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I live in Hawaii Kai, Oahu, in a peaceful neighborhood that is flanked by Koko Head, which juts into the ocean, and Koko Crater, which features a challenging vertical climb on its southern side and a crater that houses stables for horses and a xeriscape garden. I write for a living. I’m a mom and a wife and those roles are the most important of all. I love living in Hawaii and raising my children here. I do what I can to keep Hawaii a lovely place by reflecting the Aloha Spirit in all that I do.

I grew up in Southern New Jersey and attended St. Peter’s School in Riverside, and Holy Cross High in Delran, class of 1976. I joined the U.S. Air Force in 1979, which took me to Texas and California before I was stationed at Hickam AFB in Honolulu in 1981. I’ve been in Hawaii ever since. I was a computer operator in the service, and worked on the first NASA Shuttle flights back in 1980 while at Edwards AFB in California.

Unlike many of my military colleagues, I embraced Hawaii and never wanted to leave. An avid swimmer and lifeguard, I learned to surf and windsurf, ate my first bites of sushi without flinching, and made many friends. When the U.S.A.F. issued my orders to Sunnyvalle, California, I opted for an Honorable Discharge and got a job working on the same computers for Kaiser Permanente. A few years later I took a casual clerk position at The Honolulu Advertiser, met my future husband, and finished college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in journalism.

And if I may say so myself, I’m a pretty good photographer, too!



  1. Nice write up. I too was stationed at Hickam AFB in 1985-1988. I didn’t so much enjoy the AF – but, Hawaii – wow! I moved back in 2004 for a couple years, now in Thailand for 5. Will likely find my way back to Oahu or Maui again soon.

    I just found your blog here – will read more when I wake up. Good work – keep it up!

  2. Interesting blog. I was at Hickam from 81-85 on a non-conus home assignment, having grown up in Wahiawa. I still can’t believe I asked for orders. You know, wanting to see the world, when I was already at the best place it had to offer. Keep up the good work.

  3. Hi! Just found your blog. I enjoyed reading About you and your background. I, too, like to cook, do the WW thing, love to play online scrabble. Never been to Hawaii, though. I’m looking forward to coming back and checking out your blog.

    BTW, I really really like your header picture at top of the blog. I’m started using Twenty Eleven theme a couple weeks back, i see you do too. it’s pretty nice.

  4. Hi! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and site. I found your blog today and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in receiving 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    In case you don’t know, our site SlimKicker basically turns your fitness/diet goals into a level up game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to publish this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

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