Saturday, May 20, 2017

Less Is More






Slices of color across the horizon-where does the sand meet the water? Or, where does the water meet the sand? The image speaks of solitude and solitude is often seen as something to avoid. 

It needn't be.



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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Things My Momma Taught Me




Mom loved flowers-especially orchids and roses





Mom striking a pose for the camera man (dad) at Mo'omomi beach, Molokai



A prompt my cousin had on Facebook earlier this week about posting something your mom would always say triggered a cascade of memories of 'mom-isms'.

Mom (Emily Anne Frese was her maiden name) grew up in the midwest-Ashley Illinois to be exact. Consequently, she had a lot of sayings that must've been said all the time there in the midwest. I think it was her way of passing along advice and philosophy to me without having to explain too much. 

Here's some of what I remember:

-Don't cry over spilt milk.
-You can always add, but you can't subtract (in seasoning dishes while cooking-this was particular to adding salt)
-That's the way the cookie crumbles
-There's a silver lining in every dark cloud
-It takes two to fight
-If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all (and boy, how I wish that was practiced today!)

There were 6 kids under one roof-four boys and two girls (my sister was the youngest) so the boys would get into rumbles (and sometimes I would be a target). Mom always said, 'if you kids are going to fight, go outside and fight'. She never really refereed us which, in hindsight, almost seems odd! 

The thing is, all of her sayings had to do with a philosophical outlook where optimism was one of the main components. And forgiveness. Whether it is for yourself or someone else. I really got to see her walk that walk when my dad left her. She was devastated, betrayed and hurt beyond belief. Over time, she learned to rise above it and move on. 

In my eyes, she left me with so many 'tools' to get through life with. Most especially, her faith.

As moms,we are not perfect. In fact, we are all very flawed. We have to 'wing it' every second of the day in raising our children. There is no instruction book on how to be a mom. We make mistakes. We have melt downs. We don't always set a good example. But, I think we all try to the best of our ability to do what we think is right (and not knowing if it really is).

Bottom line though is LOVE. All you need is love. All you need to do is to love your child be it one or many. Unconditionally. I am so grateful that I got that from my mom. I hope I've done a good job of doing that for my son.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

I (heart) Molokai





May 15th marks one year since we moved back to the home I grew up in on Molokai. I  find it hard to believe that ONE year has already zoomed by! It felt like such a Herculean task to get all the logistics in place of cleaning purging, packing selling the house, doing repairs along with the challenges that everyday life brings (and some unexpected surprises). And the hardest part was saying goodbye to so many good friends whom I know I will see on a regular basis anymore because of the distance. As hard as it was to leave, I am so very, very glad to be here again. I feel more grounded and centered and life feels less cluttered and hurried.

In my room here at night, I hear the trade winds blowing outside my window along with the creaking branches of a macadamia nut tree that is well over 80 years old. From time to time I'll hear a nut fall to the ground . Often, when I lay my head down to sleep, I'll hear an axis deer barking outside my window. I like this life that I've come back to-although it is different being an adult, yet, there are so many things that are still the same.

I love Molokai.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Subtle and Sublime





Honey comb ginger flower. Need I say more?


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

West End Molokai Shadows





Aerial view of the west end of Molokai as we flew from Molokai to Oahu which would get us over to the island of Kauai for the weekend. One usually doesn't stop to think about the fact that clouds cast shadows too-particularly hard to notice when we are earth-bound.


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