Tuesday, May 31, 2011


                             Welcome to Honolulu

I like how life gets back to 'normal' after a 3 day weekend.

"It is best to act
with confidence,
no matter how 
right you have to it."

Lillian Hellman


'Cloud Bones' 

does not consist
in saying what no one has ever said before,
but in saying exactly
what you think

James Stephens

Hawaii State Flower, Yellow Hibiscus

"People who say they don't care what people think
are usually desperate
to have people think
they don't care 
what people think. "

George Carlin

"I care not much for a man's religion 
whose dog and cat
are not the better for it. "

Abraham Lincoln


If you find it in your heart
to care for somebody else, 
you will have succeeded. "

Maya Angelou


Ah dear 'normal.'
What are you anymore?

We are better off
for seeing things as they are:
the church, the governments,
those we regarded
as role models 

or even heroes;

All are found wanting.
That's the cost of growing up.

And so the question grows 
more urgent:
what can one depend on?

Faith, sure,
but what does that mean
in practical life?

What does it mean about how one
how one

Does it mean believing
in someone else's

Is it all about
getting the puzzle

Is it in your mind?

Does it mean living in 
too smart to believe
in anything?

My faith is deep,
earned & unearned.

It is more than a decision
or formula,
too simple & complicated
to force on others.

I look everywhere for hints,
and sometimes recieve

Mostly, I think, it comes down to

I trust.

I needn't force
my view on another-
or deny my own

Every day I am learning.

Every day I am grateful.

Every day
I am moved to tears,
Turning despair
into love. 

but not over much.

I have come to understand
as Gary Zukov has taught:

"The road to your soul
is through you heart."

My heart leaps
when I read your thoughts.

Together we continue.

Thank you for the companionship.

Your comment is a cherished gift!

       warmly, cloudia

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Representations of Light

A  L  A !

"Never lose an opportunity

of seeing anything beautiful,

for beauty is God's handwriting. "

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Be humble for you are made of earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars."

Serbian proverb

Orange you glad you stopped by today?
I am!

“With patience,

mulberry leaves become satin.”


 Turkish Proverb 

“Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit:

we cannot flower and grow without it.”


 Jess Lair 


 Walking in the morning with my camera,
I realize that what I am trying to 

As "point & shoot princess"
I do the best I can. . .

Thank YOU
for being part of it.
Please leave your 'calling card'
           in comments.   cloudia

Friday, May 27, 2011

Blogger Fix Tip

A L O H A,
Welcome Back to Waikiki

“Play is the only way

the highest intelligence of humankind

can unfold.”


 Joseph Chilton Pearce

“We are shaped by each other. 

We adjust not to the reality of a world,

but to the reality of other thinkers.”

 Joseph Chilton Pearce 

“To live a creative life,

we must lose our fear 

of being wrong.”


Joseph Chilton Pearce






“We live in a web of ideas,

a fabric of our own making.”


Joseph Chilton Pearce
Have recent changes in Blogger 
left you unable to comment
at certain blogs?
Are you having other issues?
What browser are you using?
You can have more than one browser
(Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox)
installed on your computer.
Some are better for certain tasks.
Right now I'm liking Mozilla's
You can learn about this popular browser
and install it
When we were growing up
we were told that there is a
"right way"
and a
"wrong way"
to accomplish any task.
Well today in the world of IT
there are many different ways
to accomplish things.
Give yourself permission
to explore.
What browser(s) do YOU use?
Have you used others?
Why did you change?
Tell us in 'comments' 
      and thanks for visiting today! cloudia

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quirino Aguisanda

        Welcome to Our Hawaii

At one time, Hawaii had no name - and no people.

  The Hawaiians voyaged here
in several waves of immigration. 

King Kalakaua
wanted to bring Chinese people to the islands,
and they were the first to come
and work in his kingdom.

  In 1881 he proposed a matrimonial relationship
between Princess Kaiulani 
and a young Japanese Prince Komatsu.

  Those two groups have dominated Hawaii's Asian population until recently.

In 1906 the first fifteen Filipino laborers, all Tagalogs, came to Hawaii. By 1909, 639 workers came and by 1910, there were 2,915. From 1911 to 1920, an estimated 3,000 workers arrived yearly. In 1919, there were 24,791 Japanese workers and 10,354 Filipinos representing 54.7% and 22.9% respectively of the total plantation labor force. The 1920s saw an average of 7,630 Filipinos arriving in Hawaii annually. 

Hawaii State Flag and that of the Philipines.

According to the latest US Census,
our Filipino neighbors are now the largest Asian group 
here in the isles.

As with ANY human group, it is impossible to make blanket statements, but they are valued as nice people, hard workers and good citizens.  Their warmth, food, and culture are important parts of our island paradise.  

On November 8, 1994, Hawaii’s voters elected
Benjamin J. Cayetano our governor, 
making him the first Filipino-American governor
in United States history
and the nation’s highest-ranking
elected public official of Filipino heritage.

I would like to introduce you to a private citizen that most of us knew nothing of until this week.

Quirino Aguisanda
was born in Cagayan province

  He retired as a colonel from the Philippine army
and moved to Hawaii with his wife in 1992.

Beyond his family and church,
the 86 year old worked as a senior companion (!)
a few mornings a week.

After resting at home
during the long Waipahu afternoon,
he insisted on boarding a bus for Waikiki
and started his evening's work
as a bathroom attendant
at several restaurants and clubs
in the tourist district.

Starting his shift at 6 or 9pm,
he would work until 1 am. 

"He's a hard worker. 
In their generation they somehow
don't want to stop working."

Said his Granddaughter Monette Rivera
by telephone from her home in New York City.

On Monday morning he exited a city bus
near his home around 2:37 am
and was struck by a hit and run driver,
dying later that morning at Queens Hospital. 

"They're not rich,
but you know there was always abundance in his life because of his heart and character."

His Granddaughter told a local reporter."

Widow Eustacia is coping
with the love of her church and family.

"Being around people,
being out and about,
it's just his way."

Monette Rivera

Remember to appreciate the people you see today, the people doing simple work with great dignity!

Salamat, Colonel Aguisanda!  

       Please leave  Y O U R  comment, cloudia

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Treasure at Your Feet

Aloha & Welcome to Waikiki

"If the doors of perception were cleansed 
everything would appear to man as it is,

                                             William Blake

"Keep your eyes open to your mercies.
The man who forgets to be thankful 
has fallen asleep in life."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"One sees great things from the valley,
only small things from the peak."

G. K. Chesterton

"When you look into an abyss,
the abyss also looks into you."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"A point of view can be a dangerous luxury
when substituted for insight and understanding. "

Marshall McLuhan

"A moment's insight 
is sometimes worth a life's experience."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Some long to own
some wish to be
 I enjoy seeing,
& wondering.
I enjoy interacting
Y O U.
Thanks so much for visiting!
       comment? Yes Please!   cloudia 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pastry of Thinkers

A  L  O  H  A !

 "Judge each day
not by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds you plant."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"I am following Nature without being able to grasp her,
I perhaps owe having become a painter
to flowers. "

Claude Monet

See the Star of David?

"God writes the gospel not in the bible alone, 
but on trees, and flowers, and clouds, and stars."

Martin Luther

"Keep your fears to yourself,
but share your courage 
with others."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights;
 it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent,
in the ideas of living."

Miriam Beard

"A warm smile
is the universal language of kindness."

William Arthur Ward

What do philosophers
prefer to eat 
for breakfast?

Thanks for swinging by,

leave a comment-

    warmly, cloudia

Saturday, May 21, 2011

How 2 Write

Aloha, Friend!

  "Father of modern surfing."
was the REAL deal!

"Just take your time - wave comes.
Let the other guys go, catch another one."


Nice looking scoot-

"Good artists borrow,
great artists steal."


 -Things are not always
what they appear to be.

"Mirrors should think longer 
before they reflect."

Jean Cocteau

Once I asked my psychology professor:
"Where do hypotheses come from."
How do scientists decide 
what to try to prove/disprove? 
She was wise and admitted to me
that such 'inspirations'
remain a wonderful unknown.
There are lots of people
who will tell you
'how to write.'
Some of them,
in his worthy 
give excellent, 
very useful advice. 
 But where do ideas come from?
What is worth writing about?
Why should a reader care?
It is said that Robert Louis Stevenson,
 when he needed money, 
would ask his 'Brownies'
for a new story plot
which they always supplied to him
while he slept.
  "And for the Little People, what shall I say
they are but just my Brownies, God bless them!
who do one-half my work for me while I am fast asleep,
and in all human likelihood, do the rest for me as well,
when I am wide awake and fondly suppose I do it for myself."

Robert Louis Stevenson

Now I'm going to share MY method.
I do not sit before a blank screen.
By the time I sit down to 'write'
I have an idea and notes;
I know what I am going to write about
even though it often takes me on a journey,
a path,
I knew not of
If you came to my desk
you would see stacks of magazines
full of highlighting and folded-over pages.

You would also see lots of notes on paper.

When I walk, when I meditate, 
when I watch TV,
I always keep paper and a writing tool

The best ideas arise
"out of the blue."
So I capture those wild ideas.

When it is time to write a blog post,
(if there is no topic on my mind)
I sit with all my notes,
and quotes looking for an idea
that is ripe & ready;
an idea that speaks to me.

The thing that interests me
is ready to play that day.

A two-sentence idea
will be 'dead' one day
and birth a great post the next!

Then you learn to write,
by writing.
And by reading.

And by reading books like Charles' .

It can take years to develop a voice.
Don't make the rookie mistake of trying to 
'sound smart'
or to write like someone else.

(Actually, copying writers who speak to you
is a useful exercise - but your work
will ultimately be
your own,
or it will be something less than
"You do not really understand something
unless you can explain it to your grandmother."
 Albert Einstein

My novel was an idea that wouldn't leave me alone.
I HAD to write it!
But HOW??!!

I thought about it for a long, long time.
Something would come into my mind and I'd think:
"This will be in the book."
And I'd write it in a notebook.

One day, looking at those notebooks
I read a piece that seemed to be a place to start.
I wrote a chapter from that rich raw material.

Then it seemed that the second chapter should
'flash back'
to how the protagonist got to that place.

I had no outline of chapters;
I confess that I wrote them one at a time.

Only reading the manuscript afterwards
did I see the logic 
of the narrative thread.
I also saw that I had a manuscript,
not a book.
That is where the real work begins:
removing, revamping; praying.

The next book will arise
and force me to write it.
Or not.

This time
I WILL have an outline,
some structure, a narrative arc.

Or maybe I won't.

You can learn how to write clearly,
and you SHOULD
(if you want to be any sort of writer)

But to be a Writer
you will need magical Ideas.

You can ask the Brownies,
you can pray,
you can decide what the market wants.

But creating a story that breathes,
that lives,
that strangers will care about,
remains a tough task
requiring some luck
in the end.

At least it is to me.

Thanks for being a part
of that magic!

           Please leave your comment!  cloudia