Monster Repellant

Today is the first morning all summer (since the end of May) that I’ve been alone. My husband is at work. I have no guests, meetings, or events. One child is back in school, and one just went to camp for several days. I am in a state of bliss, despite the piles of laundry, puppy messes everywhere, construction noise, […]

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What does Ola Lokahi mean?

The two Hawaiian words “Ola Lokahi” have layers of meaning that cannot be fully understood until they are felt.  Like many, if not most indigenous cultures, the language of Hawai’i is an oral tradition.  The written form was created in the early 1800’s when missionaries wanted to translate the Bible.  In some cases, the written form does not do justice […]

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Tragedy in Afghanistan: Can You Walk In Another Soul’s Boots?

I believe veterans are some of our most educated and experienced global citizens, and they have the capacity to be society’s greatest teachers when given substantial support in regards to transforming and integrating their combat experiences.  In general, we as a nation and a military community are falling short in offering support of this kind.  We are only beginning to […]

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What is ho’opono or ho’oponopono?

To begin to answer this question one can simply dive into the beautiful language of Hawai’i.  Ho’o is a causative word, giving action to whatever word follows it.  According to the Hawaiian dictionary, pono means in perfect order, uprightness, well being, etc.  The repetition of the word pono is sometimes repeated for greater emphasis.  So ho’opono or ho’oponopono can mean […]

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