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She Ain’t Rose

turteel My dear friend Pedar Wold was a music collector. He had thousands of CD’s and he loved to share them. One he gave me was a collection of Leon Redbone songs, including “She ain’t Rose.” The lyrics to the refrain are “She ain’t Rose, she ain’t bad, and Rose ain’t here…” ….and I thought of that song while I snorkeled at 69 Beach today (so named because it is at telephone pole #69….).  Losing the Continue reading


Posted on Facebook by Green Collar Technologies I am reposting it here to alert those who don’t “Facebook” Volunteers needed from 8AM to 3PM on Saturday, June 9th in Pahoa Habitat for Humanity Hawai’i Island is seeking skilled construction volunteers for Saturday, June 9th to assist Hope Services in building temporary housing for Puna evacuees. We will be helping to build 21 10×20 foot HPM sheds. Each shed can be built in 3 – 4 Continue reading

Welcome to THIS side of The Hill….

This morning I was adding a patient to my billing program, and started to fill out the required “quality assurance” portion required by Medicare.  “Has the patient had more than 2 documented falls this year?” I passed my 65th birthday in December, and am now the proud carrier of a Medicare card…… …..and I reflected on the recent misstep I took which resulted in my left leg crashing through the plumbing cutout in the under-reconstruction upstairs bathroom….. and Continue reading

Aloha, Kapoho

kapohooverview The lava eruption of 2018 has entered Kapoho, has destroyed Green Lake, is burning homes, and is (as of this writing, 6/2/18) threatening to enter Kapoho Bay/Kapoho Tidepools. The tidepools are the first place we stayed at on Big Island.  It was here that DH looked at me and said “I’ve never seen you look so happy.”  It was here that we decided that Hawaii was calling us to make her our home. It was Continue reading

Testing….part 2

she-he Just seeing if my new “Hroost” will see my new “hrooster!” This site (The Hroost) had been hosted on my son Steve’s Media Temple account. He died in April 2017, and we were all too grief-stricken to worry too much about things like that.  A combination of some coding goofs and technical errors on my part led to my friend Doug Howell helping fix the coding problems, which led to him suggesting I may want Continue reading

Snap….Crackle. Pop.

A portion of the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii is overrun by lava spewing through at least 24 fissures. Many of our favorite places  are in its path, and are likely never again to be accessible during our lifetimes. Though I have volunteered a couple times at the Red Cross shelter, and given some funds for immediate needs of those affected, I feel helpless watching it all….and am stress eating, stress streaming, Continue reading