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Ruh Roh…(part 2)

So you know when you’re driving along, and a thought enters your mind….which leads to another thought, which then takes you down some rabbit hole? There I was this morning, driving to the CME conference in town, when I started thinking about cars. We plan to sell or trade both our work cars in for one new one (as I plan to retire…some day…and we don’t need THREE cars-the ‘Vette is not negotiable!)….so thought about Continue reading

Hali’a o Kapoho

The lava eruption of 2018 entered Kapoho, destroyed Green Lake, burned homes, and eventually entered and destroyed Kapoho Bay/Kapoho Tidepools. The tidepools are the first place we stayed at on Big Island. It was here that DH looked at me and said “I’ve never seen you look so happy.” It was here that we decided that Hawaii was calling us to make her our home. It was here that we spent many days/hours exploring the Continue reading

The Sweetest Thing

KODAK Digital Still Camera Today was “deep chicken coop mucking day.” All the (poop encrusted) wood shavings needed to be scooped up from the “poop rail” and replaced. All the (poop encrusted) shavings on the floor needed to be shoveled into bags, removed to the compost pile, and replaced. While I was in the coop area I did some other cleaning up: my volunteer cherry tomato vine (which started on the OUTSIDE of the coop area) had migrated through Continue reading

It’s Impossible

tock The book was sitting on the shelf where I always place my coffee cup, above the computer that I always work at. It was there on Tuesday. I looked at the cover briefly, then set it down and finished my charting. The book was there on Wednesday, in the same place. It was there on Thursday, also, so after finishing my charts, I picked it up and read the first chapter. “The Phantom Tollbooth,” by Continue reading

God Knew

God knew. He must have known… See, the back story is this. I have been a regular poster on a fitness message board for years. Every month, I posted my running/walking mileage, tried to meet my stated goal, commiserated with follow posters who missed their goals, congratulated those who met goals….We were a tight knit group. When Steve our son died just before the cancer fundraising 5k that he and I were organizing, the message Continue reading

Geezerdom (reprise)

On Wednesday we went to an anniversary celebration. I put on a nice Hawaiian print dress, braided my hair and put on some earrings. On my arrival home I looked in the mirror….and saw a silver earring and a bronze one. On Thursday I donned my black polka-dot pants, paired them with a rust colored sweater and what I thought was a black shirt. When I took it off at home after the workday…..I noticed Continue reading

Wound Agape (reprise)

Father David asked if I would read the lesson at Holden Evening Prayer this past Wednesday. I quickly shook my head and said “No!” In mock annoyance he asked “Why not?” and I mumbled something about recovering from bronchitis. That excuse, of course was only that….an excuse. I used to be a good speaker. I was able to effectively deliver a sermon weekly for months when I was interim lay leader following the retirement of Continue reading

He is Risen!

On Sunday night last week, there was just the slightest twinge in my throat. I fluffed it off, attributing it to the multitude of songs I had sung at the Kanikapila the previous day. On Monday morning, just a bit of a sniffle…Monday was beach day and I felt great-until we got home-then I was hit with fever, sore throat, body aches and profound fatigue. Yep, despite having gotten my annual flu shot (47% effective Continue reading

What’s Good about it?

On this Good Friday, shortly after the anniversary of my own son’s death, I am suddenly aware of Mary, Jesus’ mother. We are in a sisterhood that no one chooses: the loss of a child. I know the agonizing, gut-wrenching pain that results from a child’s death. For months I watched as his treatments failed to stem the relentless advance of his cancer. Like Mary, I stood at the foot of his “cross” watching the Continue reading

Pete’s Feet

petesfeet “We have to do something about Pete’s feet!” Don called me at my office early on a Monday morning. Pete, somewhere in his seventies and mute due to multiple strokes, lived on the street, declining most interventions. He had, however, been befriended by Don and his employees, who made sure Pete had warm clothes, and that he got lunch every day. Over the weekend, they had noticed that Pete was obviously having discomfort while walking, Continue reading

Driveway Moments….

drivewaymoment Public Radio has what they call their “driveway” moments….where you sit in your car after arriving at your destination to finish listening to a segment. While driving home from work one day I listened to not only a driveway moment, but a “pull off the highway and stop moment….” It was a story about a man’s funeral, and how it, and the period of time afterward, affected his six daughters. In my former “FB life” Continue reading

Of Big Birds and Bibles

I admit I was not listening closely as the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah was read (I blame the lectern mic settings for being too quiet for me to hear clearly…..) but my head snapped up as I heard “The beasts of the field shall honour me, the jackals and the ostriches: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.” Ostriches? In the Continue reading