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Kalaupapa Today It is 8:30 am on a Thursday morning and the trash collector has…

The Road Less Travelled The house is no longer there, the cottage where my grandparents,…

The Last Farewell “There’s a ship lies rigged and ready in the harbor, tomorrow for…

Kalaupapa Today It is 8:30 am on a Thursday morning and the trash collector has just left the church compound. There is still a residue of dew on the grassy lawn but the sun is shining, a slight breeze is blowing and soon that dew will be absorbed into the atmosphere. It would seem like any…

The Road Less Travelled The house is no longer there, the cottage where my grandparents, Kate and Pat Fallon raised five children, the oldest being my mother, Mary. The fields once worked by my Uncle James, are now grazed by my cousin Tommy’s cattle. The road is still there, though now impinged upon by furze…

The Last Farewell “There’s a ship lies rigged and ready in the harbor, tomorrow for old England she sails Far away from your land of sunshine to my land full of rainy skies and gales And I shall be aboard that ship tomorrow, though my heart is full of tears at this farewell For you…

Time To Say Good Bye It must have been about 9:30 pm and I had settled in bed for the night when it came to me by way of the voices of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, “Time to say goodbye…….” I have no idea why this melody floated into my consciousness. In this song written…

Baring Arms For The Cause Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, is credited with many witty sayings, most of which I dare not quote here, but this one I can. It goes, “Man who wears short sleeved shirt supports right to bare arms.” He has also been quoted as saying, “He who sits on needle gets…

“Make Love, Not War” As many of you know, the phrase, “Make love, not war” was coined in the 1960s by the Hippie community, in opposition to the Vietnam war. Indeed, it was their motto, though it had other connotations besides not making war. We need not dig too deeply into that. The phrase, however,…

Star of Wonder “O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.” John Hopkins Jr. in 1857 I am not exactly known as a star gazer but I do recall times in my high school years when, during class time, I caught…

It’s Never Too Late Just a few minutes ago I walked across the street to check my mail box, just in case I had received a million dollars to benefit St Francis Church. The sign on the window as well as on the door read, “Closed 12/7; Open 12/8”. Today is 12/8 and this was…

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