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Monk's Hike 03 Feb 2013, -- supposedly monks live in a home right next to the trail head.

18 Nov 2012, Fantastic hike along the Ko'olau Ridge ... very breezy

Fourth of July 2010, Symphony and Fireworks at the park, near Dallas, Texas

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Moon over the Ko'olaus



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Member Since: 9/25/2009

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My Goals:
My goal is to be healthy, happy, sexy, fit and slim...all the good stuff.

My Program:
I was a vegetarian for more than 34 years, but in July 2009 I started eating a low fat, no junk vegan diet. This is probably the best thing I ever did to improve my health and I lost my excess weight. Guess you could say I'm full of beans now ... so here's a tip on how to cook beans from scratch so that they won't cause excess gas. Start with dry beans, rinse and soak them overnight using a pinch of baking soda per quart (or liter) of water. Drain and rinse the beans and add fresh water before cooking. If you see foam forming as the beans cook, scrape it off and toss it. If you still have a problem with gas, change the water again after the beans have been cooking for a few minutes. Cook the beans until they are tender. Keep in mind if you are just beginning to incorporate beans into your regular diet, your body needs a little time to adjust... you won't be an old gasbag forever.

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Tell me o' Octopus, I begs,

Is those things arms? or is they legs?

I marvel at thee Octopus,

If I were thou, I'd call me us.

Ogden Nash (but written out from memory so it might not be exact).

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2/4/2014 9:24:35 AM

emoticon I will as long as this emoticon stops. emoticon they save we are going to have 3 more snow storms this week. The one on Sunday is supposed to be the worst yet.

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2/1/2014 2:06:49 PM

Hey there, this is a late reply, but I just wanted to say thanks for your comment. It was very encouraging and made me smile :) Have a lovely day!

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1/29/2014 8:36:28 PM

Botheration, my elderly laptop won't let me see more than 20 seconds before stopping of the Laysan Albatross. Argh! I am so glad you're able to watch and enjoy. It is remarkable to be invisible voyeurs on the wild world.

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1/29/2014 1:43:24 PM

I see the baby Albatross. What a creature!

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1/29/2014 1:26:30 PM

Oh SHIVAMOON I can't believe this. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology have a cam on a 3 day old albatross chick in Hawaii!:
aysan_Albatross/ Here is what the Lab writes: "Watch an Albatross Family Grow—Live From Hawaii
We’re betting this is the smallest albatross you’ll ever see: a three-day-old Laysan Albatross chick on our newest Bird Cam. Two months ago, its parents built a nest on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii, and started taking turns incubating. We visited last week to install one of our high-definition nest cameras just as the chick began to pip out of its egg."
I just took my first peek. I see a parent on the nest, no chick visible, and so exciting!

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