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An Indiana Farm on Kauai

                             9  bar rises 30.24  1mph NNW windchill 5                                                     New Moon                                    When I was a boy, say 12 and under, each summer I would visit my Uncle Riley and Aunt Virginia for a couple of weeks or so.  They lived on the farm my grandfather had put together.  It was a […]

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The True Radicals of Today Are Conservatives

7:45AM.  Bright sun.  Blue water.  Breeze off the ocean.  Mourning doves coo. The mourning doves have had it goin’ on the last week.  Males walk up to a female, bow, stomp their feet, then spread their tail feathers.  Oh, yeah.  I saw that move before. Last post from Da Fish Shack.  My bags are packed […]

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Kauai is Old. Old and Moody.

8:53PM 73.  Night.  Clouds.  Surf back.  Strong, cool breeze off ocean.  Humid. Kauai is old.  Old and moody.  It goes from sunshine to dark clouds in a moment, from dry to cloudburst.  It’s peaks sharp and jagged, there are notches between mountains.  Valleys run away from the ocean in deep v’s ending in waterfalls.  A […]

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And Yet More Shells

75.  Cool ocean breeze.  Overcast.  Ocean calm and gray, surf noise subdued. Hit the beach at 08:45, plastic container in hand.  Shelling started immediately. This beach, one whose name I don’t even know, has signs that say, “Stay Away From the Monk Seals.”  How different it would be if it read, “Stay Away From the […]

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The Tao and the Islands

7:41AM  Cool breeze.  Overcast. Calm ocean, no surf.  Last full day in Hawai’i.  Time has passed more slowly for me than usual.  Often, I go on vacation and the next thing I know I’m back on the plane headed home.  This trip a variety of circumstances have slowed things down, among them Kate’s illness and […]

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Malama ‘Aina

When night comes, Maui or Pele or one of Them pulls the curtain fast.  Dark.  Stars.  Where there was light.  Fast. The Hawi’ians Great Work (see Thomas Berry’s book of the same name) was to manifest Aloha in their treatment of the land.  Malama ‘aina means to care for the land as one would a […]

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Mango Mama’s And Beyond

4:35PM  Overcast.  75.  Ocean slate gray and calm. A full vacationing day today.  Got up, got dressed and drove to Mango Mama’s.  I went there thinking waffles, eggs and bacon, but when I arrived I discovered it was just a step away from vegan.  They did have an interesting food, Acai, billed as the Amazon […]

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The Hawai’ian Night

11:00 PM.  Watched Jericho, the second TV program I’ve viewed in three weeks, not counting that Goldie Hawn movie that Kate and I watched together. The Hawai’ian sunset, the Hawai’ian sunrise, the wonderful sun during the day.  Yeah, yeah, yeah all true. I want to say a word for the Hawai’ian night.  Again.  Clear.  Black […]

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Junky Waves, Not Clean Enough to Surf

4:45PM 75.  Cloudy.  Ocean breeze.  Languid is the word.  Da Fish Shack has a languid atmosphere right now; I feel enervated by the languidness of it all.  Or something. Outta here around 11:30 AM headed for Hanalei.  Traffic was good and I got to Hanalei about 20 minutes after I left.  I ate lunch at […]

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Happy on Kauai and at Da Fish Shack

Sunny.  Shirt sleeve weather heading toward swim suit.  From the back lanai I can see rollers coming in that have curl, places for surfers to ride, but they’re all up on the north shore, Hanalei and westward toward Na Pali.  That’s where the  black diamonds are today. At least in surfing and skiing, black diamond […]

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