This story might strike you as vaguely familiar.

Probably the Na Pali coast?

  The sixth in my little series -- of which previous installments appear here, here, here, here, and here -- taken from that intriguing essay by C. M. Hyde: Here, he cites a history of the Sandwich Islands -- that is, of the Hawaiian Islands -- published by the Rev. Sheldon Dibble at Lahainaluna in 1843: "Waikelenuiaiku was one of ten brethren who had one sister.  They were all the children of one father, whose name was Waiku.  Waikelenuiaiku was mu … [Read more...]

A thought from the Qur’an

Or is it sunrise?

  “We have assigned a law and a path to each of you.  If God had so willed, He would have made you one community, but He wanted to test you through that which He has given you.  So compete in doing good: you will all return to God and He will make clear to you the matters on which you differed.”  (5:48)  Posted from Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii  … [Read more...]

Pretending that reality doesn’t exist

On our way to Newspeak Based on this reasoning, I see no reason why other binary expressions -- e.g., alive and dead, left and right, up and down, right and wrong, smart and stupid, black and white, and so forth -- shouldn't also be retired. Pretty soon, if all goes well, we won't be able to speak or write about anything at all! But we … [Read more...]

Dogma, and two kinds of people

Looking southward toward Princeville

  “There are only two kinds of people, those who accept dogmas and know it, and those who accept dogmas and don’t know it.” G. K. Chesterton, “The Mercy of Mr. Arnold Bennett,” Fancies vs. FadsPosted from Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii  … [Read more...]

Even the food tastes better in places like this.

The Princeville Grill!

   Posted from Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 18

The Euphrates in Iraq

  I actually discussed an important aspect of today's reading (2 Nephi 18 = Isaiah 8) yesterday, so I won't revisit that topic in this post.  But the focus today is related to yesterday's, and it concerns the international political situation of Isaiah's time -- probably in the period 735-731 BC.  The great empire of Assyrians was expanding, led by imperialist kings, and the rulers of Syria, Israel, and Judah were in a state of deep unease because … [Read more...]

Of the good and the best


  The good can sometimes -- indeed, quite frequently -- be the enemy of the best. Of the many things that compete for investments of our time, energy, and even money, we can only choose a relative few.  So we should choose wisely. Even if we don't choose wisely, however, we'll still be choosing.  It's unavoidable.  Posted from Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

A Hawaiian Noah?

The Hawaiian archipelago

  Pursuing, yet again, my little second-hand survey of Hawaiian mythology, and once again citing C. M. Hyde's opening essay in Thomas Thrum's Hawaiian Folk Tales (1907):"In the Hawaiian group there are several legends of the Flood.  One legend relates that in the time of Nuu, or Nana-nuu (also pronounced lana, that is, floating), the flood, Kaiakahinalii, came upon the earth, and destroyed all living beings; that Nuu, by command of his god, built a large vessel with a ho … [Read more...]