candles burning).
The Herald declared Earth Hour a success but Keeping Stock reckoned that was a Tui truth.
Around other blogs this morning:
Zen Tiger at NZ Conservative has a much better idea for dirt day once a week
Psycho Milt at No Minister had some family learning opportunities
And some I missed last night:
A seven year old speaks sense at M&M
Dave Gee switched on for sanity hour
Roarprawn declared it a crock
Oswald Bastable switched on everything
Mr Dennis lit up too.
The Fire Service has issued a warning about the dangers of candles during earth hour.
This makes me wonder:
* What impact will all those candles have on carbon emissions?
* Does this mean that earth hour will literally generate more heat than light?
* Is earth hour, like many other sacrifices to the green gods, really just smoke and mirrors?
In support of the last question, I read somewhere yesterday (but can’t find the link anymore) that several businesses which supported earth hour actually increased their carbon emissions and their association with the cause was just greenwash. *
So the lights in my house will be on or off as normal tonight because I’m not interested in campaigns based on emotion rather than science and feel good efforts which at best do nothing and may even make the problem worse.
Apropos of this:
Not PC has something to keep in mind during earth hour
Whaleoil spots the idiots
No Minister has some earth hour fun
Keeping Stock is keeping his lights on from which I learned about M& M and their anti-earth hour.
Mickey Muses has hot news on hot tips on hot air.
UPDATE 2: * the bit about businesses increasing emissions was from The Age via Quote Unquote:
An analysis of the key sponsors of Earth Hour (among them Fairfax Media, owner of The Sunday Age) reveals that most have reported increased emissions in their most recent figures.
Just as I said – it’s greenwash and it’s inciting PM of NZ to use even more fuel and electricity.