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The Cook and the Mango Tree: Ordinary Blessings

I need to feel the earth under my bare feet. Just a few hours ago, I was hurtling across the blue Pacific, returning home to Hawaii, my partner, and a houseful of guests. Honestly, I’m feeling more than a little tired and ungrounded. Standing in the kitchen of our Kailua house, preparing dinner for the

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Embracing Darkness, Tending the Soul

I’m standing outdoors in the dark. Darkness, in our manmade world of near-constant electrical illumination, is relative. Still, it is night time and I am outside my house in a realm of shadows, standing quietly with bare feet in the grass, gazing up at a handful of glittering diamonds flung across a wide stretch of

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A Hawaiian Quilt of Memory: A Tribute

Her death was unexpected. At eighty-four, though somewhat stooped from the hump of her back and moving more slowly than in years previous, my father’s older sister was still sharp, spritely, and feisty as ever. Two weeks ago, a fall shattered her leg and landed her in the hospital, where she contracted pneumonia and died

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Hanging Out The Laundry

It happens every time that I hang out the laundry, I’m transported back to Europe. Yesterday I stepped outside to hang my shirts on the clothes line, feeling the cool tiles of the lanai under my bare feet and noting the squawk of feral chickens as they ran noisily for cover in the bushes. Beneath

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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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