Beach Walk 729R – Bill Explains How to Be Bionic

My Dad died yesterday. A year ago I filmed this episode with him – and with no more than a minute’s notice, he told us the secrets to his long and happy life. It has not been without struggles and considerable pain, but he knows where to keep his focus, and has surely been rewarded for it. You can learn more about him at

My Beach Walks episodes have been few and far between these past few months as Shane and I have chosen to spend more time with my family. I think you can see why in this episode, and I haven’t even touched on the strengths my mother possesses!

You can see the original post and the very many comments here.

Hawaiian word:
Makua kāne: father

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Beach Walk 608 OTR – Pups of Palm Beach

My visit with my parents in Florida has had its share of stress; my main tonic has been walking to Starbucks many mornings with friends and enjoying all of the dogs.

On Saturday there is a Farmer’s Market, and even more dogs! Mahalo to Bob and Anna, David, Sam, Amber, and Barbara for their dog stories. And big wet kisses to all the dogs who give us so much love and joy: Teddy, Winston, Savannah, Bowser, Rica, Molly, Harry and all of you wonders whose names I don’t know!

Mahalo also to Glenn Jones for his perfect song, “Little Dog’s Day.”
Against Which The Sea Continually BeatsGlenn Jones
“Little Dog’s Day” (mp3)
from “Against Which The Sea Continually Beats”
(Strange Attractors Audio House)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Pups and Peeps of Palm Beach

Hawaiian word:
ʻĪlio: dog

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Beach Walk 607 OTR – Lawyers Without Borders

I am still in Florida within my parents, and took an early morning walk to the beach for a sunrise.

There has been a lot going on, not all of it happy stuff, and I really wasn’t in the mood for much of anything. But these two people walked up and saw me fiddling with my camera, then asked if they could take a picture for me. Turns out they are the founders of Lawyers Without Borders, Christina Storm and James Byrne. They were here for a little re-charge, which as we know on Beach Walks, is a variation of that good airline advice, “Put on your oxygen mask first.”

Their positive energy and generosity really turned around my day, which was having a little trouble getting off the ground. Filmed with my pocket camera, the Sanyo Xacti – I think it did pretty well considering the salt spray on the lens and the considerable wind that morning!

Hawaiian word:
Loio: lawyer

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Beach Walk 606 – Bill Explains How to Be Bionic

I went to the beach today for a swim here in Florida, where I am assisting my parents – my Dad had another cancer surgery earlier this week. (His medical history reads like a text book – he’s had it all.)

But no swimmers were allowed, due to several shark sightings. So I enlisted my dad Bill to share his secrets for living with cancer, and many more physical challenges, over the past 15 years. At 84, he has a very relevant message I think. I hope you’ll leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Hawaiian word:
Makua kāne: father

UPDATE: My father died on February 19, 2009. Two weeks beforehand, he wanted to have a party and invite all his friends. We held a very informal gathering, and showing this episode on “the big screen” on his living room wall – so all his friends could see it. It was one of the crowning achievements of this web series, IMO.

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Beach Walk 556 – Golden Silence in Florida

Turns out I felt a little self-conscious on the crowded beach in Florida and with the sun in my eyes, could not see the little camera screen either, so this is a no-talkie episode.

I was thinking about that saying, “Silence is golden” anyway, and will just keep it for another day. I recorded a voice over, but the energy just felt funky; I hope you enjoy the waves, a sight and sound that so far I have not tired of.

Hawaiian Word:
Hāmau: silence

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