Me First !

lots to ponder in this post!

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Our local bank recently changed their password protection for its accounts.  They sent out letters, and posted online, that the intended change which would occur on September 30th, informing people that they should sign onto their account before that date and make the new password changes; failure to do so would result in being locked out of the account.  One of my parishioners put off dealing with this until the day came and she could not access her account online.  A phone number was given for help, so she called.  When she called and explained her frustration, the response from the bank person was: “Well, it’s your own fault.  You should have read the fine print.”  WHAT?!  Aside from the fact that the money in the bank is our money and that we are only loaning it to the bank to use, the disrespect of this response really…

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Not Even Once!

It’s that AWFUL time of year again!

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Now that Halloween is over Thanksgiving is right down the road; this also means that the rabid dog of Black Friday is heading our way!  Every year I am astonished by what happens at this time!  One Black Friday, in a Sam’s Club, a woman was caught trying to leave the store with frozen lobster tails stuffed into her pants!  In a Walmart the crowd plowed in when the doors were opened and a woman who had her list and pen in hand was bowled over, trampled, with the pen pushed into her neck, barely missing her jugular vein!  Even though there was blood everywhere people literally climbed over her to continue on their way to pillage!  In an electronics store a young teen found a radio that he wanted and picked it up when, seemingly out of nowhere, a lavender-haired grandma appeared, punched him in the…

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MIXED PLATE: O’ahu Photos

Some cool shots of O’ahu from on the ground in botanical gardens and in the air by Makani Kai helicopter tours!

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BETWEEN SANDY BEACH AND MAKAPU’U RIDGE

EXOTIC HANGING HELICONIA AT HO’OMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN

UNKNOWN BERRY BUSH AT LYON ARBORETUM

HEAVY SURF ROLLING IN ON NORTH SHORE

DIAMOND HEAD’S UNIQUE PROFILE FROM TANTALUS

BLUSHING PLUMERIA HIDING IN THE SHADE AT KOKO CRATER BOTANICAL GARDEN

POSSIBLY IN THE HELICONIA FAMILY, SEEN AT HO’OMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN

FEROCIOUS-LOOKING AGAVE AT KAPIOLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE CACTUS GARDEN NEXT TO DIAMOND HEAD

MANICURED IRONWOOD TREES ALONG ENTRANCE TO PUNCHBOWL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC

 

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Brussels Sprouts

Watch those ASSUMPTIONS you make!

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I read about the following on the Internet.   Doreen, aged 79, finished all the shopping on her weekly list at her local Walmart supermarket. As she walked towards her car in the Walmart parking lot she suddenly came to a halt. She saw that four youths had broken into her car and were backing out of the space, ready to take her car for a ride.  Not one to be trifled with, Doreen became agitated and, dropping her shopping to the ground, she drew a handgun from her bag, ran up to the driver’s window and screamed as loud as her little lungs would allow, “I have a gun and I know how to use it. Get out of the car you horrible little men!!!”  The four young men didn’t wait around for a second invitation: Tumbling out of the car they all took off running as fast…

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THE DIVERSITY OF KAUA’I

Some favorite memories of Kauai !!

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KILAUEA LIGHTHOUSE ON THE NORTHERNMOST TIP OF KAUA’I

TARO FIELDS IN THE VALLEY OF WAIMEA RIVER

AKU AKU HEAD OF EASTER ISLAND CARVED FROM STONE

BOUGHS OF PURPLE ORCHIDS

TIDE POOLS SURGING WITH SURF AND LIFE

VIBRANT RED GINGER WITH SUN-LIT GREEN LEAVES

A BREEZY AND GREEN KAUA’I PORCH

VERY RED RED DIRT AT HISTORIC RUSSIAN FORT ELIZABETH

LIVELY COLLAGE OF PALMS, FRONDS AND SEED BLOOMS

MOUNT WAI’ALE’ALE TOWERS OVER TARO PATCHES IN THE VALLEY

THE SPOUTING HORN BLOWHOLE ON WINDWARD SIDE OF KAUA’I

AT FIRST GLANCE FROM THE FRUIT ON THE TREE I THOUGHT IT WAS BREADFRUIT BUT THESE ARE DEFINITELY YOUNG BANYAN TREES

ONE LAST VIEW OF THE ABUNDANT TARO PLANTS ALONG THE WAIMEA RIVER

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Adrift Among Others

ARE YOU STILL CONNECTED?

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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEOn one of my trips to Hawaiʻi I had to de-plane at LAX for a 2-hour layover and I observed a youngish businesswoman with her child coloring in a book on the floor next to her.  The woman was yelling on her phone at god-only-knows-who, enraged and no holds barred!  Her daughter held up a page from her coloring book saying “Mommy, I made it for you.”  The businesswoman grabbed the paper, balled it up and threw it, continuing her venting.  I’ll never forget the look on that little girl’s face!  Have you ever had done something for someone thinking it was good, only to have the other person let you know that your gift was neither needed nor wanted?  Aside from the hurt there is also the sudden stabbing realization that not only your offering but also you are not needed… a terrible feeling of…

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Understanding Our Emptiness

TIME TO BE MINDFUL…

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CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGEAgain and again I am struck by the Hawaiian sense that one must live in harmony with nature, with others and with the Divine.  When such a value is inculcated in an entire culture it is taken in with mother’s milk and individuals become rooted in that value without even trying.  However I’ve found that non-Hawaiians have a harder time of it!  Living in a non-Hawaiian culture I am struck by how so many try to impose themselves upon life, and by the profound unhappiness and aloneness that such an approach brings!

The desire, the need to understand our emptiness, our aloneness, is the pilgrimage that all human beings are called to regardless of religious tradition or lack thereof.  We are made to understand.  To pursue understanding and prayer (being present to the One Who Transcends that loneliness) is the way in which we engage in that growth. 

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