Saturday, March 31, 2007

 

Massage On Maui


What does everyone want to do the FIRST thing they arrive on Maui? My bet (from what I've experienced by watching others) is to hit the beach and dive into the inviting BLUE water. What is the second thing most people want to do? Get a massage!

Since Maui has MANY awesome masseurs and masseuses, there are plenty of options. Most of the resorts have spas plus there are lots of phone numbers for massage in the yellow pages... and you can often get a massage at various shopping malls in a special upright massage chair!

Why am I talking massages? Because I received one today from my favorite masseuse Stacy whom I happen to think is the BEST! She gives a delicious hot rock massage for an hour and a half which combines a little lomi lomi, Swedish, Thai, cranial sacral, and accupressure. Receiving a massage from her is my favorite treat at the end of a long work week.

I'm going to go relax some more now. Have a beautiful weekend, and if you can, get a massage. Your body will thank you!

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Friday, March 30, 2007

 

Maui Participates In Great American Cleanup



Photo: Charles Pfeil

I read an article in this week's Maui Weekly newspaper titled, "The Great American Cleanup", and I thought to myself,"What a great project!" So I decided to post about this project for those that might not have heard about it and to bring more attention to this worthy project.

The Great American Cleanup is a project of the Keep America Beautiful Organization. Executive director Jan Dapitan runs the Maui Community Work Day Program called "Hapai Ia Ka Hana Malama Aina."

Keep America Beautiful is a nation- wide volunteer-based community action and education program. Around 2.5 million people are expected to volunteer their time this year to beautify, clean, and improve their existing communities. On Maui there were 994 volunteers in 2006 who worked on "native plant restoration, beach maintenance, access clearing, roadside rubbish removal and much more." The program will continue through May 31st, and should someone wish to volunteer, just click on the link I provided above to reach Jan. You can also support the proposed bill for the Establishment of an Environmental Court.

Having seen how much litter can frequently accumulate on beaches and by the roadside either through accidents or negligence, I'm happy to know there are so many dedicated volunteers working to keep Maui the Pristine Paradise it should truly be.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen and Gratitude



In just SIX more posts, Who's Yo Mama blog will hit a mile marker: she will have 300 posts under her belt! And I plan to throw a rousing, fun Birthday Party for her because she deserves it! Who's Yo Mama is my senior blog, and the one who taught me the most lessons about blogging, commenting, templates, html, online friendships,and all the other stuff which goes into the steep blog learning curve which every blogger worth their salt eventually learns.

Today I'll like to focus this 24th Thursday Thirteen on things I'm grateful for:

1. I'm grateful for supportive family, friends, environment, and my cat.



2. I'm grateful for my comfortable, lovely home.

3. I'm grateful to live in the Paradise called Maui.


4. I'm grateful for the good health of my beloveds and myself.
5. I'm grateful I live in a tropical environment.


6. I'm grateful for the nearby ocean and that I get to play in it all year round.


7. I'm grateful that whales and dolphins still inhabit these ocean waters.
8. I'm grateful for high speed internet.
9. I'm grateful I perceive beauty everywhere.


10. I'm grateful for delicious, organic food and large, abundantfruit from our land.


11. I'm grateful for memes like Thursday Thirteen which connect me to others.
12. I'm grateful that I can self-publish my art, thoughts, photographs, and prose on blogs.
13. I'm grateful to be alive at this momentous time in history and to witness the Shift of the Ages.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 

Spring Has Arrived on Maui...

And I have a BAD Case of Spring Fever! Who wants to be indoors when there is so much natural, blooming beauty outdoors? Here are some recent photos (with explanatory captions) which I shot this week on Maui. Now don't you want to fly on over and take Spring Break here?



The sure sign Maui Spring is here is when the jacaranda trees begin to bloom.



Check out the luscious color of these blooms!



And the plumeria flowers are back again too!



I saved the best for last! Gardenia's are challenging to grow in South Maui, but on a tip from my hairdresser who claims her gardenias flourish in South Maui, I added some sand to my soil for my ONE gardenia plant. This plant was thriving UNTIL the heavy winds rocked it, and this poor plant nearly kicked the bucket. However, with my nurturing, it has survived and now it has bloomed again! Life is Good!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

 

I Stumbled Onto Tumblr! And I Did It Again!


Yes, friends...I discovered another way to blog today, and so I initiated yet another blog! Can you tell me where I shot the photo I posted on my new Tumblr Blog titled "Circuitry"? Click here to look at the photo.

Circuitry will be my Mystery Blog where I post unusual photos, secrets, codes, weird things, newly discovered quotes, my scribbles, scraps of dreams, retrieved memories, and everything else that doesn't fit into any of my other blogs and which have been needing a home!

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Monday, March 26, 2007

 

Breakfast at Grandmas





Remember when you were a kid and your grandma seemed really old and never seemed to grow THAT much older to you, and she stayed perpetually old? Maybe you didn't have the same perception of your grandmother's as I did, but that's the way I remember mine. Which brings me to Grandma's Coffee Shop on Maui.

As long as I've lived here (over 15 years now), Grandma's Coffee Shop looks pretty much the same! Sure, they've added a little deck, but other than that, it's the same old, funky coffee shop which you fall in love with for it's great organic coffee and good food. Grandma's changes so little, and this is why I love to visit--it's so reassuring, comfortable, and familiar. Since Grandma's isn't anywhere close to where I live, I drove up the back roads and took a shortcut from South Maui this past Sunday to grab some of Grandma's great coffee and snack before heading over to brunch with friends at Le Provence Restaurant in Kula (also upcountry Maui).

Grandma's has been roasting and blending organic coffee since 1918. If you surf to the website, you will see the coffee they grow. But even more than the coffee, ambience, and food, I love Grandma's because she never grows any older-- she stays the same, and this stability makes me feel really, really good.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

 

Art Maui 2007

Art Maui is without a doubt THE most prestigious juried art show on Maui, and every year many artists submit their art in an attempt to get into this show. This 2007 year, the 29th year, the number of pieces submitted was 600, and out of this number only 98 pieces were accepted. Because of the challenge of being accepted into this show, there is usually a controversy about why certain artists are represented or why some pieces got in and why others didn't! One of my friend's photographs was accepted, and to support this friend and to check out this year's show, I paid a visit last week to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery. I chose the mid-day & mid-week time to avoid the throngs and to spend 'alone time' with each art piece.

The art represented is a good selection of all media including pottery, koa & mango wood sculpture and furniture, acrylic, oil, ceramic, hand blown glass, found object composition, quilt art, and even a special shadow art piece which was totally amazing.

Below are some of my favorites from the show, minus the beautiful photograph by my friend which the flash from my digital camera obliterated. If you're visiting Maui, the show ends on March 31st, so take some time to view some of Maui's incredibly talented artists. Of course, Maui is known for it's artistic talent and galleries, so this show only represents a small fraction of the great art to be discovered on Maui. The photographs below walk you through the front gate of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and then onto the gallery and the show. Enjoy!














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Friday, March 23, 2007

 

I'm participating in World Shutdown Day!


Tomorrow--March 24th--is the first ever Shutdown Day.

Organized by Shutdownday.Org, the concept is to NOT use your computer for a whole day! Advertised as one of the "biggest global experiments ever to take place on the Internet", what will happen when no one updates their blogs, answers their emails, and turns their backs on their computers? Can news junkies revert to a paper newspaper? If you click on the Shutdown website, you will see the folks have already begun their computer hiatus as there is a message which reads, "Just popped out to the real world. Be back in 1241 minutes." They are obviously in a different time zone than me on Maui.

However, I plan to participate! Being an avid blogger (and dare I admit-- possibly a blog addict) I have been affectionately titled the "Blog Queen" by my partner. With way too many blogs for my own sanity, this experiment will be a huge accomplishment for me if I can manage to keep my compulsive fingers off the computer keyboard.

What will I do? I'll probably soak up some rays on the beach and swim, read a book from one of my large pile of books, meditate, exercise, and remember what my life was like before I became a computer addict.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen Facts About Number 23

Since this is my 23 (twenty-third) posting I am doing for the Thursday Thirteen meme, I decided to share thirteen weird things about the number 23. This is what Wikipedia has to say about the number 23:

"The "23 Enigma" is the Discordian belief that all events are connected to the number 23, given enough ingenuity on the part of the interpreter. It can be seen in Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's Illuminatus! trilogy (there called the "23/17 phenomenon"), Wilson's Cosmic Trigger I: The Final Secret of the Illuminati (there called "The Law of 23s" and "The 23 Enigma"), Arthur Koestler's Challenge of Chance, as well as the Principia Discordia. In these works, 23 is considered either lucky, unlucky, sacred to the goddess Eris, sinister, sacred to the unholy gods of the Cthulhu Mythos, or strange. Discordians regard this as a corollary of the Law of Fives."

The following 13 things are from Wikipedia as well:

1. Shakespeare was born and died on the 23rd day of the month.
2. Sirius A has the luminosity of 23.5.
3. The axis of the Earth is 23.5.
4. It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate through the human body.
5. Caesar was stabbed 23 times when he was assassinated.
6. The number of joints in a human arm is 23.
7. There are more reported sightings of UFO's on July 23 than any other day.
8. There are 23 letters in the Latin alphabet.
9. There are 23 days in the male sex cycle.
10. There is no 23 Chapter in the Bible book Revelations.
11. Each parent contributes 23 chromosones to the DNA of a child.
12. The average smoker smokes 23 butts a day.
13. The number of letters in William Jefferson Clinton is 23.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

 

Oh Happy Day!

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Every year my partner's favorite two golfing buddies return to Maui to play golf with him. This may not sound like BIG earthshaking news, but to me, it's very good news! When my partner is happily golfing with his best buddies (quite apart from the ones he normally golfs with!), his personality changes, and he becomes much sweeter to me and super happy! Hoorah for male bonding!

This is the good news. Now for the bad news. Someone has hacked into my blogs, and created some mischief. I'm trying to sort it all out, so I'm going to keep this post short today.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

 

Taking It Easy On Maui



Photo: Charles Pfeil

More often than not when I read the news about the trials and tribulations of people living elsewhere in the world, I shudder thinking about their situations. Quite apart from current hellish locations such as Darfur, Iraq, North Korea, and Haiti to name only a few, I instantly loose my wander-lust when I consider the stranded travelers at the airports in the Northeast either stuck inside airports or on airplanes on the tarmac unable to move from their seats for many long hours.

Neither do I long to be in a throng of war protestors battling with opposition protestors and the police. No, I'm content to be right here on Maui, even with my "funny tummy", a 'bug' which is getting passed around on Maui and which supposedly ( and hopefully) only lasts 24 hours. I have enormous respect for all the courageous people out there on the front lines working for positive social change, eradication of poverty, disease, and crime. Ordinary people (hah! Is there really such a thing?!) are stepping up to the plate and stepping forth to contribute their best efforts. My heart beats faster when I read the amazing stories or watch people interviewed on the news. I've often mentioned men and women whom I respect in this blog, and Tyra Banks is one I've recently become more aware of and have become an admirer of for her courage and daring topics she explores on her daytime talk show:


Tyra Banks
is leading the way and teaching women there's no need to feel shame for their curves. Her Tyra Banks Show has been nominated for SIX Daytime Emmy Awards, and Tyra's "So What!" campaign is sassy, inspiring and brilliant! Tyra asks daring questions of her guests, and she's pioneering new authentic talk-show territory.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

 

St. Patrick's Day---A Good Day To Be Green



Photo: Charles Pfeil

My mate has Irish ancestry, and what others call 'blarney', he calls 'embellishment'-- or dramatic storytelling! He is an upstanding citizen, and yet the Irish in him can't resist turning an average story into a 'yarn'--the word to describe how a story shifts upon his re-telling of it and becoming more fun & exaggerated. Since he reads every word of my posts on this blog, hopefully he will have a green beer or two in him when he reads this, and since he's a genial, jovial, hail-fellow-well-met Irishman, he will probably have a good laugh! We traveled to Ireland many years ago, and we both laid backwards and kissed the famous Blarney Stone. Since he already had the blarney genes, this kissing only gave him MORE blarney!

I write this with all respect and in good fun because today is St. Patrick's Day, and this is a day when we all get to tweak the Irish, pinch someone who isn't wearing green, drink too much warm green beer, and dance a jig with our friends should we please, and all in the name of a misunderstood day!

Here's an excellent article titled "St. Patrick Revealed" in Slate Online which does away with lots of the nonsense and distortions about St. Patrick.

Hope you're having a great St. Paddy's Day wherever you are, and if you drink, don't drive!!! The Luck of the Irish to ya! My partner's day got off to a good start when his favorite basketball team, Ohio State University, turned around a certain defeat at the end of the game to a victory! The Irish do have some darned good luck, don't they?!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

 

Reflections On A Rainy Maui Day

Photo: terragalleria

It's a rainy day on Maui, and I am enjoying the cool weather and reminiscing about this blog. When I began this blog years ago on March 2, 2004, that day was much like today: rainy and stormy. Now 284 posts later, I sit at my computer as a serious blogger with a lot of hard-earned knowledge under my belt about computers, html, people, templates, memes, the blogosphere, and with a lot of new friends and readers from all around the world!

Soon I will be celebrating the 300th birthday of Who's Yo Mama! Wow! I hadn't paid much attention to how quickly the years have passed and the number of posts until it dawned on me the other day that I had forgotten the birthday of another one of my blogs: Moonlight Becomes Me!

Moonlight Becomes Me's 200th posting birthday had come and gone without so much as a Woot! from me! So I threw a Birthday Bash for this blog! It was the least I could do for such a well-intentioned, beautiful blog.

Being the Mama I am, I view all my creations and my (10) Blogger blogs as my babies, my children. Each blog has a unique point of view, niche, personality, style, and growth pattern. I love them all unconditionally and equally, although some are easier on me than others. :-) Some demand more of my attention, while others are patiently waiting for another post.

Who's Yo Mama is the oldest kid of the lot, and as such, she has been the one with the biggest responsibility and who gave me my initiation into blog-motherhood. For many years, WYM was my life raft as I coped with our home renovation. Whenever the chaos, dust, and confusion got too much for me, I often blogged until I felt my inner balance return. Some of those posts I've erased as they were way too pathetic! So WYM's been a valuable resource for me, and I am very grateful that a self-publishing tool such as Blogger exists! Mahalo Nui Loa Blogger!


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Sunday, March 11, 2007

 

Day at the Beach--Charley Young Beach







I began this series of some of my favorite Maui beaches many posts ago, and I'm following through today with photos from another one of my favorites, Charlie Young Beach in Kihei. About three years ago, a parking facility was built along South Kihei Road so more people could easily access this beach, and obviously the extra parking has helped bring people to this beach. Today when we pulled into park at this beach parking lot, we were shocked at how packed this parking lot was! Either there's a lot of tourists on island right now, or else this beach has become extremely popular! When we arrived at the beach itself, we had never seen such a crowded beach. Why is this beach one of my favorites? It's a comfortable mix of kids, dogs, locals, & tourists.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

 

We're All Lost on Lost!

Photo: terragalleria

We are devoted fans of the television series "Lost". This show is about people who are lost to the world (or so it seems) and surviving on an island somewhere in the Pacific. After the passenger plane on which they were traveling from Australia crashed, the characters continually battle a group of "hostiles" and flashback on their lives before the crash. The twisted, suspenseful show baffles everyone. Those whom have become hooked on Lost speculate endlessly (online and off) about the clues, the deeper meanings, and the ultimate outcome. And this is exactly where the skilled, sadistic producers want us to be: lost, confused, and begging for more! The show is filmed on Oahu, Hawaii, one island over from on Maui.

My partner and I grumble about how SLOW the storyline moves in the weekly segments. Like addicts, we want our next Lost Fix Now! If we could, we'd fast forward in time to the future because the suspense is getting to us. And this is why I am sharing this YouTube video with you today....at last, something about Lost which isn't slow!!!! As a matter of fact, it's so speedy, it will blow you away.

Watch the artist Nico Mattia from Argentina draw Sawyer, the ultimate Bad Boy of Lost and chuckle along with me. Click here for the thrill of a speedy, amazing draw.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

 

Thirteen Influential Songs From the Late Sixties and Early Seventies

I had a phone conversation today with a beloved friend and counselor who shared a technique she has developed to retrieve abilities, talents, and qualities we once 'owned' at different periods in our lives. Here's an example: perhaps at one time in your life, you were very athletic, healthy, lean, and fit. Using the technique of listening to the music from that time period, you can more easily remember how it felt to be healthy, fit, and active and reclaim this athletic self. Apparently using music from a time period facilitates the reconnection. The process is somewhat more complicated than this brief explanation, but should anyone desire to counsel via telephone with this friend, just request her email or website in my comment box or email, and I will forward it onto you.

Thus, after our phone conversation completed, I reflected upon the being I once was in the late 60's and early 70's. I recalled how much more courageous I was. I had way more moxy! My intention is to listen to music from that era, especially my favorite songs. Music was one of the main ways I identified myself back then, and so it's challenging to list ONLY thirteen songs, but here goes, "Thirteen Songs Which Were Extremely Influential":

1. Let It Be--The Beatles
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon & Garfunkel
3. Fire and Rain--James Taylor
4. Wild World--Cat Stevens
5. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart--Bee Gees
6. Time--Pink Floyd
7. You Can't Always Get What You Want--Rolling Stones
8. Stairway To Heaven--Led Zeppelin
9. Smoke On The Water--Deep Purple
10. Woodstock--Joni Mitchell
11. Hot Fun In The Summertime
12. Get Up, Stand Up--Bob Marley
13. Lucky Man--Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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