Brought Back To Life

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
 -St. Francis of Assisi

Mikey Ambrose is one of those frustratingly talented people.  I’ve been watching him play music, be in bands and play drums for over a decade now and every time I see him play he blows my mind again.   I am always floored by what this guy can do with two sticks and a couple of feet.  

Then came the day I figured out that Mikey had moved on to different things.  I remember the first time I saw one of his furniture pieces and I thought to myself. “Mikey? Ambrose? Woodworking? Someone explain to me.”  

Our mutual friend Kyle bought a beautiful side table piece and we chatted about how cool it is to watch someone like Mikey make a move from one skill or interest to a completely different one and then be awesome enough to make a living doing so.  

He’s created a business that allows him to get whatever he wants out of life.  He wants to play drums? He does.  He wants to hike and find wood?  He does.  He wants to take a month off and go to England?  He does. He isn’t a laborer or a craftsman.  He is most certainly an artist.

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing, that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale Carnegie

Music: Hey Marseilles “Cannonballs”

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Rizalman to be arrested upon arrival in New Zealand

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Malaysian High Commission official Muhammad Rizalman Ismail will be arrested when he arrives in New Zealand in accordance with its law.

According to The New Zealand Herald, Wellington district police commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said police were working closely with the Crown Law Office of New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on the legal process and logistical details relating to Muhammad Rizalman’s return.

“This is a unique and complex legal situation, so careful planning is required and no date for his return has been set.

“When someone with a warrant to arrest arrives in New Zealand, the person is met at the border by police, arrested and taken to the nearest court.

“The court can then remand the person in custody, release him at large or release him on bail, with or without conditions. At this time, the next hearing date is also set.”

He said police were continuing to support the victim and had kept her informed throughout the process.

MFAT chief executive John Allen had recently offered to resign over his ministry’s mishandling of the case.

However, Minister Murray McCully declined the offer, but expressed his anger over his officials’ mistakes that led to public embarrassment for the minister and Prime Minister John Key.

Malaysia yesterday agreed to send Muhammad Rizalman back to Wellington, but New Zealand officials have been left red-faced by revelations that they were the ones who had suggested he leave in the first place.
The Pacific Island Development Forum Beyond ANZUS

Considering the startegic implicaitons of new development partnerships in the Pacific Islands, including China, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Qatar, Indonesia/ASEAN, UAE, and Kuwait.

NZ diplomats have suspected dengue fever

Pacific Economic Ambassador Shane Jones and other New Zealand diplomats are being treated for suspected dengue fever after working in, or travelling to, Papua New Guinea.

The former Labour MP is in Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

He told the NZ Herald he feels ridiculous wearing sunglasses in bed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is confirming three employees are suspected to have contracted dengue fever while working in or travelling in PNG but is not naming them.

“The staff members have been receiving appropriate medical treatment and we wish them a speedy recovery,” a Mfat spokesman says.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease and Mfat staff posted to PNG or travelling to the region are all advised to take precautions.

Deputy High Commissioner Nicci Stilwell and Andrew Needs, the NZ-based head of the Pacific Division at Mfat, are the others affected, the NZ Herald reports.

A defence staffer based in PNG is also understood to have been flown to Australia for treatment.

In 2014, Mfat introduced the new role of ambassador for Pacific economic development, which supports opportunities for Pacific countries to grow their income in sectors like tourism, agriculture, horticulture, and fisheries. Mr Jones was appointed to the role.

New Zealand contributes over $300 million in development funding to the Pacific annually.

Yo todavía le tengo fe a la humanidad, se que todavía tiene un corazón que vive para hacer el bien pero así como yo hay más personas que piensan igual.
Nosotros haremos esa pequeña diferencia

Pues es que a veces las personas no vemos más allá de las apariencias y es una lastima, llegamos a perder más de lo que ganamos😳, el dia en que el mundo cambie todos seremos extremadamente felices.- MFAT

Cada quien es único y perfecto a su manera pero el simplemente era más que eso, quizás era por su sonrisa coqueta o por su manera de mirarme, realmente no lo se , lo que si tengo en mente en es que el puso mi mundo al revés pero bueno nada dura para siempre, el se marcho y mi vida siguio
—  (MFAT)