Even Paradise Occasionally Sucks

No place is perfect. Not even Kauai. For me, the imperfection of this island is wrapped up in the tiny, biting insects that leave huge, itchy welts. Mosquitoes. Gnats, aka noseeums, because they bite even when you no see ‘um. It’s said that 1 in 5 people are particularly susceptible to insect bites. I am one. It’s […]

Hawaii Move, Part 2: Beyond Survival

Imagine. Getting away from it all. Moving to an island in the middle of the Pacific. Starting over. Some of you may dream of it, but offered the chance to do it, would you? I know it wouldn’t appeal to many, especially those who have family, long-time friends, and solid jobs right where they are, […]

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski #NationalPoetryMonth

In honor of National Poetry Month, I’m sharing one of my favorite poems, The Laughing Heart, by Charles Bukowski. This poem was pinned to my refrigerator to inspire me to stay alert to the time when “the gods will offer you chances.” I knew I needed a change, especially post-cancer when my compromised energy left little […]

Hawaii Move, Part 1

Big changes are about to happen in my life. It’s no secret. You already know from this post’s title that I’m moving to Hawaii. I’ll be on the island of Kauai, which I posted about last year. It seems ironic that this would be happening to me. It wasn’t that long ago I wrote a post about the Eat […]

Hawaii Photos

Nothing like a cold January day to motivate me to finally post my vacation photos. To recap, I spent two weeks in Hawaii in September/October. First, I spent two days in Oahu visiting friends. The rest I spent in Kauai where my son and his wife now live. First, here’s me with my son and daughter-in-law. […]

Burn-Out and Vacation

It’s no secret I’ve been burned out, plagued by exhaustion, struggling through work while coping with CFIDS, which I’m certain was triggered by the trauma of cancer and all the other falling apart of life as I’d known it. In other words, the collateral damage. Relief is on its way. I’m going on a long-needed two-week vacation. […]

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