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Vigil Day 84

David has committed to returning on the 5th of October to carry the vigil through to the 2020 Election. In the meantime the locals are keeping the vigil. I was there for the week: the picture you see there was … Continue reading

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E Tū vigil, day 78. Rick’s hunger strike day 19

Tomorrow I am an eating person again. That is so exciting. I feel great appreciation for the fact of food. For the privilege of eating food. And I don’t want to be sentimental or seen as sentimental – (I can’t … Continue reading

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E Tū vigil day 73, rick day 14

Two weeks in to my hunger strike and I’m in a sort of flow.  Rhythms around waking,  drinking,  commuting,  engaging,  relaxing,  reflecting,  drinking,  sleeping,  going again.  I tire quickly but feeling strong,  and grateful to be in good heart.  In … Continue reading

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E Tū vigil day 71; Rick day 12

As a therapist I live my life in relatedness and dialog.  How strange this beast, blogging.  Opaque and one sided!  Perhaps this is the life of writers and columnists I am glimpsing into.  I prefer to shape and share my … Continue reading

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E Tū vigil day 69, Rick hunger strike day 10

‘Hunger’ is such an emotive word.  My hunger strike is obviously a hunger for food.  It is designed to convey urgency.   It embraces some sacrifice and offers up a fundamental liberty for something important.   But what else am I and … Continue reading

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E Tū vigil day 67, Rick day 8

The only conversations I had on the front steps today were with people I knew well already.  Sue supported me in her gentle and amicable way; Andrew, dear friend and fellow therapist; Claire, therapist too (we are collectively raising the EMOTIONAL … Continue reading

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E Tū vigil day 66, rick day 7

A tougher day.  I’ve lost my sleep,  one of the things I can usually count on to carry me along.  Gone!  My energy is shifting too.  Few reserves.   I’m reminded of my more carbon oblivious days when international travel was … Continue reading

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E Tū, day 65, Rick day 6

It is a little sobering to know that these reflections posted online live in perpetuity in the online universe.  Yet doing this hunger strike is both very personal, as well as political, and it seems important to say more about … Continue reading

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E Tū day 63, rick day 4

I enjoyed setting up under the beautiful pohutukawa tree this weekend. It has huge, strong limbs and I like sitting beneath them, feeling their protective strength, especially as the wind and rain showed up. It’s an odd thing to have … Continue reading

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E Tū day 62

Kia ora, Rick here on the third day of my hunger strike.  I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie and quality of support these past few days as I’ve taken the Vigil seat at parliament.  Thank you to everyone that’s been involved.  My … Continue reading

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