“There are many who cast away their final worth when they cast away their servitude. Free from what? … But your eye should clearly show me: free for what? Can you give to yourself your evil and your good and hang up your will above yourself as a law? Can you be judge for yourself Continue reading

The Tall Tale Boy, Part III – “Birth of a Bean”

We tell lies to tell truth.  Let me first tell you the truth.  The greatest year of anyone’s life arrives at age 19.  I anticipated 19 throughout high school then treasured it many years after.  I wrote poetry, loved heedlessly, lived shamelessly.  At 19, one thrusts themselves into the world with pith and lightning, with Continue reading The Tall Tale Boy, Part III – “Birth of a Bean”

The Tall Tale Boy, Part II – “The Sun and Moon”

After three days of business meetings and tireless socializing, I fled Ko Olina to spend a day in Honolulu.  I planned to meet my cousin for dinner, but arrived in the city midday and so decided to wander Waikiki for a few hours in search of souvenirs. Mark and I had exchanged several emails over Continue reading The Tall Tale Boy, Part II – “The Sun and Moon”

The Tall Tale Boy, Part I – “A Herring Heart”

Sunday, February 26th, I stood naked in a large dark hotel room, at the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort in Oahu.  I’d just arrived on the island that morning, spent the day with a cousin and her husband who live in Honolulu, visited Kailua beach, then traveled across the island to check into my Continue reading The Tall Tale Boy, Part I – “A Herring Heart”