Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ducklings of Nostalgia


" When Donald Duck
 traded his wings
 for arms, 
was he trading up
 or trading down? "

Douglas Coupland 

Here They Come

" Being born
 in a duck yard
 does not matter, 
if only you are
from a swan's egg. "

Hans Christian Andersen 

One Duckling - 

" A fellow with 
the inventiveness of
 Albert Einstein 
but with the attention span 
of Daffy Duck. "

Tom Shales 

Two Ducklings!

The Fearless Five
( I thought that the moment I saw them )

Bye Bye

" Four ducks on a pond,
 A grass-bank beyond, 
A blue sky of spring, 
White clouds on the wing; 
What a little thing 
To remember for years 
To remember with tears! "

William Allingham


Chestnuts roasting
on an open fire?

The smell of 
in a classroom?

What fills
with nostalgia?

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Recovery Rubric - PukaLani

A   L  O   H  A  !
Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, Waikiki

  "Better by far 
you should forget 
and smile 
than you should 
remember and be sad."

Christina Rossetti 

Land of Orange

" Only by living absurdly 
is it possible to 
break out of 
this infinite absurdity. "

Julio Cortazar 

Leaf Light / Stone Dark

"Historical evidence suggests 
that anxiety can be allied to 
artistic and creative genius. 
The literary gifts of Emily Dickinson, 
for example, were inextricably bound up
 with her reclusiveness, which some say 
was a product of anxiety. 
(She was completely housebound after age 40.) 
Franz Kafka yoked his neurotic sensibility 
to his artistic sensibility; 
Woody Allen has done the same. ”

Scott Stossel,
editor of The Atlantic

Cats are excellent
confidantes and
soul healers.

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The sky cleared blue
As I found the clearing.
Drought functionally over,
Stream bed pranced
Delighting clear waters.

The covering over
Bottomless Well of Sorrows
Had thinned precipitously
For weeks.

Whew! I had forgotten
That foetid smell,
Seductive miasmas of

Sooner or later it
Always closes back up.
The Smell dissipates

Eventually the site is forgotten
Best forgotten
But for this one shit-crusted gem
That I sacrificed ages ago.

I had forgotten all about
This piece of myself;
Look! It still fits!
Bringing wholeness and insight.

So even the Bottomless Well of Sorrows
Carries gifts of sorts.
Glad the Holidays are completing
Springtime lambs of my heart are bleating.

Spoiled and chastened I go on,
Bump Bump
On these funny stairs.
Note: In Hawaiian
 'Puka' is a hole
'Lani' means heaven.
There is a place in Maui
called Pukalani because
the geography causes 
a sunny spot there
despite surrounding clouds.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Obama's Hawaii: Ko`olau Mountains to Kawai Nui Marsh

A   L   O   H   A  !

 Nu`uanu Street
 in Downtown Honolulu
Rises into the
Becoming the Pali Highway.

Near Queen Emma's Summer Palace

" Every truth 
has two sides; 
it is as well to 
look at both, 
before we 
commit ourselves 
to either. "


 Kailua Town, Windward O`ahu 
I wish you could hear
the birds, waterfowl,
gently lapping waters,
and the breezes.

Yes, the Obama family
 is vacationing in Kailua.
If you paddle down this marsh
toward the beach,
you will meet Navy seals
before you get to see the Coast Guard cutter
and the other armed vessels lurking 
out of sight near the First Family's
 beach-front resting place.

The Obamas RENT the property.
There is no family compound.

Barack grew up in rental and
UH faculty housing.

During High School years,
 he lived in a modest apartment
(walking distance from here)
with his grandmother "Toot"
and WWII vet grandfather,
Stanley Dunham is buried
National Memorial Cemetery
of the Pacifc (Military)
Punchbowl, Above Honolulu

Resting Place of Heroes

“ The most powerful
 weapon on earth 
is the human soul 
on fire. ”

Ferdinand Foch

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Judgement - No Towel

A   L   O   H   A  !
Sorry guys, Heh Heh

  "Do not wait
 for extraordinary 
to do good; 
try to use 
ordinary situations."

Jean Paul Richter 

" -a writer is working 
when he's staring
 out of the window. "

Burton Rascoe  

 Enjoying Waikiki 

" All my life through, 
the new sights of Nature
 made me rejoice
 like a child. "

 Marie Curie

At one time or another
we have all been

Or others
have been
regarding Us.


It's the "-tal"
that we don't like.

We each must decide
which judgments
we value,
and which
to resent.

But in some shape or fashion
Sooner or later
Each of us stands
Before Truth.

Reasons are teased
Apart from

Call it Karma,
or the throne of

The closer you are standing
Into your best Truth,
The more familiar
Heaven will Be.

All the little 
Self Deceptions and
Unpenetrated Blind Spots
Will be as
Pretty Packages on a
Birthday Morn!

Each selected just for 
By an 
All Comprehending

Home at last


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Duets With Silence

A   L   O   H   A  
Flower Duet by Lakme on Grooveshark

 Holiday Parade

  " Poets have been 

mysteriously silent 

on the subject of 


G. K. Chesterton 

 Charade Crepuscular

   " To send light

 into the darkness 

of men's hearts - 

such is the duty 

of the artist."

Robert Schumann

Self Portrait

" Behind every failure

 is an opportunity

 somebody wishes 

they had missed. "

Lily Tomlin 

is something 
one should never 
get involved in, 
since it is wrong to lie 
even though one endeavours 
to tell the truth."

Ingmar Bergman 

There is no

self portrait

of me. "

Gustav Klimt

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Dear Dear Friends
The Days Have Grown

But I have it on
Good Authority
That the 
Tide Has

In more ways than one.

Keep the spark

Keep Hope Alive;

And Toast Unburnt!

All things great
Are Grist for the Mill
of the Will O The Wisp - 

Until we smile together again;  
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Free Time

A  L  O  H  A !
" What then is freedom?
 The power to live 
as one wishes. "

Marcus Tullius Cicero 

"We are very far 
from always knowing 
our own wishes."

Francois de La Rochefoucauld 

" The opposite
 of a great truth
 is also true.” 

 Niels Bohr

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

President's Vacation: Golfing & a Polar Bear

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Santa Arrives in Waikiki in a Canoe

A   L   O   H   A  !

" Mele Kalikimaka 

is the thing to say. 
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
 That's the island greeting that we send to you. 
From the land where palm trees sway - "

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Hawaii Vacation 99 Cent Sale!

Click on the book cover to the right "Aloha Where You Like Go?"
And find yourself riding a Honolulu taxi with charming companions! Lose a few hours in da sun! :)

99 Cents for 2 days!

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Morning Moments on Obama Christmas Island

A  L  O  H  A !

Morning Mountains Mushroom (click to enlarge)

How glorious a greeting
 the sun 
gives the mountains!

John Muir 

Sparkle Show

"Good morning star shine,
The Earth says hello,
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below."

HAIR, the musical

Ship Shape Yacht Yawns
" Ocean 
is more ancient than
 the mountains, 
and freighted with 
the memories 
and the dreams 
of Time. "

H. P. Lovecraft 

You're Only Human, Sir!

“Do not let 
the behavior of 
destroy your 
inner peace.” 

 Dalai Lama 


I plead "Holiday Insanity"
What is YOUR story today?

Actually, we are enjoying
a blessed time of Gratitude
and Home.

The First Family,
the Obamas
are here with us
on the President's 
isle of birth.

If I see a motorcade,
or Sasha & Malia
eating shave ice
you will be the FIRST
to know!

Last year, 
Barack and Michelle
ate at Morimoto
right across the street,
and she returned
after he departed
to sign emergency

Hope he can stay
the full time
this year!

Wishing YOU
ALL the Best!

                    Fondly, Cloudia

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