Marking seasons in a relatively seasonless Hawai’i

Is it autumn? It doesn’t feel like autumn. I know I’ve already complained about it, but seriously. It is not anything one would recognize as autumnal around these parts. The trees are still green as ever, the temperatures have not discernibly dipped, and even though pumpkins are EVERYWHERE, it feels a little like I’m violating…More

The wonder of being witness

I was listening to contemporary Hawaiian music on our TV the other day, and the album cover of the track playing showed a Native Hawaiian man, with tribal tattoos and half-tied-back black, wavy hair, standing on a beach smiling at someone off-camera. I was filled with a sense of awe for the remoteness and richness…More

Hawai’i unsettles

Hawai’i constantly unmoors me. Just when I think I have Hawai’i figured out with its swaying palms, I find myself surrounded by that most PNW of trees, the pine. Our home is in the middle of a hundred pines, interspersed with only the occasional palm tree. The piney smell hits me every time I step…More

My new favorite snack: air-fryer dehydrated pineapple

Are you ready for the easiest, tastiest, most tropical recipe ever?! It’s amazing. And so simple I shouldn’t even call it a recipe. But I will. Because this is my website and I make the rules. Here it is: cut up a pineapple. Throw it in the air fryer at 135 degrees for 7.5 hours.…More

How I am forgiving myself

As I was thinking through a particularly painful, fraught interpersonal issue the other day (the one that sparked my post on emotions and needs), I found myself getting fairly amped up and frustrated at myself for having let the situation go on as long as I did. Why didn’t I see it all earlier?! Why…More

My Indigenous Peoples’ Land Acknowledgement

I’ve talked about this a couple different times (why do I always think of land acknowledgements while lifting weights? The world may never know….). I am happy to say that I finally put together my Indigenous Peoples’ Land Acknowledgement. Leaders in my organization encouraged us to put one together based on information and guidance from…More

On living a full life

What does a “full life” mean? What are its parts? How does one do it? I recently bemoaned how often I default to reading when I have free time, and how I rely too much on books to fill my moments. What I had in mind were all the OTHER things I love doing —…More

In-Between Thoughts: Cockroaches EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE

First time lifting since… *checks lifting log* January 30. That’s not too bad, all things considered! Thankfully, I found that haven’t lost ALL my strength. Still did six pullups in a row. I kept all the same weight for my other lifts. The only thing that changed is that I now lift with perfect posture.…More

How I plan to use technology in pursuit of my values

I finished my digital declutter and, as per my usual, I have thoughts. 1). I am a very imperfect creature who does not do anything perfectly and am very good at disappointing and shaming myself even if no one else cares about the thing I did imperfectly. 2). Being imperfect is the way of humans…More

Notes on week 3 of my digital declutter (and Lanikai Pillboxes!)

This week was a good one, though I definitely feel like I backslid. I searched for some recipes (dang it), I checked my blog far too often (all the posts are scheduled, RELAX, ME), and I didn’t practice piano AT ALL. AGAIN. What the h?! This is going to sound weird, but I think I’ve…More