"Bad Book. Poor grammar is the bane of this otherwise fine exploration of love and loss." - A Customer

I hesitate before adding dialogue, unsure of the line I need to walk when representing dialect. I am worried about my characters' inherent readability. I am worried about my own "poor grammar" reviews.

Week In Surfing: July 4, 2015

As a child, of course, the fourth of July was always an exciting holiday. Sparklers were wielded in great loops, drawing our names in the darkness until they sputtered out and stabbed into water filled coffee cans. The neighbor boy up the street lit firecrackers and jumping jacks, which frightened me with their loud chaos.

I am excited about the trip, but still I am angry. Taking my children home is important to me, but this is not just a homecoming. It is a fact finding mission. One I resent having to make.

We fly on Tuesday and are in Target on Saturday to find things to entertain the children on the plane. The youngest gets activity books and the oldest gets novels. I am not getting anything because I already have three non-fiction titles packed away. I don't expect to actually read them, of course. After all, this is traveling with children.

Week In Surfing: January 10, 2015

The day started out wonderfully, to tell you the truth. We woke up in plenty of time to get to Iliana's hula class, the first since October since the couple who own the school were on a two month long vacation to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary. Getting the gang back together was pretty fantastic and the kids got right back into class as if no time had passed. Actually, it was even better than that. They seemed kind of awed to be back together. More subdued, even if only a very little. But when you're talking about 3-5 year olds doing hula, a little subdued seems like a lot.

Week In Surfing: December 13, 2014

Happy weekend, lovely! I hope that Ian and I can survive it. We had a rough start but pushed our way through a house filled with fighting children and devoid of coffee (OMG). We managed to buy two weeks' worth of groceries and knock out Iliana's Christmas presents in one shopping trip so right now we're feeling pretty mighty.

And now I have a moment to sit my ass in my recliner and share some things that made me happy that make me SO GLAD I do this whole Week In Surfing thing.

Week In Surfing: String Figures

My sister came over this morning and spent the entire day with us. Well, she took Jonas to a movie for a couple of hours, but for the rest of the day she was here to partake in some of our long weekend chaos. The kids were getting pretty bored - okay so we were all getting pretty bored - which took me back to long days filled with simple, silly games. After a few rounds of bubblegum bubblegum in a dish, nostalgia was in full force and I damn well demanded Celine play some string games with me.

Week In Surfing Nov 22: Pacific Islander Edition

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech urging Australia to reveal its plans for cutting greenhouse emissions, warning that Climate change 'won't stop at the Pacific Islands'. And hey great, a world leader presenting us with the reminder that we do share the world. That climate change will soon become everybody's problem, everywhere.

But it already is, if we recognize that Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders are part of everybody. Part of Earth's everywhere. So when I first read Merkel's statement I was the opposite of impressed. And so, for today's Week In Surfing, I thought we'd take a moment to remember that Pacific Islanders are a vital, important part of our global landscape, and we aren't willing to drown in the sea of political idiocy.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks For Readers of Every Age

"Don't step on that book," my grandmother would chide. "Books are your friends. "

She loved reading, and probably couldn't imagine raising a child without instilling the same kind of reverence. With her books as gifts and regular public library visits, she saw to it that the children in her care would become avid readers. And because we were Hawaiian children living in Hawai'i, she was able to give us a luxuriously diverse reading experience that I completely took for granted.

Week In Surfing: November 15, 2014

You know, I feel off of doing these because I didn't feel like anyone was reading them, and I was having a tough time finding stuff I really wanted to point to and share. I wasn't really sure that I was going to do another one this week. I figured I'd do some other kind of short blah blah blah post to fulfill my NaBloPoMo quota and move on. But then I came across some things that I really just had to tell you about, so here I am. You know, standing on the shoulders of giants and all that. It's a gig.

Week In Surfing: September November 8, 2014

Hello friends! Welcome to November!

I'm trying to get back into the habit of doing these bad boys again, mostly because I read a lot of good stuff out there on the intertubes and like talking about them. Here's a few great posts I want to share before I run off to my sister's birthday party and stuff my face with kalua pig and SPAM musubi like the responsible adult I am.

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