Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
“An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.”
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Make up your own caption ;-)
It seems to be a Summer of Anniversaries.
Fifty Years of Hawaii Statehood.
Forty years since Woodstock.
40 ****ing years?!!!!!!!!!!!
I should post this in August but
I remember selling macrame` belts to boutiques for my ticket money.
I remember the BUZZ that THIS was gonna be a "gathering of the tribes" and a do NOT miss event!
Arriving at the site late on Thursday night it was too dark to see much.
We slept on the ground.
But Friday morning was a bursting, bustling SEA of cars and humanity.
I'd never seen so many people in one place(OK, maybe Grand Central Station)
but certainly never so many freaks!
(Only Time magazine, and news people, and the 'out of it' called us hippies)
Bob Segar struck a chord that still resonates down the corridor of years:
"Always seem outnumbered, don't dare make a stand,
Same old cliches: 'Is that a woman or a man?"
It took real courage to let your freak flag fly.
But this was freak utopia.
The cops acted like real peace officers. Locals told the press: "They're good kids." The cops treated us like citizens (instead of prey) for once. What else could they do, but still.
It was a peaceful metropolis under the sky, no fights, no attitude, just unbelieving bliss.
The radios in the cars reported that the New York State Thruway was closed!
"We closed the highway, man!"
"Maybe they got us all together in one place to bomb us."
It looked like the end of the world as we knew it and it felt fine indeed!
The disorientation and sensory overload of being amidst so many folks in quasi-disaster conditions made me feel high,
plus we hadn't brought food in expectation of buying it.
But fences were flat, services overwhelmed and not set up.
We sucked on those English flavored cigarette papers popular back then.
Campers shared food. We got by somehow.
I still have my ticket because no one needed one. Free show, Man!
Free was a big concept then: bartering,
Whole Earth Catalogue self-sufficiency, communes....
A shop in West Philly at the time was called "The Free People's Store" which had a " free shelf" to challenge the whole idea of consumerism. Those folks were interesting and later morphed into Urban Outfitters, right Richard?
I can still see that ocean of people, and "feel" that ride on the snaking line of cars as the cops directed traffic good-naturedly.
I remember meeting people from all over the country.
I remember seeing my first Hawaii License plate. (Hawaii!)
I remember the music way way WAY over the sea of people,
and the helicoptered bands landing.
I remember me and my friends being overwhelmed by the throng and leaving on Saturday...but I never tell that part.....
Saturday, June 27, 2009
"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."
"To love for the sake of being loved is human, But to love for the sake of loving is angelic."
Poet, blogger, and urban rude-boy, Walking Man at:
Tagged me with a meme.
And though I have never participated in those sorts of goings-on before, it seems a lazy, hazy time of relaxation and gimcrackery like today might be just the time to take a break for some fun.
So here's "Times Four"
Four Movies You Can See Over and Over
"Once Upon a Time In America" Sergio Leone
"The Trouble With Angels" Hailey Mills
"Avalon" Barry Levinson
"Public Enemy" St. Jimmy Cagney
Four Places You Have Lived
Mostly in my head
Four TV Shows You Love(d) to Watch
TCM Movies all day & night/Sporanos
The Avengers / Honey West
30 Rock/NYPD Blue
Four Places You Have Been on a Vacation
Four of your favorite foods
Lomi Salmon wit da rice / Hawaii "Plate Lunch"
AUTHENTIC Deli / New Jersey Diner
I'm sure that I'm forgetting important items...glad this is just a game.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here Be Dragons
I found a poem,
translated from the Chinese by fellow blogger Teresa, http://wwwwhitechinese.blogspot.com/
that really spoke to me after this week's spectacle of frail human beings being confronted by seemingly over-mastering forces like their governments or the economic situation.
There is, I have learned, something stronger than mere apparent worldly power. That when a final accounting occurs, slain heroes will be honored, even as bullies are at last shamed and punished.
And somehow, that "final accounting" is not far off, but very real and alive even here & now. The Kingdom is indeed at hand. When we reach out we can feel it:
By Jiang Pinchao
Translated by Teresa Zimmerman-Liu
Edited by Brian E. HansenPublished in June Fourth Tiananmen Massacre Twentieth Anniversary Memorial Booklet
In the tree-breaking storm
you cared for the flowers
among the thistles in my path.
You did not avoid the thorns but
threw petals before me.
In my difficulties
I was lonely,
I needed understanding and support.
Your handshakegave me what I lacked.
We did not speak at our solemn parting but
your eyes brimmed with pity, love, sorrow.
High walls, electric fences, guard towers,
blocked the desolate road ahead,
machine guns aimed at my thoughts, but
I know my responsibility.
When I am lost
I will remember your eyes.
When I feel lazy,
I will recall your hand’s touch.
I will remember.
I will rejoice.
I will ponder.
I will fight.
In this desolate wilderness
when life gave me a bitter drink
you allowed me to taste sweetness.
On this precipitous mountain roadwhere some would cut off my freedom
you whispered, “They are evil.”
On a freezing winter night
when history would lock me in a cold prison
you gave me a flame for warmth.
At the end of my life
I will have a rich harvest.
On this glorious journey
history will see a new dawn.
My fatherland will see
a day of democracy, a day of freedom,
a day of prosperity, and
I know this new day
will come because of you
because of your handshake.
As a zealous patriot for my fatherland
I etch your name
into the corner of our memorial.
March 23, 1990, Hanyang, China
Thursday, June 25, 2009
“A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”
Women Warriors of WWII. Note the camouflaged Aloha Tower!
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of humanity."
George Bernard Shaw
Tomorrow evening there will be a White House first: a Hawaiian Luau on da lawn!
I hope YOUR visits here make you feel a little of that tropical
A L O H A! Cloudia
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"Why study Buddhist texts on impermanence when I can just sit here and watch Wednesday slip away?"
"Art is food. You can't eat it, but it feeds you."
Bread & Puppet Theater
"When your kids are young, your reactions help shape how they perceive their experiences - whether they're going to feel good or bad about what just happened. You're the sculptor of their emotional lives. We tend to tell toddlers 'No, no no' all the time. My work made me think that there needs to be more playfulness in my parenting, more emphasis on stepping back and following the child's interests."
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Just musing on the summer beauty. . .
by Lisa Shields
Violet lavender drug
©2007, Lisa Shields
Lisa Shields resides in New Jersey.
Monday, June 22, 2009
"Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas."
"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues."
"There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the Earth."
"When I use a word [...] it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less."
"I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my dog."
"England and America are two countries divided by a common language."
Every area has it's own unique "tongue."
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Jack Bauer Law of Character Writing
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Now it's time to watch Howdy Doody. . . .
Friday, June 19, 2009
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
Henry David Thoreau
“How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.”
William Butler Yeats
“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war.”
Popularized by Bob Marley in the song War
Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia