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Archive for December, 2009

footsteps.co.nz –> tonto.co.nz Dec 27

The domain name change is now complete.  The new name of footsteps.co.nz has been moved to the team in New Zealand who specialize in early childhood education.  They approached me in 2009 to ask if they could use the domain name.

I was deeply reluctant as I had used the footsteps name for 9 years and was quite comfortable with it.  My first thought was how much would they pay and what were they doing.  In my reply to them I specified i would only give up the domain name to a really good cause.

Well as it happened they did have a good cause.  I have few causes that I dontate to, well two really, one being cancer research, as its well its part of my life as a cancer survivor, the other is investment in child education.  I myself have four sponser children and was delighted to get a letter the other day that one of mine has grown up and left the program to continue her education.

 The Linmark Team, or now as they can be Know Footsteps team in New Zealand provide child education and work hard to provide it to all children.  They are certified by the New Zealand education board and want to do the best they can to educate our children.

It is with profound respect and privilege that I can something to help this. 

The domain name of footsteps.co.nz  belongs with them.  The give our children new footsteps into the world by education, and that is how it should be.

You can still get to here from there, and they keep a link to this site.

Coming Home for Christmas Dec 08

I missed last year for the family Christmas.  My reasoning was that just days later i was off to Antigua for my birthday bashes.  It was a hard call to make, but you only have so many days of leave and i had been home for dad’s 70th. Oddly a huge number of things happened after that and while I have some thoughts that I wish i had gone home i dont’ think it would have changed alot of what happened later.

I’m going home now and really looking forward to it.  I want to see the island and beach and just sit there and take in the view and area.  Also there a few snapper in the sea that have my name and hook on ready to be caught for our dinner.

 While I have an a good supply of oysters (during the season) here in Japan, they don’t quite taste as sweet as knocking them off the rock at home!  Nor does the fish taste quite as fresh.  And while Japan has some of the freshest seafood ever, catching it, cleaning it and eating it within hours can never be replaced.

The only small issue is that going home I’m putting off something that I am debating on sharing and the moment.  oh frack it.  I’ve done cancer so why prevaricate, I’ve been told I have a benign tumor and will be scheduling surgery when I come back.  The expert tells me its benigh, which doesn’t quite work for me these days as the last expert who said it could not possible be cancer was well so very wrong.

will see how it all works out. Not like i haven’t done this before.

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