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Keeping Up Appearances The phone rings. There is a clattering of high heeled shoes on the tile floor. Then a rather high pitch voice is heard saying, “Good afternoon! This is Mrs. Bouquet, mistress of the housing, speaking.” After a slight pause, the voice resumes, “Oh, it’s you Sheridan dear. How nice of you to call…

Treasures In The Hold It appeared on the horizon at about 7:30 am. Then at 8:00 am approximately, it had arrived in the inner harbor, and by 9:00 am had settled in next to the pier at Damien’s Landing. Looking at it from my front porch brought to mind these lines from a girl scout…

“Beneath The Banyan Tree” Legend says that “trees are the record keepers of the earth. They are busy gathering information and holding volumes of wisdom and knowledge. Branches layer themselves with information and their leaves capture your words and actions as you walk by them.” It is also written that “the banyan tree represents a…

God On The Mountain “Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain And you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known But things change, when you’re down in the valley Don’t lose faith, for you’re never alone. For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley When things go wrong,…

Flowers On The Water “To hear your voice, to see you smile, to sit and talk to you awhile. To be together the same old way, that would be our greatest wish today.” John Williamson People were gathering at the Kalaupapa Pier (I call it Damien’s Landing) which is a stone’s throw from my front…

Invasion Of The Cockroaches It was about 10:00 pm and was time for me to hit the hay. So, I did my usual check of the kitchen to make sure that I had not left any stove top burner switched on and then retired to my bedroom. As I reached for my toothbrush, I noticed…

Hunting The Shoals Of Herring ‘With our nets and gear we’re faring on the wild and wasteful ocean. It’s there that we hunt and earn our bread as we hunt the bonny shoals of herring.’ It isn’t often that I awake to the words or refrain of a song. Yet that is what happened just…

Get behind me, Satan There comes to mind at this time the story of the lady who went shopping for a dress one day. Seeing a fabulous dress on display in the store window with a price tag of 75 dollars, which she really couldn’t afford, she went against her better judgement, tried it on,…

“How Now, Brown Cow? “ Those few words, “How now, brown cow?” is what we might call a lighthearted way of asking, “What’s up, Doc?” or “What’s next?” Dictionaries tell us that the expression has its origin in the teaching of the English language and that teachers have used it to teach students how to…

As Time Goes By Those of you who are into British sitcom will recognize the title of this article as the name of a popular BBC sitcom which aired from 1992 to 2005 and its reruns are still viewed on Public Television channels. It follows the relationship between two old time friends who have reunited…

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