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Springtime in England

February 13, 2018

click here for larger image DAFFODILS IN ST. JAMES PARK, LONDON  During my Spring Break of 2006, I traveled to England with a friend. Although it was very cold, especially to someone fresh from Hawai’i, there was no rain for the three weeks we spent there. These photos will be in three sections. The first […]

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A Ghost Town in Hawai`i

February 6, 2018

click here for larger image VIEW OF OCEAN AT HONU`APO  When I first moved to Hawai’i, I lived in the plantation village of Pahala on the southern end of the Big Island in the district of Ka’u. I couldn’t have had a better introduction to the true spirit of local Hawai`iana. Neighbors raised several dozen […]

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Meditative Bonsai

January 30, 2018

click here for larger image BANYAN BONSAI   I can’t remember exactly when I first became interested in the beautiful Japanese art of bonsai. It was probably in the 1960s, when I traveled to Japan on four different occasions. On one of those trips, I climbed Mt. Fuji with friends, an exciting story for another […]

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The Garden Isle Revisited

January 23, 2018

click here for larger image BABY BEACH AT POIPU Periodically, I like to repost an older one so new readers can see what they missed. It has now been about ten years since I posted this one about Kauai, one of our neighbor islands. It is a beautiful island and one that many people think […]

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“Blue Zones” Gazpacho

June 27, 2017

This is a post I made about seven years ago and it’s definitely one of my favorites. In fact, I happen to have everything on hand to treat myself with a cold bowl. It’s better than a smoothie, a salad, or soggy veggies, and fits perfectly into a “Blue Zones” way of eating. I learned […]

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No Labor Day For All

September 1, 2014

We love Labor Day for giving us that last bit of summer for cookouts, beach trips, one last vacation day, and more. But not everyone gets to take off on Labor Day. You know who you are: • medical personnel at the hospitals • pilots taking you on your trips • clerks in the grocery […]

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New Home!

July 23, 2014

In 2005 I bought this sweet small house on an acre of land consisting of nothing but a’a lava rock. Then in May of 2008, I started this blog. I began to share photos and write about how that acre of lava was developing (or not developing). Since late spring of this year, I was […]

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White Rain Lily

January 5, 2014

I planted a few tiny bulbs about five years ago and I always forget they are there. After several nice rains, one little beauty popped its head through for me this morning. It is known for blooming only after rain, and still it is always a surprise when it does bloom. The rest of the […]

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Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!

December 31, 2013

This is a repeat of a post I wrote four years ago. Somehow it seemed appropriate to post it again, with an updated year! Tonight at midnight, it will become 2014. I’ve never believed in making resolutions for the New Year. What I like to do instead is set goals, both long-term and short-term. These […]

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Tragedy Strikes!

June 28, 2013

I apologize, but I have just had a major crash on my blog. I am in the process of recreating the posts so bear with me. There are posts available for your enjoyment, however, from the beginning up through July 2011. If you missed some of the early posts, this is a good time to […]

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Words

January 11, 2012

Many of us have read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert written in 2007. The notion of using three words to define a specific period of her life, some have started to seek out three words that relate to their own life. One blogging author finds three words to symbolize her year, both in how […]

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A Garden Surprise

October 15, 2011

My garden has suffered from too much neglect this fall. A friend in Hilo gifted me some “old” unwanted plants. One was a pot of orchids that seriously needed to be divided. I’ve been trying to remember to nurture them along until I could do something with them. I have managed to sprinkle them with […]

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Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

August 21, 2011

During a recent seminar for college teachers, I played unofficial tour guide to several of my colleagues from other parts of the United States. One of the women in the group had been watching for the so-called “corpse flower” to bloom. We were told that the flower was to bloom at the Pana`ewa Zoo and […]

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