Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Where Santa is Now

ALOHA  from  WA I K I K I 
" I am not young 
but I feel young. .  .  
J'aime la vie! 
I feel that 
to live is 
a wonderful thing. "
                     Coco Chanel 


Thought You'd Want
to Know!
fondly, 
                            cloudia

A Going On

A  L  O  H  A !
 Sun Rising Behind Diamond Head

" 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. "
                                T. S. Eliot








 When life gives you
 a hundred reasons 
to cry, 
show life that 
you have a 
thousand reasons 
to smile.









That mountain is Diamond Head 
from the side.

It is a view, a photo
 in Waikiki,
but a presence 
here in the neighborhoods.
I like it.





" Year's end 
is neither an end 
nor a beginning 
but a going on, 
with all 
the wisdom that 
experience can instill 
in us. "
                       Hal Borland



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I want to thank
You
for a great year
of fellowship,
of Aloha!
                 Sincerely, cloudia


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

First Snow Bird

A L O H A !

Kolea 

is the Hawaiian name for 

the Pacific Golden Plover.

From Alaska to Hawaii 

non-stop, 3000 miles

of open ocean. . . .

Winter spent eating in Hawaii 

then back to Alaska. . . 



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Linking to




Happy New Year!

                             cloudia



Dwindling Days

A  L  O  H  A !
Click the Canine
" A bad attitude 
       
is merely a reflection 

of how you feel 

about yourself . "
               David Roppo









" Time you enjoy wasting, 

was not wasted." 
                  John Lennon














" Disconnecting from change

does not recapture the past.

It loses the future. "
                         Kathleen Norris


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Thank YOU
for sharing
the year's
last embers-
                    <3 cloudia="">

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Dog is a Gentleman

A L O H A !

 The dog 

is a gentleman;

 I hope to go to 

his heaven, 

not man's. "

                   Mark Twain










" Think like a wise man 

but communicate 

in the language of 

the people."  

                   William Butler Yeats

[  This photo was intended to show
the giant cement 'root ball' of a streetlight
soon to be 'planted.' It's the cement block
up to her shoulder. The woman
was shielding her face from the sun
when she walked into my shot.
I know it looks like she is avoiding
the photo. . . but now you know
the story :) ]










" I don't believe in regrets; 

I believe 

your future is 

in your tomorrows. "


                       John Travolta


[ um. . . OK John ]


V
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Thank You

for sharing 

Yourself!

               Love, cloudia










Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monday Mural Oahu

A L O H A !

Lobby Mural  
Castle Hospital, Oahu
by Bob Flint, 1997

I like the multi-generational, 
multi-ethnic/cultural mix of folks
in this mural. The local
Ko`olau Mountains are 
a familiar backdrop.
This image says a lot about our
 family-centered lifestyle
on this "country" side of
the island.

It says:
"Aloha. We local too.
No worry, eh?"

Linking to Monday Murals



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Thank You!
                    cloudia

Fulcrum of the YEAR

A L O H A !

" Faith is not 
the clinging to 
a shrine 
but an endless 
pilgrimage 
of the heart. "
           Abraham Joshua Heschel









" Resolve to 
keep happy,
 and your joy 
and you 
shall form an
 invincible host
 against difficulties.” 
                   Helen Keller














" Rehashing the past 
wouldn't change anything. 
Time to move forward."
                            Zena Wynn


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This is the week
between.

One year is having
it's victory lap,
parade of 
events & personalities;
All complete
but the paperwork.

Another year is 
promised,
untainted as of yet,
everything 
is hoped for,
and not one 
first regret.

Perfect parabola
gravity gone away.
Fill it as you will it
never goes away.

Thank YOU
for looking in-
             Fondly, cloudia




Saturday, December 27, 2014

Waikiki Beach

A L O H A  - It's a Beautiful Day!

Mesmerizing Day Here!










 77 F  /  25 C

“ Never underestimate
 the significance of the 
little things
 done out of a 
large heart of love.” 
                   Elizabeth George













Enjoy
the embers
of the year!
                Fondly, cloudia

Critter Critter

A  L  O  H  A !

Critter?  

Critter in here?








Imagination 
can do strange things 
in wild places



















What the heck
is THIS?!

[Critter?]













Do You See the Raven?


No critters 
around today?

No Egrets-
Tomorrow
is another day.

Thank You
for Visiting!
            Warmly, cloudia


Linking to Saturday Critters Anyway

Friday, December 26, 2014

Recovery Day TGIF

A  L  O  H  A !
" How much 
the world needs 
tenderness today! "
Pope Francis, 
Christmas words
                                He's one of us, Friend!











" Who would travel happily
 must travel light. "
               Antoine de Saint-Exupery









Are you traveling light?

Have you shared the tenderness?

It is here,
as close as
We.

Life is the flower
we are the raindrops,
skittering,
dancing,
coming together
dropping away.

Together we play.

And it's 99% play,
my dear.

Enjoy your day.

Enjoy your

Y O U  -

[ we do ]

Leave a shout in comments,
and thanks for visiting
today.

              Love, cloudia



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sky Watching Hawaii

A  L  O  H  A !
 Departing Aircraft in Fields of Gold

How you make others 
feel about themselves 
says a lot about 
you. 











“I want 
a brighter word 
than bright” 
John Keats















Linking to 

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Thank You!
Warmly, cloudia

My Hawaiian Christmas

A  L  O  H  A !        F r i e n d !
“ Christmas doesn't
 come from a store,
 maybe Christmas 
perhaps means 
a little bit more....” 
             Dr. Seuss









Children playing 
with their toys,
visitors dining 
tonight at Roy's












“ Our hearts grow tender 
with childhood memories
 and love of kindred, 
and we are better 
throughout the year 
for having, in spirit, 
become a child 
again 
at Christmas-time. ” 
               Laura Ingalls Wilder



This is sweet, if your have the time.
Really captures the flavor 
of Christmas
in the islands-

            I love you guys - cloudia


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Waikiki Good Fence

A  L  O  H  A !   Mele Kalikimaka by Jimmy Buffet on Grooveshark
" Here we know that Christmas
Will be clear and bright
The Sun will shine by day
And all the stars at night.
Mele Kalikimaka
Is Hawaii's way
To say
'Merry Christmas'
To You. "





Click to see carp & humans


"The two most joyous
times of the year are
Christmas morning
and the end of school."
 Alice Cooper



" I will
honor Christmas
in my heart,
 and try to
keep it
all the year. "
 Charles Dickens

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Linking to Good Fences

Wishing YOU
all the Best
of this Season!
                Fondly, cloudia

A Small Gift For You

A  L  O  H  A !
" Each friend represents
 a world in us,
 a world possibly not born-











"- until they arrive,
 and it is only by
 this meeting 
that a new world 
is born. "
                         Ana├»s Nin












" A great obstacle to
 happiness is 
to expect
too much 
happiness. "
Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle












" No matter 
what the situation is,
no matter how chaotic, 
no matter how much drama 
is around you, 
you can heal by 
your presence 
if you just stay 
within your center. "
Deepak Chopra


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And now your gift-

Point your cursor
at a new tab
but don't open it.

Right click.
One of the options:
"Reopen closed tab"

If you close 
a webpage,
now you can 
get it back
without searching.

Thanks for pausing
here!
           Fondly, cloudia