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

Notes on Week 2 of my digital declutter

Well, believe it or not, for one of the few times in my life I am out of words. My visit to Palmyra was something I never expected and an experience like no other. I am awed and humbled and so, so, SO grateful that I fell arse-first into a job that allows me to…More