Faking Robyn

I was a very shy child.  I sobbed the first month of kindergarten, and felt like sobbing at the beginning of school for the next several years also. My father was a physicist, and periodically visiting physicist's kids came over for dinner.  When our parents introduced us, we would stare suspiciously and then ignore one another.But inevitably, 45 minutes before it was time for them to leave, we'd discover we were meant to be best friends from birth, play hard, and then whine nonstop … [Read more...]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!

First day of school, need I say more???  You all have seen the Staples commercial:But this year, I don't feel as desperately happy as I have in past years.  Why?  Maybe because school's started a week earlier and so my work isn't yet as intense.  Or maybe I'm just mellow after a month in Hawaii.In fact, I'm not over-the-top annoyed (as I am in other years) that school doesn't really "begin," it meanders.Today, for example, all 3 kids had a half day.  Ren made the jump to … [Read more...]

Hurricane Memories

Hurricane Iwa--see the small yellow Hawaiian islands? Almost 30 years ago, I prepared for another hurricane, Hurricane Iwa, which hit the Hawaiian Islands 2 days before Thanksgiving.  A high school senior, I worked at Punahou's health center because I was a scholarship kid.  I didn't even know a hurricane was coming, but as we fielded calls from concerned parents, I got a crash course in hurricane prep.Punahou released us early, and we rushed to Long's Drugs to buy extra masking tape, … [Read more...]

How things change in 5 years, or, my love for Okinawan Sweet Potato and Haupia Pie

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Adventures with my Mac

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Surfing USA

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The Romance of Sunrise at Haleakala

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Grazing Our Way through Paradise

"What do you want to do while we're in Hawaii?" I asked the kids before leaving Boston."Bubbies mochi ice cream!"Bubbie's "Matsumoto's shave ice!"Matsumoto's Shave ice "Char Siu Bao!"  (Manapua to locals, but hey, my kids aren't locals)Char-siu bao aka manapua "Genki Sushi!" (Sushi comes out on a rotating conveyer belt and you grab what you want to eat)Genki Sushi's conveyer belt The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  No talk of beaches or quality time with grandparents (at … [Read more...]


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