Tuesday, May 31, 2011


                             Welcome to Honolulu

I like how life gets back to 'normal' after a 3 day weekend.

"It is best to act
with confidence,
no matter how 
right you have to it."

Lillian Hellman


'Cloud Bones' 

does not consist
in saying what no one has ever said before,
but in saying exactly
what you think

James Stephens

Hawaii State Flower, Yellow Hibiscus

"People who say they don't care what people think
are usually desperate
to have people think
they don't care 
what people think. "

George Carlin

"I care not much for a man's religion 
whose dog and cat
are not the better for it. "

Abraham Lincoln


If you find it in your heart
to care for somebody else, 
you will have succeeded. "

Maya Angelou


Ah dear 'normal.'
What are you anymore?

We are better off
for seeing things as they are:
the church, the governments,
those we regarded
as role models 

or even heroes;

All are found wanting.
That's the cost of growing up.

And so the question grows 
more urgent:
what can one depend on?

Faith, sure,
but what does that mean
in practical life?

What does it mean about how one
how one

Does it mean believing
in someone else's

Is it all about
getting the puzzle

Is it in your mind?

Does it mean living in 
too smart to believe
in anything?

My faith is deep,
earned & unearned.

It is more than a decision
or formula,
too simple & complicated
to force on others.

I look everywhere for hints,
and sometimes recieve

Mostly, I think, it comes down to

I trust.

I needn't force
my view on another-
or deny my own

Every day I am learning.

Every day I am grateful.

Every day
I am moved to tears,
Turning despair
into love. 

but not over much.

I have come to understand
as Gary Zukov has taught:

"The road to your soul
is through you heart."

My heart leaps
when I read your thoughts.

Together we continue.

Thank you for the companionship.

Your comment is a cherished gift!

       warmly, cloudia


gigihawaii said...

Nice! My own faith in God has been battered and beaten whenever there are disasters and calamities. Where is God when we need him?

Lynn said...

I like these musings on faith. And the quote by George Carlin. :)

Kay said...

Awww... Cloudia... You and I think alike. I love the George Carlin quote too. I think it really is true.

Charles Gramlich said...

well said. Being open to experiences is such an important element of living life.

Teresa said...

Thanks for your deep thoughts (and your picture of cloud bones!).

ρομπερτ said...

a deep bow in respect.

please have a good new month you all.

daily athens

Anonymous said...

this rocks,


Windsmoke. said...

In the 2nd photo you could also be looking at the skeleton in the sky of a past life drifting by. Life is a puzzle everyday embrace it with an open mind :-).

kavita said...

Faith is beautiful .George Carlin it is .And i like cloud skeleton.Aloha Cloudia :)

KB said...

I agree with what George said.

The Elephant's Child said...

It was Maya Angelou who spoke to me today. As she often does. Thankyou.

ayala said...

Cool.... :)

Cloudia said...

Thank YOU :)

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

WONDERFUL photographs !

Have a super week.

Bananazஇ said...

Didnt know cloud has bones but seeing is believing lolz. Nice yellow hibiscus for our country red hibiscus is our national flower.

magiceye said...

beautiful compositions all!!

warm greetings
namaste /\ from mumbai

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hi Cloudia, I have just spent a very pleasant time looking at you images and words of wisdom. Was just the right time to find them, the Lillian Hellman words "It is best to act with confidence..." was really just what I need to see today. Thanks
Best wishes

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

great and inspiring thoughts, Cloudia!

beautiful shots, too.


betty xx

Beach Bum said...

Great quotes and pictures!

the walking man said...

My faith is found as a secular understanding of the innate spiritual workings of eternity now.

Mama Zen said...

Beautifully said!

Akelamalu said...

Lovely post Cloudia. x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Where do you get all these very clever and appropriate quotes?

Daryl said...

Well said ..

Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful post, darling!
Love your pics and quotes, as always!


Myrna R. said...

What a beautiful post Cloudia. Thank you. I'm pretty much where you are regarding faith and trust. Thanks for expressing these thoughts so well.

bichonpawz said...

Fabulous Cloudia!!! I especially love the hibiscus and anything by Maya Angelou!!

Cloudia said...

Ah the web is full of quotes -
friends like YOU
are MORE cherished!

Thank YOU

Vagabonde said...

You are posting some lovely photos again – the hibiscus flower is so delicate and colorful – that was a good shot. Have a nice week-end – enjoy!