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Maui Family Style: Maui Ocean Center

Maui Family Style: Maui Ocean Center

Does anyone want to go to the aquarium? --Insert screaming-- "When? When? When? Today? Now? Tonight?" I wanted to look at the weather forecast first. You see, going to the Maui Ocean Center is THE perfect activity when the winds are up or the rain is falling because a large portion of it is inside and the portions that are outside are covered. What's nice is that they are open 365 days a year from 9am-5pm. How is that for[...]

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

A few years ago, at a meeting for the parents of toddlers, you would have seen a lady with a distinctly uptight twitch to her posture. My hair might have been brushed, but there was no telling if I would have managed an outfit that looked ‘together’. My foot would have been wriggling up and down, and my hands grasped nervously in front of me.  I would have been dragged there by another well-meaning mother from my son’s kindergarten. We were[...]

To My Colorblind Friend

To My Colorblind Friend

In the thick of the 1992 presidential election, I was a senior in college. I lived in a three-room suite with Lisa Chung and Tess Miller.*  We were African-American, Taiwanese, and WASP, and did almost everything together.  We were a walking Benetton ad. Lisa and I were staunch Democrats, who would cast our first votes for Clinton/Gore.  Tess was an ardent Republican, as was her boyfriend, Isaac.  They were fond of bellowing, "Hello, this is the Clinton/Gore Rapid Response Team!" and[...]

Listen to Your Mother, She Has a Story to Tell

Listen to Your Mother, She Has a Story to Tell

***A wonderful tale AND a treasured giveaway*** As a little girl, I would sit at my grandmother's feet, hypnotized with her fantastic tales of growing up in Colombia, South America. I wanted to tell stories just like she did, to be a storyteller, the kind that left you feeling like you were the one that barely jumped out of the way of the stampeding bull. My heart drummed with each of my Abuela's words, and I dreamed of one day having[...]

How to Get Through a Lice Outbreak in 24 Easy Steps

How to Get Through a Lice Outbreak in 24 Easy Steps

    I mentioned a while back that we had dealt with a lice outbreak. Since then I have received an influx of texts and personal messages saying "HELP!! We have lice!! What do we do?!" So I've  decided to embrace my new found title of Lice Guru and put together a step-by-step "how to" for all of you. So you found your first louse on your little darling’s head. Resist the urge to immediately burn down your house and swallow the vomit that[...]

When Men Don’t Hear What Women Say

When Men Don't Hear What Women Say

It is estimated that men hear as little as two words for every five a woman speaks. Some women might suggest it is actually less than that. And I know some men who might say “What? Did you say something?” So it really came as no surprise last week when this scenario took place: Mandolin: “That’s a nice looking tomato in that basket.” Me: “Yes, it is the best of that variety that I grew. Please don’t eat it.” Mandolin: “Don’t eat it? But it’s the[...]

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