Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Fine Tool in the Hand: The World’s Most Special Corkscrew

It was billed as ‘The World’s Most Special Corkscrew’. On Christmas Eve, 1999, Paris was rocked by the storm of the century, a maestro of a tempest that ripped up roof tiles, storefront awnings, toppled trees, and wreaked havoc throughout the city and beyond. A week or so prior, I had departed France and returned

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Savoring A Fresh Catch: Dining on Solitude

I am dining alone. Though the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival has drawn to a successful close, my partner has flown over to the ‘neighbor islands’ to assist with the shortened version of the festival that runs a few days on Big Island and Kauai. I’m at home with ‘the boys’, our two English Whippets,

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The Wild Bees

The bees have arrived. Seated at the small desk in the office of our Hawaii house, I was working at the computer and every so often looking up to gaze distractedly at the sea of lush greenery outside. A bit of quiet music played through the desktop speakers, accompanied by notes of birdsong through the

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A Coherent Heart: The Power of Communion with Nature

Standing barefoot in the wet grass, a dog on a lead in each hand, I opened my senses wide to the morning. The scents of wet earth and heady tropical flowers. The cooing of zebra doves and ongoing chorus of songbirds in the trees and lushly verdant ravine. A hazy morning illumination on the mountains

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Blessing for a Wild Soul

“A Blessing for a Wild Soul” ~ As you depart the old life that has grown too small, heed your curious, beguiling allurements. (Take your passport, wallet, and dreams, leave the rest.) ~ May you loosen the shackles of shame and be willing to walk naked to the gods. ~ Understand that the derision, mockery

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