Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day One

Finally, there’s sun. So much sun. Its rays are blinding me where I’m sitting on the lanai. So much sun that the long shadows of palm trees are being cast across my yard. So much sun I want to get up, get out, and do something. Oh, wait, we’re sheltering in place. Honestly, sheltering in…

Lost Words

A is for acorn. B is for buttercup. C is for chestnut. Or maybe: A is for almond. B is for blackberry. C is for crocus. You recognize these words, right? They’re familiar, right? You can probably even picture the two-toned brown nut with its textured top hat. Possibly taste the juicy blackberry in your…

Holy Mōlī: Albatross and Other Ancestors

In the days before Cook introduced Hawai‘i to the world and an onslaught of foreigners arrived. Back in the days before the old religion was abolished and missionaries arrived on scene. I’ve read that winged creatures represented messengers of the gods, because, unlike mere humans, birds can fly to great lengths and heights. Places far…

Do Animals Have Personality?

My thick, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged, defines “personality” as “the quality or state of being a person and not an abstraction, thing, or lower being: the fact of being a individual person: personal existence or entity: capacity for the choices, experiences, and liabilities of an individual person.” There are six varying definitions of…