Practicing in the prime of life…

Dear Sunaina, The other night I walked home from the neighbor’s house, after dark. What a huge difference between Hawaii and Louisiana. In Louisiana, walking down a rural trail at night, I would have to think about snakes, spiders, hogs, coyotes, rutting bucks, livestock, idiots, and drunks. On Killer Hill I had to think about not tripping on rocks, how… Read more →

Mortality and What the Cat Dragged in for Dinner

Dear Sunaina, Yesterday was a very interesting day. After working on the Jeep, again since its brakes are now acting up, I walked down the mountain to meet more neighbors. They were young, vibrant, full of optimism and effort, and we had great conversations about growing natural foods and medicines. Their gardens were amazing, but they were missing the compost… Read more →

Thoughtfulness and Beauty: Living Sustainably

Dear Sunaina, I’m back on the mountain, with the Jeep in mostly working order. I not-so-jokingly told some friends that, “friends don’t let friends buy Jeeps”, and this thing isn’t even mine and it’s costing me a fortune! Another friend replied that Jeep means “Just Empty Every Pocket”, and unfortunately I have to agree. Jeep, if you read this, send… Read more →

“The Grid”: No Buyer’s Remorse for a Life Well-Lived

Dear Sunaina, First, let me prepare you for the weight of this letter, for it may not be the easiest to take in with a light heart. Following up on my last letter, “The Grid” is something that everyone hears of at some point but few people think much about. It’s the network of power, communication, water, transportation, and sewerage… Read more →

Turmeric and Ladybugs: People are Waking Up

Dear Sunaina, Last I read New York was gripped by bitter cold, ice, and snow. I hope this letter finds you warm, safe, and happy. Upon my arrival to Hawai’i, to be the┬ácaretaker of an off-grid homestead and meditation retreat, I was met with the most pleasant reality, Maui has not been overcome by the gluttonous culture of the western… Read more →