Lava Junkie

How 'bout that Hawaiian volcano?! I think it's safe to say I'm obsessed with the Kilauea eruption. I have spent more time than I care to admit devouring news stories and scrolling through Instagram photos and video of the lava. Hashtag Leilani Estates is an easy way to kill an hour. Anybody who knows me … Continue reading Lava Junkie

Aloha? Oy!

Things are starting to feel real now that our countdown has reached double digits. Further proof: we scheduled an appointment with a moving company for a quote. The estimator can't make it out until mid-April, but we are in no hurry. Hopefully by then we will have gotten rid of some stuff anyway. Hey, anybody … Continue reading Aloha? Oy!


Living in the Pacific Northwest, there isn't a lot of variation in the weather. A typical January day looks like this: Peek outside in March, and you're liable to see this: Curious about November? Here's what you're going to find: Yes, it's very often a broken record around these parts. But there is a brief … Continue reading Un-July

Past, Meet Present

Growing up an Air Force brat, I never made lasting friendships. Which is not to say I didn't have friends. I did...but those friendships were transitory. There's no way to avoid that when your family packs up and moves every three years or so. You make friends, and then bam! One day there's a moving … Continue reading Past, Meet Present

No More Aloha Credibility

A couple of weeks ago, we had my parents over for dinner. The theme was Hawaiian, so I made kalua pork and chicken long rice, and as an added treat sliced up a fresh pineapple. Now, you'd think I'd know what I was doing, having been born in Honolulu and spending nine years of my … Continue reading No More Aloha Credibility

Would You Like Flies With That?

In 1980, I was in the sixth grade at Hickam Elementary School in Honolulu. Hawaii, being a tropical island, is home to a lot of insects. This explains the giant electric bug zapper that hung suspended from the ceiling of the cafeteria, I suppose. But not really. I mean, how disgusting is that? I recall … Continue reading Would You Like Flies With That?

MarkIn Time – Chapter 2: One Big Pig

A/K/A The second installment in my life story.  Chapter Two: One Big Pig What is your earliest childhood memory? I have already mentioned sitting on my grandfather's lap sharing a thermos of cream of mushroom soup for lunch in the house he built for us in New Jersey. That would have been in 1972 or … Continue reading MarkIn Time – Chapter 2: One Big Pig

MarkIn Time – Chapter 1: Pink and Blue

One of my favorite bloggers is writing a memoir. Her name is Kathryn, and if you haven't checked out her blog, I urge you to do so. Reinventing The Event Horizon is chock full of amazing tales. Kathy's childhood was, to put it mildly, not your typical Leave It To Beaver type of upbringing. Her … Continue reading MarkIn Time – Chapter 1: Pink and Blue

I Touched The Liberty Bell

As I write these words, the morning sun is playing hide-and-seek with dark clouds racing across the early April sky. The furnace just kicked on and the heater is running, pouring warm air into the townhouse and bringing an official end to our first, brief taste of spring. Hard to believe it was 65 yesterday … Continue reading I Touched The Liberty Bell

Aloha? Oy!

When you are unemployed, you start to develop certain routines.  Not wearing pants, for instance.  And your sleeping habits change.  When I was working, on weekday mornings I was up at the crack of dawn.  Even on my kid-free weeks, that meant a few minutes after 6:00.  Although I've only been jobless for seven full … Continue reading Aloha? Oy!