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Be Still….

I love Buddhas. They are so still and timeless. I am not a Buddhist but I respect a faith that teaches patience and an emphasis on looking for the good in all things. A reminder that all our frantic scrambling to work so much, worry so much, and jam so many things into our day is perhaps not the way to do it after all.DSCF0180
When we are patient and still many lovely things reveal themselves.

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We catch moments we otherwise may have missed…

Ulupalakua Moment
And beautiful creatures trust us enough to get close.

My Neighborhood View
I am reminded once again to “Be Still” and go slow and savor each moment so that I see at least some of the many miracles as they unfold each day on our beautiful Island.

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Magic Numbers

62 a magic number filled with possibility.

62 a magic number filled with possibility.

Do you have magic numbers in your life? Numbers that seem full of possibility? Numbers that pop up over and over in your life?
The number that threads it’s way through my life is actually the number nine….
But I started today with 62 because I have been looking at that number as a fantasy goal for the last 20 years.
It marks the place where I could take early retirement. I have been in the art business for the last 30 years and I have loved it. It has been a grand magical ride with opportunities that changed my mind and my life. A roller coaster ride that I just knew by 62 I would be grateful to exit with the slightly shaky feeling that you are still moving, but looking forward to finding a slower place to recover and regroup.

Keiki Beach Lahaina
  Keiki Beach Lahaina
Jodo Mission BuddhaThe World of Encaustic painting
Many things called out…If I wasn’t working I could ride my bike… and walk on Keiki Beach at low tide. I could seek a more spiritual path and let go of daily income being such a driving force. I could paint with encaustic colors and finally give in to the visual side of my core being….. 62 a magic number.
Then all of a sudden I was there.
I was 62 for real….
Am I ready?

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Walking the Beach

Beach Treasures

Tide Line

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Early Morning beach walk. Very low tide.

No matter which beach, no matter where you are, beach combing is so irresistible!. The lure of beach glass or pretty shells keeps my eyes looking down, Hoping for todays treasures. And they are always there.
Some just to admire. Some gone in the breaking wave before you can pick them up. Some alive and a little disconcerting.
One of the great perks of a little early morning exercise on my favorite beach.
And every once in a while something magical goes home to the beach jar.

I have a fat glass jar on my windowsill with treasures that go back to when my kids were small, when they were thrilled to find their first unbroken shells.
My beach jar is always a reminder of all that is waiting the next time.

So happy that I am free to be … walking the beach.

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Ping Pong anyone?

One of the great things about living on Maui is taking a mini vacation in your own backyard. Many of the Hotels offer an amazing Kaamaina rate. You can pack a little bag and easily live the high life for a day or two. Your kids can slide on the big slides and play all day til they drop. You can even pack a bag of groceries and make lunch to take poolside instead of paying the hotel prices.
The views are sublime and it doesn’t take long before you feel like you are on vacation. The best part is at the end of the day you can walk back to your room instead of hauling all your gear and your sandy kids home. Many hotels don’t advertise this so give your favorite one a call and ask for their Kaamaina rate. It does require a Hawaii drivers licence.
Ping Pong Anyone?