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Nov.06.2012
Now that my book Wrong Side of the Tracks, is published, I’m focused on an exciting new endeavor — giving back to my heritage. Bringing a positive environment to the indigenous business community of the Hawaiian Islands is my next dream. I know up close and personal that native Hawaiians are...
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Nov.06.2012
People ask me “Hey what’s up with the bull logo on the spine of Wrong Side of the Tracks, and the name of your company, Still Standing Publishing?” I tell them it’s my company…I’ve self-published the book. Like me going through fifty years of taking hits, one after another and still maintaining...
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Nov.06.2012
I’m thrilled to see that Wrong Side of the Tracks is for sale all over now through my web site and Amazon, both as an eBook and paperback. “So do you feel like an author now?” everyone I know is asking me. Well…Yes, I do. And …Yes, feel pretty darn good! I’m not getting any invites to cry on...
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Nov.06.2012
My cousin Jane is married to Glenn Teves, a professor of Agriculture at the University of Hawaii and a staunch defender of Molokai’s sustainable agriculture. Glen is also a former board member of the Hawaii Rural Development Council, and appears in the trailer for the HRDC documentary film “...
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Nov.06.2012
I gradually escaped the fate of my big brother Bill. I began to take things more seriously, to stay out of juvenile hall. I finished college, did well at amateur surfing tournaments, had some wonderful girlfriends, and somehow began to flourish in the grown-up world. I was also making frequent...
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Nov.06.2012
It’s hard to write a book. I learned that writing is a lot of rewriting, editing, revision, reconsideration, rewriting again. I’ve tried to get it all in, but only what really counts. I wanted to tell the story of my family: my dad who had so many problems with his physical and mental health,...
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Nov.06.2012
It took me more than two years to write a book that told the whole story. Alan pushed me to write about my family and especially my Hawaiian mother’s experience on the Islands and mainland. Not many Americans really know the story of Hawaii and what happened to the indigenous people who lived...
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Nov.06.2012
Have you heard of Red Room? It’s a web-site for authors run by a lady named Ivory Madison. She had asked an editor named Alan Rinzler to contribute some posts about writing and getting published for the benefit of Red Room members. When I commented on a few of them we struck up a correspondence...
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Nov.06.2012
Writing has become really important to me. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a lot of thoughts, ideas and feelings buzzing around my head. Like why is my mom yelling at me, where did Dad go this morning, how can I be more like my big brother Bill. In fact when I first started putting all...
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Nov.06.2012
The phone rang in my room at Sigma Chi, waking me out of a deep, hung-over sleep. The fraternity house at the University of California Santa Barbara was quiet as the dead at this hour of the morning. It’s Sunday, I thought. Let it ring. My girlfriend, Kristen Hodgins, lay close, keeping me warm...
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Sep.24.2012
  Huntington, I always thought you were just an old beach town in southern California, commonly known as "Surf City" Low and behold you are an amazing gate keeper at Redroom...Your gracious assistance for a technically stunted and impatient customer of Redroom and anything requiring...
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Jun.30.2012
An honest look at a culturally conflicted, religously contemplated, emotionally taxed and financially deprived beginnings set the stage for an inspiring story about attaining a sense of worth... wrongsideofthetracksbook.com
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May.26.2012
Enjoying the spoils of freedom are not without sacrifice. I thank everyone one of you service members here and abroad who galantly defend our security. I'm not close to many who do serve but the one family I am close to Doug and Cari Price deserve a huge shout out, YEW!....Doug is actively serving...
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May.20.2012
Wow!, hard to beleive we are already half way through the month of May... How does the year 2012 leap through almost five months like the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was scrambling, shopping for Christmas gifts on the eve of...resolved to taking anything close to my originally...
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May.13.2012
How could you forget Mom's day, just don't do it. Of all the things you could forget....Birthday's (scowl), anniversary's (fatal), graduation (Lame), Kids school play (not cool), pick kid up from school (addhddhhddhddhdd), Dinner-date (looser), Flight time (too busy), daughter's wedding (saving...
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