We made it back to Hawaii for a short multi-island tour. This issue's focus is on Oahu.
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VOLUME XXI Issue 3: Sunday, April 24, 2022 (248th Issue)
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- Opening Comments from Bob
- Two Poems: Returning and Time
- Bonus Poem Section: There for All
- Vignette: Returning
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...Opening Comments from Bob
This Issue: This issue begins our three-part series on Hawaii, This trip was much shorter than in the past, but it was great to revisit one of our favorite places. Today's issue focuses on Oahu. The two poems are Returning and Time. Returning and the bonus poem talk about one of my favorite seasons, Spring. Time is for the thinker. Enjoy!
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Two Poems this Month + Bonus
Bonus Poem: On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I have been running a daily series of my poems accompanied with an appropriate picture. I will show a favorite in this section each month. This poem first appeared in Volume VI – Issue 3: Sunday, May 27, 2007 (69th issue)
Vignette this Month: Returning
The nation appears to be returning to normal. We all hope that COVID has taken a permanent recess.
Because of the virus, Janice and I canceled for the second time our February trip to the Islands. In March, we decided infection rates had decreased to levels that we could venture out, especially since we are fully vaccinated. Like all of us, we hope the pandemic remains in remission.
What a gift awaited us when we landed in Oahu! When you step into the open-air airport corridors, a smile crosses your lips as you smell the subtle fragrances of the flowers and the warmth that envelops you.
The Royal Hawaiian Resort is the granddaddy of the many modern resorts. It was built in 1927 and remains
known for its elegance and classic service.
There are many fabulous restaurants in Waikiki. As mentioned earlier, the Royal Hawaiian Azure Restaurant presents an elegant, fabulous dining experience, if you are willing to spend the shekels.
Roy Yamaguchi's restaurants are famous throughout the Islands for gourmet dining. Jan and I were not disappointed in our dining experience at Roy's Waikiki Restaurant (226 Lewers St.) Wonderful food but also gourmet prices.
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A leisurely 10 minute walk west of Waikiki Beach takes you to a less crowded and, in my opinion, a nicer beach.
The beach described above has a wonderful beach walk and a great view of Diamond Head.
"The basic principles of spiritual life is that our problems become the very place to discover wisdom and love." - Jack Kornfield
"We are so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are. " - Bill Watterson
"The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing,." - Voltaire
"It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.”- J. K. Rowling
An artsy shot of the roof of the Royal Hawaiian with Diamond Head in the background.
A Bit of Humor
A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul
How to Use a Chain saw
A farmer walks into a hardware store and asks for a chain saw that can cut down 6 trees in one hour. The salesman recommends the top of the line model. The farmer is suitably impressed, and buys it.
The next day he brings it back, complaining that it would only cut down 1 tree and it took ALL DAY!
The salesman takes the chain saw, starts it up to see what’s wrong, and the farmer says, “What’s that noise?”
Compliment of A Joke A Day
Relaxing under a small section of the Banyan Tree in the International Market,
downtown Waikiki. The market consists of many very upscale stores. The
restoration in 2016 caused a great deal of controversy because many
mom and pop stores and stands were removed from the premises.
Tai Chi Corner
Enjoying tai chi at the Ft. Derussy Beach Park next to the Army
Museum. Contact Bob for a name of an instructor near you.
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Blast Series: Review by Janice M. regarding Blast Book Four: . . . I loved the book. There were so many ideas floating around in my head from your writings, and I understood everything you wrote about. I saw the visions while traveling through the pages. Thank you for your inspiration. . . ."
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