Our Thanksgiving sale in Volcano was a success.  I did an exhibit and sale for Thanksgiving weekend with Clayton Amemiya, friend and favorite potter.

Here's my favorite piece and it's mine!  More photos after I get out of sesshin.  I'll be gone until next Tuesday.  Silent meditation.  Yikes!

I can't tell you how many times I'm asked about the number of megapixels my camera shoots.  Honestly, I don't know.  Manufacturers keep increasing that capability and people keep upgrading thinking that their photography might improve.

One of the best photographers I know, Franco Salmoraghi, sent a link to this article in the New York Times mocking the constant improvements in digital camera equipment.  Mentioned in the article is Alex Majoli, a photojournalist known for shooting with a point and shoot camera.  Here's an article about his technique:

This is fun stuff.  A good camera is a wonderful thing, but it really all boils down to the person behind it.

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Here I am in Grand Cayman. I’ve loved diving since I was in my 20’s and stopped because I got too busy…blah…blah. We did a refresher dive and I’m back in the swing. More about this trip really soon. More photos, too!

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When we at our cottage in Volcano, all the dogs were cold. Since Mocha is the princess, I made her a sweater.

It’s been very busy for us so I’m not sure when we’ll be able to make it back there. Kris thinks July or August. If we go, we want to stay for a couple of months. We’ll have our photographer friends up there then (Dave & Eugene!).

I found this on a knitter’s blog: Dances with Wools. It’s a an exhibit by the Institute for Figuring. Here’s the link:
Visit the link and check this out. It’s quite interesting and very beautiful.
“Why crochet a coral reef? This is an easy question. The Institute For Figuring is an educational organization dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of figures and figuring techniques. From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring. These scientists and mathematicians recognized that the forms of the organisms that make up a coral reef are hyperbolic in structure. They also recognize the ecological hazards that are killing the reefs. A small scale project, to crochet a reef of wool to pay homage and draw attention to the plight of the corals and other reef creatures, has blossomed into a worldwide movement.”
I think it’s so important for us to understand what we’re doing to harm our planet and, in this case, our coral reefs. Living in Hawaii, makes me so sensitive to what’s happening down there.
Maybe I have to learn to crochet!

I am a total geek – gadget girl (I’ve been called).  While I didn’t stand in line at the Apple Store, I definitely looked forward to the iPhone’s appearance in the world.  Since we hadn’t hear anything terrible about it(other than the 300 page itemized phone bill), Kris let me get one of the little guys.  It’s interface is very, very pretty and I love that it syncs seamlessly with iCal and Address Book. 

There are some things that weren’t well thought out.  It doesn’t have a task program.  Although to-dos are integrated into the iCal program, there is not way to sync the to-do list.  I suspect it may be coming, but couldn’t believe that it wasn’t built in.

One of my heroes is John Maeda.  He wrote a post on the iPhone that expresses my feelings exactly.  This is from his blog, Maeda’s Simplicity.  Check out his book on Simplicity, too.

"High Heels iPhone

I switched to an iPhone
48 hours ago. The software on it feels unfinished in many dimensions,
but I do appreciate the ambitious approaches that it introduces like
the multi-touch and the integration of its various features. Perhaps my
biggest lament comes from when trying to type on the little bugger.
Everyone I know that owns one of these still hasn’t mastered the art of
typing on the iPhone so spelling errors abound in these users. Thus
composing messages on the iPhone is a little like why women might
choose to wear high heels — it’s sexy looking but terribly difficult
to actually walk around."

I’ve been thinking about blogging again.  I always knew I would come back to this.  Then it became an enormous task to come up with something great after such a long absence.  Then I realized that no one would be watching.  This is something I need to realize about a lot of things.

So I’m going to begin here.

We bought a cottage in Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We’ve vacationed there a lot and just love the way the new and old come together there.  The Volcano is errupting, but nearby the native trees and ferns flourish.  Invasive plants have not yet taken over and residents are very conscious of the precious gift they have.

Our cottage is on a half-acre lot and we bought the empty half-acre next to it.  It’s very cute, but needs a little work.  The bright red carpet has to go and we’ve got to find a place for the washer and dryer.  Currently, the washer is in the kitchen and the dryer is in the bedroom.  We loved that it’s landscaped with ohia trees and hapuu (fern).

Here’s a link to some photos:

Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring our dogs up here.  The airline rules are prohibitive for our old dogs and we think the Super Ferry will be a kinder, gentler way for them to travel.  They are having problems getting their Maui route through.  Maybe they’ll do Kona first instead.