flora and fauna

You say Potato, I say Ben-imo

You say Potato, I say Ben-imo

If there’s one thing I really like to write about, it’s food. Whether it’s a restaurant I’ve discovered, or some exotic cuisine I’ve never tasted before, I think my decades of eating, enjoying, and even being picky (I prefer the term “particular”) about what I eat help me write somewhat informed food and restaurant reviews.(…)

Cold hearted snake: Okinawa’s habu

Cold hearted snake: Okinawa’s habu

Whew–you’re still with me. I wasn’t sure after that heavy post on whales last week. This week, we move through the animal kingdom to those slithery creatures you know and love: Whoops, not that guy! What is his deal? I still haven’t figured it out, but he nevertheless gives me the giggles! The most famous/notorious(…)

Whale song

Whale song

The┬ámajor news on island this past week is, unfortunately, bad news: Beached baby This beached baby humpback whale was found on Torii beach on Wednesday, March 20th. Those who first saw the calf at sea wanted to try to rescue her, but she was already dead. No one’s really sure what happened, and it’s an(…)

Walk that goat! Okinawa’s Bios on the Hill

Walk that goat! Okinawa’s Bios on the Hill

Have you ever heard someone say, “If you don’t like the weather in [name of city], just wait a few minutes, and it’ll change”? I have. In fact, I’ve heard this same expression used to describe Chicago, Los Angeles, Valparaiso (Indiana), and parts of Texas. As if these were the only places with frequently changing(…)

It’s about bloomin’ time!

It’s about bloomin’ time!

Little known fact: I’m a plant killer. I’ve always thought I had a black thumb, and I warn people of this when they ask me to plant sit. But lately, even I have caught the gardening bug. Here’s my fledgling cucumber plant, with its leaves still folded up in the seed: Why the sudden urge(…)