Haere Mai, Haere Mai, Haere Mai!
Welcome to Jill’s Scene; to my digital Turangawaewae – my place to stand. Here you will find my thoughts about the world, about life, about the things I love: writing, reading, laughing; and travel. There are occasional cameo appearances from the people I love. After all, those other things are nothing without the chance to share them with those who are nearest and dearest to me.
I live in a small town, a long way from anywhere. One department store has an escalator; two, maybe three, government buildings have lifts. There are no skyscrapers – probably never will be. On mid-week afternoons, outside of the tourist season, you can bowl a cricket ball down the main street and not hit anyone. There are some disadvantages to this but I’m not dwelling on those. The best thing is that living here gives me a particular view of things. It comes from being isolated and a bit out of touch.
Simply, the world amazes me. Whether it’s my foolishness (check out Fame and Recognition in a Small Town for a typical example of that) or protests in Bangkok, or the stark beauty of the big skies and huge seas of my home, I write about those things that make me gasp and wonder and question.
It makes my day when readers tell me they’ve laughed or liked, agreed or disagreed with what I’ve got to say. That’s what it’s all about. Behind every visit to my blog, every like, and every follow there’s a real someone (spammers being the exception that proves the rule!) who has connected with or reacted to what I’ve got to say. I like that. Maybe all writers do.
This old Maori proverb sums it up best:
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!
And that includes you! I hope you’ll stick around and tell me what you think.