Monday, March 11, 2013

San Diego-Based USS Freedom Arrived in Hawaii

A  L  O  H  A      U S S   F R E E D O M
Sorry for the blurry distance shots

" On this her Maiden Deployment 
 USS Freedom
 is headed to Southeast Asia and Singapore, 
where the ship will spend roughly eight months. 
While there, the Freedom will conduct 
maritime security operations
 with regional partners and allies,"
 according to the Navy.

Fast & agile, 
these 'platforms' can be configured
 for three separate purposes: 
surface warfare, mine countermeasures,
 or anti-submarine warfare.

Entering Pearl Harbor after 9am Hawaii Time
This is the first US Navy ship to be
 Camouflaged since WWII.

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Building You and Me

A  L  O  H  A !
" It's not the load
 that breaks you down, 
it's the way 
you carry it. "

Lena Horne

" To different minds, 
the same world
 is a hell,
 and a heaven. "

Ralph Waldo Emerson

" 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 
not by our circumstance 
but by our disposition. "
Martha Washington
Wife of George Washington
and first First Lady
  of the USA

" Speak your mind - 
even if your voice shakes. 
Well aimed slingshots 
can topple giants. "
Maggie Kuhn, 
founder, Gray Panthers

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Free Will- What IS that?

Yes, we live & act based
on the way were were raised,
the family, community, nation
where we grew.

Genetics and brain chemistry
pull many of our strings. . . .
And yet-

In every community
there are those
who live generosity
while neighbors
live a predatory existence.

There is no
 Manual for the Human
in Washington, Rome, or Beijing
where we can look up the correct

So in the truest sense,
EACH of us, YOU & me,
has the task (if we think about it)
about the nature of life, of

Many of us contract out this power
to a Church, Mosque, Peer-Group,
Conspiracy Mind Set,
or Common Ethos
 (where we happen to live).

On my quest to Find Out
I have found many powerful little
(and Huge) gems.
Call them Tools, Skills, Maxims,

I am constructing
my own Understanding.

I act from what I know to be right.

When I fail, I forgive myself.

I believe that God cares, cheers me on, smooths my path.
But I do not subscribe to any church
 but the world.
No one should hold the reigns of my morality
but me.
That's Free Will.
That's tested Cloudia Morality Reigning.

I dine at every tradition's ancient banquet
as a respectful guest.
My soul rises up to sing with theirs.

But I decide of the feast
what is the Chicken
and what are the bones
to be discarded.

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