Gratitude and Giving (chp.1)

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”- Emily Dickerson Happy Birthday to me! This is my birthday month. A new year, a new day with many possibilities. I have racked myself trying to figure out what to do or where to go to celebrate this passage of time. After all, I will be a speed limit this year (55) and there are so many things to do. I’ve decided to.. Read More

Services Rendered Shout Out (chp.3)

“A people free to choose will always choose peace.”-Ronald Reagan In the town of Makawao, Maui HI, there stands a small treasure. Jewels of the White Tara, 3682 Baldwin Ave., fills you with delight, color and calm. Eight years ago, Chandra, the owner, met and befriended her future co-partner of her first store, Mandala in Pa’ia. When the relationship ended, she began to look for a new store to heal her lost and.. Read More

Send a little love my way

“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest…It’s about who came, and never left your side.”-Unknown During the holiday season, there are many people who haven’t anyone to spend these special moments with. In fact, its assumed that during this time of year, suicides and depression increase. According to several studies including one by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, “Researchers found that depression rates and suicides actually drop during the winter months and peak in the spring.”.. Read More

It’s Hana Baby!

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”-Martin Buber If you ever travel to Maui, HI you must take the one time trip to Hana. I’ve traveled it three times within the last five months and still find something new that I missed the time before. Starting from Pa’ia, an upbeat town of shops and eateries. You can find art work by local artists, clothing by top name companies and grab a bite at any of the.. Read More

Services Rendered Shout Out (chp. 2)

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.”-Aesop A recent trip to Red Sands Beach, proved to be slightly damaging to my son’s pride and body. After climbing a reef to capture some fantastic wave shots on his cell phone, an oops” moment transpired. A large wave hit the reef, throwing him off guard and in turn to lose his cell in the water. While reaching down to recover it, he also.. Read More

What, another Hike? (GSA chp.9)

There comes a time when you think a person with common sense would know when to say no to constant punishment. Boxers do after being beaten to a pulp. Runners will, when their legs refuse to go another step. So why haven’t I, after my first hike? (See “A Hike, Yikes!”) Once again, Papa Bear and the cubs convinced me to head out, this time to Lahaina Pali Trail. This route across the southern end of the west Maui.. Read More

Services Rendered Shout Out (chp.1)

Even in paradise, a girl has real needs. On the mainland, we take a lot for granted because of availability due to being in walking or driving distance. On the island of Maui, limitations are common because of the high cost of shipping, changing the face of what you want into what you need. Seek and find is the name of the game here. You learn to ask questions of strangers if you want to know.. Read More

Island Beauty (GSA chp.8)

“Earth laughs in flowers.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson One of the best ways to start your morning is with the sweet smell of the Plumeria flower. In some cultures it is a symbol of life or the arrival of spring. Plumeria trees can grow up to 30 feet tall with clusters of pin wheel-shaped flowers and bright green leaves. Common colors are white with yellow centers but may appear in pink, red, yellow or multi-colored… Read More

A Hike, Yikes! (GSA chp. 7)

“To enjoy life, you must first, seek it out.”-Lila Here we go… The Challenge If someone invites you to do a hike with them, think twice about what you are about to get yourself into. It will be your true test of spirit. The challenge took place at Waihe’e Ridge Trail, Maui, HI, and from the start is no joke. At 7 a.m., we headed out with Henry (in the white cap) as Papa Bear, our leader… Read More

Here Comes the Sun (GSA chp. 6)

“With every rising of the sun, Think of your life as just begun.”-Ella Wheeler Wilcox At 2:45 a.m., I shake off the deep voices of the night to venture into the darkness to watch the sun rise. To many this is an insane thing to do but for me it becomes a challenge worth taking. Departing from the Kihei area at 3:10 , the drive time to the summit of Haleakala is two.. Read More

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