Category Archives: husband

The saga of the cesspool

I’ve always lived in places with municipal sewer systems. Here on the Big Island, I have a cesspool. Hawaiʻi, one of the smallest states, has more cesspools than any other. A cesspool is a mysterious thing, dark, unknown, creepy, and until … Continue reading

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Our little town invites world peace

The Peace Day activities in Honoka‘a boggle my mind. It’s amazing what a little town can do when we set our mind to it. Of course there’s the Peace Day Parade, though the most memorable participants this year were my … Continue reading

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Little Miss Muffet

On the Big Island we live an uneasy truce with a few scary varmints though, on the good side, we have no snakes. The latest critter to cross our path was the cane spider, so called because it used to … Continue reading

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“Da kine” and other useful words

My visitors often ask me for some useful Hawaiian words. Of course, Aloha (hello, good-bye and so much more) and Mahalo (thank you) top the list. But I always think that a brief description of the Hawaiian language might be … Continue reading

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Grateful for small moments

I try to write down my blessings and thank God every day. Being grateful for what I have lays the foundation for having an abundant life. What are you thankful for this day? Dear God, Thank You for giving us … Continue reading

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There’s no place like home…

It sure feels good to be home. Today is Thanksgiving, and I am truly giving thanks. I started the day with lectoring for our parish’s Thanksgiving Mass, where everyone can wear their native dress. I’ve been meaning to go, but … Continue reading

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No time to cry

My little girl is gone. I took her to college earlier this week. Her father had admonished me not to make a scene by crying (who me?) and make Jade feel bad. So I did my best to hold the … Continue reading

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It could have been My Dad – Pearl Harbor

Only a month after Jade and my trip to Honolulu, the whole family went.  The first stop on our Honolulu family getaway was Pearl Harbor, so close to the airport.  To many Americans, including myself, it represents WWII.  Greg and I … Continue reading

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I’m chicken

Okay folks, I have to confess – I am chicken.  I haven’t talked directly with the chicken lady about the roosters because I hate confrontation.  I called Jeremiah to see if she had called him back about removing just the … Continue reading

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Why Hawaii?

You might be wondering, so what’s a Midwest gal doing in Hawai’i anyway?  Are you kidding?  Two years before we moved we had 100 inches of snow.  The next year we had 60 inches.  We lived on a corner lot, so we had lots of snow … Continue reading

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