I was raised on the beach in San Diego and now retired on the beach in Waikiki...a happy

I feel very fortunate to have spent my childhood during a time when we had total freedom,
having nothing to fear. We were taught to swim when we learned to walk...we had little boats,
mud flats and a great imaginations...collected paper dolls from the Sunday comics, dressed
up and pretended we were pirates or princesses...rode bicycles, roller skates with keys, and
a bracket that fit on our shoe sole...those WERE the good, old days..

My life’s work has been drafting/graphic arts...I worked in the exploration offices for oil
companies in Bakersfield, California, when oil was KING, along with cotton and melons, when
the air was clear and breathing IN was not a health threat...later going to work for the Federal
Government as a draftsman/graphic artist/illustrator...I worked at NTC in San Diego, where we
made training aids for the 40+ schools , then on to Hawaii where I worked as an illustrator at
Hickam Air Force Base Headquarters and later went back to the Navy, serving as graphics  
supervisor for the Navy 3rd Fleet Headquarters on Ford Island. We did all the art masters
used in vu-graphs that were used in the training of Pacific fleet exercises, publications and
other projects.  This was in the days before computers took away our hand cut film masters,
and photographs on a big camera, with the dark room for developing...we used ink and pens
to draw the lines on charts/graphs and maps we developed... ...it was a profession of skill and
attained by lots of experience, no fast track ...

After my working years were over, I bought an RV and traveled the U.S.  Starting in San Diego,
going across the country to Bangor, Maine, down the coast to Key West...cell phones and
small TV’s were not popular yet...I painted and sold my art, prints and copper enameled
jewelry, along the way and visiting with friends that had been in the military in Hawaii, but had
retired or assigned elsewhere...had family in New England...other travels have taken me to
SE Asia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea..

My efforts now are concentrated on making Stoma Covers for people that have recovered
from esophagus/throat cancer. These neckpieces are stylish and could be worn by anyone,
also make bibs and ties, for both men and women. I am always on the look out for new yarn,
beads, and ready made necklaces that I can modify. I’m sure that I offer a needed item, as I
get such wonderful letters from my customers that turn into cyber friends, but I know I get
more satisfaction from making these items, keeping the web page updated and
corresponding that I could ever imagine...I started making these covers for my niece after
she had this surgery ... visit the “Dedication Page” on my web site...My web page also shows
a few pieces of my art and copper enameled jewelry.

I have two web sites....
Bowsgallery.com...shows the stoma covers AND hats for
Cancer patients
with magnets and memory wire for those with hurting hands

                    Waikikitutu.com    Where you are now

I hope to share the sights I
have seen and places I went on this Waikiki Tutu website...
Its a fun project

I have two adult children, grandchildren, and a great granddaughter... whew, is that me?
How did that happen, and where did the years go?

I appreciate everyday...the beauty that surrounds me,
where ever that might be.
the friends that mean the most,
my family.
I have returned to Bakersfield, where I am living in a house 5 times the size of my Honolulu
apartment. I have a view outside my living room window that is better than my view in Waikiki.
I look at palms that are 60 years old, a large grassy area, and have room for all my yarns,
shells and other things of interest.

I bought this house sight unseen, over the internet.

LIFE IS GOOD ON THE BEACH...and other places!!!
Life is a Beach
Bow Porter