Yap-tastic Part 2

I will post the rest of the pix from our fab trip to Yap and then keep the space available for updates about Mom (they’re not good at the moment 😦

Please notice that I always have my thighs covered in the pix below. That is cultural respect! No shorts in Yap that don’t cover the legs.


Just don’t 🙂


This is the MNUW – a stationary restaurant. Pete and I spent a lot of time here and loved it!

Oceania stairs

On the pathway and the 68 stairs to our Yap bungalow at the Oceania. Loved it!!!

Dinner Oceania

With new and old friends. Counter clockwise from left: Ted, Dr. John, Pete, moi, Tim and Lucy. At the Oceania restaurant. Loved it!!

Tim and Lucy

Tim and Lucy look splendid!! Great island hosts.

Dinner TnL

Tim and Lucy loaded us up with wonderful island gifts. And Pete and I did “glisten” (have never sweat so much haha)

Pete stone money

Pete posing with the famous Stone Money.

Yap class

Interpreting a song into ASL in Tim’s class. The students always had fabulous flower leis and headbands (wrong word, I know) for me and Pete. So thoughtful!!

Tim's classroom

Tim’s classroom is super inspiring with all kinds of sayings. Love it here!

Tim's dog

Tim’s dog Bubba who is at his school every Friday. Good dog!! Tim and I doing music. Great audience!






My heart is full…

I had my first hammer dulcimer lesson yesterday since the summer of 2011, at which point I was battling chronic pain and not really understanding anything my teacher was saying. Last night I felt pretty good and I could follow the teacher and remember some parts of the tune via watching and listening. HOORAH.

Today, I got to immerse myself in the glorious land of DB tactile ASL and reconnect with some dear friends. As soon as the workshop started, I was absolutely overcome with tears of joy.

My heart is full, my tears are dry, the possibilities are endless. Music in Portland, DB terping in Seattle, terping in Hawaii, move back to the south???? I’m ready to fully reclaim my life and get on with it but I’m going to need some Divine road signs – *really* clear ones – because I can’t be everywhere, doing all of this at once!

THIS way, moose girl!!

THIS way, moose girl!!