Showing posts from May, 2016

Bridal Veil Falls

My husband and I chose to take a scenic route to Salt Lake City from Orem, rather than the regular crazy freeway. I recommend the canyon drive to anyone who wants to experience the beautiful less traveled road. This year there has been quite a bit of rain, so everything is green. In fact, it reminded me of the majestic Ko’olau mountains we lived nearby in Hawaii for 21 years.

The Falls

As we drove up Provo Canyon I noticed the Provo River was quite high and rapid as it weaved through the rocky mountains. The first stop we made was Bridal Veil Falls. We have enjoyed this creation of God since we moved to Orem sixty years ago. It is one of America’s top 100 water falls. It has a 607-foot drop with a double cascade. It looks like a wide lacy veil (hence the name) near the middle. There are hikes and picnic spots nearby.

Body Odor 101

You may have been in tight quarters like an elevator, bus, or movie with a person that has an odor, which you do not appreciate. Usually, you try to escape as soon as possible because your nose is insulted.

I work at a college that has students from over seventy countries. I have noticed that there are groups of them whose body odor stands out much more than others. I have wondered if it is due to lack of hygiene, a particular food they eat, or their genes.

There is also a story of a lady who was shunned most of her life because of her odor. She went through drastic measures, even going as far as to remove the sweat glands in her armpits to no avail. She did marry, and I wondered why her husband did not notice the noxious scent when most everyone else did.

Those persons who exercise or watch sports believe that perspiration is the cause of body odor. However, perspiration by itself is basically odorless. It is the bacteria and odors coming from other sources that are the real culpr…

How the Ukulele Ended up in Hawaii

The ukulele is usually associated with Hawaiian music. But, before the haole (white) missionaries came to Hawaii, the Hawaiians knew very little about melody. They performed solo chants without any accompaniment for ceremonies and rituals with a monotone voice. Hawaiians also used pahu (drums), double gourds (ipu heke), or uliuli (gourd rattles), and also slapped their hands on their chests (pai umauma) to accompany dancers. The ukulele came much later.