Mermaid Kimi...

Free diver deep and about, communing with her undersea friends...

More about extraordinary Kimi tomorrow!

Nesting hearts and stones...

Nesting at home on a brilliant desert Sunday, after Yoga!
Blessed, I am...

Taking "Nest Building 101", from my neighbors with wings.
For a graduate course in Nest Building, watch this.

Chubby neighbor...

with sparkling voice, typical DIVA!
Yet I am not sure if it's soprano or tenor, do you?

Robin on morning dog walk
iPhone rocks! yes? what with the zoom!!!

Pikake, Kukui, 'Awapuhi, Loke...

Jasmin, Kukui nuts, Ginger, Rosebuds.

Inhaling Jasmin buds,
exhaling Ginger blossoms all night long...

Orchid story...

My daughter gave me this beautiful orchid plant when she visited last summer. 
And it bloomed and bloomed for six months in my yoga studio. It even sprouted
further out with five more blossoms you see here when I thought it was all but done.
Such a miraculous spike that I took this photo to share with her.

I had the greatest surprise birthday gift last week when my girls showed up in my Yoga class. From Hawaii with Jasmine/ginger leis! ... 3300 miles! Redeye! Ahhhh... heaven!

When they left, all the blossoms finally let go.
I'd like to imagine that the orchids waited to see them again.
The last blossom fell this morning and the girls are back home safe.

What a gift! and how I miss them,
Santa Fe

Woke up this morning...

and decided to be a Fierce Warrior today! 

and a Tree, Dog, Peacock, Crane, Heron, Cobra, Pigeon, Locust, 
Camel, Bow, Plow, Turtle and a Lotus Blossom... 

a birthday post

Birthday Smile...

with baby teeth ...

"Ain't life great?"
says Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde
Seoul, Korea

Ordinary stones...

How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And doesn't care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.

Gifts from traveling friends + my own collection.
Clockwise starting with round black stone: from Rio Grande, Mt. Kailash, Maine coast, 
New Zealand, Bolivia, tiny one from Ireland and Hawaiian coral in the center.
Can you guess which ones I picked up?

Apple sweet Apple...

East Village at dusk, on the way to Café Gitane...
no place like it.
big apple cupcake
NY will always be one of my Home Sweet Home.

Faraway full Moon...

the very same full Moon that's keeping me awake tonight.

A tiny lace doily floats over the Mokuluas...
three thousand miles away.

Will to Bloom...

all through the month of December,
just to gaze at the first Full Moon of the New Year!

willful beauties in the morning light...

Ankle deep in cold stream...

Farmer washing Mu(daikon) in winter stream for the market
...till not a spec of dirt is left. Touching attentiveness!
My favorite root vegetable, Mu in Korean - best for Kimchi.

Joy of calm...

January in Kailua bay
for panorama, imagine bottom photo next to top photo; 2.5 mile long beach!!

Empty begging bowl...

"What we need will come to us... and at the end of the day our bowls will be filled."
- Buddha

When I was a girl in Korea young buddhist monks or nuns would come by 
our house regularly with their begging bowls. We always filled their bowls with rice. 
Although I didn't know it at the time, they were learning humility and we were 
practicing generosity and compassion.
They would transfer our rice into a big sack and went on to the next house 
with an empty bowl.

A long time ago, Toshiko gave me 3 raku bowls just because I admired them so.
Occasionally, I drink tea from her bowls and reflect on her spontaneous generosity.

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou

Sarvesham svastir bhavatu
Sarvesham santir bhavatu
Sarvesham poormam bhavatu
Savesham mangalam bhavatu

May all beings be well, peaceful and tranquil, whole and auspicious.
Ancient Peace Mantra in Sanskrit