Monday, December 31, 2012

A L O H A !

“ The most important thing 
is to enjoy your life
—to be happy—
it's all that
 matters. ” 

 Audrey Hepburn










“ Let us be grateful 
to the people
 who make us happy; 
they are the charming
 gardeners 
who make our souls
 blossom. ” 

 Marcel Proust








“ Happiness 
is having a large, loving,
 caring, close-knit family 

in another city. ” 

 George Burns







"S.U.P."  Stand-Up-Paddling

“If more of us 
valued food and cheer
 and song 
above hoarded gold,
 it would be a
 merrier world.” 

 J.R.R. Tolkien


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Your Free Hawaiian Vacation

A  L  O  H  A !
The holidays
are stressful.

You
deserve a vacation,
and I'm going
to give it
to you!





You are going to have
 a private view 
of Hawaii's 
warm,
tropical
paradise!










And while you enjoy your view
of palm trees moving
in languid Trade Winds
beside a blue ocean,
You
will listen
to a play-list 
of Hawaiian Music
I have chosen
just for you!


I N S T R U C T I O N S :

1)  Go to and bookmark each of these sites:


Hawaii Music  Here 

Hawaii View  Here.


2) To vacation ANYTIME :

A] Open the Music in one tab and set it playing.

B] Open the View in a new tab.

(You will see the view, the music should keep playing )

C] Watch the Hawaiian view, while you listen to Hawaiian music.  Try Full-Screen!

D] Soon, you will look forward to these little escapes, and actually believe on a certain level that you can sit by your Hawaiian window ANYTIME you want! 

BONUS: If you live in New York City, and arrive home in the winter dark at 6pm, it will STILL be a sunny 1pm when you get here to Hawaii.

I'll look for you!


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

You Win

A   L   O   H   A  !


 " I've been thinking 
about why you have to
 get famous 
to get an award
 for helping 
other people.









" If your name is 
John Doe, 
and you work night
 and day doing things
 for your helpless neighbors,
 what you get for your effort
 is tired. 










" So, Mr. and Mrs. Doe, 
and all of you
 who give of yourselves,
 to those who carry
 too big a burden
 to make it
 on their own,











" I want you to reach out
 and take your share of this. 
Because if I have earned it, 
so too have you.” 

Frank Sinatra
Accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Light Brain Circuit

A  L  O  H  A !

Ah, Neon!

Does something to us
doesn't it?

Dazzles us,
short circut to
the brain.

Feel that searing pulsating
RED!

Oh the brilliant stimulating 
comfort
of   BLUE!

Color goes right to the brain.
We eat less
off of a blue plate.

Ever heard of 
Food - Coloring?








Our brain is a magical place.
Electrical storms
of great beauty
range there,
like Northern Lights:

'Cerebrum Borealis'










Neural particles swarm
dutifully,

chemical messengers
acting
under electrical weather.

What you eat,
think,
imbibe,
influences that weather
which is your 
emotional climate
in mysterious ways.

But fear not,
we know that 
love, calm, faith,
xanax,
can safely harbor
the battered ship
of the ID.










We see what we focus on,
and paint it 
in the colors
of our
Life Interpretation.

Things mean
what we believe
that they mean!








But if we are open,
perception
can shift
anytime!






This motorcycle
travels about
at speed.














But the paint job
invites
inner explorations
of it's depths,
and 
our of own.













Has birdy chosen
to enjoy this brilliant
plastic reflector 'sun'
pulsing
with Waikiki
morning light?

Did he even notice it?










Too much sun,
especially glaring off of the
water,
can befuddle
eyes, and mind.

Best to rest
under dark blue.

Capture the sun
[see solar panels ?]
and have your fun
wandering
and wondering
before
your 'day'
is done.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Appointed Continents

Pink Cloud - Cobalt Cloud:  Morning


What do you do

the day

after

the holidays

?













Early birds at the Beach


















Ships keep their appointed rounds,
charted on some desk far away,
to meet a shipment,
itself in movement
to that meeting,
plotted in a
different office
on a different
continent.










Hawaiians of old

sailed in double-hulled,

two-masted canoes

following the stars:

arriving
departing
founding kingdoms;

Bringing new ideas

and plants,

like bloggers

of the sea.











Steersman steer,
call the stroke;
ride along
you lazy bum!












" Day After?"
Wonders dear Birdy.
"Isn't TODAY All? "


" The creation
of the world
did not take place
once
and for all time,
but
takes place
every day. "

Samuel Beckett
-=-=-=-


Who am I
to disagree
particularly
during the 
dying embers
of another
year. . .


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Y O U
being my visitor
and friend
is WONDERFUL!


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Plain-Clothes Santa

A   L   O   H   A  !

" When we are humble

 everyone is a potential best friend 

and our generosity naturally grows.

 We want to do things, to help out. 

A wonderful Zen tradition 

is called "inji-gyo,"

 or secret good deeds. . .








- Secret good deeds.
 They are so much fun. 
In their doing 
you can't help but 
smile. "

Geri Larkin 
 "Tap Dancing in Zen"






As usual,
plain-clothes Santa
gave gift baskets
to indigents
on the Honolulu
streets,
and to the Mission.

Plain-clothes Santa
is a nice Jewish boy,
just like Jesus.










" Summer set
 lip
 to earth's bosom
 bare,

 And left the flushed
 print 
in a poppy 
there. " 

 Francis Thompson 
 "The Poppy," 1891



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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hawaiian Christmas

M e l e     K a l i k i m a k a !

Mele Kalikimaka by Jimmy Buffett on Grooveshark



Here we know












that Christmas














Will be Clean




















 and Bright !
[ decorated boats ]

























Hawaiian Christmas Tree















Of course,
it takes All Kinds:



May ALL
YOUr Holiday Wishes
Come True!


                             fondly, cloudia

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Deep Aloha Daniel Inouye, Son of the Islands

A L O H A !

It's Been a tough week.

 Of course, the holidays are what they are.
Then the intolerable evil in Connecticut.  
Such shared, deep grief.  .  .

But then we in Hawaii 
suffered an unprecedented hurt,
somehow a very personal one, 
on deep and shallow levels.

 I can remember no shared,
 genuinely shared, grief
 like this passing of a
 giant leader,
 hero,
 beloved son of these islands.

The mood reminds me
of JFK's assassination
all those years ago.
Hawaii is in shock.



For most of us
he has ALWAYS
been with us,
protecting us.

Watching average Hawaii folks
 wait in line, 
to file past his flag draped coffin
 for 7 hours Saturday night,
was really moving.


Dignitaries, like these Hawaiians of
Royal Societies
 pay respects to an honorary member
and friend.


When tall soldiers moved the coffin
out of the State Capitol
at midnight
over 100 citizens
still waited in line
to pay their
respects.

Watching the preparations
for his Sunday funeral
from my window
[over in the national cemetery
 at Punchbowl Crater]
I feel a loss, an emptiness larger
 than one family's loss. 


National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
[ LINK ]
[ shot from my window ]


Hawaii feels hollow,
uncertain today. 









Crack of 19 cannons in salute,
one less than a
president gets.
 I shot the smoke
rising. . . . 


Since statehood 
till this month,
was the Dan era.

This must have been
what it was like
back in earlier times
when
 a much loved king
passed into
history.


Missing Man Formation

After the ceremony,
President Obama & Michelle
visited the grave of 
Stanley Dunham,
Barack's grandfather
who helped to raise 
our President.
Mr. Dunham was
a WWII veteran
like Dan Inouye.
Several of Uncle Dan's
wartime comrades
attended.






mmmmmmmmmm