Thankful, Patient, Mellower

People change all the time.-Tony Shalhoub People can change, and when they do, we are fortunate to witness it. I recently started working with my dad. He’s an old school architect in his 70s, still drawing plans by hand and driving all over Oahu to measure houses. Recent environmental regulations for storm water runoff on… Continue reading Thankful, Patient, Mellower

Why I Talk to Strangers: We are All Connected

Image by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash. Minding your own businessRefusing to make eye contactShutting yourself inside your home after school or work without talking to your neighborsLiving in a virtual, anonymous world of likes, anger, and lies That’s no way to live. We are alive, at this time, with billions of others for a reason.… Continue reading Why I Talk to Strangers: We are All Connected

Seven Words Inviting Change

How are you? “Blessed. Beyond belief. And so are you.” -Peter, father, grandfather, and security guard for Waipahu Medical Building While trying to change his own mindset, Peter discovered the positive effect these seven meaningful words had on others. He recreated his perception and expectations of himself and the world when he believed and lived… Continue reading Seven Words Inviting Change

Conflicted in China

An unconditional heart brings great blessings with no boundary Without boundaries, our fragile lives are all connected through love Why do you turn a blind eye and let yourselves be restricted by the status quo? Willingly, I finally come to my senses to realize my character and my emptiness -translation of lyrics from Wu (Enlightenment)… Continue reading Conflicted in China

Thankful to Be Free

Liberty Bell wrapped in American flag

Today is a day to celebrate our freedom to Choose our religion instead of forced to practice a state religionAssociate with whomever we choose, including friends, clubs, teams, and churchCriticize the PresidentSpeak our minds without fear of government retaliationFollow our hearts or the money in pursuit of our happinessMarry my choiceHave as many kids as… Continue reading Thankful to Be Free

Opportunity, Not Handouts, Wanted

I used to think Americans were silly for not caring more about politics, unlike people in other countries who argued about politics over beer and bratwurst. I didn’t understand that the United States was founded by and continues to be seeded by people who want less government interference. Even if they just want their kids… Continue reading Opportunity, Not Handouts, Wanted