My family and I are feeling pretty subdued by the disaster in Christchurch.

Miracle escapes and sad fatalities. We humans are resilient and fragile (another paradox).

One can’t help but be positively impressed by the bravery and determination of some of the rescue workers … and co-ordinators/spokesmen, like Christchurch’s eloquent mayor Bob Parker.

These are big days for our country. This emergency really puts our minor grizzles and grievances in their place, as I said yesterday. (Sorry to recycle it.)