Irene Steers – 1908-2013

Grandma Irene was a remarkable woman. Steady, determined, opinionated, kind, and thoughtful. Few people looked forward to each day with as much enthusiasm. She studied the Bible and went to church regularly, always trusting that God would take care of her. And he did. Grandma died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 104. … Read More »

Lawrence ‘Mac’ McElfresh – 1926-2013

Dad was a good man. Strong, stubborn, kind, opinionated, resourceful, sentimental, and understanding. He was the ultimate putterer who loved to figure out how things work, lived a long and full life in good health, had a comfortable retirement that most people only dream about, and died quickly while doing what he loved. Dad will … Read More »

Deteriorata

Tony Hendra’s version of Deteriorata, circa 1972: Go placidly amid the noise and waste, and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof. Avoid quiet and passive persons unless you are in need of sleep. Rotate your tires. Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself, And heed well their advice, even though … Read More »

Desiderata

Les Crane’s version of Desiderata, circa 1971: Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have … Read More »

How Old Hawaii Came To Life Again

Honolulu is composed of many neighborhoods, a diverse group of people, and a few surprises. Waikiki, polynesian luau shows, shopping, and the beaches are not the surprises. Neither are attractions such as Aloha Tower or Iolani Palace. Even the stunning view from the Pali Lookout is somewhat expected given the beauty of the islands. So, … Read More »

A National Day of Quiet

They celebrate No Music Day in the United Kingdom. No music on radio, in airports or supermarkets, or department stores. What’s next? No Commercials Day? Why not? That would be a national holiday with more benefit than store sales in the mall. Besides the basic national holidays of merit, we have holidays for Presidents that … Read More »