Monday, December 22, 2008

Writing Respiration in Waikiki

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"Red sky at night . . . sailors' delight!"
Banyan Beauty

Hilton Rainbow Tower ("Worlds Largest Tile Mural")

"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." - Emerson

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." - Denis Waitley

President-Elect Obama is home for Christmas here on the isle of his childhood. This t-shirt was made from an image of him body-surfing at Sandy Beach, Oahu.

An Angel has been here! (below)

"Elephants, like many of us, enjoy a good malted beverage when they can get it. At least twice in the last ten years, herds in India have stumbled upon barrels of rice beer, drained them with their trunks, and gone on drunken rampages. (The first time they trampled four villagers; the second time they uprooted a pylon and electrocuted themselves.) Howler monkeys too, have a taste for things fermented. In Panama, they've been seen consuming overripe palm fruit at the rate of ten stiff drinks in twenty minutes. Even flies have a nose for alcohol. They home in on it's scent to lay their eggs in ripening fruit, insuring their larva a pleasant buzz. Fruit fly brains, much like ours, are wired for inebriation." Burkhard Bilger in the New Yorker

The writing life, mine anyway, is a balancing act, a metronome; Back and forth, in and out: like respiration. Inspiration/inhalation - experiencing the world - then circling back inside to download pictures, to craft the words . . . . to exhale my mana`o (thought) and to share it all with YOU. . . This circuit repeated evolves into an upward spiral, a spiral of comfort, as we rise together on the minds wings. . .
.. .. .. . . . . . . A L O H A Cloudia


Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful photos and quotations, as always.

When you found the feather, had you asked a question?

claude said...

Very nice pictureS, Cloudia !
I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Have good Christmas Holidays !

Dave King said...

I do enjoy seeing great skies, and that one is great!

Akelamalu said...

That banyan tree is magnificent!

A herd of drunken elephants - now that's scary!

Happy Christmas to you m'dear and may the New Year bring you Health and Happiness. xx

lyzzydee said...

I love the photo of the Banyan tree, is that really only one tree???

Charles Gramlich said...

I love that Banyan tree. I imagine sleeping there in foul weather and it protects me.

The Grandpa said...

You describe writing with such beautiful and powerful imahes. Thank you for sharing. Aloha.

The Grandpa said...

I meant images. :0)

Cloudia said...

Barbara- LIFE is the question! Mahalo, Dear.

Claude- Bonjour; Merci! You also-

Dave- CLOUDias also love skies; mahalo!

Ake- If I saw a herd of drunken elephants I'd climb a banyan tree! Thanks for the kind wishes; may they grow in my life, and swirl back around to bless YOU, my friend!

Lyzzydee: Yes inDeed!! Thanks for your comment & visit tday!

Charles- The homeless are way ahead of you; the banyan is a small city on rainy nights! Thanks for coming by in this busiest of seasons!

Grandpa: I enjoy your comments always. your Advent Poem that you posted yesterday is still on my mind, you poet, you!!
Aloha and THAN YOU ALL!! ;->