This should have been my very first post…

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Growing up in Hawaii in the 50s and 60s you were somewhat sheltered from the outside world. Then, Hawaii was a close knit place not complicated, not hard, but simple, certain and safe.
My childhood was centered around a loving family. It was pretty much a “Cosby” or “Leave it to Beaver” scenario. It was predictable. When you have parents who care and kids that are goody to-shoes there’s not a whole lot of drama that’s going to happen.

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I learned later in life that there’s more to life than me. A self-centered person living in a self-centered world. You see I firmly believe my life didn’t really start until I married my wife in October of 1971. For the first time in my short life I’ve done something that will have a profound impact on me in the years to follow.

So I write these stories, whatever you want to call them, so you might know what I know, the how, the why of things that matter to me as a person, as a husband, and now as a grandfather. I dedicate this to my kids that they might read and know about their dad, and that they always remember it is “they” who have kept me going all these years.

And if I have help someone along the way, that would make my heart leap knowing that I was an influence on their life’s journey.

Photos: Top, Kailua Beach
Bottom: Pounders Beach, Laie, Oahu

Freebird…

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If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now
‘Cause there’s too many places
I’ve got to see

But, if I stayed here with you, 
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird, you can not change

And this bird you cannot change
Lord knows, I can’t change
Lord help me, I can’t change
Lord I can’t change

Won’t you fly high, free bird

Music by: Allen Collins. Lyrics by: Ronnie Van Zant. Sung by: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Don’t Stop Believing…

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Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

Life will always have its ups and downs, accept your fate, take a deep breath and move on.

From: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”

Sometimes it’s only you…

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I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows,

If I fail, if I succeed,
at least I’ll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me, They can’t take away my dignity…

The perfect reminder that sometimes you only have you. And that’s OK.

From Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”