Books

“Wine and Words”

June 15, 2011

If you haven’t checked out Kona Stories, give yourself a treat and stop by. There is much more than books to be found as you cruise through, and comfy chairs where you can relax. Kona Stories was begun five years ago by Brenda Eng and Joy Vogelgesang. They recently moved from Mango Court to the […]

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Cats!

June 12, 2011

Katrina relaxing As a child, I only had one pet, a dog I named “Sugar.” This was in the days of WW II food rationing, and sugar was hard to get, just as the dog (when he would get under the house) was “hard to get.” After a few days, my parents decided we didn’t […]

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Writing Hang-ups

November 28, 2010

As an avid reader, I am fascinated with the many ways words are strung together to create a story or an essay, a poem or a play, a letter or a memoir. Along with my obsession for reading came my own need to start stringing words together. Almost as soon as I could spell my […]

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Watch Out For Garden Gnomes!

October 2, 2010

When I was sent a copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will) by Chuck Sambuchino to review, I had no idea what to expect. This witty and humorous little book can be read in just a few minutes, or you can take your […]

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Living on the Earth

September 18, 2010

This is an article I posted over two years ago on an old blog before I became “lavalily.com,” but there are some great books discussed here. I thought some of my new gardening friends might spot a book they want to read. Since I wrote this article, my beloved Kaimana has been put to rest, […]

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Feral Fables

August 2, 2010

“For centuries, women and men have sought guidance and counsel to help them in processes of change, healing, and transformation.” That is the first sentence in the introduction to my new book, Feral Fables. How many of us have checked the I Ching, or Animal Medicine cards, or the Tarot to see what they have […]

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The Magic of A Book

July 26, 2010

There is one book I have read over and over ever since its first publishing date in 1959, and that is The Magic of Thinking Big (Paperback) by Dr. David Swartz. No other book has had quite the impact on my life as this one. In the early months of 1973, when I was a […]

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Biblioholism?

July 19, 2010

The subtitle of my blog is “homesteading, food, travel, and philosophy from the side of a volcano in rural Hawai`i.” If you read this blog even semi-regularly, you’ll notice that I have evolved from simply writing a saga about gardening on my acre of lumpy lava to offering you recipes of good food, and occasionally […]

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Seven-Link Challenge

July 18, 2010

One of the blogs about blogging I read is ProBlogger. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? This week, there was a challenge to respond to seven categories. I decided to take part, mostly because it requires some thinking about my posts in the past and where I’d like to go in the future. Here are the […]

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Look Up!

May 2, 2010

  As a member of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), I occasionally decide to do a post each day during the month. Since school is (almost) out, I decided May would be a good month to get my mind around something besides grading assignments. The theme for NaBloPoMo changes each month, and the theme for […]

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My Cookbook Addiction

February 17, 2010

  I confess! I’m addicted to books! But I have read all the books I own and continue to use them all as reference and/or for teaching. My addiction carries over into cookbooks, and I doubt if there is even one of these books that hasn’t been used for at least one recipe. Like many […]

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Your Best Year Is Coming Up!

December 31, 2009

Tonight at midnight, it will become 2010. 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 are usually in several categories. My favorite book for this is Your Best Year Yet! by Jinny S. Ditzler. It’s just a little paperback […]

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The Black Madonna

December 6, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe   I have been collecting representations of the Black Madonna for many years. I’m not quite sure what my attraction is, but I suspect it’s because she’s not the untouched virginal White Madonna we often think of at this time of year. The Black Madonna has been through the fires of […]

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