Only “Us”

“We act in Gaza according to our interests.” “There is no ‘them; there is only ‘us.’” Two quotes I heard on public radio this morning while driving to my Honolulu Write Team workshop. It’s hard for me to imagine two more contradictory quotes, uttered about two minutes apart and sending my eardrums (and heart) intoContinue reading “Only “Us””

Love Life—It’s What We Got

“Retreat cancelled.” I got a big disappointment in yesterday’s emails. My friend Diane Farrar notified the group of quilters from Big Island’s Ka Lae quilter group that our much-anticipated 2021 KMC Quilters’ Retreat will be cancelled—due to Covid 19 surge in recent weeks. From the years 2012 until 2019, this annual retreat has been myContinue reading “Love Life—It’s What We Got”

What to Do with a Night Moonbow

Night Moonbow Publishing LLC. Now there’s a name for you! What? Moonbow? Google Docs repeatedly challenged my mis-spelling of the word—until I “told” it to “learn” the word. But it’s interesting to me. The online dictionary doesn’t even recognize the name of my new publishing company. You meant “rainbow,” right? Or “moonlight”? Or “moonshine”? Noooo,Continue reading “What to Do with a Night Moonbow”

Lake Waiau—Hawaiian Style

I knew that Hawaiians have a powerful spiritual connection with Lake Waiau, atop Mauna Kea on Hawai‘i Island. So many songs and legends about Mauna Kea—of course, it has special import for the kanaka maoli (native people). To be sure, the land (ka ‘aina) is treasured by Hawaiians. Yet, Mauna Kea is special above anyContinue reading “Lake Waiau—Hawaiian Style”

Happy Birthday, Ric d.

Happy Birthday, indeed. When I turned seventy, I groaned and decided, No more birthday celebrations. I’m getting old. Today, two years later, I celebrate 72 and I say, “Blow the horns. Chime the bells. Let the world know.” Three weeks from tomorrow, August 24, my first book, Hawai‘i Calling, will publish. At seventy-two, I amContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Ric d.”

A Long Pause

This morning I wrote a memoir segment about visiting Nablus in northern Palestine. The last segment I wrote was about driving from Bethlehem to Nablus. That memoir piece is dated 05/30/21. It has been twenty-four days since I have written. I didn’t begin my pause with any intention. On the first day, I simply didn’tContinue reading “A Long Pause”