Whimsical Meanderings, Rumbling Discoveries and Quiet Inspiration…
Author: Philip August
Philip Scott August is a five star (Midwest Book Review) novelist, a graphic designer and publisher who also dabbles in music (with band The Julian Day) and photography. He studied Comparative Literature at UC-Santa Cruz and his lifelong passion for words led him to write poetry, short stories, two novellas and journalistic pieces which have found readership in various forms of publication.
He considers the high point of his writing career to be when he interviewed the musician Jack Johnson for Blue Edge magazine as it fused three of his favorite interests, music, surfing, and writing.
After making 5 extended trips to surf on Maui, beginning in 1986, Phil finally decided to make the island his home in 2012.
"Endeavoring to increase the moments of joy experienced through the arts."
An inspirational video of the beauty of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement.
The Hawaiian sovereignty movement (Hawaiian: ke ea Hawai‘i) is a grassroots political and cultural campaign to gain sovereignty, self-determination and self-governance for Hawaiians of whole or part Native Hawaiian ancestry with an independent nation or kingdom.
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.
Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.
“Adulthood wasn’t easy when everyone around you wanted you to destroy what adulthood was. “The Tradewinds” is a novel telling the story of Morgan and Livy coming to adulthood during a time where revolutions of all types were coming ahead and so many messages were going around, no one knew who to follow or believe. “The Tradewinds” is an exciting read with its own take on the 1960s and 1970s.
– James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review, a prestigious reviewer of books connected to “Cengage Learning, Gale Interactive (published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems), as well as such book review databases as LexisNexis and Goliath.
Ticket to Ride is a timeless tale of two writers coming-of-age. While it’s set in the late 70s Ticket to Ride is as universal in it’s message as Homer’s Odyssey.
Enriched with allusions to literary and rock ‘n roll classics, readers of Ticket to Ride will see Morgan and Livy moving from being innocent 17-year-olds to becoming fully realized adults and, like America, anxiously redefining the ideas of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
One of my fondest memories growing up in Hawaii during the 60’s and 70’s was waking up early on Saturday morning, grabbing an empty cooler and heading to Chinatown for fresh fish, produce and other Asian, specialty ingredients and cuisines.
Our venture would typically start with a visit to Liliha Bakery or Dutch Girl Bakery, both on Liliha Street. Their freshly baked pastries were so buttery, flaky and ono. It was just enough to keep our stomachs filled during our shopping adventure.
Next stop, Chinatown, more specifically, Oahu Market. It was one of the very few places that opened at 6:00 am. Some of us went with dad and he headed down the seafood aisles checking out the day’s freshly caught fish which were often still in in the process of being offloaded and prepared for displaying. Nearby, the live crabs and lobsters would be scavenging around in knee-high aluminum fish tanks. This was also our go to spot if anyone of us got separated. In the meantime, the rest of us strolled with mom as she headed towards the meat section. It was apparent that they each had their favorite vendors to start with, barring anything that may have caught their eyes along the way.
Coupled with the fishing trips dad would take me on it was here, at a very young age, maybe 6 or 7 years old, I learned the steps on how to identify fresh fish. (More about that in another article.)
By now, the Chinese Roast Pork, Chinese BBQ pork, and/or Roast Duck (whole, half, or by the pound) would have been bought and paid for by mom. I always remembered her saying to the butcher “No fat! No burn!” and on very rare occasions, “No! Not dat one!” She knew what she wanted; the leanest and meatiest pieces and that’s exactly what she got. The transaction was never completed without accepting the free sample they provided. Soon she and the rest of my ohana would be joining us at the crab tanks.
Our attention would shift to fresh produce section where we would pick up Chinese parsley (cilantro), green onions, bean sprouts, Chinese mustard cabbage (Gai Choy) and Bok Choy, while dad focused on anything he needed to compliment the fish he just bought.
Now it was time to obtain the specialty sauces, spices and condiments that we would typically have stored in our pantry and anything else needed for the dishes dad planned on preparing that day such as dry mustard, fish sauce and dried shitake mushrooms and raw peanuts.
Our escapade was not complete unless we picked up some couple of custard pies from Lee’s Bakery on King St. and manapua (steamed pork buns) and pork hash from Char Hung Sut on N. Pauahi St. Although the custard pies were saved for dessert, the dim sum was enough to keep us tied over until dinner.
Once we got home, we unloaded the SUV and stayed out of the kitchen unless called upon, usually to empty the trash, wash some dishes or grab a couple of porcelain serving platters from the China cabinet. We all knew that dad was in charge of the kitchen.
Here’s one of the simplest, quickest and ono dish dad always prepared:
BOK CHOY & SPROUTS w/ AVOCADO SALAD
Serving Size: 6 – 8
2 TBS sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, minced or grated, or more to taste
2 tsp fresh ginger root, minced or grated
1 tsp chili paste (optional)
10 heads baby bok choy, ends trimmed and leaves separated
2 c bean sprouts (or 1 pkg Taro Brand Mung Bean Sprouts)
2 TBS oyster sauce
1 medium size avocado, cubed
1/4 c green onions, chopped
3/4 cup Japanese Rice vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup sugar
1 TBS grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat.
Cook and stir garlic, ginger, and chili paste in hot oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir bok choy into garlic mixture, add water, cover the skillet, and cook until bok choy wilts and is desired texture, about 2 minutes.
Add bean sprouts and oyster sauce and toss for about 30 seconds. Cover and remove from heat.
Cool in the refrigerator for 30 mins – 1 hour
Prior to serving, add garnishes and shake dressing.
Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Close the lid, and shake until well mixed and sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate.
Be creative and don’t hesitate in adding any or all of the following complimentary garnish ingredients.
Toasted Walnuts, Almonds or Cashews
Cubed or Sliced Meats such as Char Siu, Roasted Chicken or Chinese Roast Pork
Maui Salt and Sage Magazine, the Maui AMPFest and our website are part of The Aloha Project: Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & sustainable living through international collaboration.
All three strive to showcase the diversity of the subcultures on Maui with Hawaiian Culture and music as the centerpiece. We hope to perpetuate the Spirit of Aloha and create a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious people, musicians, artists and writers from around the world.
On Friday, June 9th, The Merwin Conservancy presents an evening with renowned Hawaiian spirituall leader Dr. Pualani Kanakaka‘ole-Kanahele, whose lifetime accomplishments as a kumu hula, writer, educator, musician, and dedicated community leader make her a very sought-after speaker and cultural consultant. Dr. Kanahele is the guest of honor at the next installment of The Green Room, an environmental and literary salon series on Maui that is hosted by the Conservancy and fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination. The event begins at 7:00pm in the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person, with a $10 student rate available with valid student I.D..
A WALK TO RESTORE STREAM FLOW, Monday, May 29 at 8:08 AM – 12:12 PM
Join us this memorial day as we remember and walk the natural path of water from mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean). Our route begins at Pi’iholo Road in Makawao and ends at Ho’okipa Beach in Pā’ia. To learn more about this event, sign up and receive registration forms via email, please visit www.manawahine.org
Stringz n Finz: 6/17 Conservation Benefit
June 17th, 2017, we invite you to our first annual Stringz n Finz Conservation and Education Benefit. This is a celebration of ocean conservation in motion. We are hosting a group of top musical acts and personalities to share music & stories and inviting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as our guested honoree.