Thursday, November 30, 2006

 

Thirteen Things I Love About This Season

1. Poinsettas--they bloom on our property every year during this season. Photographed here are the first ones to bloom.
2. Christmas music--what can I say but I love to hear it and love to sing the golden oldies. Oh Holy Night is my all-time favorite.
3. Christmas cards--sending and receiving them. Were it not for Christmas letters and cards, I wouldn't be caught up on the lives of many others.
4. Christmas parties--seeing people I only see once a year at a Christmas party is a treat.
5. Christmas cookies and candies---this is the time of the year when we receive lots of sweets in the mail, many of them handmade.
6. Cooler weather--Maui is still fairly warm and tropical, but not as hot. The nights are cool.
7. Christmas gifts--giving and receiving them is so much fun!
8. The Spirit of the Season--there's a joyous energy & good cheer at this time of year.
9. Christmas festivals, church events and shows--Unity Church always creates a fabulous performance as do many other churches.
10. The Humpback Whales are abundant in the waters of Maui.
11. Christmas Bonus's--these are ALWAYS welcomed with gratitude.
12. Family comes together from near and far.
13. Preparing for a new beginning, a NEW YEAR.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 

Taking Time To Breathe



I've been diligently working for many months on the computer, and I needed to take a break today. After all, I reminded myself--I should take the time to enjoy Paradise! Thus I enjoyed a hot-rock massage, meditated, spent time in Nature, read a book and forced myself away to stay away from the computer! This break from the computer isn't easy for me because I have such a strong inclination to study, research, write on my many blogs, and learn new things.

A computer is like having a library at your fingertips, and there are always so many fascinating sites to catch -up with and information to research. If the internet had been around when I was a kid, I would have been a total geek. Lucky for me computers weren't around, so I had the opportunity to be a tomboy!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 

Why Not Have at least TWO Hospitals on Maui?

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For some time now I have been reading editorials and letters to editors in different Maui newspapers discussing the pros and cons of adding a second hospital to Maui. The proposed second hospital is the Malulani Health & Medical Center, and although the permit for it was denied, the push is on to get the permit reversed. The Maulani Center is a $212 million, 150-bed hospital proposed to be built on 40 acres at the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei. For those reading my post and unfamiliar with Maui, Kihei is located in South Maui. Read the story about this controversy in today's Maui News here.

Here's my two cents on this matter: since Maui's population is growing and especially in South & West Maui, a SECOND hospital would be a worthy addition, especially if there were any emergencies. And why not add a THIRD medical facility in West Maui while they're at it?

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Monday, November 27, 2006

 

Yesterday's Earthquake & Tsunami Rumor



It began in the late afternoon or early evening--the phone calls alerting me of a pending earthquake and tsunami. The 'coconut wireless' of the islands spread the story of this imminent danger and warning to prepare for an upcoming earthquake and tsunami. I looked on the internet, but found nothing. I turned on the tv, but found nothing.

Later on in the evening, the television program I was watching was interrupted by scrolling messages reporting the earthquake/tsunami warnings were merely a rumor. In the meantime, so many people in the Islands had heard this rumor and believed it to be true that the nightly news showed people buying batteries, food, and emergency supplies at the grocery and convenience stores.

Today I looked on the earthquake reports and could find nothing to provoke such a rumor, so I'm dumbfounded about how the rumor began. Perhaps some important person on the Big Island made a prediction of an imminent quake, and then the rumor spread like wildfire through the coconut wireless? At this point, I can only speculate and marvel at the speed of rumors.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

 

Being of Service

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Lately much of my time has been taken up with helping others. I don't mind--in fact, I'm delighted I have the opportunity to serve. One of the many ways I've been of service is by assisting my daughter and her mate to get re-settled in their new Kula home. Moving is such a stressful time, and according to articles I've read, moving is considered one of the highest stressors there is...right up there with the wedding day!

The logistics of moving all the 'stuff'; the chaos & clutter in the new place once it is moved; the decisions where to put the moved 'stuff' and which 'stuff' to get rid-of; and the clean-up of the residence left behind at the same time attempting to hold down a job is not such an easy chore. Lucky for my daughter and her mate, I'm the kind of person who loves to dig into this kind of work for I have passions and energy for weeding out the old, organization and decoration skills.

Another one of my fun projects is collecting all kinds of articles to give to charities and those in need for Christmas. So I've been gathering my stash of goodies, collating, boxing what I can, and in the next couple of weeks, I'll begin the distribution process. The Christmas season is always a busy, joyous season for me.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

 

Catalog Season

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Our first Christmas card arrived BEFORE Thanksgiving, and the catalog inundation in our mailbox began soon after. More than bills or Christmas cards, our mailbox is bulging with catalogs, many I've never seen before. Flipping through these catalogs, I'm amazed at the ingenuity, enterprise and creativity by people who originated the products offered for sale. Some of these products are so unique and unusual that I wonder about the designer. What inspired the designers to create these products? I would be interested to read their stories.

For instance, artist Fred Szatkowski designed a puzzle map of the USA with each state represented by the animals and wildlife known to each state in three dimensional poly resin with pewter finish detail. Once assembled, a black wooden case with a see-through plexiglass cover allows you to display this puzzle. I saw this item in a catalog called Bits and Pieces.

Another unusual item comes from the Improvements Catalog, a wall clock which can be personalized with photos of others in place of the hours. Not only can you personalize this clock with a photo, you "can greet each hour with a different personal message, recorded for someone special. A thoughtful gift for grandparents who don't live down the block. Every hour on the hour ("like clockwork"), they'll hear a different 5-second message recorded by you and your kids."

When I contemplate the awesome creativity that went into creating such products, I ask myself this: if people can create all of these amazing products, why can't we, the human race, create an End to Hunger? Why can't we create Affordable Housing? Why can't we create Peace on Earth? Surely we can, and we must if we are to survive! We must value these URGENTLY needed creations more than infrared thermometers, talking pedometers, microwave heated ice cream scoops, and jiggling santas.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

 

Thankfully Simple Thanksgiving

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Indeed I am truly blessed this Thanksgiving because NOT ONLY am I not entertaining and not cooking and cleaning up afterwards, my partner and I are ONLY required to bring store bought pies to the Thanksgiving party to which we've been invited! What could be simpler! What a pleasant change from former hard-working Thanksgivings! Simple is Good! And I am Oh So Thankful!

Here's a quote from the New York Times Online which speaks to me: "There are a lot of impossible, unspoken rules on Thanksgiving. We┬┤re supposed to be thankful and eat a lot and drink a lot and be nice to each other. Teenagers are supposed to stop being sullen. Matriarchs are supposed to make a perfect turkey and some man is supposed to know how to carve it."JOANN LOULAN, a family therapist.

I've experienced many a dysfunctional family Thanksgiving, and hopefully (knock on wood and cross my fingers!), the worst of those unhappy Thanksgiving gatherings are in the past. But for others who are still trying to live up to the "impossible, unspoken rules on Thanksgiving", I pray you find your way through and find some peace within. I know it's not easy as the holidays are loaded with expectations.

And for ALL THOSE LEFTOVERS, there are nine creative yummy recipes offered on the Food Network. The one that caught my eye was the Leftover Pumpkin Pie Brulee. Of course, this recipe calls for a mini blow torch to carmelize the sugar on the top. This procedure might be a bit chancy for me and ruin my Very Simple Before And After Thanksgiving Plan since I am unfamiliar with blow torches. The more I consider the possible dangers of me with a blow torch, I think it would be wise for me to leave the leftovers behind with our hosts and stick to the K.I.S.S. plan for this year's Thanksgiving celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving One & All! May you have a joyous holiday full of gratitude!

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Monday, November 20, 2006

 

To Cell Phone or Not?

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My cell phone contract for the year is nearly complete, so today I went shopping to see what was new in the cell-phone world. First I went to T-Mobile, my current provider, and checked out several of their Blackberry's. Then I went to Verizon which offered a better service plan, better rates, and more coverage. Verizon is the only cell phone company I was told which works in both Haiku and Hana (Maui), not that I travel to those two locations all that often, but it's great to have a cell phone which works in these more rural locations on Maui--just in case. I like having a cell-phone more for a back-up than for usage. Let me explain.

I am something of a 'cell-phobe'. Is there such a word? Probably not. Maybe I just made up a new word! I am using this word to describe my deliberate non-usage of cell phones on a regular basis. I know this must put me in the minority of most Americans. But in truth, there seems to be a lot of scientific data about the harmful effects of cell phones which made me re-think my former frequent usage of cell phones. For several years I employed different devices to block the harmful effects from cell phones. And then I began gradually cutting back on using my cell and then only for brief messages. The next step was turning my cell off most of the time and using it on rare occasions. If people wanted to leave me messages, I would eventually retrieve them and return the call on a regular phone. Even then, I'm not the easiest person to contact by phone--even a regular phone. Emails are my main communication device, other than personal contact.

This is why when I pay my monthly cell phone bill, I think I must be nuts since I hardly use any minutes. The only good purpose I see for a cell phone is one where I could retrieve emails or text messages. You won't catch me gabbing away on a cell phone as you do so many people. Hopefully, I'll save a few brain cells with this restraint.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

 

Makahiki Season

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Beginning about the middle of October and lasting about four months, the ancient festival time period in Hawaii began. It is called Makahiki. Thus, the New Year's greeting in Hawaiian goes like this: Hau'oli Makahiki Hou. In ancient times, Makahiki was a time when there was a taboo on war, and instead sports and religious festivities took precedence. Even though we (in Hawaii) aren't obviously partaking of these ancient seasonal customs, it still feels to me as if the Makahiki Season truly begins every year about October. The energy shifts, and those of a sensitive nature can feel the Old Ways. Maybe it's because the whales and the snowbirds return. Maybe it's because the weather cools off. Maybe the Hawaiian Ancestors left a powerful thought form which we feel. For whatever reason(s), I love this time of the year in the Hawaiian Islands.


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Saturday, November 18, 2006

 

Big Game Day for OSU-Michigan Football


Since my partner is a Buckeye and Ohio State University college football Certifiable Maniac, today is a very BIG DAY! Those of you who follow college football know that today is the day when arch rivals Ohio State University and Michigan give it all they got for the championship. Both are unbeaten teams plus they have a long-standing rivalry. My partner is with fellow Buckeyes fans and Michigan fans at the local Sports bar cheering on his team. There is quite a large group of Buckeyes who gather at the Sports Bar in Kihei with my partner as the numero uno cheerleader and leader, and the screams this group gives with the "Give me an O chant" is deafening. I tried sitting through a football game with the group once this season, and my ear drums didn't recover for a week. So I'm watching the game in peace and quiet at home with friends.

Right now it's the fourth quarter of the game, and the score is 35-31 in Ohio State's favor...and I'm imagining it must be pandemonium in the sports bar and all across America, especially in Columbus, Ohio where the game is being played. My partner will likely return from the game with barely a voice (this is common!) because he will have screamed so strongly for his team. He will glide on air for a month if indeed Ohio State wins today, and if his team (his alma mater) loses, he will be glum for even longer. We shall see what fate has in store in the world of football and for me who will have to either periodically peel him off the ceiling or lift his spirits from the floor.


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

 

Thirteen Golden Oldie Songs on my Mp3 player



1. Beauty and the Beast--Celine Dion
2. New Day For You (Extended Version)--Basia
3. When I Fall In Love--Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
4. In The Morning Light--Yanni
5. I'm Gonna Love you, love you, love you---Barry White
6. The Long Day Is Over--Norah Jones
7. When You're Falling--Peter Gabriel w/Afro-Celt Soundsystem
8. Chant From The Heart--Kitaro
9. Happy Days Are Here Again--Barbara Streisand
10. Hero--Mariah Carey
11. I Will Always Love You--Whitney Houston
12. Take My Breath Away--Berlin
13. Thank You--Dido

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

 

Dancing With The Stars Finale


Like most of America, I was watching the finale of Dancing With The Stars last evening. Mario and Emmitt, the two finalists and contenders for the title, were required to perform THREE dances with the last one being freestyle. The studio audience went crazy screaming for these two SUPER HOT and TALENTED dancers and their partners.

Tonight the final votes will have been tallied, and the winner will be announced! Since I am a huge fan of BOTH of these celebrity dancers, I find it hard to call it. Both have sex appeal, charisma, talent and drive. I truly feel that Mario has the most talent, but the fact that Emmitt has worked so hard to come this far in the competition and is the underdog in many respects makes me want him to win! Both are more famous because of dancing on this show-- they are now known merely by their FIRST names! Both men will have earned a bigger fan base, opportunities and celebrity status--so neither one will really be a loser.

If you're interested in some of the blogs of the dancers, here's the link.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

 

Stairway to Kula Heaven

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Those lucky souls who reside in upcountry Kula ON THE MOUNTAIN near the sacred volcano Haleakala are truly blessed for this area of Maui is a slice of Switzerland summer. The weather is not too hot nor too cold--nor too rainy or humid. The air is clear and clean. The emerald green pastures are sprinkled with grazing horses and cattle. The traffic is light. The vegetation is magnificent in all seasons, but in Spring when the jacaranda trees bloom, and their petals fall to the ground like purple snow, Kula could be cast as Heaven in the movies.

My daughter has always loved Kula, and when she was younger, she didn't want to return to the lowlands of South Maui where we lived. The reason was because of the energetic shift for when you're in Kula ON THE MOUNTAIN, you want to remain there--you don't want to leave because you feel so happy. I know the feeling all too well. Coming back into the traffic and the energies of either South or West Maui is a let-down. Your Spirit slumps.

Yesterday my daughter showed me the new Kula home she'll be moving into this month. It's charming with all Kula 'thing's' going for it: beautiful vistas, flowers everywhere, a wood burning fireplace, great neighbors who gift you with fresh organic produce from their garden, a large home gym, close to the Kula Lodge and Market, and supremely peaceful. She is one of the blessed ones, and she knows how lucky she is to acquire this place with her beloved. They are moving a whole lot closer to Heaven on Earth.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

 

Shark Attack Forces Beaches To Close

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Yesterday one of my favorite spots to watch surfers learn to surf was the scene of a shark attack on Maui. As far as I know, this was the first shark attack at this popular surfing area called Cove Park. A resident of Vancouver, Canada, (a former lifeguard and competitive swimmer) Jeff Gruen, was about 30 feet from shore when he was bitten by a shark on his left hand and thigh. He is in stable condition in the hospital here. The attack resulted in the closure by beach officials of South Maui beaches from the incident at Cove Park all the way to Keawakapu Beach. When I drove by the beaches today, they were nearly deserted. This is the fourth shark attack in recent years with only one fatality of the four.

Why are sharks coming so close to the shore? OVERFISHING is what I believe to be the answer to this question. Our oceans are in crisis in multiple ways. We need to turn this crisis around and make the health of our oceans and all its creatures large and small our highest PRIORITY!

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

 

Provence & Maui: Paradise Found

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Having spent time in Provence, I fell in love with this part of France as so many others have done. A lot of the popularity of Provence has been due to the best-selling books of Peter Mayle with his first book "A Year in Provence" beginning the parade and with his latest (2006) book "Provence A-Z" continuing his acclaim and success. You can read more about Mayle and Provence in this online article from USA Today.

I eagerly awaited the film "A Good Year" based on the 2004 Mayle novel about a ruthless London trader (Russell Crowe) inheriting his uncle's (Albert Finney) chateau and vineyard, falling in love and moving to Provence. I can't get enough of images of Provence, even though I know only too well that most of these images don't accurately reflect all of the REAL Provence for there are ticky-tacky homes there just as there are everywhere else. Rarely do we see the images of these homes and neighborhoods in Provence because marketing Paradise (whether it be Maui or Provence) requires beautiful images and words.

Yet I'm still a sucker for the OTHER (idyllic)Provence: the winding country lanes flanked by cypress trees, the cobblestone streets with charming cafes and old tables, the lavender fields, and the "broke da mouth" cuisine and wine. Thus, I wasn't fazed or put off by the negative reviews of this just-opened film for I would STILL be able to view images of Provence! The reviewers on the film review site, Rotten Tomatoes, didn't like the cultural stereotypes. They didn't like Russell Crowe or the director, Ridley Scott, or you-name-it. They just plain didn't like anything about the film! Out of a possible rating of 10, the sum of the reviews was a score of a 4! What were they thinking?! I say: Phooey!

I LOVED THIS FILM, and not just because of my love affair with Provence! In spite of the film's obvious cliches and stupid caricatures, there were powerful, soulful moments captured on film. I can think of several such moments which STILL give me chicken skin.

But the MAIN reason I loved this film is its theme of choices. The main character, Russell Crow, made a choice early in his boyhood which was to cheat to get ahead in life and to win at any cost. The film depicts his wretched (but outwardly financially successful) life as the result of this choice and the scoundrel he has become. And we watch as he reclaims his right to change his choice and redeem himself. Ultimately this is a heartwarming film about redemption, and I give it a TEN!

And now I will tie this film review in with my blog about Maui: when people move to Maui, they often go through a similar crisis of conscience and soul review. I've witnessed this crisis and ultimate transformation so many, many times, and I've also personally experienced it. Maui, like Provence, is a Power Place--a place of great beauty and mana. When people move here, they are clueless as to the transformation which will eventually overtake them, and they then have the opportunity to choose again. What a divine gift it is to choose again and become re-connected with your Soul!

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

 

Thirteen Christmas Gift Suggestions

1. Photostamps allow you to create your OWN stamps with your photos or logos on the 39 cents stamps. They have offerings of your favorite teams too!
2. Toshiba's new Portege M400 Tablet PC has Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Built-In!
3. You now have multiple ways to listen to your iPod with the i-Dog desktop puppy, the iCat, the iFish and the iPulse Bear....all available through Sharper Image.
4. You're not into animals, but you want to listen to your iPod in the shower. No problem. Sharper Image has that too.
5. If you know someone who hates wearing a watch, here's a hat called the Nixon Snow Dork hat with a voice which will tell you the time.
6. Here's a Christmas gift for the person who's always getting lost: the Magellan eXplorist 210.
7. You can shoot digital video and photos from YOUR wrist with the shockproof, waterproof GoPro camera.
8. Socks for flip flops? Of course! You can find them here.
9. Got kids (or husband) who drop crumbs of food into the computer keyboard? Now there is a washable, packable, virtually indestructible keyboard. Find it here.
10. Here's a gift for the golfer: highlighting sunglasses with Visiball's spectral-sensitive lenses which boost the brightness of lost golf balls. You can find it here.
11. The Trekker Fisher Space Pen writes in freezing cold, burning heat, upside down and under water.
12. For your horse-lovers friends and family, give them a horse adventure of a lifetime from Hidden Trails.
13. If Christmas seems to be the last thing on your mind, check out another blog of mine, Way Khool Sites, for amusement, and forget about Christmas shopping! The best part: No Charge--it's FREE!

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 

Dancing With The Stars Finalists

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Like so many others in America, I am riveted by the dancing and soap opera of the ABC show Dancing With The Stars! Tonight I watched to see if my intuition was on target. Which couple would be the remaining two couples to duke/dance it out in the finals next week? My intuition was correct because Mario Lopez & his dance partner Karina and Emmitt Smith & his dance partner Cheryl were the finalists! Of course, I expect Mario and Karina to win, but ya never know....next week we'll find out! The race is on!

Dancing With The Stars is a magical show, and soon many of the celebrity dancers from former shows (and this one too) and professional dancers will go on tour. Tickets are projected to be $60 with VIP tickets at $150, and I have zero doubt that the tickets will be sold out in a flash. If the show comes to Hawaii, I hope to attend. If you wish to find out more about this exciting show, here's the link!

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

 

History Made Today in Elections by Women


Although all the results aren't in yet, imho the BIG election event in national politics is this: Nancy Pelosi will be the FIRST FEMALE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE! This is huge! A shift in power is taking place in many respects. Reorganization and change is blowing in the wind.

Hawaii is traditionally a Democratic state, and yet the last I heard Governor Linda Lingle, our Republican governor, is retaining her lead at the present time. The Mayor of Maui race is currently being won by another woman, the Democrat Charmaine Tavares, with a 51% lead.

Another exciting event is transpiring tomorrow with a rare astronomical event. Mercury will make a transit across the face of the Sun. This last happened in 2003. If you would like to view a webcast of this, click here. You can read more about this event here.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

 

Maui's Most Famous Visitors Return


Every year about this time the first humpback whale scouts show up in the waters off Maui. They are back from the cold northern Pacific to frolic, mate and calve in the warm waters between Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai and Lanai. This is why this season of the year is special to many like myself because of the return of these majestic, lovable leviathans. There is nothing quite like hearing a whale song with its bass moans, grunts and whistles. There is nothing quite like seeing their acrobatic leaps. There are no words to describe their stinky breath when they are close to you. All in all, the experience of hearing, seeing and smelling humpback whales is a thrill. And no matter how often you've experienced them, your heart races faster when you know they're back!

You don't need to go on a whale-watching boat to hear them either, for you can simply hold your breath and dive under the water near shore and more often than not, you'll hear their eerie songs if they are anywhere close. Their sounds travel quite a distance.

Right now, the Maui landscape is resplendent and vivid, electric green because of the recent rainfall. The snowbirds (winter HUMAN tourists) are returning. The weather has cooled off, and the roadways are getting busy again. And we are once again welcoming home Na Kohola, THE WHALES!

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

 

Photo Expedition

Wake-up calls most often come unbidden, and usually they provoke change in oneself unless one is totally dense. My wake-up call came last week when I viewed from my car an amazing site: a water funnel. This water funnel resembled a tornado. Since I always pack two digital cameras with me, it wouldn't have been much trouble for me to find a place to pull over and take some photos of this rare natural phenomena. However, I was late for an appointment, so I passed on the opportunity. It was only later when I saw a photo of this water funnel on the front page of the Maui News newspaper that I kicked myself. Why didn't I stop and take a photo--I asked myself! Am I so accustomed to rushing around and juggling projects that I would pass up a photo op like this? So in my attempt to redeem myself in my OWN eyes, I decided to venture on a photo expedition today!

One of my other blogs is a photo blog titled Wailea Daily Photo, and I post photos on this blog daily as the name would suggest. The man who started the worldwide Daily Photos is Eric of Paris Daily Photo. I chanced upon Eric's enchanted photoblog in my online surfing and joined like many others in cities around the world with my contribution to daily photos. One of my passions is photography, but since I've joined this illustrious group of daily photographers, my passion has grown. Since joining up and ogling the artistry of photographers, I have become a photo addict! Below I share some of the photos I shot today. Most are self-explanatory. Others are dubious. What are they? Can you tell me?








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Saturday, November 04, 2006

 

Coconut Tree Trim Day








Every year our six VERY TALL coconut palm trees birth many coconuts which need to be taken down by a professional tree trimmer. This job is usually done by Tongans on Maui. We have a regular Tongan tree trimmer who shows up every year with his two dogs, but due to a death in his family, he wasn't able to trim our coconut trees this year. So we put the word out for another tree trimmer who could provide us with a certificate of liability insurance. And then the rain came-- it poured cats and dogs for several days! Finally we have a sunny day, and the tree trimmer is hacking away at these coconuts and the palm fronds which tumble to the ground with thundering thuds.

These coconuts are full of milk and quite heavy. I think the earthquake shook our heavily laden coconut trees up a bit, so quite a few coconuts have been falling out of the tree lately. One falling coconut startled us recently when it fell late at night because of where it fell--right on top of our outdoor thick glass table which was completely shattered by the impact. I relate this story to give you an idea of how deadly these coconuts could be were one to fall on someone's head!

Fresh coconut milk is delicious, and roadside proprietors sell it by opening a coconut with a machete and then putting a straw in it. This is one of my favorite local drinks! The price for this fresh coconut milk has gone up in recent years just like everything else on Maui. You can read more about coconut milk here.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

 

Borat Makes A Splash

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

If you follow entertainment news, you probably have either already seen or heard about the new movie titled "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Isn't that a doozy of a title? Apparently this movie (which hasn't yet opened on Maui) is very controversial, crude, offensive, funny (to some) and with a strong sexual content. It stars Sacha Baron Cohen (a comedian) and Pamela Anderson. You can read here a whole page of reviews by different critics of their take on this movie. This movie isn't making the REAL nation of Kazakhstan any too happy I've read because of the image it portrays of a man from their country.

If your weekend movie tastes lean more to the uplifting and spiritual as mine do, the Spiritual Cinema Circle is offering a FREE movie online titled "Baker's Men". You can download it here. The Spiritual Cinema Circle is a wonderful organization, and the movies they offer for a very low price are well worth it imho.

If any of my reader's want to throw your two-cents in and make a comment about either of these two movies, please comment away and have a relaxing, loving weekend!

Today this blog Who's Yo Mama made it's 200th posting! Yahoooo! And another one of my blogs, Moonlight Becomes Me made it's 111th posting! Wow!

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

 

Thirteen Qualities for Political Candidates



1. Honesty
2. Vision
3. Sovereign
4. Concern for the underprivileged and downtrodden
5. Good Character
6. A spiritual quality that goes beyond religious affiliation
7. Good public relation skills
8. Wisdom
9. Lovable
10. REAL in every way
11. Patriotic
12. Universal
13. Funny

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

 

Halloween Night in Lahaina 2006

I've attended the Lahaina Halloween Street Party every year for the last fifteen years. This festivity is known as the Mardi Gras of the Pacific, and people from all the islands come to Maui to join in the costumed street parade, contests and revelry. Talk about people watching! It's the best! There is always a lot of creativity with costumes, and/or lack of with some ladies and guys wearing mostly nothing but their birthday suits. A friend who attended the Mulligan's Halloween event in Wailea reported that many girls were wearing nothing but pasties and boy shorts.

Not liking to repeat myself, I change my costume every year, and this year I dressed as a Celtic Princess. The long teal-green velvet cape with hood over a long golden velvet dress became quite hot by the end of the evening, and those that wore next-to-nothing certainly had the right idea I realized.






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