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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. The tree looks old, I bet if it could talk the stories it would tell. I can only imagine how old it is, and the events that have gone past since it was a little sapling.

  2. Nea — a story of hardship, determination and success!

    Nessa — that and a LOT of rock to get those roots through.

    Dr. John — just about everyting on this island has to split rock to grow.

    Doug — there are many Baucis and Philemon emulators here in paradise. Stay tuned for further postings.

    Lisa — Welcome! I don’t know what kind of tree it is. Next time I’m on the UH campus I’ll drag my favorite botanist out to it and ask him.

    Polona — oh! I so should have recognized them! Good eye!

    Bill — boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

    SN — and that tree is only one of the amazing wonders that is Hawaii!

  3. It looks like it could reach out its tendrils and grab someone!

    Yes, this is a hangover from managing to watch Poltergeist as a young child.

  4. Mumma — tsk, tsk. I hope you pay better mind to what Elijah watches then your elders were paying to you!

    Here when I was a child we had a soap opera named Dark Shadows. The main character was a vampire. I used to watch it and have nightmares — so I was forbidden to watch it — which only made it more difficult to see the show, but not impossible.

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