Monday, April 30, 2012

The Bench

A  L  O  H  A !

to take care of yourself
 because you never know 
when the world 
will need
 you. "


Thank YOU-

                    Warmly, cloudia


Baby's World

A L O H A ! 
Click on the photos

New Life
is always compelling

 So many turnings
in a life !

 Reef Kamalei Mitchel
born April 25th 2012
missed meeting
his Great Grandfather
(My Dad)
Will never know
my grandmother
(His Great Great Grandmother)
or taste the family's connection
with the Old World,
or even the Continent
of America.

What will his world
be like?

I found this video
that took me back
to the world
I was born into;

How much has changed!
Perhaps you too
remember it?
                        Warmly, cloudia

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Be Friends

Listen to the song while you watch
the 1 minute video - feel great all day

Why Can't We Be Friends? by War on Grooveshark

 Just kickin` it at home 
on a Sunday.

Hope YOU are enjoying

Hawaii 5-O 
Has been filming around town:

 for looking in!

            Warmly, cloudia

Lukewarm Losers

A  L  O  H  A !
A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong on Grooveshark

Manoa Valley beyond the Ala Wai municipal golf course

" Never cease loving a person, 
                     and never give up hope for him,

Lil` Devil / Hands on hips

for even the prodigal son 
who had fallen most low, 
could still be saved;

Got a BETTER Idea?

the bitterest enemy 
and also he who was your friend 
could again be your friend; 
love that has grown cold 
can kindle. "

Soren Kierkegaard

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 Re- Kindle

Your former


& Delight.

Eat a hot,

Don't be a

Here, YOU
are the Main Course!

                     Warmly, cloudia


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Unplanned Meme

A  L  O  H  A !
Come Saturday Morning by Woody Herman on Grooveshark

" I am determined
 to be cheerful and happy
 in whatever situation 
I may find myself.

 For I have learned 
that the greater part of our misery
 or unhappiness
 is determined not by our circumstance 
but by our disposition. "

Martha Washington

“ Do you wish to rise? 
Begin by descending. 
You plan a tower 
that will pierce the clouds?
 Lay first the foundation
 of humility. ”
                             Saint Augustine

Get it right at home. Am I right?

" Towered cities 
please us then,
And the busy hum 
of men. "
John Milton

" I am happy now,
 to recall
 that I was not only his son
 but his companion, 
and whenever there was
 a hunting expedition
 or any other pleasure,
 I was always with him.  "

John Philip Sousa


All unplanned,
you posted dogs,
and so did I.

Or birds,
or a portrait
or a

L O V E it
when that

Thanks for influencing me.

DO leave a comment-

          Warmly, cloudia


Friday, April 27, 2012

Put It All Together

A  L  O  H  A !

" Every great accomplishment 
is the story of
 a flaming heart.  "

Arnold H. Glasgow

" The glow 
of one warm thought
 is to me worth more
 than money.  "

Thomas Jefferson

" Here lies one
 whose name was writ
 in water.  "

John Keats

 Three Graces

" Extraordinary afflictions
 are not always the punishment 
of extraordinary sins, 
but sometimes the trial
 of extraordinary
 graces.  "

Matthew Henry

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 is for complete,
 nothing further needed here.

 is for look,
 the way you look at life.

 is for old fashioned,
 you cherish the past.

is for unique,
 your love of life.

 is for desire, 
your thoughts do aspire.

is for instill,
 the lesson of life.

is for affirm,
 the certainty of knowledge.

Put them all together
and what do you have?

an ego trip
on my part!


Your kind visit 
adds an irreplaceable element 
to my day: YOU!  

              Warmly, cloudia

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Centered? WHICH One?

A  L  O  H  A

Just Like a Woman by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Your Ship is Coming In

"Baby can't be blessed,
till she finds out
that she's like
all the rest- "

Bob Dylan

We wore headbands - they sport knitted hats-

"And in the end,
the love you take
is equal
to the love
you make."

 The Beatles  

 Mist in Manoa Valley

Half the joy of life
 is in little things
 taken on the run...

but let us keep our hearts young 
and our eyes open
that nothing worth our while 
shall escape us. "

Victor Cherbuliez

Waikiki Sun

" Only divine love
 bestows the keys 
of knowledge.

Arthur Rimbaud

Not everyone notices

" Your Enlightenment
 rests on
 your own Shoulders"

 Dalai Lama

The Daily Work Continues

  "Thus the superior person
 encourages people to approach  
 by readiness to receive 

I Ching

   "If I had another 50 years 
added to my life I 
would spend it studying the 
I Ching 
so that at last I might 
be made free 
from error." 



Once I worked
at a non-profit
Do - Good
kind of place.

There was a lot of 
about being
'Client Centered.'

and of course
liked hearing it.

But I noticed
that the word
when used among
was a judgement.

"You're acting
JUST like a

That was a put-down.

I wanted to help
the clients,
I regarded them
as survivors of lives
that my fellow staff
would not, could not,
have overcome.

 I identified with
the clients.

But client centered?

I wasn't there yet. 
I was still
blessing them.
I wasn't
a client.

We are all
to a certain degree.

Call it the 
Survival Instinct.

Even martyrs
(in daily life - not holy books)
are all about 
Look how much stronger
MY suffering is
than others' !

Appreciate that others
suffer too-
it's not all about 

I wanted to help others.
But it was self-centered
because it helped me
feel worthwhile.
And I needed that
And they were
paying me.

This morning on my walk,
an older guy in a motorized
cart stopped
and spoke with me
about the photograph
I was taking.

I gave him my attention.
I took my time.

A few steps later,
I realized that
I hadn't taken time,
or showed Aloha-
HE had first!

I no longer need
to be the one helping,
to make others
my clients.

He had blessed me.

We bless each other.
We each deserve it.
We each need it.

my name is Cloudia,
I'm a recovering
superior do-gooder.

Thanks for doing me good.
YOUR visits & Comments
feed my soul.

                             Warmly, cloudia

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm a GREAT!

A  L  O  H  A !

your wedding was beautiful;
One of the Great Days.

 you are an exceptional man,
and a great match for my
extraordinary niece.

on the Big Island [Hawaii]
you gave us a boy.

I'm sure he has
a Hawaiian middle name
a page long,
but his first name is

R E E F .

He will be a great waterman,
 who will surf life's currents
with blessed beauty.
Blessing all of us.
Blessing many;
Like his parents.

Mahalo ke Akua
[Thanks be to God]

Great Aunt Cloudia