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Stepping In To Save Swaziland Babies

Late January is summer in the Kingdom of Swaziland – and seriously hot. It’s also when poisonous black mamba snakes are out and about. Deadly, slithering creatures normally would deter me, but this trip halfway around the world was to meet 49 babies at a place called P r o j e c t Canaan. […]

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Prayer, The Last Line Of Hope

When a major crisis occurs, it should cause us to reflect on and assess personal priorities. We often do – for a minute or two. The devastation from Superstorm Sandy is but one more reminder of just how perishable both the things we treasure and our lives are. Homes, cars, trucks, boats, big screen TVs, […]

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Yearly Mammograms Do Save Lives

I received some really great news recently: My friend Ann with breast cancer is now cancer-free. Her breast cancer diagnosis came quickly. An annual mammogram revealed a small speck of wrong cells, and within days she was undergoing a biopsy. Then came a surgery and another follow-up surgery to get all the surrounding cancerous “margin” […]

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America’s Educational Mediocrity

After watching the film Waiting for Superman the must-see documentary that takes on the failing state of U.S. education the word entrenchment came to mind. There are those deeply entrenched in maintaining the status quo in our public schools. The word entrenchment evokes images of World War I and its gruesome “trench warfare,” which is […]

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Health Problems? Could Be Gluten

Editor’s note: For a related story, please see Marta Lane’s Tastes of Kaua’i on page 8. Last August, when I came home from an Africa mission trip, I stepped on the scales and discovered a 10-pound weight loss. Losing weight is usually met with, “Congratulations, how did you do it?” In my case, reaction to […]

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Letting Kids Learn How To Lose

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar A few weeks ago, our grandsons, 7 and 10, were on Oahu from Waimea on the Big Isle for a soccer tournament at Waipahu’s Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex. Unfortunately, my husband and I were on the Mainland and missed the tourney, but we […]

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2011 Resolutions Go To The Dogs

Rufus, one of our yellow Labmix dogs, sheds a whole new dog every week. No kidding. Thankfully, his litter-mate sister Lucy, by comparison, for whatever genetic reason, is a “hair lightweight,” born with a shorter, more manageable coat. They’re 10 years old now and are partial to lounging on our best Oriental rug (yes, our […]

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Stop Patting Down Kids, Old Ladies

Lucy wanted to fly to the Mainland for Christmas to visit family – in fact, some relatives she had never met. Born in Hawaii, she’d never had the chance to take such a big trip, and now, at close to 70 years old, she seemed very excited at the prospect. Sheltered to the max, Lucy […]

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Feeling The Pain Of The Recession

When the news media reports the nation’s unemployment rate – still about 9.6 percent – it fails to account for the many others personally impacted by that impersonal statistic. I have four close family members who are out of work because the economy. One just lost his job last month and is looking at a […]