Monday, September 30, 2013

P a r h e l i o n

A  L  O  H  A,   F  R  I  E  N  D!
My Girl by The Temptations on Grooveshark
" Never

 lose an opportunity

 of seeing anything 

beautiful, 


for beauty 

is God's 

handwriting. "

 Ralph Waldo Emerson






" We should read 

to give our souls a

chance to luxuriate. "

 Henry Miller









" Tremendous beauty

 can be found in 

the tiniest of things... 

for who has 

ever thought 

to rival that 

of a butterfly's wing? "

 K. D'Angelo


" Literature and butterflies
 are the two sweetest
 passions
 known to man. "

Vladimir Nabokov 




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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Autumn Song with Palms

A   L   O   H   A !
I have qualms

about showing 

YOU

palms.








The First Days of 

Magic October

demand royal

Reds, Ombres,

 Rusts!








Though Your heart

Be a rover,

Encompassing

the world over









"Lovely Evening at Firefly Pond"

One's own backyard

is the place to be,

your own hometown

sparkles

in all her glory!




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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Discovering Your Mission

A  L  O  H  A !

"What is my gift? 

My talent?

What career 

should I pursue?"


We've all heard it;

We've all SAID it!










The person who becomes

a STAR says: 

"This is what I was made for.

I'm no good for anything else."











" I like to write, 
so I should go
to journalism school.


Get paid for doing 
what you love,
and you'll never work
 a day in your life."

Right?











Maybe. 

But if you never make a living
doing some unique 
"Dream"
it sets you up for regret.

"I'm only a mail carrier."









I'll never rule the world.
This has become
clear to me so
I've re-framed 
my own mission.

Now I don't think of
 my "Mission"
rather I see it 
in terms of 
LENS-
What is MY lens,
through which
I  view
 the world,
myself,
  others? 

What is my 
Focus?

What is my intention
 for self and other?
How do I focus my lens
on others,
on myself, 
on the world?








My mission is no longer world domination.

I now understand that my Lens,
 my Focus
is on Kindness, Authenticity, 
Non-interference,
Tolerance for Ambiguity
 and for Difference.

The best part is,
 that I didn't need to wait
for someone to HIRE me
 to behave
through that lens, 
AS that lens.

I could start right away!

And so I have.

And so can 

Y O U








What is your insight? 
Your gift to the world,
your impact?

Is it the invention of 
another mobile phone,
the massing and 
giving away of a fortune?

Good luck with that. 
Seriously. GO YOU!






But as for me, 
I invite you to 
join me, be
a lense of what you care about.
Then focus your lens outward
and inward too.

Learn what the mystery of YOU 
is trying to teach You. 
You are also a unique gift 
to this world. 











I promise you 
that your impact
- every day, everywhere you go -
will add up to quite a 
Significance,
though it be a significance
that we will only comprehend
fully
By and by. . . . . . . 


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Sun Fold Un-Set

A  L  O  H  A !
September Sunset, Waikiki
"It is only possible

 to live

 happily ever after 

on a day-to-day basis."
       
 Margaret Bonnano









Lenticular Cloud "UFO"
"In the middle of difficulty

 lies opportunity."

Albert Einstein









Monstera Leaves, One Unfurling
" Arguing

 with a fool

 proves 

there are two. "


Doris M. Smith


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Urge for Autumn

Urge for Going by Tom Rush on Grooveshark Always loved this perfect Autumn Song!


" My sorrow, 
when she's here with me, 
thinks these dark days of autumn 
rain are beautiful as days can be; 
she loves the bare, the withered tree; 
she walks the sodden pasture lane. "


Robert Frost 









Autumn
is a splendor.

Just wanted to say
HOW MUCH
I am enjoying
Y O Ur
Autumn Posts,
those of You
in the North.

I feel the chill,
I taste the golden thrill
of pumpkin & spice.

This is what friends
+ blogs
can do.

Isn't it GREAT!


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tortured Body - Soaring Humanity



The Sessions is a remarkable film,
 deeply in touch with the mess
 and splendor 
of wearing these 
meat suits 
that we go around in.

Can a paralyzed man 
be a better "catch'
than a so called
"Able  Bodied" lout?


The worst restrictions
on our Spirit,
Body,
on Life Itself
are always 
permeable
to this remarkable
Human Spirit. 








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Mr. Otis Doesn't Regret

A  L  O  H  A !
Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today) by Cab Calloway on Grooveshark
This is Otis.
He lives with his human companion at Waimanalo, Oahu

Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunther

" Better to be without logic

than without feeling."

Charlotte Bronte








" There are no foreign lands.

It is the traveler only

who is foreign. "

Robert Louis Stevenson









 “Many of us 

crucify ourselves 

between two thieves 

- regret for the past 

and fear of the future.”

Fulton Oursler


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Let's all resolve
to be More
like Otis!

Be good to yourself
Here & Now;
Pass it on -

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Joy Scatter

A  L  O  H  A !
 "I am a Marxist-

-of the Groucho tendency."


        Anonymous









"The best way 

to get approval 

is not to need it."

Hugh Macleod






 "Sleep 

is when your soul 

recharges your body."


 Deepak Chopra











 "I'm not a vegetarian 

because I love animals.

 I'm a vegetarian 

because I hate plants."


        A. Whitney Brown










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Monday, September 23, 2013

Met an Old Man Walking

A  L  O  H  A !

I met an old man walking
here in Waikiki
he had just played several
games of tennis;
He told me that
he was over
 90 years.





He told me
that most of his friends
succumbed to beliefs,
conventional ones
about aging.

"One's 70's are the key.
Most people really freak out;
They believe all that stuff
and they follow the plan
down hill.

But if you keep moving
and get past those age 70+ 
bugaboos
it gets better and better."





Thanks, I said.

"Just keep moving - that's all,"

Says he.





And so I do.

How about

Y O U ?


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cabinet of Curious Minor Wonders

A  L  O  H  A !
Three Sisters in a Field of Butterflies


" I have never been 
especially impressed
 by the heroics of people
 who are convinced they are 
about to change the world. 
I am more awed by those 
who struggle to make
 one small difference 
after another. "

Ellen Goodman











Leaf Curls

" Small change, small wonders -
 these are the currency 
of my endurance 
and ultimately of my life. "


Barbara Kingsolver 







 T O M B 
" Take away love 
and our earth
 is a tomb. "


Robert Browning





" Remember 
the quiet wonders. 
The world has 
more need of them 
than it has 
for warriors. "


Charles de Lint



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We are the warriors
of wonder,
You & Me!
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Deeper Meaning of HULA

" Hawaii is paradise.
 It sounds cheesy to say it,
 but there's music in the air there. " 
Bruno Mars, Born & Bred 



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The Universal Solvent

A  L  O  H  A !
Universal Mind by The Doors on Grooveshark

The universal solvent

is full-strength

Calm, 







Shower Tree, Rainbow Variety
applied with

Panacea of Patience.




Harbor Pilot & Coastguard
" Be

in the storm,

but don't let

the storm

be in you. "

Joel Olsteen



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