Saturday, January 31, 2015

Moment Stop

A  L  O  H  A !
" In the name of God, 
stop a moment, 
cease your work,
 look around you. "
                        Leo Tolstoy

" We are all dreaming 
of some magical rose garden
 over the horizon 
instead of enjoying the roses
 that are blooming outside 
our windows today. "
                                          Dale Carnegie

Thank YOU!

Final Word for Janus

A  L  O  H  A !

“A single word can brighten the face
of one who knows the value of words.

Ripened in silence, a single word
acquires a great energy for work.

War is cut short by a word,
and a word heals the wounds,

and there’s a word that changes
poison into butter
and honey.

Let a word mature inside yourself.
Withhold the unripened thought.

Come and understand 
the kind of word
that reduces money 
and riches to dust.

Know when to speak a word
and when not to speak at all.

A single word 
turns the universe of hell
into eight paradises.

Follow the Way. Don’t be fooled
by what you already know. Be watchful.

Reflect before you speak.
A foolish mouth can brand your soul.
. . . 
Only the word “I”
divides me from God.” 
                                                    Yunus Emre

Thank You!
                  Fondly, cloudia

Friday, January 30, 2015

Waikiki Whirlwind

A L O H A ! 
What "Hawaii" Evokes

Linking to 

“By having good memories 
on every place you just visit, 
you are building paradise 
in your own heart 
and your life.” 
        Toba Beta

Grey Day Honolulu-
Sun Finds a Way

linking to 

Rainbows Sweep Sky Clear Again

* " HINT" *

" A chip on the shoulder 
is too heavy a 
piece of baggage 
to carry 
through life."
                      John Hancock

Lurking in Chinatown. . . 
Dancing Lions 
Waiting. . . Ready-
Chinese New Year!

Linking to


What a Whirlwind!

Thank YOU-
                         Warmly, cloudia

Light At The End

A  L  O  H  A !
The Light 
at the End of 
the Tunnel
is not 
an illusion - 

- The Tunnel Is!

And Sometimes
the Tree
in the Midst
of the Garden - 

Is Just
a Glorified
Parking Meter

We See
a Burning Bush

Or a 
Glowing Cloud


Isn't It
Worthwhile  Fun?!

                 Fondly, cloudia

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Census of Evil

A  L  O  H  A !

" No one chooses evil 
because it is evil; 
he only mistakes it 
for happiness, 
the good he seeks. "
                      Mary Shelley

"Evil" People = ?


Thank You!
             Warmly, cloudia

Fence Fest

A  L  O  H  A !
"  No person who is enthusiastic 
about his work has 
anything to fear 
from life. "
Samuel Goldwyn

 "I don't think 
anyone should 
write their 
until after 
they're dead."
         Samuel Goldwyn

Paradox appears 
where truth 
is too big 
for words.

Is a railing, or a balustrade, a fence?

" Give me a 
smart idiot 
over a 
stupid genius 
any day. " 
                   Samuel Goldwyn

Linking to Good Fences


Thank You!
          Warmly, cloudia

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

You Are Not Alone

Duke Kahanamoku Rhythm

Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm by Miscelaneous - Various Artists on Grooveshark    A L O H A -
           Means: Loving Welcome
" I have never 
seen snow 
and do not know 
what winter means. "
                     Duke Kahanamoku
(Kah - hahnah - moe - koo)

[ In 1917, Duke rode a monster wave 
1-1/8 miles at Waikiki on a wooden 
surfboard without a skeg or leash–
one of Surfing's longest rides. ]

" The snow goose 
need not bathe 
to make itself white. 
Neither need you 
do anything 
but be yourself. "
            Lao Tzu

Fly Birdie Fly!  Way Up in the Sky!

" Where liberty is, 
there is my country. "
                      Benjamin Franklin


Linking to

Thank You
for Surfing By!
               Fondly, cloudia

Some AMAZING Facts About
D U K E   K A H A N A M O K U:

1911 Broke 3 freestyle world records in Hawaii’s first ever AAU swim meet, and Duke’s first races, in Honolulu Harbor

1912 Stockholm Olympics –swimming for the USA, he won Hawaii’s first Olympic gold medal for 100-meter freestyle, and a silver medal for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay

1912 Popularized surfing on the USA Atlantic Coast

1914-1915 Won the Australian National Swimming Championship and popularized surfing in Australia

1915 Re-introduced surfing to New Zealand

1913-1929 Helped popularize swimming and surfing in California

1918 Swam in exhibitions in about 30 US and Canadian cities to boost morale and raise money for Liberty Bonds for the US military in World War 1. Boosted swimming’s popularity and reinforced Hawai’i’s supremacy in water sports

1912-1922 Won countless races, set an unaccountable number of records amassing a trove of medals and trophies as the reigning world champion

1920 Recommended surfing as an Olympic event

1920 At Antwerp Olympics won two gold medals in 100-meter freestyle and 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He was 8 years older but his new world record was faster than his 1912 victory

1924 Paris Olympics; silver medal in 100-meter freestyle race won by “Tarzan” Johnny Weissmuller. Brother Sam won the bronze

1922-1929 Helped make Southern California a water sports mecca while living in Los Angeles and as a member of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Worked for movie studios, playing minor roles in about 30 silent movies.

1925 Heroic surfboard rescue of 8 drowning fishermen at Corona del Mar, California

And Much MUCH More!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Musing Honolulu

A  L  O  H  A !

" It is better 
to be kind 
than right. " 
                   Wayne Dyer

" The soul becomes 
dyed with the color 
of its thoughts. "
                        Marcus Aurelius

“ When the night comes, 
streets welcome the 
lonely souls because 
they alone can 
fully understand 
the lonely streets! ” 
                  Mehmet Murat ildan

Linking to
Our World Tuesday

/  \

So Much to See
So many things
to be-
So much musing
You & me-

Loving it!
            Fondly, cloudia

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tough Side Gentle

A  L  O  H  A !
 Marvelous Sparkling Weekend Here!

Too many of us
 are tough outside
but wavering inside; 
Let's be confident 
enough inside 
to be gentle

Friendly Honu (Sea Turtle) 
Adorns Construction Fence, 
Ala Moana Blvd.
I like the sea-defused light
throbbing on his shell
as it does in real life!
[and they do make 
eye contact on occasion]

Linking to 

" There's a fine line 
between genius and insanity. 
I have erased this line. "
                      Oscar Levant

[Dude stole my quote! cloudia]

Linking to 

Thank You
for making it
F U N -
              Fondly, cloudia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Older People Tend

A L O H A !

" Older people tend 
to derive more 
of their satisfaction 
from ordinary
 everyday experiences. "
          The Journal of Consumer Research 

" A happy retirement 
isn't just about 
financial security."
[ The Money, Business, Finance Magazine ]

A British study 
of well-being showed
 that, aside from teenagers, 
people of pension age
 — 65 and older —
 had the highest
 life satisfaction . . .

My head may
be in the clouds.

[Occupational Hazard
for a Cloudia]

Thank You!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shadow Thus

A L O H A !
" When the mind is pure, 
joy follows  
like a shadow
 that never leaves.” 

Linking to 


Point Panic - Kaka`ako Waterfront Park

A  L  O  H  A !
Click on Photos Please!
" Travel and change 
of place impart 
new vigour to
 the mind. "

This is the entrance to  
Kaka`ako Waterfront Park 
[and Point Panic surf spot]
from the parking area.

Not much to see but 
palm-topped hills, 
because this was a landfill 
since the 1940's
and heavy "fill" 
slumbers within those mounds.

I came here with friends 
before the park was imagined
to drink and play the fool in a dirty,
out of the way area with
a sea view.
You could drive to the top
of the heap then. . . 

 "I can't go back to 
yesterday because 
I was a 
different person 
then. " Lewis Carroll
'The park has changed too.'

 A path winds among the hills,
 but I prefer climbing to the top
where this pipe vents 
the buried landfill spirits.
[But keeps my secrets]

This is a spacious place 
in which to be alone
 with your thoughts - 
or disreputable companions.
But Honolulu is
 all around and 
very close.

To the west are the 
Waianae Mountains rising 
above the flat runways of 
the airport / air force base. 

The Aloha Tower 
[Opened September 11, 1926] 
presides over the 
docks and shipping area
as it has since Territorial Days
Link when it was 
the tallest building
in Hawaii. 

They still run the
 port/harbor from there.

" Silence is 
the best answer. " 
                          The Dalai Lama

To the morning east
 one sees a tiny 
Diamond Head
faded as old denim by 
the sun rising behind.
It's gonna be 
another nice day
in 'paradise.'

 Every park must 
have guardians -

Linking to 
Saturday Critters

- Luckily it seems that
the guardians have friends
of their own.

No surfers today, but
 there is something
for almost everyone here. 
Nature, Sea & Sky
most of all.

 Plus space to 
breathe it all in.

The garbage is gone, or 
at least sleeping below the hills
that look out to sea,
the blue pacific, beyond
the reef.

I imagine
that I can see 
YOU waving!

Aloha, Friends;
Your visit
is the sun on my shore.

                       Fondly, cloudia

Linking to 
Sunlit Sunday

Read about the park, and see panoramic pictures: Kaka`ako Waterfront Park