28 May 2006 – This is a day that changed us forever.
I wrote the song “Time to say goodbye” four years after my wife miscarried as a way of expressing my deep sadness and a letting go of the hopes and dreams we had of having children. It was to acknowledge the child that we will never hold in our arms, but who will also never know the troubles of this world.
It has taken me eight years to write this blog.
This is the first time I have shared this publicly.
Paul S Allen
Time to say goodbye – Written and arranged by Paul S Allen (aka Paulusthebrit)
Words and music © Paul S Allen 2010 (All rights reserved)
Video and image © Paul S Allen 2014 (All rights reserved)
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If you need help, get it now, don’t wait!
Please check out the following supports sites.
The Miscarriage Support website has a lot of very useful and practical information for women and men. It also has contacts for support networks across the country.
If you are needing immediate medical assistance or you have concern for the physical or mental health of yourself, your partner or someone close by, get help straight away.
- Emergency Services call 111 (in New Zealand)
Other support services
- Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
- Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
- Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
- Healthline – 0800 611 116
- Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
- Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tagging (and street art), you see it everywhere, even online with social media #hashtags.
Some of it is very clever, some is just vandalism. I enjoy great street art, especially in the small out-of-the-way places or the subversive.
But what makes it good or bad?
- Artistic Merit?
- Does it enhance or add value?
- Does it destroy?
- Does it claim ownership unjustly?
- Some may be just annoying.
What are your thoughts?
All people have the right to live in peace and safety without persecution, oppression, victimisation or death.
It does not matter about differences as long as we can mutually respect each other.
We need to embrace diversity not fear it.
Let us look beyond nationality, race, religion, gender or orientation, and respect the person. Listen to each others stories without judgement or condemnation.
We, the free, need to stand up for the oppressed and the persecuted and let their voices be heard.
Let us free the oppressed.
Let us see the humanity.
Let us love the person.
Let there be peace.
Graphics created by Paul S Allen
©Paul S Allen 2014
A march to support the people of Palestine, especially those in Gaza.
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2014