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Our front yard with the incoming tide

Celebrating Abundance

I was asked by a cruise ship passenger about two weeks ago how they could sign up for a life like mine. I laughed before I answered with the truncated, “Give away your crap. Start with the television. Go from there.” He laughed and nodded. “I guess it really COULD be that simple, huh,” he responded thoughtfully. […]

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Hawaiian Girl Jumping

Absolute Rapture – Masala Bhangra in Hana

My first Masala Bhangra Class in Hana was perfect. Picture this: The studio is a building the size of a double wide trailer, the roof leaks, the paint’s chipping off the warped walls, the screen on the back door is ripped, though the wooden floors are in good shape and the wall of mirrors is […]

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72 hours - Rita

Custom Designed

The light rain whispered in my ear, stirring me from a full, undisturbed night of sleep in the comforting, protective arms of my soul mate.  I pulled open my heavy lids and immediately got my morning dose of love in his gaze. Every morning that I wake, no matter where or how we sleep, the […]

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Hana Sunrise

Light After the Storm

The sky came alive as rays burst desperately from the burning edges of the looming dark cloud; a child charging out the back door after being released from school early on a warm spring day, excited by the feeling of liberation, promise, and the entire Universe.  Luminescent arms reached openly from behind the gray fluff, […]

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A beautiful union indeed

The Art of Surprise: The Binger’s Birthday Edition: Part One

I generally shy away from the title “Artist,” simply because, well, I’ve always grown up watching my sister create amazing things with her hands, since we were children.  Sure, I get it, we are all artists inside…yeah yeah, but have you seen Rosa’s art? Have you seen her paintings? Her candles? Her drawings? It’s amazing. […]

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Romance Before Hallmark: Hana Sunrise on a Wool Blanket

Hana Sunrise on a Wool Blanket

The sun perched over the ocean; a lovely golden trapeze artist suspended above an audience in a slow motion upwards pendulum.  Plush, white cushions clustered below, should she slip.  We sat quietly side by side on a checkered wool blanket in the dew strewn grass watching her awe inspiring performance with humble appreciation and great […]

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hitchhiking Maui

A Tragic Way to Travel

Newsflash: Tourists on Maui don’t pick up hitchhikers. Caveat:John and I were picked up by two different tourist families from Australia in brand new rental cars on two separate occasions. (First off: Aussies and Kiwis don’t count because they are open-minded to hitchhiking. Second: The first time we were picked up was before we got […]

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Simplicity Defined

Simply Living; Simply Loving

What we own, we own. There are no loans, no debt, no mortgage, no layaways, no plastic. What we have is as ours as something can be while still following the premise that nothing can truly be owned.  Having not worked since September and eating gluten free, we have plenty of reasons to not go […]

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