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Foul problem

February 8th, 2016
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There is a rooster and a bunch of hens who have taken up residence outside my house. This is cute, but annoying when I'm trying to sleep.

I don't live in the country, but you know lots of the Hawaiians Islands have issues with feral foul. And they've made their way to our area. *sigh*

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I don't know why this rooster doesn't crow at 3 a.m. when I could use the help with waking up, but he's completely silent at that time. So un-useful.

However, he's crowing like there is no tomorrow at 1 p.m. when I'm trying to take my nap. Sometimes, he's disrupting the hens who seem to like the side of the house, so there's a lot of clucking.

The crazy crowing happens on the fence outside my bedroom. The hen-ravaging takes place on the side of the house under my other bedroom window. I cannot win.

I'm so exhausted I usually end up falling asleep with the help of headphones and music. I don't notice him/ them as much after the nap because there are humans to pay attention to in the late afternoon.

Then, however, when I go to sleep at 6:30 p.m. he's usually back at it with the crowing or harassing of the females. He irritates more than just me.

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The neighbor's dog, Bailey, has taken to barking at the chickens when they make too much noise. Bailey has the same noise threshold as I do.

Then, because Bailey is barking, my dog Inca starts barking, just to make sure she isn't missing out on something. Then there are two barking dogs and a cacophonous flock to suffer through. Hens can make really weird noises, did you know?

Now and then if the chickens aren't smart, they forget and wander over to Inca's side of the house, and then I hear giant thudding footsteps of a 70 pound dog, and a screaming bird running for her life.

It's funny, actually. Inca never catches the chicken but it's a lot of feathers and commotion.

The other day I made the mistake of trying to yell at the rooster to get it to shut up. When that didn't work I clapped my hands at it thinking I might sound like intimidating fireworks (I'm a fool), but I think he just thought I was applauding his vocal talents. He kept going, completely unfazed.

I gave up and went to sleep, but then I heard my husband walk outside and throw water at it. That did the trick. For that one moment.

So, I don't know. It's kind of a foul problem. I think they're cute when I'm awake but I do not appreciate them when I'm trying to not be awake.

My husband says roosters are supposed to crow at first light - and he should know because he, like I, has been an urban dweller all his life. Claus suggests the rooster has jet lag. Do we have an Eastern seaboard bird? Does it need melatonin to readjust?

I think I'm going to have to stalk him a little to see where he roosts and then wake HIM up in the middle of his night - which apparently is 3 a.m. - to see how he likes it.

Any suggestions for having them get the flock out of here?

Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day connects lawmakers and caregivers

February 5th, 2016
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Have you been seeing a garden of bright flowers in front of the state capitol this week? The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter planted it there; 350 purple “Promise Garden Flowers” to raise awareness of the disease. The flowers represent the estimated 35,000 Hawaii residents who will be living with the disease by 2025.

Moreover, The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter will host an Advocacy Day at the state capitol to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Hawaii. According to the Alzheimer's Association 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures report, there are currently 26,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, and over 65,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in this state.

The Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day will let advocates to meet face-to-face with state elected officials. Advocates will share their personal stories of how Alzheimer’s has impacted their lives and make requests of state policymakers.

What are advocates asking our legislators to do?
1. Support the Alzheimer's disease and related dementia services coordinator position to implement the State Plan on Alzheimer's disease and Related Dementias.
2. Support an Alzheimer's disease and related dementias public awareness campaign.
3. Support Dementia Training for caregivers.

In addition to the human toll of the disease, care for Alzheimer’s - the country’s most expensive condition - cost the nation $226 billion in 2015, with projections to reach $1.1 trillion by 2050. These staggering numbers do not include unpaid care by friends and family valued at $217 billion a year, or the more than $9 billion in increased healthcare costs for caregivers own health.

State governments are increasingly on the front lines in addressing the Alzheimer’s crisis, the care and support needs of families facing the disease, and its impact on local economies.

To register for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day, contact Ashley Studerus, Public Policy Coordinator, at arstuderus@alz.org or (808) 591-2771, ext. 8235. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, call the Alzheimer’s Association toll-free, 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.

Booger prank

February 3rd, 2016
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At eight, Olivia is now at the gross-out stage. She is also getting into pranks.

She once put a big plastic cockroach on the floor and I jumped about five feet into the air when I thought I stepped on it. I had to be peeled off the ceiling- by another person, because Olivia was too busy rolling on the ground laughing her pants off.

Here's the newest one, and she was so proud of herself she commanded me to blog about it. I was getting us ready to leave the house when she hollered across the living room at me, "Mommy! Come see this!"

"No. I'm getting us ready. What is it?" I responded.

"I want you to see my booger!" she giddily declared.

"Um, no thanks," I denied.

"Then I'll save it for you!" she offered. Goody.

I kindly declined a few times but she so generously saved it anyway. In fact, as I ushered her out the door, she ran back inside to retrieve the nearly-forgotten booger. Boy, this is important.

She held out a finger to show me a pea-sized glob of transparent goo, much like what we'd make in high school with rubber cement. Aah, rubber cement. I haven't thought of it for decades and I'm nostalgic now for school.

"Great. Now throw that away before you get in the car," I tell her.

She doesn't. She gets in the car and pronounces, "I shall now examine this booger! ... Oh, it's hairy! ... And crusty! ... And sticky! ... And squishy! ... And tasty!"

"You ATE it?" I reacted, to a lot of self-satisfied giggling from the back. "I thought I fed you enough lunch."

This goes on for a little while more, with someone so smug that she's managed to nauseate her mommy.

Finally, she decided to put Mommy out of her mock-misery by revealing that it was a glue ball. "Best prank ever!" she pronounced.

<groan> Thankfully it's a prank. I probably still have a drying up glue booger somewhere in the back of the car.

Feng shui for love and money

February 1st, 2016
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Author and feng shui consultant Clear Englebert will present on the topic of feng shui for love and money (which happens to be the subject of his latest book), a timely offering for the lunar new year, at various public libraries throughout the state, as well as two nominal-fee intensive seminar sessions.

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Free library lecture dates, times and locations:

Each presentation lasts one hour and addresses the basic concepts of feng shui before delving in to how to decorate the wealth and relationship corners of the home, and fixes for common problem situations. Englebert allows plenty of time for attendees to ask questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 6pm, Manoa branch, 808-988-0459

Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:30am, Kapolei branch 808-693-7050

Saturday, Feb. 6, 1:30pm, Main branch, 808-586-3500

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2pm, Kaimuki branch, 808-733-8422

Saturday, Feb. 20, 1pm, Kealakekua branch, 808-323-7285

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2pm, Kailua-Kona branch, 808-327-4327

At each of these talks Englebert’s books, Feng Shui for Love & Money, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, all published by Watermark Publishing, will be available for purchase; 30% of each purchase goes to the Friends of the Library for the hosting library.

“Interior Chi Flow” intensive class at the Bodhi Tree Dharma Center (654 Judd St., 808-537-1171). Class fee, $10. No reservation required. • Friday, Feb. 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm This class introduces chi energy, which is the most basic feng shui concept. Lecture explains how to maximize chi’s beneficial flow and retain it within a home, how to locate the powerful spots within a room, how to counter harsh energy, furniture selection and placement.

“Bedroom Feng Shui” intensive class at Lily Lotus, Kaimuki (3632 Waialae Ave., 808-277-1724). Class fee, $15. Call to reserve a space. • Sunday, Feb. 7, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Your bedroom is the most important room in the home. This class covers all aspects of the bedroom, including bed placement and creating a supportive atmosphere for rest. The bagua of the bedroom is discussed, with emphasis on the Relationship and Wealth Corners.

For more information call 808-328-0329 or visit www.fungshway.com.

Taiwanese Election to be Discussed by Taiwanese-American filmmaker and author

January 29th, 2016
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Tensions between Taiwan and China are on the rise with the island nation’s selection of a pro-independence president, Tsai Ing-wen. Two Taiwanese Americans, Shawna Yang Ryan and Will Tiao, will discuss the situation in an upcoming event, "Taiwan on Screen and the Page: Screening of Formosa Betrayed and a Conversation with Writer/Producer Will Tiao and Novelist Shawna Yang Ryan."

"Formosa Betrayed" film poster. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

"Formosa Betrayed" film poster. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Ryan is a creative writing professor at UH-Manoa and author of "Green Island", a historical novel set during Taiwan’s White Terror period, a period of martial law that lasted from 1949 to 1987. She was interviewed by The New York Times about the period and rule under Kuomintang at that time.

Will Tiao. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Will Tiao. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Tiao is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and former Presidential Management Fellow in the Bill Clinton administration and international economist under the George W. Bush administration. He is also actor/writer/producer of the feature film "Formosa Betrayed", based on the true events surrounding Taiwanese democracy and independence activists in the 1980s, starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and co-starring Tiao.

Green Island book cover. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Green Island book cover. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

"Formosa Betrayed" will be screened during the event and Ryan will read selections from "Green Island". A discussion will be moderated by "Asia in Review" host Bill Sharp.
The event, sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Asian Studies department, The Academy for Creative Media, and Creative Writing Program, is on Saturday, January 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, UH Manoa, 1881 East-West Road.