Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sky Hawaii 夏威夷的天空和日落

Did YOU know? Clicking on the photos releases healing spirits!

" Jazz is not dead - 
it just smells funny "
     Frank Zappa

"If you smile at me 
I will understand,
because that is something
 everyone everywhere
 does in the same language" 

Crosby, Stills and Nash

" And in thy majesty prosper,
 ride on,
in behalf of truth
 and meekness
 and righteousness;
and let thy right hand
teach thee
 tremendous things. "

Psalm 45

Monday, January 30, 2012


A   L   O   H   A !

" I restore myself when I'm alone.  "

Marilyn Monroe

“It's the admirer

and the watcher

who provoke us 

to all the inanities we commit.”



" A narcissist
is someone better looking 
than you are. "

Gore Vidal

" I'm not too excited
about watching a huge explosion.
I'm more interested 
in people and characters.  "

Norman Jewison

 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? 
 "Who watches the watchmen?"


" From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play
and forgets the priest.  "

Rabindranath Tagore

"He who watches over you
will not slumber."

Psalm 121

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Carroll Cox - Protecting Hawaii

A  L  O  H  A  !
What's Going On by Marvin Gaye on Grooveshark

This Beauty, These People,  Deserve Appreciation & Protection

 " At his best, 
man is the noblest of all animals;
separated from law and justice
he is the worst.  "


Courtesy: Carroll Cox
(please excuse the poor reproduction-
his originals GLOW with detail
and heart!)

" Always I fought
for what I thought
was right.
But never did I question
the character
of those with whom
I disagreed. "

Gabrielle Giffords

Bird Talk by Carroll Cox

" The cause is hidden;
the effect is visible to all. "


Hawaiian Monk Seal, Carroll Cox

 " In matters of truth 
and justice,
there is no difference
between large and small
for issues concerning 
the treatment 
of people 
are all the same.  "

Albert Einstein

Deadly Sea Snake, Carroll Cox
KHON TV story with their kind permission

 " They have a right to censure 
that have a heart to help.  "

William Penn

 " Sense shines
with a double luster
when it is set in humility.
An able yet humble man
is a jewel worth a kingdom.  "

William Penn

Those Quotes are very appropriate
for the subject of today's post:

My Friend and Hero,
Carroll Cox

Broadcasting the Carroll Cox Show!

 " True godliness
does not turn men out of the world,
but enables them to live better 
in it 
and excites their endeavors
to mend it.  "

William Penn

     > < } } ( ° >

Carroll is such a FUN person 
to know!

He is a master photographer
of birds and wildlife,
a well known, and liked, character
much seen around coasts, harbors,
mountains, and all outdoors.

I admired him for a long time
before I ever met him.

And I was AWED at first!

This guy is a real life HERO
who effectively fights 
for what is RIGHT.

But Carroll laughs a LOT
and makes you laugh too,
often at the foibles 
of our public officials
because he always has
the inside "stuff."

This former Federal enforcement officer
as the founder & president of
documents and exposes:

Illegal toxic dumping by City, State, 
business & private individuals.

He effectively protects animals.

He repeatedly blows the lid off 
unreported stories
like treated fish being sold as "Fresh"
in local supermarkets.

Where there is malfeasance,
Carroll Cox and his cameras
(still & video)
sooner or later show up.

On a small island, 
people are often afraid to speak up. 
So Carroll gets LOTS of tips from
insider whistle-blowers
who want to keep their jobs, 
but do what's RIGHT
for the public they serve!

Carroll shoots and edits his stories,
   writes press releases
filled with great info,
and then he brings
the package
all wrapped up
to local TV stations,
who then run his stories
- often as EXCLUSIVES -
and action happens!

We really hit it off right away.
Can you tell that
I adore this guy?

Talking together
about growing up in the Sixties
there is a lot we have in common,
though I was ethnic in Philadelphia
and he was a "negro"
growing up in Mississippi.

Those were turbulent times. 

Carroll once told me
about sitting in church on Sundays
at the end of 
a lonely country lane
in that little Mississippi town.

Whenever the Sunday Silence
was broken by the rare sound of a car
the entire congregation knew
"This could be the time."
Because such churches were
once upon those times.

 (c) Courtesy: West Cummington Church

 > < } } ( ° >

Lately we've discussed Gay Rights,
and my friend frankly spoke
of being raised to despise Homosexuals
by less antiseptic names.
(As, admit it, we all were)

I made some confessions to Carroll too
about MY upbringing, and
the things some people
in my world

"Well one day I realized"
he told me,
"That demeaning Gays
was as wrong for us
as it was
for others 
to call us denigrating names.
It didn't feel right to me
to denigrate any other people!
That didn't make me popular
back then. "

Carroll went on:

"Rights are right
or they are not

" Animals Too."

Said I.

See why I love my brother Carroll?



/ )

Do yourself a favor,
go check out the EnviroWatch

You will be blown away
by all the material there!
From hard evidence,
viewed thousands of time per month
by people all over the world,
to amazing Hawaii videos
like THIS one of those Whales
in Honolulu Harbor
a few weeks ago.

"Well, do you think the world
is ending this year?"
I asked Carroll.

He laughed
and quickly added:
"Nope, I'm too excited
about life
and all the great things

Carroll knows more than most
of us do
about what's REALLY
Going On;

He fights hard 
and effectively-
a true Rainbow Warrior.

But he politely declines
and accolades.

He graciously did ride
in Honolulu's
Martin Luther King Day
a few years back
as Grand Marshal.

It was the only time
I saw him look serious
for more than a few minutes!

But I know
that he didn't want to
be in that car.

He did it for those
who asked him
and for the kids.
He accepted it for his 
work, his mission.

He did his duty that day
(as always)
and then returned to his
life of laughs
and advocacy
for the voiceless.

My dear friend
Carroll Cox;
Hawaii's friend
and yours!

Thank you for joining us today.
Your comments make it all shine!
                                         Warmly, cloudia

Correction LOL

I'm a BOOBY!
Red-Footed Booby
Carroll Cox 

Got this email this morning:
"Aloha Cloudia,

Here are a few pics I promised.   I am sorry for the delay. 

  I spent a part of yesterday building nests
for the Red- Footed Boobies.  

Thanks for the words of kindness in your blog.
 Regarding school and basketball, 
I can't play basketball worth a D!   (ha ha). 
 The picture you used is not me. 

 I did sport an afro 
and thought I was all that and a bag of chips.

 Sporting that afro was symbolic
of the self-pride I had discovered. 
  I attended. . . East Side High School 
in Cleveland, Mississippi. 
 I was on the drill team
flipping and spinning guns.

I hope you can still use these.  

You sneaky little DEVIL!
 Your surprised and embarrassed friend,

Carroll "

So look for MORE of Carroll's photos,
Just erase the image you have 
of him shooting hoops ! 

           YOUr embarrassed Friend, cloudia 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Art Photographer

you too?

My Studio

A L O H A !

Pua Hone by The Brothers Cazimero on Grooveshark

I have the creativity of a magpie

many things catch my eye,
I'm forever clipping something,
making notes on the move,
or finding:
objects, ideas,

This is why I long existed
in a "disorderly" nest of cool stuff.

 But I have kept our new apartment 
rather "Hotel Like."
The spaciousness
(especially after living in the confines of a boat)
is a pure pleasure.
  Freshly painted walls have no nails, hooks,
or hanging art.
(Just look at how my words
"hang out"
sprawling themselves
in unlimited

Instead of  etagere
crammed with oddities,
and toys,
one, or two jade pieces
overlook the new regime
of serenity
I think they like the space too.

So where are my piles of clippings,
blog ideas, crazy schemes, found objects?

Have I changed my style?
Not at ALL!

You should see my photo files!

My Blogger Dashboard
of half-made posts! 

The files in files
on my "desktop!"

Isn't the web a wonderful place?
Where a slob-artist can keep
the requisite
"heap' O materials.

Where an anti-social type
can hold forth on poetry
or political screeds
and find like-minded

Thank YOU
so much for being a part of it!

                                      Warmly, cloudia

Friday, January 27, 2012

Crepuscular Night Ramble 夏威夷檀香山日晚

A L O H A 

Chinatown by Youngblood Brass Band on Grooveshark

" There is only one day left,
always starting over:
it is given to us at dawn
and taken away from us 
at dusk.  "

                                        Jean-Paul Sartre

 “Older people make more use 
of higher-order reasoning schemes
 that emphasize the need for
multiple perspectives,
allow for compromise,
and recognize the limits
of knowledge.” 

  Richard E. Nisbett, &  Igor Grossmannon
cognitive psychologists, 
University of Michigan

" Everything that we see
is a shadow cast
by that
which we 
do not 
see. "

Martin Luther King Jr


but a dusk misfeatured messenger, 

No other than the angel

of this life,

Whose care is lest men see 

too much

at once.”


 Robert Browning


"It takes an intelligent ear to listen to Jazz." - Art Blakey
“这需要一个智能耳朵爵士乐。 - 艺术Blakey

 "One of the things I like
about jazz, 
is I don't know 
what's going to happen next.
 Do you?" 

Bix Beiderbecke

" Jazz washes away
the dust 
of every day life. "

    Art Blakey

   > < } } ( ° >

I love blogging
like a 
 Moving Finger:

" The Moving Finger writes;
 and, having writ,
 Moves on:
 nor all your Piety
 nor Wit
 Shall lure it back 
to cancel half a Line,
 Nor all your Tears 
wash out a Word of it. "

 Omar Khayyam

  > < } } ( ° >

is where my ideas come from;
Snapping pictures I see,
bubbling up
 ideas to share
with YOU.

I lost the little case
I keep my camera in.
It dawned on me:

"This is a part of life,
small problems
are part of life,
and therefore:

None of us has a
guaranteeing us
another day,
So why waste time,
and hamper
by crying over
camera cases?

What makes blogging so great?

Y  O  U !

Thanks for being my friend.
Warmly, cloudia 

My fave Cab Calloway
said what I feel
about this blog party
of ours 
pretty well:

 "My audience was my life. 
What I did
and how I did it, 
was all for my audience." 

Cab Calloway

Kicking the Gong Around by Cab Calloway on Grooveshark