Friday, March 21, 2008


Vacation--Here I Come!

I spotted a girl recently standing in line with the Hawaiian Islands artfully tattooed on her back. Isn't it amazing?

Packing and dreaming and counting down the days and hours until we leave Paradise for our Spring Break Vacation! I'm eager to see other places, other faces.

If you're new to this blog and want to see more Maui photography, click here for Maui Skies and here for Wailea Daily Photo.

And should you wish to sign the petition to help the Tibetans, click here for the link.

I recently discovered an amazing photo blog with photos taken by Tibetan refugees. Click here for the link to the blog Unseen Dharamsala.

We visited Dharamsala for three weeks in 2006, and I fell in love with the beauty of the place and the people. I also went photo crazy there. Below is the photo of our charming bedroom in the Chonor House, right across from the main temple. The decoration in each room is different and authentic. The hotel is owned by the Tibetan government in exile, and I highly recommend it.

I'll be bringing back LOTS of photos from our vacation to share with you.

Have a Blessed Easter!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Speaking Of Ireland

Following up on the Irish thread from the last post, here's a link to a great MSNBC story titled, "'New' Ireland's changes goes more than skin deep".

And I just read on Newsmax that beer fights cancer--the darker the better!

Who would have thunk?

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Reflections On Ireland and St. Patrick's Day

Both my Significant Other and I grew up with fathers who were alcoholics, and we've witnessed the worst of this disease in our respective childhoods and know full well how devastating this disease can be to children and families.

Thus, neither of us are heavy social drinkers. My partner has an Irish last name, and I too carry some Irish blood. And here it was coming around again: St. Patrick's Day--the day for all Irish people everywhere to celebrate! Whatcha gonna do?

So out dining with friends, he had two beers. Usually one is his max if we're celebrating something! And I had two glasses of wine! The following day we both went ugh and knew we didn't want to drink two of anything alchololic again anytime soon! We're obviously not your normal hard-partying Irish people. Our bodies feel better when they're alcohol free.

Many years ago we traveled to Ireland, and we drove all over. Actually I drove because the roads scared him. They scared me too, but I was the least scared. With only one middle lane to pass on the narrow roads and with crazy drivers probably just leaving a pub with more than one beer in them, I had to totally focus on the road.

On one particularly unnerving, twisting road round in West Ireland, I came around a corner and a huge tourist bus was coming right at us. I scooted our rental car over as far as I could to escape this monster bus, but the rocks alongside the road kept me in place. I could see our car was going to be hit, and there was nothing to do about it. So I turned the key off and prayed and waited.....and by some miracle, the bus missed us!

Yes, there is magic in Ireland. After this incident, I was a true believer.

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Monday, March 17, 2008


Another Sunday At The Beach

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Thursday, March 13, 2008


The Wailea Beach Trail

I just returned from my favorite beach walk in the whole world with my girlfriend, and I'll be posting photos of the journey on my photo blog Wailea Daily Photo for the next week or so.

If you want to see photos of places of beauty on this gorgeous trail which snakes around the South Maui Coast, be sure to pop over there or subscribe. This is one of my most popular blogs, and even though it doesn't always get a lot of comments, I can see the traffic flowing to it through the Stat Counter.

Since my friend's a great photographer and also loves to take photos as much as I do, we had to stop many times for photo ops.

Here's a photo of her Nikon camera and shadow:

My digital camera is very small even though it does have 10.1 mega pixels. Hey, it works for me!

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Monday, March 10, 2008


Missing Time

Where does the time go is the age-old question-- and one which I'm still asking!

Because I've got a push on to once again wear my size 6 clothes, I've changed my blogging habits, and instead of getting sucked into the computer first thing in the morning and remaining there, I've begun a new morning habit: the treadmill.

After checking out emails and comments and before responding to others, I head directly to the treadmill! If I get my body moving first thing in the morning, I've discovered I have more energy for the day. Trouble is with this new exercise program: I begin moving and doing so many other things that I very often don't make it back to the computer until late....and by then, I'm tired. Dog tired!

The photo above was originally going to be used for a photo website which changes it's theme every week and to which I often contribute a photo. I had planned to use my self-portrait for the weekly theme (that's me taking the photo of my reflection in a friend's Grandfather clock), but by the time I came home, it was late...and well, you know the story. The bed looked so inviting.

So my Blogging Addiction is taking a bit hit! I've been seriously blogging for the last two years, and between all my many blogs, I've posted a lot of images and text. I want to do it all: exercise, blog, make time for friends and family, create, learn, research, work, and relax.Yet my days go by so quickly. Too quickly for everything I desire to include!

Is time speeding-up? Or is just me? Or is time missing?

How do you manage your time?

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Saturday, March 08, 2008


Mystery Package Arrives At Our Home

Today a mystery package arrived addressed to my partner. Inside was a book signed by the author Will Bowen, a bumper sticker, one purple bracelet, and a t-shirt with a quote by author Maya Angelou on it which read, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

We don't know which friend gifted us with this impressive package, but we're grateful. And if you're reading this blog, well then--Mahalo Nui Loa!

We have several people in mind who we think it could be, but since it came from the A Complaint Free World headquarters, there wasn't the clue of a mailing address to help us out.

In any event, right now my partner has his nose in the book titled "A Complaint Free World", and I have the purple bracelet on my left wrist next to my Red String bracelet and Philip Stein watch. The directions on the letter in the package said that "every time you complain, gossip or criticize, move the bracelet to the other arm and begin again. Keep moving the bracelet from wrist-to-wrist- until you keep it on the same arm 21 consecutive days."

And should I see someone wearing the bracelet complaining, I can point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; "But if you're going to do this, you must move your bracelet first because you're complaining about their complaining."

I'm up for this challenge as I don't complain or criticize very often, although I've been known to gossip a bit! So this will be a good exercise for me. I could say something snarky here about why this package was mailed to my partner, but that would be speculating and perhaps gossiping, so I'll end this post while I'm ahead. I've only had the bracelet on my arm for less than a half hour. Restraining from complaining, criticizing, or gossiping might not be all that easy.

Check out the web site A Complaint Free World if you're intrigued.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008



Have you ever thought to yourself you'd like to do a makeover on a celebrity? I often imagine what a huge difference another hair style, color, make-up, and style of dress would do for another.

Such is the case with Hillary Clinton. I'd love to do a makeover on her.

Here's my list:

1. I'd soften her hair style, and instead of having it so perfectly styled and brushed back or parted to the side as it is now, I'd bring her hair down on her forehead a bit with some whispy bangs, and I'd have it cut and shaped to suggest a more modern look. The overall effect would be a more relaxed-looking Hillary.

2. She loves pant suits, and far be it for me to put her in something in which she doesn't feel comfortable, but I'd like to see her in edgier designs/styles of pant suits. And every now and then mix in some bold, tasteful jewelry. This would punch up her look.

3. As far as her makeup goes, I'd like to see the lipstick not quite as dark as it photographs--a soft pink or dark, nude shade would be better. I'd change around her eye makeup too to emphasize her beautiful eyes--they need to be highlighted.

Older voters are supposed to be the ones preferring Hillary, but I think she could STILL appeal to them--even after my makeover.

What do you think? Do you imagine makeovers on people too?

We'll see what the vote results bring tonight. Maybe she'll be ready for a makeover.

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Monday, March 03, 2008


Reading and Wondering

I read a news article in the Thursday February 28th edition of The Maui News which has kept me pondering for many days now. The headline read, "Doctors say kidney disease affects 1 in 7 residents of Hawaii." And since I've been living in Hawaii (Maui) for the last seventeen years, why wouldn't I pay attention to these odds?!

The article stated that Hawaii ranks highest in the nation for chronic kidney disease! And "if these numbers grow, clinics will be overwhelmed and the disease's toll will rise." Reading this made me wonder WHY, and I'm not buying the speculation printed in the article which suggested that the reason kidney disease is so prevalent is because it "more often affects minorities like Native Hawaiians, Filiponos and Japanese."

I think the cause is the Vog (volcanic pollution coming from Kilauea on the Big Island) which I've mentioned before in this blog. The vog is well known to cause respiratory problems in many residents, especially those with asthma. There are currently studies being done to determine what else the vog is doing to residents, and eventually, I think they're going to discover that vog is also impacting people's kidneys.

Many of my friends who aren't minorities have suffered with kidney problems, and they are all long-time residents of Hawaii. As I write this post this morning, I can barely see the West Maui Mountains or Upcountry because of the continuing voggy conditions. Yes, I'm concerned! I like my Maui with beautiful vivid blue skies!

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