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Ho’oponopono Huh?

If you ask those who know me which 5 words they would use to describe me, spiritual or religious would most likely not be included in the list. I don’t belong to any particular religion, and I would have to say that I feel most other-worldly when I am on a long hike in the woods and the least that way when I am sitting in the confines of a traditional church. However, I believe that every religion has validity for those who truly live what they believe and accept those around them for who they are. After all, the religions I’ve encountered all seem to get at the same basic principle of being a good person.

This post is not about my beliefs or lack thereof, though. It’s about an awesome opportunity I had to see a faith practice from another culture. I am lucky enough to work in an environment that embraces diversity in spiritual thought, and we are encouraged to attend events that might further our understanding of the world we live in. So, Friday and Saturday, I chose to attend a workshop on Ho’oponopono. It didn’t really seem like the appropriate venue to take tons of pictures, but this shot of the leader, Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim, captures the jovial essence of the event.

Harry Uhane Jim

Harry was quick to laugh, a genuine laugh, even when conversation was thick.

Ho’oponopono means many things to many people (as evidenced by each of us describing the concept in one word at the end of the workshop), but this definition seems to fit:

A Hawaiian word which means to correct or make right, to come to balance. In the Hawaiian culture, this also refers to a process of setting things right or bringing a person or an ohana to balance.

My brain is still working to fully understand what I learned from Harry, but as he says, “You won’t know until you need to know. You won’t remember until you need to remember.”

The twenty or so workshop attendees sat in a circle, sharing the sources of unbalance in their lives, somewhat reminiscent of a group therapy session (this initially made me cringe). Many of the people present work as body workers like Reiki healers, massage therapists, etc., so they were fairly familiar with the vocabulary of the event. I sat and absorbed it all, especially fond of Harry’s infinite supply of one-liners like these:

There are only two types of forgiveness: now and later. Now left and later is now.

Turn your beliefs into preferences.

Laughter is the sign of a master.

The world is a better place when you take a deep breath.

Adam & Eve left Eden, nothing else did. Plants & animals are still in Eden.

You have to be you. Everyone else is taken.

Stop negotiating. Start navigating.

Nobody can tell you what your soul’s path is. Not even you know until your soul tells you.

Look for the good in people, even if you have to squint. (This one was from one of his Facebook friends.)

This post may seem little vague, but I think that part of the value in the event was having to decode what was being talked about. I do know for sure, though, I am going to take Harry’s advice to plant some tulips and do a liver cleanse.

Weekend Hodgepodge

Wow! What a great weekend! Not only was the weather spectacular, warm with the first hints of autumn crispness, but we got to do such a variety of great things, many of them outside.

My diverse weekend began with the opportunity to attend a Ho’oponopono workshop on Friday night and Saturday. Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian spiritual practice. Look for a full post on the notions I gathered from the event. I had never attended anything like it before, and it was quite a refreshing experience!

Harry Uhane Jim

The biggest lesson from the workshop was in Harry's jovial attitude and belly laugh.

On Sunday morning, we headed out early to grab some breakfast takeout from the Blue Sky Café.

Blue Sky Cafe Omelette

I had the Steel City omelette with applewood bacon, shallots, wild mushrooms, tomato and smoked gouda.

Pretty Berries

pretty creekside berries

On the spur of the moment, we didn’t take our breakfast home, but instead took it to Monocacy Park for a picnic so we could enjoy the beautiful morning. We ate at a picnic table near the creek and then took a walk through the nature preserve, watching the fly fishermen in the water.

The Monocacy Nature Trail has sustained some damage from the recent heavy rains and wind. Although the water has receded, it is quite obvious that the water reached well across the pathway, eroding land and pushing plant matter in its path. Several trees remain down across the pathway, requiring us to do some bushwhacking to get by. It also seems that the old rope swing branch over the stream has finally broken. The park is still a welcome serene spot in the middle of Bethlehem.


I know graffiti is wrong, but it was nice to see a positive message in vandalism instead of a gang tag. We sat on this bench by the creek for a while.

In the afternoon, we were off to Northampton for open farm day at Valley View Farms. We had seen that a geocache was planted near the farm, so we first ventured out to find it. Here’s a little explanation for those of you who don’t know what geocaching is:

It’s a bit dorky, sure, but free and fun! Plus, we’ve found a ton of cool places in the area through geocaching. This weekend, we found Indian Trail Park in Northampton. I had passed this park on Rt. 248 on my way to Jim Thorpe, but never took the time to stop. I wish I would have sooner! First, we found the cache, hidden near some old concrete chunks that we later discovered were the remnants of an amusement park that existed on the grounds in the 1920s.

Indian Trail Park Geocache

Indian Trail Park Geocache

Little Frog

We caught this little frog near the cache site.



A small stream ran through the park, with pavilions and a playground on one side and a large, pretty serious looking bike park on the other side. While wandering down the trail, a little girl told us she had found some crayfish in the water, so we found a rocky shore area and started looking. I had never seen a crayfish in the wild before, so I was psyched to find some. We ended up seeing about 5, including a huge blue one that looked more like a lobster!


Hunting for Crayfish

Hunting for Crayfish

Finally, it was time for open farm day. I have been looking forward to this event for weeks, and it did not disappoint! Valley View practices rotational grazing for pasture raised chickens, cows, sheep, goats and pigs. It was really interesting to hear how it all balances out and to see how happy the animals were. So, commence cute animal photos:

Jack the Ass

This is Jack, the ass who is in charge of keeping predators away from the chickens while they sleep. He followed me for the whole length of the field, wanting an apple.


As soon as the cows heard the farmer's voice, they came trotting up the hillside towards our hay wagon and surrounded us, thinking it was time for them to move to a new pasture. This is the big bull.


The chickens can come and go as they please from this old Venture Crew bus turned chicken coop! When it's time to move to a new pasture, they board the bus and get a ride. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Farmer, son & pig

Jim, the farmer, looks on as his son holds a piglet up for others to see.

Finally, we remembered the St. Nicholas Greek Festival as we were arriving home. Looking at the clock, we realized there were only 10 minutes left! So, we dashed across town and ran in with two minutes to spare. It ended up being perfect timing, as everything was buy one get one free at the end! We have food to last for days!

Greek Food

2 Greek salads, 2 dinner rolls, 2 desserts, 2 orzos, 2 green beans, 2 kabobs, pastitsio and Athenian chicken—All for $13!

A Pretty Snazzy Weekend Ahead …

This weekend is looking like it’s going to be pretty freaking awesome … Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll see in upcoming posts:

  • Attending/photographing a Ho’oponopono workshop tonight and tomorrow with Harry Uhane Jim (a real Kahuna!!!). From what I hear, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood around this guy. Here, he explains Ho’oponopono:

  • Open Farm Day at Valley View Farm. I can’t wait to see chickens eating bugs in a field and roosting in a schoolbus!
  • Planning our Maine adventure. Our Maine roadtrip adventure will begin on September 25th. It’s going to be chock full of activity like geocaching, kayaking, shooting (at targets), biking, hiking and eating. Yep.
  • Preserving a ton of veggies for winter … Beans, peppers and more!

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