Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cat Grass











Although we are now on Molokai (since Monday afternoon), I had lined up several images ahead of time knowing that once I set foot here, I would be pretty busy for a while. I admit, it feels weird to be posting images of my former home (but, I'll get over it).

I kept a little planter of wheat grass in our dining room window for the cats to munch on. I noticed how the shadow looked larger than life, in fact, it was larger than life! Made for an interesting image, I thought.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Aloha Oe-A Hui Hou Kākou, New Mexico





For me, this move is unlike any other, for I have been here in New Mexico the longest of any of my stays. 23 years. My roots run deep which is why, even though I am very excited to return home to Molokai, I also grieve leaving so much behind. It's a transition that I must go through-there is no avoiding it. As a result, I find myself having an even sharper presence of being in the moment. There are so many places I've looked at, soaking it all in, realizing that this is probably the last time I'll be in that setting (odds are). It takes my breath away, gives me a clarity that I don't usually have, paired with a wave of emotions. So many friends, so many faces. Some, I know I'll see again when they come out my way. Others, I might see when I come back this way for a visit (I think-although I've never returned to the homes I've had in California once I left). But, so many, I know I won't ever see again and that breaks my heart. That part is hard.

This image is from the group exercise room in the gym that I've been going to for 14 years or so-Defined Fitness. I kept thinking I'd exercise on my own and then I finally realized that I don't seem to commit to that but can commit to going to a group exercise class (as most of them have some element of dance to it). No matter what class I'm in-whether it's yoga, salsa aerobics, zumba, or body combat, you'll find me on the far right corner at the front of the room. Like a fixture. In fact, my comrades in my yoga class jokingly wondered if they should auction off my spot after I leave. I think the gym should engrave my name on the floor boards in 'my spot'!

So, this is it. I can't believe that I'm actually leaving New Mexico, but I am. I can't believe I'm going home to Molokai-it still seems like a dream. 

I found that saying 'good-bye' just doesn't feel right. Saying, 'I'll see you later' felt better and less heart-wrenching. In the Hawaiian language, saying, 'a hui ho' means, 'until we meet again'. 'A Hui Hou Kākou' means the same, but addressed to a group. Aloha Oe, of course, means, farewell.

Aloha Oe-A Hui Hou Kākou, New Mexico. It's been a great ride.

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Farewell To My Ballet World In New Mexico





Ballet Repertory Studio, Albuquerque, NM






Ballet Repertory Studio-my dance home for the past 23 years in Albuquerque, NM


"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; 
it empties today of its strength."
~Corrie Ten Boom


One of the first things I did when I moved to NM 23 years ago was to find a dance studio to take adult ballet classes at. I found the Ballet Repertory Studio. This studio has been my Monday morning routine for the most part in these past 23 years. The teachers and students in the class have come and gone over the years, but all of it has been nothing short of excellent. It's pretty cool when some of the professional dancers who are in town for a dance 'gig' drop in and take class-or even when the company dancers drop in and take class. This has been so much a part of my life here that it will feel like and arm or a hand is being severed to not have ballet class on a regular basis again. Molokai is too small to support a ballet studio. I'll be lucky to be able to drop in a class when I'm on Oahu. But, as my mother would tell me, 'when there is a will, there is will, there is a way'. I'll figure out something even if it means giving myself a ballet class!

I am pretty sure I've been the longest enrolled/attending student there since I've been there 23 consecutive years. This coming Monday will be my last class there. Such a life shift/change. I know I will be filling my life with new things on Molokai-as I've always wanted to study hula. At 61 years old, I hope my body can handle the challenge!


Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

(In a little more than a week from today, we will be moving back to my island home of Molokai. Exciting, terrifying, happy, sad all at the same time as I love New Mexico as much as I love Molokai. But, my husband and I and family are ready for this move and excited. There is so much to do in a very short amount of time, so I hope my fellow bloggers forgive me if I don't leave comments at your site or am sporadic about it. The next few months will be pretty crazy for us.)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

John's Farm







This is one of the kerosene lanterns my dad had around our place in Kalae, Molokai when we were kids. One never knew when we would loose power and he was always prepared for it. We had cows in order to have milk (in trying to feed 6 children on a shoestring budget) and dad would milk the cows twice a day-before and after work. Hence, the name, John's Farm. Dad labeled everything! Even his rubber boots. I find myself doing that a lot too-labelling everything.

Now that we are moving back to this home that I grew up in, I am taking this lantern with me, of course. Not sure where it will 'live' as it is now a decorative memorabilia rather than an object with function.


Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

(We are in the midst of preparing to move back to my island home of Molokai this May. Exciting, terrifying, happy, sad all at the same time as I love New Mexico as much as I love Molokai. But, my husband and I and family are ready for this move and excited. There is so much to do in a very short amount of time, so I hope my fellow bloggers forgive me if I don't leave comments at your site or am sporadic about it. The next few months will be pretty crazy for us.)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Making Room for Simplicity



Quaking Aspen at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


Simplicity. There's a lot that can be said about it. Our lives are far from simple and yet, we long to have it present day to day. Simplicity doesn't just happen on it's own. It's a mindful practice, isn't it? Therein lies the key word. MINDFUL. 

We tend to over commit ourselves without thinking of the effect of the sum total. And what we tend to forget is that we still have our hands on the driver's wheel, so to speak. 

Simplicity in your life doesn't happen unless you make room for it. So, go ahead, make room and enjoy the gifts that come with it! 


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