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Brushstrokes Villa, Belize (Movie)

Brushstrokes Villa

Featuring paintings and sculptures by Belizean artists, Brushstrokes has a casual island flair. This light and airy condominium home is furnished with a mix of comfortable imported and locally designed furniture, using Belizean Mahogany and other indigenous hardwoods. The beautiful kitchen is large and well equipped and has an adjoining dining area that accommodates 8. The comfortable living room features an entertainment system with a 42 inch high definition TV, and a Bose surround sound system, as well as an iPod docking station. You can enjoy a spectacular beachfront sunrise breakfast on the marble decked veranda adjoining the beautiful pool patio.

The master bedroom, with king bed and luxurious bathroom with shower and whirlpool tub, has a magnificent ocean view. The second bedroom, with queen bed, is decorated in whimsical island colors and a darling third bedroom, with two twin beds, features a Mayan theme in its décor. Each bedroom has a door to the outside, many windows and a full bathroom in Mexican Macedonia marble. This beautiful condominium home is named Brushstrokes Villa to reflect the owners’ love and appreciation for the art and people of Belize.

The Miracle of Life: William Ryusei Grové


On Friday evening March 20, the first day of Spring, at 5:58 PM, our first grandson was born.

His name is William Ryusei Grové, and he weighed eight pounds two ounces.  He was nineteen-and-a-quarter inch long.  And he is BEAUTIFUL!

We will call him Ryusei. You pronounce it ‘r-you-say, or roo-say. 


Ryusei’s first hour

Tommy and Yuki arrived at the hospital Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 4 PM Pacific time, and soon after that the contractions began.  Starting at 3 AM on Friday March 20, contractions started intensely, and at just after 6PM Friday night we heard the first cry.  I don’t think I will ever forget the expression of awe and joy in my son’s face, as we all wept together.  It is hard to believe that it was 30 years ago on March 16 that Katie and I experienced this joy when Tommy was born.  Yuki was a real trooper through the 23 hours, nineteen of it in hard labor.  She looked so serene with the baby lying on her chest, barely one minute after performing this miracle.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith Yuki being Japanese, they have been struggling with picking a name.  After it was over, Tommy said, “I don’t care, after more than 20 hours of this Yuki can pick any name she wants!”

Because of the nationalities of his parents, it took Tommy and Yuki some time to decide on a name that would work in both Japanese and English.  I am not a traditionalist in the baby-naming department, so I was surprised at how their selecting my first name as the first name of their baby touched me.  The name William has been the first name in my family for several generations.  I suppose there is something in each of us that would like to see tradition continue…

The birth was all natural.  You may know that both Tommy and Yuki climbed and summited Mount Kilimanjaro with me in March, 2008, a nine-day extreme hiking trip to the top of Africa at almost 20,000 feet.  Yuki said this experience was MUCH harder!

A new life.  What a miracle.


Ryusei’s first day: First diaper change


Grandma (Ouma) Katie Grové


Oupa Willie Grové


Yuki and Thomas, Aaron Shinn and Gina


Two days old…


Going home!


Going home – didn’t like that car seat!


Katie with Grandma Kazumi Miyajima


Peace… I wish you peace. love, and happiness


Kilimanjaro Climb: March 2008

Thomas and Yuki – about 1,000 feet from Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro, 1-9,340 ft.


It was a long journey from the time my friend, Richard Wallace, and I decided we would climb Kilimanjaro. Along the way we were joined by eight more, and I was particularly pleased that my son, Thomas, and his wife, Yuki, were able to share in this adventure. These photos are from the coffee table book telling the story of these ten adventurers climbing the world’s largest freestanding mountain, the highest peak in Africa.

Cover to my book "Kilimanjaro!"

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Uhuru Peak - Highest summit in Africa: 19,340 ft.

Uhuru Peak – Highest summit in Africa: 19,340 ft.