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He lives!

After retrieving my nametag from the tall usher in the foyer, I quietly opened the door and snuck into the Methodist Church called Faith that Dick and his family have considered theirs for decades. The pre-service Easter music wafted up … Continue reading

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Heroes in training

We think that Mark, who drew this card that Dick received this week, has a future as a cartoonist. A packet of 20 handwritten, hand-drawn thank you notes from Oahu arrived at Dick’s, Cora’s and Connie’s houses, each unique card … Continue reading

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Claudio and Camron

When the four of us met in person for the first time just inside the restaurant door last night, we hugged as if we’d known each other forever. Bystanders might have thought we were family—the older, gray-haired couple meeting the … Continue reading

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Good fortunes

(with thanks to Claudio and Salesi) You will be reborn. Literally. In line, about to board a plane, you will die in an airport. You will feel very dizzy and then feel nothing as you pitch forward into oblivion. Your … Continue reading

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On the treadmill

So many of us feel this way, slogging off to work every day, dragging ourselves back home, living for the weekends. “Back on the old treadmill,” some of us say. Well, today, Dick got back on the old treadmill—literally—and in … Continue reading

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The Maumaus

  Finally we both got to thank two of our newest ohana in person for their generous hearts and for literally bringing Dick back to life in January. Honolulu firefighter Salesi Maumau and his wife Eryn, both native Northern Californians, … Continue reading

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Spring springing

Blossoms everywhere all of a sudden, even as the on-again, off-again rains continue in our neck of the woods. And hearts leap out at us, too, on our daily walks around Woodside as Dick’s keeps on tickin’, stronger than it’s … Continue reading

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Flying saucer

  Did I tell you that I had a poem recently published in an online magazine called riverbabble? You can read it here: http://www.iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue34/P-34-HAAG.HTML?fbclid=IwAR1bJcyde0RCSkk5-fDp9o_zotkvvhLZwsqasawlQBt0SK6BJFDQYLTt5jc Or you can read it here: Flying Saucer That’s what he looked like in the murk … Continue reading

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Two months new

Two months ago today this man had a cardiac arrest in Honolulu. His heart stopped beating, and he stopped breathing. About three minutes later, thanks to the quick action of an off-duty nurse and firefighter, as well as a Hawaiian … Continue reading

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Split pea

For many years in my family the standard for good split pea soup was set by the folks down in Santa Nella in California’s great central valley at Pea Soup Andersen’s. That restaurant on Interstate 5 is not far from … Continue reading

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