Monthly Archives: November 2016

FINDING TRANQUILITY AT PUAKO, HAWAI`I

FINDING TRANQUILITY AT PUAKO, HAWAI`I

 

Did you feast on Thanksgiving excess? I did.

black_friday_shoppingDid you dash out for Black Friday Shopping?

I didn’t – a possible mistake given the bargains I’ve undoubtedly missed. But I needed something else.

I needed to metaphorically sail away into a Sea of Tranquility

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Everyone who looks can find their own favorite place to reconnect and recharge. It could be the back yard or a country lane. It could be down the street or across the country. Mine is across Hawai`i Island at Puako, a stretch of rocky, sandy coastline created by an old lava flow.

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Our family runs away to the Fairmont Orchid for Thanksgiving. We reconnect, eat, and laugh. There’s also time for morning solitude when I steal away across the property and head off into a well-traveled but still secluded coastline walk.

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Green sea turtles, Honu, are a protected species in the Puako Marine Reserve. Snorklers often swim with them. I sometimes encounter them resting on the beach. The trail crosses rocks and sand. There are fish ponds with rock walls and signs warning visitors not to tease the eels hiding in the walls.

 

I treasure these quasi-solitary walks as a time to be at peace in my surroundings. There’s no rush. Just sun, sea and moments to let my mind run where it will until it returns with tranquility.
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 Photo of Thanksgiving cornucopia display at Fairmont Orchid by Author.

Photo of Dog with Packages by Eric.Ray Creative Commons Attribution. Wikimedia Commons.

All other photos by Author.

Fairmont Orchid.

Puako is Rich in Hawaiian History and Unforeseen Changes. Hawai`i Life. July 25, 2011.

KOLKATA, MARY PIGOT, & ME – Where She Wasn’t

KOLKATA, MARY PIGOT, & ME – Where She Wasn’t

My recent visit to Kolkata, like my visit to Edinburgh early last summer, is directly related to my current research project. This book is about Mary Pigot and the lawsuit she filed in 1883 against a prominent male missionary. Mary charged William Hastie with malicious libel. We would call his actions defamation of character. With… Continue Reading

DURGA PUJA – THE GODDESS RETURNS

DURGA PUJA – THE GODDESS RETURNS

  Durga Puja occurs in every autumn, immediately before Diwali, and is the largest festival in Calcutta. This year’s festival dates were October 7 through 11. Happily I was in the city a week before the event, and so was able to see the final stages of preparation. Durga Puja is celebrated throughout India, but… Continue Reading

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