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Painting, Pasta, Parent Interest Night, and Past = Present

As I slooowly begin to think about attempting to maybe one day utilize my digital Kanban board known as Trello to easily look back on all the wonderful things I get to do every week, here are some juicy reflections over the past few. How in the multiverse could I have forgotten to share these fun-filled, creative-juice-inducing, satiating activities with you? Forgive me.



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This piece here was created through a technique called drip painting. Artists: Askani, Taina, Eva, and myself

My friend, Eva, came in a couple of weeks ago and offered to facilitate this activity; it was filled with imaginative role playing, creative collaboration, feminine forces, animal energies, explosions, brains, a cupcake, a blue cat, the last breaths of a grandmother wolf, and an eagle with three eggs. Big thanks to Askani @thewitchqueen908, Taina @pinkpanda, and Eva for gifting me with such a fulfilling experience.


Check out my epic battle scar! Taina @pinkpanda, has been practicing her make-up artist skills. I’ve given her free rein over my face as her blank canvas.

For our Comic Con field trip, she painted a version of Two-Face on me (photo coming soon, if I remember to ask @abbyo for it!). Because of this, Jacob @jacobcb was inspired to create a meme of me. Love it!

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Huge thanks to my friend, Marian, who came in to offer her passion for cooking earlier this week. Check out Taina @pinkpanda, Lescot @legolad22, and Thanos @kingthanos–the super team of sous chefs! We made veggie ravioli from scratch… whaaaat?! Amazing.


  • Flour
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns
  • Basil
  • Parmigiano cheese



Tomato Sauce:

  1. Chop onion, celery and carrots to a small dice
  2. Heat medium sauce pan with canola oil
  3. Add veggies
  4. Sweat down on slow heat
  5. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste, caramelize
  6. Deglaze with water or white wine
  7. Add water and aromatics (thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns)
  8. Bring to a boil and down to a simmer for about 45 min


Pasta Dough:

  1. Form volcano with flour
  2. Crack egg inside volcano
  3. Mix and add EVOO and water until sticky (but not wet) consistency
  4. Roll on floured surface
  5. Cut out ravioli shapes
  6. Fill with *ricotta cheese and **egg-wash edges
  7. Fold and seal


*Ricotta Cheese:

  1. Bring whole milk and heavy cream (3:1) to a boil on medium heat
  2. Add lemon juice until it curdles
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Strain through cheese cloth



Mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of water





Our second parent interest night (PIN) happened on Thursday. Listening to the questions of curious parents is something I’m learning so much from in terms of preparing myself for the kinds of questions I’ll need to be ready to answer in establishing an ALC on Oahu. It’s been a significant experience for me to hear the answers of our facilitators as well as parents of our own kids who were present to support in sharing their own testimonies and enthusiasm for the space we provide for young people.

It’s always inspiring to listen to @tomis, @abbyo, and @ryanshollenberger’s responses to parent questions and concerns. Time and time again, I sense the internal and external challenges of parents/adults with trusting children. As I know very well, as Ryan mentioned at this event, and as quoted by John Holt:

“Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”

I’m in the mood to travel a bit farther back…

I’ve been journaling since age 9 or 10. It’s something I personally consider immensely therapeutic. In retrospect, I see and know it as a very necessary processing tool for self-reflection toward deeper self-awareness. Over the past year or two, I’ve been journaling less for therapeutic purposes and more for setting intentions, stating desires and noting synchronicity after synchronicity. Here are a few short excerpts from two entries, which I just now realize, sit EXACTLY a year apart from each other. Whoa.

                jphoto 1     jphoto 2

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Ohh, the idealism. I wonder what I’ll be writing on March 23rd of 2015. Hopefully that I’ll have received an abundance of financial support, local resources, local interest/support in this vision, and physical space to establish ALC Oahu. Or better.

Beyond thrilled and thankful to be on the path I’ve chosen for myself.

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