Always Right

(This story first appeared in “Snapshots at St. Arbuck’s Vol II”) ©2012 R.G. Ryan Singing. I heard singing. Behind me. It was loud enough to compete with the in-store sound system at a typically busy St. Arbuck's on a fall day that felt more like early summer. I turned partway around in my chair to identify the … Continue reading Always Right


Mattie ©2010 R.G. Ryan Mattie will be 80 on his next birthday although at this point he doesn't think he'll live to see it. I was sitting with him last week at St. Arbuck's talking about politics and life in general...and suddenly he wasn't there. Eyes glazed over, head drooping, breathing gone shallow, and on … Continue reading Mattie

Life, One Sip at a Time: Of Trombones and Trajectories

The early morning sun danced over the ocean's surface as blithely as a bride at her wedding reception. Scents of lavender, mixed with a myriad of unrecognizable, exotic tropical smells, filled the air with a potpourri of fragrance enlivening my senses and refreshing my soul. St. Arbuck's in Ka'anapali, on Maui's north shore, was filled … Continue reading Life, One Sip at a Time: Of Trombones and Trajectories

Birth Control

Honesty compels me to confess that rowdy children in a small, enclosed space like a coffee shop are not one of my favorite things. Actually, now that I think about it, unruly kids are off-putting regardless of the environment. And don’t get me started on the topic of inattentive, permissive parental units! So, there I … Continue reading Birth Control