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IS IT SAFE?

Many have reacted with concern for our safety upon hearing that we are moving to Nicaragua. We take this reaction with a grain of salt given the prevalence of fearfulness in America today. Nevertheless, we decided to have a look at the facts. Measured in rates per 100,000 people, we looked to the World Health […]

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HAOLE ALOHA

It is Sunday. I go for a long walk. Sunday is a good day to walk because the traffic isn’t as bad. It is a bright, blustery, wet, winter’s day on Maui. I head off down Makawao Avenue, holding onto the bill of my ballcap to keep it from blowing off. For the first half […]

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ENOUGH SAID

“The kindest word in the world is the unkind word, unsaid.” – Source Unkown

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THE SAFE WAY

“Have a safe day!” the cashier said as she handed us our receipt. When we were outside on the asphalt, Bob turned to me and said, “What up with that?” What is up with that, indeed! Is this the new alternative to “Have a nice day!” or did Safeway tell their cashiers to start saying […]

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CONVERSATION

Here are some examples of different levels of conversation: Communication: “I went for a walk on the beach” Small Talk: “They are already seeing humpbacked whales in Lahaina” Conversation: “I can’t wait to see my first whale breach this year.” Opinion: ” I think thrillcraft should be illegal during calving season.” Discussion: “What would happen […]