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Don’t it always seem to go….

….that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. Like refrigeration. Hawaii is hard on appliances. The constant humidity and resulting rust leads to….premature evisceration of appliances. So it wasn’t really a surprise when we noted over the weekend that things in the freezer compartment weren’t as solid as they should have been. And knowing that living on a lava spewing (tho not currently) rock two thousand miles from anywhere is problematic in the Continue reading

There’s a hole in the world tonight….

Father’s Day sucks. So does Mother’s day, birthdays, Christmas and New Years Eve. But Father/Mother’s day are the worst. Our only child, Steve died of cancer three years ago. We have no grandchildren, so the “HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY” greetings of the day are….less than welcome. DH spent a quiet day….he didn’t even go out and weed whack today…something he would normally do on a Sunday afternoon. In the evening he turned off the TV and Continue reading

Never Mind….

So yesterday was Pentecost, and I started to write a blog that addressed both the day, and the recent unrest following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. I tried to compare the Pentecost story of people of every nation and tongue hearing God’s word in their own language….some of those listeners coming from places that certain of us would call “Shitholes.” I tried to relay my own angst about the plight of Continue reading

Blood and fluid poured from his wounded side….

…because I couldn’t stop Akamai the wonderdog from pouncing. The Madagascar gecko was crawling on my gitalele, which I had hung from the music stand hook when I took a break from practicing outside. When I again picked it up and saw the lizard, I tried to move him to a different surface, but he jumped to the floor, and the dog tried to have him for lunch. I reached to pick him up, but Continue reading

Blood clots….

….bones heal. Sweat dries. Suck it up. Be a marine. It was one of my favorite sayings when DH was (mostly solo) building our 3600 sq foot, two story house in Nevada. I would come home from work and he would proceed to tell me about his day. How many cut fingers he had suffered, or how many times he dropped tools on his toes….or sustained bumps on the head while he worked in cramped Continue reading

And Now….

….for something completely different (with apologies to Monty Python). Dear friend Lisa called me a prophet when I predicted that Covid 19 could cause hoarding and disrupt supply lines…..and then it started to happen… But I had jokingly told her I was ready. I have a breadmaker, flour, sugar and yeast: bread! I have chickens: fresh eggs! I have papaya and citrus fruit: dessert! I have avocado: Guacamole! I have a garden with lettuce, peas, Continue reading

Grace Found!

The NPR weekend crew was reviewing a children’s book. Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater obviously enjoy their periodic interpretations of such literature, and they were particularly animated when they read the book “Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard.” Listening to the broadcast only peripherally as I drove, I turned the radio up louder as I became engaged in their tale. Big Beard and Little Beard were hunting for their cow. Grace, the Continue reading

More dry bones

The Old Testament reading for last week was from Ezekiel, and told the story of the valley of dry bones. Told by God to prophesy to the bones, he did so, and then he watched as the bones knitted together, then gained flesh and finally had life breathed into them. In the biblical sense of the word, a Prophet is one who receives a divine message and speaks to people on behalf of a deity. Continue reading

April’s Fools

I grew up in the 1960’s, in a suburb of Detroit. The 60’s saw numerous race-related conflicts, and in 1967 riots broke out in Detroit’s inner city. Mt. Clemens is a town about 30 miles east of Detroit, and we lived there in a semi-rural lake/river community. Our house was actually on an island-bay to our north, lake to the East, river to the south and a small bridged canal on the west was the Continue reading

Dry Bones

You may recall our catchment catastrophe…. Here in Hawaii, many homes (like ours) get their water supply from rain run-off. It rains, gutters funnel the water to pipes which fill large metal tanks with plastic liners. Pumps then run the water through filters and eventually into our homes. We’ve lived here 12 years, and it rains ALL THE TIME. It didn’t occur to us to check the tank for the water level….until there was none Continue reading

Penned In

So last week I dissed an entire faith community in my Lenten thoughts, basing my dislike of ALL of them on two isolated incidents in my life. We went to church that day (the Third Sunday in Lent) and were told that it would be our last gathering for the foreseeable future as the Diocese had to decided to close all its churches to community worship. This, of course, was due to the coronavirus pandemic Continue reading


I don’t like Mormons. It may be due to my experience with Sue, an LDS singer who joined our wedding band (too many years ago to count) and who, at the first rehearsal, at MY home, chastised me for sipping a Diet Coke because it offended her belief system….Or it might be because of Lillian, a former patient of mine, who attended the LUTHERAN funeral of my office manager, and then proceeded to proselytize the Continue reading