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Marinate on This…

Posted on January 18, 2009

Take the time to let it all seep in...

Take the time to let it all seep in...

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” ~Hilaire Belloc

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Posted on November 22, 2008

I like to stay up so late at night that my eyes sting with redness and I must pretend that there are wooden toothpicks forcibly holding them open. I also adore these so-called “witching hours” because it is then that my thoughts are truly free. I lose my censors and any manifestations of propriety shortly after 10pm. I like me lots more then. Lots more, I say.

In reverence,

The sleepiest (but fighting like a champ) Girl in all the Water…

Do not doubt

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Droplets of Happiness

Posted on November 12, 2008

Re-reading books I’ve highlighted. Only reading the highlights. Ironic thoughts. Iconic people. Walks in Central Park with a hot soft pretzel and vintage sunglasses. Moments in Wonderland. Knots in my hair which remind me of childhood or Summer. Problem Solving (for others). Marinating on problems (of my own). Hollywood Regency. Thomas Haines Elbow chair. Modernism. Finding new friends in people you’ve known for years. The fact that it was ok for Huey Lewis to sing about his desire to explore other drug options. And define exactly what he wanted from it. Accents. Fabric. Summer covered in sand, lost in the sky.

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What’s With All the STUFF, Hilo Hattie?

Posted on October 13, 2008

Distraction is key.

When I couldn’t buy one more flip flop or bikini in preparation for our Hawaii trip, we decided to move. When we decided to move, the new place necessitated paint. And preparation. And faux antiquities. And when even I couldn’t stomach spending one more dollar on a mosaic mirror or clay red dishes, we left for the afore mentioned Hawaii trip. And we wore our flip-flops and bikinis and returned to the mainland to settle into our, um…stuff.

But as I said, distraction is key and my seemingly endless supply is running short.

The stuff isn’t helping anymore and I’ve noticed that which I could ignore before, is now splashing against my consciousness as the waves do the rocks. Constant. Unrelenting. Eroding all that I’d come to pretend I valued.

Spouse of the Water believes that the rebel soul can only be contained for so long before it rebels against its container. I believe he may be correct and I’m strangely grateful. My soul had been distracted by stuff. Tres Hilo Hattie.

Hawaiian performer, Clarissa Haili became known as Hilo Hattie after popularizing the song “When Hilo Hattie Does the Hula Hop”. She enjoyed fame and it’s trappings but apparently never lost her Aloha Spirit. Never forgot who she was and where she came from. She even lent her name to a “souvenir” shop of sorts, which boasts the largest selection of Aloha Shirts and Made In Hawaii fashion, gifts, shotgalsses and muumuu’s anywhere. Oddly, the only “thing” we bought from a Hilo Hattie store was directions. Funny how I didn’t crave stuff or distraction in Hawaii.

I wonder if Ms. Hattie would be happy with the way her store has been developed and her memory altered. After all, she died in 1979. And a lot can happen in 29 years. I should know.

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Life’s a Jungle, So Why Not Move IN?

Posted on September 29, 2008

I quite like the idea of making my home on the inside of a Banyan tree. They are solid and peaceful and isn’t that what we seek in a home?

Plus, it could be like a majick castle and you could scare little kids as they walked by. Not like, in the traumatizing way, but more in the “tee-hee… she ran fast!” kinda way. Oh the Spouse of the Water and I would have such fun living in a tree!

The decor could be modern rustic yet chill. I’d have to learn to relax a bit regarding the dirt on the floors. For trees are just meant to be a smidge sooty, I suppose.

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My Five Step Plan Towards the Eradication of Brain Atrophy

Posted on September 23, 2008

Mushiness of the brain is an issue that millions suffer from and few care enough to fight. It’s not our fault anymore. I mean it WAS our fault back in the summer of 2000 when we were a nation obsessed with Survivor: Borneo. And in 2002, when Justin v. Kelly in the finale of American Idol Season One was as big an issue as McCain v. Obama, today. You see, back then we had a choice. And it was YOU, my fellow Americans, who chose to indulge the shameless exploitation of your human counterparts, and make it ok for television networks to force feed us live tarantulas (literally) and models who can’t walk, but can say the word “bitch”  nine times per episode.

At first I railed against this embarrassment of mankind, and turned off my television. I was also living in Los Angeles, so I was able to indulge my celeb curiosity at the local Coffee Bean without supporting the evil Reality TV empire.
Alas, things are different today. You see, we have no choices now. Even the more “reputable” networks: ABC, NBC, and CBS place moral abominations Extreme Makeover, The Apprentice, and Big Brother squarely in the middle of the their scripted show schedule, so as to make complete avoidance a nearly impossible feat.

Still, in spite of all of my hesitations and feelings that I was wasting chunks of time that I would never see again, night after night, Spouse of the Water and I would hunker down, my computer on my lap and distractedly half-focus on almost married women acting beastly and overweight people exercising wildly and eating Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey Breast. I voiced my frustration with the repetitive nature of this cycle, but we found it impossible to completely unplug.

Then, through a series of events which were not necessarily intentional, we found ourselves in a new home with no cable. Not one, single station. Odder still, we are over the moon happy. We relate. We laugh. Lots. We discuss, we cry, we plan, and we know that our lives are rad . Eff you Big Brother! I’ll read the book! The REAL Book. For you see, when I am not obligated to enroll in YOUR life, I can live mine. Fer reals.
Addendum for LOST: I will be having DVD’s Tivo’d for me OR I’ll watch on ITunes. I can deal, but it does get sticky.
Loving mind freedom~

Girl of the Water

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Daniel Farraday was DEAD ON….

Posted on September 19, 2008

“The light… it’s strange out here, isn’t it? It’s kind of like, it doesn’t, it doesn’t scatter quite right…” - Daniel Farraday

How right you are Daniel…how right you are. I have ADD…seriously cannot sit still, mind plowing though questions, issues, scenarios, what-if’s at a trillion miles per nano-second. That kind of ADD. UNTIL, I took my ADD on a steller vacay and transported it to the land beyond time, Beyond worry. Beyond anything except “Aloha, See ya in the water, and Mahalo” Oh, and “where is that tremendous flowery smell coming from!!!!????”

Suffice it to say that Maui is the place the Girl and Spouse of the Water must be. The breaths we breathed and the moments we allowed ourselves to become….THAT my friends, is LIFE! And while I will always love well made clothes and silky cutains ith the perfect accent chair or um, hat, I find myself wondering just how important it all really is. I was sick of everything before….mostly sick of myself. Going against myself. Against what I desired to do or say. Against, the knowledge that I had and let go of and needed so desperately to find. I found it there. In that simplest most complex place. I missed you blog. I missed the out pourings nightly (and daily too). But I’m back, Hopefully different, but here nonetheless. I love NY (ESPECIALLY) in the Fall crispness. The smell intoxicates my being. But so does a Maui sunset. Sigh.

Peace Becomes Her

Peace Becomes Her

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What Do You Know That I Need To Know?

Posted on September 13, 2008


I am in Heaven. But real Heaven…Not places that I have compared to Heaven in the past, such as Whole Foods, or like, you know, Pottery Barn, but God’s Heaven. Maui is majickal. I have pictures to end all pictures and experiences which make me wonder what in the heck I did in a past life to deserve these blessings.

Sadly, we left our USB cable at home, so my mock-up  picture will have to do for now, but I had an epiphany today whilst talking to the lady in our hotel giftshop that I needed to put into writing….

She knew stuff. Lots of stuff. She was wise beyond the credit we might typically attribute to a resort gift shop lady and I KNEW that she knew things that I needed to know. Whatever that means….

Did she know where to find the best local restaurants or shopping haunts? Did she know the key to happiness? The meaning of life? That I needed to go right instead of left? The fact is, we ALL know something that I (proverbial “I”) need to know.

So, I decided to ask. Everyone. Much to the chagrin of my husband who is traditionally WAY more shy than I am…

I am curious as to what people might say. Will they ask me to elaborate as to what exactly I mean ( I won’t )?

Will they give me facts? Thoughts? Desires? Will they project what they seek into the advice they spew?

We’ll see. I shall ask everyone. I started with Hector Hernandez who works in a jewelry shoppe in Wailea. Spouse of the Water was purchasing the perfect Mother of Pearl necklace for me (Happy Birthday to me!) and I asked Hector (who has lived on Maui for 13 years, but is originally from Chicago and (like me) prefers thick crust pizza) “what he knew that I need to know.”  I do believe, Hector Hernandez momentarily thought I was nuts. Then he smiled. Calmly, Warmly…. and he told me “It’s all relaxed… know everything is relaxed.”

Though Hector Hernandez has clearly never tried to get to an office building in NYC on an August Day by 10am, and obviously does not know the perils therein, I respect this advice and plan to use it and apply it to my newly renourished Water life.

So, I humbly request that you tell me what you know that I NEED to know….

Please… I need to know. I really do.

I shall eventually divulge what I know. All in good time.

With revitalized love and respect…

A tan and year older Girl of the Water.

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