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   Welcome to my personal page! I’ve divided these into areas of personal interest. One of my favorite books is How To Think Like Leonardo DaVinci by Michael J. Gelb. Each year, I teach a college course called “Psychology and the Expressive Arts.” I use that book to help students develop their creativity.

It is in the creative realm where I discover many areas of interest and ability. I have often aspired to be a “Renaissance Woman.” This website helps me define and embrace variety within DaVinci’s seven principles in my everyday life, not only today, but my whole life.

What you find here is as much self-assessment as it is a way to share my interests with friends and family. I have created three additional categories, and in keeping with Da Vinci’s seven principles, I have used Italian words.


My unique way of walking in this world continues to be influenced by people, events, and reading. Exploration and curiosity is always at the center of my life. Gelb defines this as an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning…the desire to know, to learn, and to grow is the powerhouse of knowledge, wisdom and discovery.

So many careers – so little time and energy! Da Vinci was committed to testing his knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes. He stresses the importance of learning for oneself, through practical experience.

Music and other arts provide nourishment for my emotional and spiritual life, while at the same time, I am drawn to new technology of the 21st Century. In order to maintain a delicate balance between imagination and logic, I pursue the development of both sides of my brain. Da Vinci is a role model for the development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. Whole-brain thinking.

Sharpening my senses requires a conscious decision. I love to smell a fresh pot of tea, touch a luxurious orchid, hear a roaring surf, taste a new herb or spice, see color and movement. Gelb writes of Da Vinci’s continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.

When I write, or read favorite authors, or explore other cultures and sub-cultures, there is a recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking ties everything together.

Sfumato (literally: “going up in smoke“)
To the best of my ability, I have sought to follow Da Vinci in his willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty… to become more at home with the unknown, to make friends with paradox.

Health and physical activity always as high on my priority list as I would like, but I hope Da Vinci’s modeling will assist in my cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.

Life has led me to global living and travel – past, present and future, including those places I see only in my dreams.

Family includes my biological family, my extended family, genealogy and the infamous Kaimana Kat.

This grouping is for odds and ends of personal “stuff” that doesn’t seem to fit under any particular heading.

20 thoughts on “Personal”

  1. Thank you, Sheryl! I’ll be teaching our class how to create a blog, so be thinking what you’d like to do. I love writing this. You might say it’s my hobby!

  2. Hi Lucy,
    I like your blog. I feel Iike it helps me get to know you better. I can’t say that I am horribly inspired to make one not because yours wasn’t cool, but because I think I am limited in the areas I have decided I am interested in putting my time and effort into. It will be interesting to see if that doesn’t broaden during your class this semester. Sometimes I just don’t want to bother learning new things.

    P.S. I am loving your class. I particularly like the textbooks!

  3. Thank you for your response to my blog, Deborah! It’s a pleasure to have you in this class with all your creative ability. The greens from your garden yesterday were delicious! I’m having an arugula salad for lunch out of my own garden! See you in class!

  4. Great site Lucy,
    I like the colors you have chosen and I enjoyed looking at the pictures of all the vegetables and chickens, the chard really does look good. See you Monday, in class.

  5. Hi Lucy Lee

    I’m more impressed than ever.

    Wow! All that creativity n energy.

    I love the dignified photo of Kaimana Kat.

    Aloha no Deb

  6. Aloha Lucy! Glad to be in touch again, and have now subscribed to Lava to Lilikoi. Enjoyed the walk down California Avenue and look forward to your other writings. Your sister for justice and peace, Barbara Grace

  7. Thanks so much for your comments, Barbara Grace! I loved being back in California after so many years. Be sure to watch for a few more California posts!

  8. Too bad you don’t live on Oahu..we have more lilikoi than we know what to do with. Hence, finding your sight. The storm last night knocked off another 20 or so lilikoi into the yard, along with the 20 from the day before and before. I am trying to find out the best way to seperate the seeds from the juice. I have tried numerous ways but not just letting it sit in a strainer for 24 hours. I am excited to try this out! Thanks for tip.

    1. You probably don’t even have to wait 24 hours to get the juice out. I did this in the afternoon and let it sit overnight. By the next day, I had plenty of juice. I might have gotten more if I’d waited longer, but with that many lilikoi, you can afford to let a little of the juice go. I’ll be right over to get some lilikoi from you LOL Glad you found my site! Come again 🙂

  9. Hey was lookin for a recapeeeee for lilikoi buter and found yours, saw some others and we decided on the one you put up. well we just got done and from what we licked off the side of the jar, it’s the best. so thank you for for your passion! Bruno.

    1. I looked at several recipes online, then a local friend scribbled this recipe on a scrap of paper, and a lick from one of her jars. I was sold! I came home and tried it, adding a little of my own touch to it. So glad you enjoyed it!

  10. After being in Hawaii for 11 weeks, we for a few weeks. I wish I had found your website before. I planted a vegetable garden two days before leaving. Sure was challenging to start it, my those bugs (whatever they are, fruit flies, thrips or whatever)get into everything. I hope that when I come back I have a bountiful harvest to share.

    1. Aloha! I’m not sure from your comment if you live here in Hawaii and are traveling, or what. Where did you plant your garden? Yes, fruit flies can be a real problem. I found that a little mint seems to keep them away, even tucked in among the fruit bowl on my table.

  11. My grandmother use to live in Honolulu and she had these vines growing in her yard. I remember being a child picking the fruit and she would makes her Lilikoi juice. I LOVED IT! She has since passed but I would REALLY love to buy some fresh lilikoi seeds if you’d be willing to sell me some.. Please let me know..
    Joey 😉

    1. Lilikoi is wonderful! I don’t actually have any seeds to sell. The only way I’ve been able to get plants was to either save the seeds out of a lilikoi fruit (i.e., passion fruit) to plant, OR to buy a plant from a local nursery. I’m not sure where you live now, but you might ask at a nursery or check one of the gardening catalogs.

  12. you may want to do vermiculture. this will help you produce soil that will help with your lilikoi and any other plants. if you need more on vermiculture you can email me. aloha.

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