Journal 52 number 4. Building a character. There seems to be a cultural trend in NZ for women to wear black, a colour which I have avoided wearing all my life. I associate it with death. I think the tendency to wear black is perhaps to disappear or fade into the group. This post has a geography of a place like mine, the harbour, the bar, the elders, a marae and urupa, steeped in history. Over coming loss is character building and one of life's biggest tests. Crushed brown paper, acrylics, and crackle paste.