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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" #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 #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 #8 "So Many Beds, So Little Time"

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, In : Spiritual Path 

At sixty-two, I’m finally sleeping around. Never before, in my history of moves, have I had nine addresses on the books at once. I’m house-dating. Well, the house I left behind in Roseville, California may not qualify. It’s more like the person I was in love with before the speed dating took over.

But that’s not the only way I don’t recognize myself these days.

Ahead of me, somewhere in “the upcountry” of Maui, is my new home. While future homemate, Linda, and I wrap up the b...


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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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Quality Time in the Discomfort Zone

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, January 15, 2010, In : Emotional Growth 

"Draw a circle and put your name inside," instructed Denise. "Then on the outside, put an X for everything you want to be, do, or have." I raised a frowning eyebrow. After a few months in her "Believe to Achieve" teleclass program, I'd successfully revamped old mind-sets about success, but where was she going with this? "That circle is your comfort zone," she said when we'd finished our task, "and everything you want is outside it!"  My eyebrows were no longer frowning and a cyber tomato had ...


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