December 21, 2017

ALOHA and MELE KALIKIMAKA to all my family and friends!Check out the short video below.  Here is a Christmas card I created especially for you!

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Mele Kalikimaka!

December 25, 2011

We may not have a White Christmas in Hawaii (except on top of Mauna Kea) but we do have an incredible display of poinsettias! All along the highway we find massive blooms, some in long banks of poinsettia hedges – others peeking out from behind trees. As late as April, I have seen a wayward […]

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Season of Light

December 5, 2010

During the month of December, there are many celebrations from various cultures, faiths, and events to remember. Many of these are linked to the winter solstice, which has been celebrated throughout history as the “rebirth of the sun.” The natural rotation of the earth was not known in earlier times, so the shortest day of […]

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A Joyful Christmas Party

December 29, 2009

  One of the joyous downfalls of anyone who tries to watch their weight is the number of Christmas parties. I try to watch what I eat, but sometimes it’s so hard! These pictures were taken at the home of Robyn and David, dear friends up the road. With all the fabulous goodies spread around, […]

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Luz de la Vida

December 25, 2009

Today’s post is a bit of my short fiction. From time to time, I post something on that order. This banner is one I made many years ago.   Luz de la Vida   The StoryTeller woman lives in a harbor this side of the sea, near a spurious border between two kingdoms. Once, as […]

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Middle East Journey

December 24, 2009

  NOTE: I mistakenly posted something else on the evening of December 23, so if you can’t open it, that’s why. You’ll get that post on Monday, December 28. Christmas Eve is an appropriate time to share a little bit about one of my trips to the Middle East. I was still in active ministry […]

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Cranberry Bread

December 23, 2009

  A few Christmases ago, my brother gave me a gift certificate from Ace Hardware. I bought an old-fashioned grinder like the one I remember using to grind up cranberries for the bread our mother often made. It is still one of my favorite fruity breads. There is a funny incident that goes along with […]

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Hawai`i Winter Revisited

December 19, 2009

  A year ago, I wrote about one of my favorite times of year here in Hawai`i, in what we call “winter,” and the dazzling banks of poinsettias that line the road. I thought about trying to take more pictures this year, but the highway is narrow and curving with almost no place to pull […]

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Christmas in Waikiki

December 11, 2009

  We may not get snow, and Santa may be wearing his surfer shorts, but here in Hawaii, we do everything we can to create a holiday atmosphere. Tiny ukekeles adorn this holiday wreath. A stroll through any of the hotel lobbies in Waikiki definitely needs to be on your agenda, if you want to […]

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Hot Wassail Bowl

December 9, 2009

Winter in Boise   When the weather looks like this, a hot cup of wassail can really hit the spot! When I was growing up, we seemed to have a big pot of this simmering in the kitchen all the time. There are actually two ways of using the word “wassail.” Many of us know […]

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Christmas Parade of Lights

December 8, 2009

Honolulu Parade of Lights   From 1979 to 1996 I owned a 37’ O’Day sloop-rigged sailboat named Lothlorién. Five of those years, I lived on board in the Oceanside Harbor of Southern California. Each year in December, the sail fleet of the Oceanside Yacht Club had their Christmas Parade of Lights. Just before I moved […]

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I Believe in Angels

December 7, 2009

Christmas Lights in Honolulu   I wrote a blog several years ago called “Talk Story.” The second post I made on that blog was this essay. That blog is no longer active, so I’d like to share it with you again this year. * * * * * When I was a little girl, I […]

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Lava Homestead Update

December 5, 2009

  I’ve thought of the succulents and snapdragons that are all over this acre as really nothing more than weeds. Why? Because I didn’t plant them, they sprout up unbidden, then grow without anyone’s help, and they aren’t something I can eat. But I realized just how much they add to my landscape when I […]

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