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Thanks to the Humble Blog

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Moving to Maui 

Last year I moved to Maui against all odds and in the face of almost everyone’s shock, including my own. (The exception was my mutually-adopted daughter, Donna, who said, “Of course you are!”) It was a radical move after living in California since I was twenty-four, arriving there as as ten-day-old mama to my firstborn. My children had grown up in Sacramento and so had I. Through the years, I'd enthusiastically considered this city not only my home, but the base of my spiritual roots. E...


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"Moving to Maui" #32 -- The Pregnant Pause

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Readers, forgive me for I have sinned. It’s been two weeks and four days since my last blog. I have missed sharing the adventure of Maui with you, but as we all know, blogs are a reflection of every day life and mine has drastically changed. Overnight I went from writer, astrologer and casual island-dweller to chauffeur, chef, caretaker and urban-dweller. One evening I was laughing, sipping and sharing with our Maui circle in the tropical twilight and thirty-six hours later I was washing th...


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"Moving to Maui" #31 -- Recruited Off the Island

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Recruited off the island is so much better than being booted, yes? I came to Maui in May with a plan: I’d make my first off island foray in mid-October. No way I would I be caught alive in Hawaii or anywhere else in the world that month with a third grandchild’s birth in Portland and my mother’s 90th birthday party in Boise. But unborn children, I’ve learned, love to rearrange one’s schedule – a bit of practice for their earthly debut.

 
It seems our little one has raised such a ...


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"Moving to Maui" #30 Trading in Joe After Twenty Years

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

I have successfully survived for five months without the one eligible man who has been in my life since 1990: Trader Joe. Some women still have the house or the child of a bygone relationship. I am left merely holding the bag. It’s that red-on-red one appropriately strewn with Hawaiian flowers and bearing a round white circle featuring bread, cheese and wine. Perhaps you have one too. Love those canvas handles!

I take my “Joebag” along to my current grocery store, the famed “Mana”...


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"Moving to Maui" #29 -- Letting Hawaii In

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Hawaii doesn’t know how to stay outside. It permeates. It lovingly infiltrates. Its life finds the way inside your house and if you give it the merest opening, finds itself all the way inside of you.

The home of my friend, Lynn, is a sublime example. When she’s not flying about the globe as a flight attendant or acting in a movie, she’s at home in her “Jungle House” --a place built as an invitation to be uncertain whether you are inside or outside. At the end of two long, steep ro...


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"Moving to Maui" #28 Another Belief Washed Out to See

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, August 19, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

“At about 1,860 miles from the nearest continent, the Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated grouping of islands on earth.” I first heard this news from Ilene, the doctor of Chinese medicine who tended to my fungus and other physical anomalies with both aplomb and grace. She heard it on an Hawaiian Air flight after having making her home on Maui for a long time. “And I live there!” she'd marveled with a dash of shock. You can imagine how it hit a rookie dweller like me.

The ...


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"Moving to Maui" #27 Fungus Leads to Exotic Encounter

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

The fungi of Maui have a thing for me. And like a house guest more enthusiastic about staying than you are about hosting, they are hard to oust from the premises. When I was on Maui in February with The Peaceful Woman, I investigated an itch only to be startled by a derriere that looked as if it had been clawed by a wild animal! Once back home, my amazing health practitioner, Amber, moved the fungus on down the road with a bottle of Zymex 2. Whew!

Then a couple of months into my residence h...


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"Moving to Maui" #26 -- Through the Pineapple Portal

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Sunday, August 8, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Alice fell down the Rabbit Hole and landed in Wonderland. Lucy walked to the back of the wardrobe and found herself in Narnia. And Maridel slipped past the Pineapple Portal and entered Hawaii Heaven. How many times did I walk past the orange gate on my way into Haiku Town without ever noticing it? But that’s the magic of a portal into another world: It’s so much a part of the landscape that you don’t see it … until you do.
 
Looking for a new place to walk one day, Karren Louise and I f...


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"Moving to Maui" #25 Is "Live Aloha" a Bumper Sticker or a Way of Life?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 
"Just another day in paradise..." is a phrase that floats around the island with great affection. Hawaiian's don't say it of course. Just we mainlanders become islanders--mostly because we still can't believe we live here. Count me among them. But as the weeks go by, I am finding it harder and harder to imagine permanently living elsewhere. And this week, it dawned on me why: the people reflect the generosity of this land. "Live Aloha" could just be a beautiful bumper sticker sentiment, but h...
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Moving to Maui #24 -- God's Green Light

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

The Car Search continued …

When I was a young girl, my mother and I were invited to go on a road trip to California – from Indiana! My mother was as excited as I was, but uncertain because of her prevailing commitments. “Wait for God’s green light,” our wise, would-be benefactress told her. In a religious culture where everything was rules and laws, and depended on the heavy-hitting“God’s will,” this statement melted into my heart like syrup on a Saturday morning pancake. Des...


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Moving to Maui #23 -- A Cab Sauvignon Car on a Pepsi Budget?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, July 19, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Here on the island, there’s a kind of car known as a “Maui Cruiser.” Sounds delightful. Part Maui. Part Cruise. Yet when the time came for housemate Karren Louise and me to find our own vehicle, an MC is exactly what we were not looking for. Cruisers have seen better days, meaning more tear than wear, a fair share of sun-damage and/or body rust, and an ocean’s worth of miles. Regarding ourselves as Cabernet Sauvignon women, regardless of our Pepsi budget, we vowed to manifest somethin...


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"Moving to Maui" #22: Humidity Spurs Dreaded Lock Chop

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

There are many things that one lets go of to live in paradise. Among them is one that women everywhere understand as a true sacrifice: the perfect hairdresser. I know the politically correct term is “stylist,” but it just doesn’t fit the mood of the sentence or the sentiment of the moment. “Hairdresser” is a venerable title with generational continuity--and my particular hairdresser and I go way back. Lauren came to me twenty years ago when I was a therapist. “I’m turning forty ...


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"Moving to Maui" #21 Is It True What the Islanders Say?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, July 2, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Before I moved to Maui, several people told me the same thing. It wasn’t the kind of thing I expected to hear when perched on the edge of relocation. But then, who expects to move to Hawaii? Each person expressed the message differently, but all had something in common: they lived on one of the islands either full or part time.

“Living in Hawaii will deeply change you.” 

One said the changes would occur at a cellular level. Another told me that when I return to the Mainland, people w...


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Moving to Maui #20 -- "Am I Home Yet?"

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, June 18, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

“Welcome Home!” my housemates said when I flew into Maui four weeks ago. “Welcome home!” the Peaceful Women island-dwellers echoed as they greeted me. But when Brittany, the bank teller, said it to me, it felt completely different.

“So where are you living on island?” she asked in the course of filling out a form.
“In Haiku.”
Where did you live on the Mainland?”
“California.”
Oh, I love California!” she exclaimed.
“I love it too, but I’d lived there since I was twenty...


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Moving to Maui #19 "Redressed in Hawaii"

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Saturday, June 12, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

There’s nothing wrong with my Mainland clothes. They mix, match, and mingle with each other and with my small, but mighty earring repetoire. I couldn’t bring all my clothes to Maui, but I seem to have chosen well. A few sun dresses, two pairs of shorts, various lengths and colors of pants and a party of tops. Even a raincoat, a sweater and a terry zip-up because I live on the cool hip of Mother Maui.

So why was it that after settling into my island home, my clothes didn’t settle in wi...


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Moving to Maui #17 -- An Evening at the Hana Hou

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Is this my life? Am I dreaming a walk through the soft, Hawaiian evening to the Hana Hou Café? My housemate and friend, Karren Louise and I are headed there for some music and a glass of wine. This local dinner house is largely an enclosed patio surrounded by tropical plant life, strung with twinkly lights, and the feel of an old neighborhood restaurant.

We’re not just here for the music, the relaxation, or the pleasurable stroll through the lush, rural streets of our little town. We’r...


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Moving to Maui #16 "A Slice of Maui Life"

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, June 4, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

It’s been two weeks today since I took up residence in Haiku. So pick up a fork and have a slice of my Maui life, bite by bite. It’s the Back-to-Nature experience I never craved with a kind of Costco, Starbucks, Home Depot twist. (Though that entails a twelve mile ride.) 

Unlocked Doors:People talk about the “good old days” when we didn’t have to lock our doors. I missed that era. Instead I remember standing on the porch in Indiana impatiently stomping to keep the blood flowing i...


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Moving to Maui #15 Lost on Maui With a Car that Won't Start

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, May 28, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 
In hot pursuit of a desk and chair to complete my room--and allow me to set up shop--I ventured out onto the island alone. Both housemates had other commitments, so after dropping them off at their respective locales and armed with detailed directions, I set forth. Never mind that I had never been where I was going, couldn't pronounce most of the highway and street names (Puunene, Mokulele, Mikioi, Hoala), and was running behind schedule to meet the desk/chair owner. This was my first solo ru...
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Moving to Maui #14 "Making Room" for Myself on the Island

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

In the house in Hiaku on Haiku Road sat a room with my name on it--literally. My housemates had arrived before me and had chosen their rooms already which only made sense. I'd actually enjoyed the experience of other people choosing the town I would live in and the house I would call home. But how would I fare with a pre-chosen room?

"What can we do it make it special for you?" Linda wanted to know the week before I arrived. 
Little white Christmas lights around the ceiling line was my first c...


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Moving to Maui #13 -- The Adventure Begins

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Saturday, May 22, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

Almost three days on Maui and too much to tell, but if I wait any longer my life will become unblogable.

The Ride: For those of you who vowed to come see me, Alaska Airline’s new direct flight from Sacramento is great! The plane isn’t purple inside like Hawaiian Air and IZ isn’t crooning while hula dancers sway against a backdrop of dancing palm trees, but the flight is direct, $199 each way, offers reasonable, healthy food to purchase—and if you’re very good (like we evidently we...


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At the Airport

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 
I'm at the airport and officially  "Moving to Maui." My suitcase and two boxes passed the stress test so the home scales must be accurate within a pound. (That's one way to find out!) With a 50 pound limit, each one weighed 48.50. "It looks like I'm traveling heavy," I said to the Alaska rep, "but I'm actually traveling light--I'm moving there." He seemed mildly amused and I felt exceedingly triumphant. It took a professional packer, myself and last minute help from Sandi to get the essence o...
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Moving to Maui #12 Headlines from the Mainland

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, May 17, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

My move to Maui is coming in headlines now:

CLOSE LONG-TIME FRIEND MAY BE MOVING TO MAUI TOO! (name withheld)

JUST GOT BRAND NEW MAUI-DO! (as in hair)

NEW BOOK IDEA WITH "MAUI" IN THE TITLE (top secret)

TOMORROW IS OFFICIAL PACKING DAY (with help from a world-traveler)

BELOVED CAT IS A METAPHOR (again)

The festvities are winding down on the mainland--treasured hours spent in numerous Starbucks, dinners in the homes of friends, another at Black Angus, an outdoor tea, two coffees in Fair Oaks Park wi...


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Moving to Maui #11 --The Countdown: Staying in Real Time

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, May 13, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

I feel drunk in love tonight. Far from my transitory nest in the Pocket area and a week from sleeping in my Maui bed, I’m already in paradise. Outside the birds serenade in the twilight and evening settles on a view that belongs in the Sound of Music. From my guest house window, a lush valley, domed hills, broad mountains and snow-capped peaks cause me to breathe wonder along with the pristine air. I’m gratefully situated in Shingle Springs, on the property of my dear friend, Sue Atkinson...


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Moving to Maui #10: Don't Have Old, Don't Have New

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, May 7, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 
Almost thirty years ago, I sat in the Howard Johnson's in Fairfield, California, my attention split between my deep-fried golden clam roll and my journal. I had just come from a therapy session in Pleasant Hill where old beliefs about my self had been rousted from their cozy beds, the covers thrown aside. "I don't have the old and I don't have the new," I wrote. "Who am I?" I knew I would never be able to squeeze the old self-definitions back into their boxes but new ones eluded me like glitt...
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Moving to Maui #9: Is It A Poem or a Home?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

The phone rang late one evening at my temporary home in Dundee where I sleep on a blow-up bed and answer to the name “Delly.” Future housemate Karren Louise’s voice sparkled over the line. She was giddy, nearly breathless with exclamation.

“I found our home!” she said. “And it’s so frickin’ amazing!” I envisioned her behind the wheel of the van, careening down the road as words flew like flapping birds straight from her heart. “It’s so luxurious … gorgeous tile work…...


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Moving to Maui #7: Mother Maui's Got Dinner Ready

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, April 9, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

I can still hear my mother’s voice calling me home to dinner. “Maaar-i-del!” It was a one-word song, a beckoning, a reminder of my place in the world and at the table. I’ve recently been summoned home by another elder. Mother Maui has not only called me home, but has sent for me sooner than planned.

I had my own agenda of course and a lovely agenda it was. My friend, Sandi, and I had made plans last year to vacation on The Big Island mid-June. So after committing to the move to Maui,...


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Moving to Maui #5: I'm Back-Blogged

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Sunday, April 4, 2010, In : Moving to Maui 

I've got a new entry for the Blogger's lexicon: "Back-Blogged."  Translation: Life is moving faster than the speed of one's blogging. Think of it as the opposite of blogger's block.

What's the cure for Back-Bloggedness? Why, a blogging blitz of course. Sitting down and writing three or four blogs and then sending them out every day or two until you're caught up. That's my intent--despite the fact that I'm on my pre-Maui family tour to Oregon and Idaho, a context that doesn't lend itself to re...


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