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Tutu Alice and the Royal Court

Every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter when I and my siblings were young Dad would drive 3 hours to Brooklyn to fetch Aunt Alice (Mom’s Aunt, our Great-Aunt), and then 3 more hours to bring her back to us.  No one … Continue reading

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Belonging to Others

A characteristic of authentic spiritual growth is surrender which is the movement away from a narcissistic orientation and the gradual giving up insisting that reality conform to our desires.  A mark of spiritual immaturity is manifested by misunderstanding what freedom … Continue reading

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The REAL Treasure of the Hawaiian Kingdom

I have always been fascinated by the jewels, crowns and tiaras of various sovereigns of Russia (the completely diamond-encrusted crown of Catherine the Great being the knock-out example!), Bulgaria, Italy and especially Great Britain.  The Metropolitan Museum in New York … Continue reading

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More Valuable Than Gold

I suppose it is because as Orthodox Christians our congregation just celebrated Pascha yesterday.  I have been thinking about death… specifically the future death of our mother.  She was 87 on April 27th, is in robust health and there does … Continue reading

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That Deep Place Within Us

One of the aspects about Hawaiian culture which I think is so profound is of O’hana, the understanding that “family” means more than just parents and siblings, the understanding that the tentacles of Hawaiian family-ness can stretch out and embrace … Continue reading

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Adrift Among Others

On 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 … Continue reading

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When Love Implodes

In 2007 I spent two weeks on Kauai by myself.  Having heard Waimea Canyon was dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” after checking into my rooms the very next thing that I did was to jump into the car … Continue reading

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