The son of a friend is going to college in New Zealand on a rugby scholarship. The day before the earthquake, he went to the bank in Christchurch, drew out his money, and headed toward his uncle’s house which is five hours away. He can’t explain why he did it, but it turned out to be fortuitous. Was it prescience, or ESP?

When my stepson lived in California, I told him that if there was an earthquake of 6 points in his area, or higher, he was to call home. It seems that 6 is the borderline, that quakes below that are not particularly deadly, but anything over can be a killer.

Today’s cartoon is for bird watchers who know that New Zealand’s official bird is the kiwi. It’s a unique animal found only in that island nation. It’s the size of a chicken and has 2 inch wings making it flightless. Interesting fact: their nostrils are at the end of their beak. When I heard of the quake, I immediately thought of this bird. It’s so cute and so sad. I’ll say a prayer for the people of New Zealand, who also call themselves kiwis.

Stop by the Mark Twain House and Museum to see my exhibit of original editorial cartoon art. “Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart’s 30 years at The Courant.” It’s free and will be up through May. For more information, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. As long as you’re there, take a tour!

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