TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF NATURAL WONDERS: FROM RAINBOW SUNSET TO SUNSET RAINBOW

DESERT SUNSET CAPTURED AT EXACT MOMENT OF SUNSET September 26, 2014 - 6:16 PM DESERT SUNSET CAPTURED AT EXACT MOMENT A storm is moving into the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix/Scottsdale) this evening (see the weather map). I had one more errand to run. As I turned south on Hayden Rd in North Scottsdale, a …

SAVING LITTLE JOVAN (LITTLE JOHN) TO HONOR THE BIG ONE

  Also in this story... Last Day of Namaka Creek for 2014, Rainbow Shower Cocktail, "French Fries" from a Tree Today, I saved a life to honor another.  I (re)planted a baby Green T-plant "Kahili," which had been accidentally cut, in memory of my late father Jovan (John).  (He passed 24 years ago). The Green T-Kahili was inadvertently …

BENCH CHALLENGE: THE DAY “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE” BECAME REALITY

 “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” - Alexander the Great “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela "I am not interested in why it can't be done. I want to know how you are going to do it." - Plaque this writer received from his employees in 1993 - the 15th anniversary of Annex …

PRESERVING THE ART OF KAHILI AT HOME AND IN NATURE

 NEW OFFERING AT RAINBOW SHOWER IN CELEBRATION OF HAWAIIAN CULTUREEverybody's heard of Hula, right? But have you ever heard of Kahili? Don't feel bad if you have not. Even many Hawaiians have not. It is a fading, if not, a lost art. Yet Kahili (pronounced kah-HEE-lee) is one of the most beautiful old traditions of the Sandwich Isles …

SPARED AGAIN!

JULIO, ALSO DIVERTED AND WEAKENED - NOW TO BYPASS MAUI, LIKE ISELLE Whew!  Looks like we will have been spared again. Sunday was the day the second hurricane Julio was to come calling here in Maui, according to the earlier forecasts.  And here's what the meteorologists now say about the weather tomorrow: Sunday: Frequent showers. …

SPARED!

7:01 AM  SPARED! Iselle weakened, diverted, bypassing Maui The first thing that entered my consciousness as I was waking up around 5:45 AM was - "SPARED!" The second thing was the sound of birds' chirping.  Yesterday, the day before Iselle was to visit us, they were mostly silent. I've been in hurricanes before. They are …

SHORT STORY: LUMBERJACK CHALLENGE – REACHING THE “UNREACHABLE TREE”

   "Rappelling" up 60-foot ravine with 70-degree slope, chainsaw on my back, to reach the "unreachable tree" - three times! Practice in Surrendering to the Divine and Receiving Grace When a reporter asked the late Sir Edmund Hillary why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, the first man to ever reach the summit of the tallest peak …