Monday, June 30, 2014

Forward Inward

A L O H A  !

" Something

 we were withholding

 made us weak,

Until we found

 it was ourselves. "

                                Robert Frost


Fondly, cloudia

Musing Molding Shaping

A   L   O   H   A !
" We are shaped 

and fashioned 

by what we love ” 


"The wise adapt


 to circumstances, 

as water molds

 itself to the pitcher." 

                    Zen Proverb

" There is no such thing -

" -  in anyone's life -

- as an unimportant day. "

                Alexander Woollcott 


Thanks For Musing
With Us!
                Warmly, cloudia

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Good Mural Parking

A L O H A !
“The question is: 
why can’t parking lots 
be modest paradises?” 
 Eran Ben-Joseph

See other Good Murals

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Just Some Kid

A   L   O   H   A !
" Hugs can do 

great amounts of good -

- especially for children. "

Princess of Wales Diana

 Just somebody else's kids. 

Just like you see every day.

 What is his day like? 

His Questions?    His Future?

Just a kid 

walking with is parents.

Who will he become?

Child of two soldiers.  

What does he worry about?

Do they leave at the same time?

Who can he count on?

What does he understand?

Is that sister to the side?

Just somebody else's kid.

Why does he matter

SO much?


Thank YOU
for Mattering to me-
                     Fondly, cloudia

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pixie Charades

A   L   O   H   A !
Pixie as ET The Extra Terrestrial!

 Remember when E.T. 

was hiding in pain sight 

among the stuffed toys?


Thanks for goofing off
with us!

                  Warmly, cloudia

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rimpac Water Ballet of Monsters, OR Chinese Navy Opened My Garage

A   L   O   H   A !

“The supreme art of war 

is to subdue the enemy 

without fighting.” 

               Sun Tzu 
                                           The Art of War

“Speak softly 

and carry a big stick;

 you will go far.” 
                                                              Theodore Roosevelt

“Don't hit at all

 if it is honorably possible

 to avoid hitting;

 but never hit soft!” 
                                                                   Theodore Roosevelt

 Missile Destroyer Haikou, China?


 is all conquering,

 but it's victories 

are short lived.” 

                   Abraham Lincoln

Every two years since 1971 by invitation of 

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT)

An international maritime excercise is held in 

Our Hawaiian waters.

This year, for the first time, 

CHINA is participating

with the US Navy and guest 

ships, aircraft, and personel

from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,

Columbia, France, India, Indonesia,

Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands,

New Zealand, Norway, Peru, 

South Korea, Philippines,


Tonga and The United Kingdom.

 (Thailand was dis-invited on account of the coup)

49 ships, 25,000 people,

6 submarines,

and over 200 aircraft

[including a NASA predator drone!]

will conduct War Games,

Humanitarian Assistance exercises,

establish procedures for communication

and cooperation,

even staging an amphibious

assault of Oahu's Bellows Beach

(officially a US Airforce Base).

Highlights include:

Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan,

Chinese missile destroyer Haikou

Hospital Ship, Peace Ark,

Peace Ark [China] entering Pearl Harbor

missile frigate, Yueyang,

and supply ship Qiandaohu.

See them Here

USN Hospital Ship, Mercy,

[ 2 hospital ships with Peace Ark! ]

Aluminium Trimaran USS Independence,

[ a new generation warship ]

USN Ronald Reagan, Honolulu 26 June

And then there is the issue

of garage door openers.

The Navy calibrates and tests

shipboard RADAR and COMS


BEFORE leaving Pearl Harbor

with military playmates, 

which plays havoc with weaker

civilian garage door openers

in the residential areas overlooking

the famous Naval Base.

Many will not even notice:
There will be a bit of noise, 
visiting military, traffic. 

A Small price to pay for the 
humanitarian and defense benefits.

 Including the intangibles
 like familiarity and 
 that develop between humans 
of different nations 
working together.

It is claimed that Hawaii
will see $52 Million in 
related economic activity.

 Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Official RIMPAC 2014 Site 

Thanks for Visiting!
       Warmly, cloudia

More Ships Below:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good Fences Honolulu

A L O H A !
 "We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time. 
Through the unknown, unremembered gate 

T. S. Eliot

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What Fun!
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To Explain Or NOT To Explain

A   L   O   H   A !

"Never complain

and never explain." 


“Don't waste your time 

with explanations:

 people only hear

 what they want 

to hear.” 

            Paulo Coelho

“When you complain, 

you explain pain 

for no gain.


and balance yourself 

through the pain, 

be hopeful 

and persist 

to the end.” 

                  Israelmore Ayivor

“Don't bother explaining-

-I've heard all the excuses 

and the trouble is

most of them 

are true.” 

            John Brunner

“Only peons made 

excuses for themselves

 she taught me. 

Never apologize, 

never explain.” 

                  Janet Fitch, 
                                           White Oleander

[ : ]

If this explanation
is in response
to an outright 

- or 
false assumption
about character
or motives -

Then I'd say
"Don't explain." 

Those demanding it
have already made up
their "mind."

It is not your job
to change it.

I believe devoutly
in the Eloquence
of Silence.

Always do right
as you see it

"I never bother
 about that. 
Those who matter 
don't mind, 
and those who 
don't matter." 
                         Bernard Baruch

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" 

David Farragut 

Thanks for Sharing my 
Rant - O - The - Day!

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