Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Small Animals

A   L   O   H   A !
" What would be left 
of our tragedies
 if an insect were
 to present us his? "

Emile M. Cioran


See Small Animals
around the world

Thank YOU,
           Warmly, cloudia

Eternal Baseball

A   L   O   H   A !
Take Me Out To The Ballgame by Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet on Grooveshark

Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia 1955
 Prelinger Archives

Dad took me to a game here 
when I was very little.
It looked like a gritty factory from outside,
inside was cement, brick, and exposed girders.
But the emerald green of the field
took my breath away!
Surely it is one memory sight
that I will see again
at the end.

 "A hot dog at the ballgame
beats roast beef 
at the Ritz."

Humphrey Bogart

Philadelphia 1892
" Baseball is almost 
the only orderly thing 
in a very unorderly world.
 If you get three strikes, 
even the best lawyer in the world 
can't get you off. "

Bill Veeck

Out at Home 1905
" Ideally, the umpire should 
combine the integrity of a 
Supreme Court judge, 
the physical agility of an acrobat, 
the endurance of Job 
and the imperturbability of Buddha. "

The Villains in Blue," 
Time magazine, 25 August 1961

Philadelphia Athletics & Boston Red stockings
" This is a game to be savored, 
not gulped. 
There's time to discuss 
between pitches
 or between innings. "

Bill Veeck

" No game in the world 
is as tidy and 
dramatically neat
 as baseball, with cause 
and effect, 
crime and punishment, 
motive and result, 
so cleanly defined. " 

Paul Gallico

" What is both surprising and delightful 
is that spectators are allowed, and even 
expected, to join in 
the vocal part of the game.... 
There is no reason why the 
field should not try to put the batsman 
off his stroke at the critical moment by 
neatly timed disparagements 
of his wife's fidelity
 and his mother's 
respectability. "

George Bernard Shaw

" I see great things in baseball. 
It's our game — the American game. 
It will take 
our people out-of-doors, 
fill them with oxygen, 
give them a larger physical 
stoicism. . .
and be a blessing to us. "

Walt Whitman

" Baseball is the only sport I know
 that when you're on offense, 
the other team controls the ball. "

Ken Harrelson, 
Sports Illustrated, 6 September 1976

Poets are like baseball pitchers. 
Both have their moments. 
The intervals are 
the tough things. "

Robert Frost

" Say this much for 
big league baseball -
 it is beyond question 
the greatest conversation piece 
ever invented in America. "

Bruce Catton

" Baseball is an allegorical play 
about America, a poetic, 
complex, and subtle play 
of courage, fear, good luck, 
mistakes, patience about fate, 
and sober self-esteem. "

Saul Steinberg

" It breaks your heart. 
It is designed to break your heart. 
The game begins in spring, 
when everything else begins again, 
and it blossoms in the summer, 
filling the afternoons and evenings,
 and then as soon as the chill rains come, 
it stops and leaves you 
to face the fall alone. "

A. Bartlett Giamatti, 
"The Green Fields of the Mind," 
Yale Alumni Magazine, 
November 1977


Baseball is
a predictable series
of unpredictable events.

The pace is majestic
yet peppered with quick action
and reflexes,
like explosions in a 
precise piston
driving motion forward
towards "Home"
Just like the automobile,
and invented in the same era.

Time to absorb the 
ever-changing situation 
is built into the structure
of the game.
Each inning is full of promise.

Guests go to bat first,
but that sportsmanlike rule
means the home team hosts
have the "last say."

Decision of the umpires
is instant and final,
Satisfying in it's finality.
There ARE no unending arguments
on the diamond field.

Baseball is a mental,
even a psychic, game.
Everyone knows
how many Strikes,
how many Outs remain
before the teams
change roles again.
Before exultation
or "next time."

Powerful strive-alries,
exertions to the final 
ounce or farthest reach,
But the staunchest enemies
are both just teams
of baseball players,
of cities and regions
Wearing the same caps,
uniforms and cleats,
just in different colors
but playing by 
the same rules
like Life is supposed to be:
Playing-field level,
Each player having 
a chance at bat.

A baseball game
is like a life
with chances to try again.

Private courage plays out
in public display.

Springtime promise,
endless Summer afternoons,
thrilling action under the lights.

The companionable silence
of those closest to us,
as well as those 
we've lost
[but will always remember]

Wreathed in Ballpark buzz,
smells of popcorn, and peanuts,
and beer.
Being part of something bigger,
than your own private benefit;
every neighbor your fellow fan,
the best kind of civic pride
and patriotism,
The game you grew up with.

And for the length of the game
we sit among the generations,
remembering other games,
other Summer days
gone past.

You've been outdoors,
away from work and worries
for a time.
Ar least for the 
length of the game.

Baseball is timeless,
pure as numbers
human as a thrill.

Play Ball!

Dedicated to Dad,
and to Jim Labig


Inventor of Baseball

Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr.
 (April 17, 1820 – July 12, 1892)

is buried here in Honolulu!
Read about him HERE

The Eternal Sound of the Ball Park:
Take Me Out To The Ballgame by Bruce Springsteen on Grooveshark

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Voyaging to Hawaii

A   L   O   H   A !
Coming and Going to Hawaii

" For the execution of 
the voyage to the Indies, 
I did not make use 
of intelligence, mathematics 
or maps. "

Christopher Columbus

Every Day, and Night 
in all Weather, Our Visitors Come

They come for the Sun, 
Scents, Light - 

" Looking back 
at my life's voyage, 
I can only say that 
it has been a golden trip. "

Ginger Rogers

They Come for the Flowers

" The universe lies 
before you 
on the floor, in the air, 
in the mysterious 
bodies of your dancers, 
in your mind. 
From this voyage 
no one returns 
poor or weary. " 

Agnes de Mille

The First Hawaiians Navigated here
in great Voyaging Canoes [ like this ]
See a Hawaiian Voyaging canoe 
under sail with her crew,
and learn about upcoming 
Hokulea`a world-wide voyage

Kolea (Golden Plover)
 comes every Autumn (hungry)
Returning (rested and plump)
 to Alaska in the Spring.

Thank You for YOUR Visit!
                   Warm Aloha, Cloudia

Monday, April 28, 2014

House Finch

A   L   O   H   A !
 Welcome Visitor!

 " Pleasure 
is spread through the earth
In stray gifts
 to be claimed 
by whoever shall find. "

William Wordsworth, 1806

Click on the Finch!
A Sweet Little House Finch!

" Just to be 
is a blessing.
 Just to live
 is holy. "

 Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Where Are You Going, Darling?

" To be astonished 
is one of the surest ways 
of not growing old 
too quickly. "


" The only thing 
I knew how to do 
Was to keep on
 keepin' on
 like a bird that
 flew ... "



Fish Gotta Swim
Birds Gotta Fly
Need to Share
with Each Other.

Thank You
for Visiting!
                    Warmly, Cloudia

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A   L   O   H   A !
" When a person 
can no longer laugh 
at himself, 
it is time for 
others to laugh 
at him. "

Thomas Szasz

" I began to have 
an idea of my life, 
not as the slow shaping 
of achievement 
to fit my 
preconceived purposes, 
but as the gradual 
discovery and 
of a purpose 
which I did not know. "

Joanna Field

" They must often 
who would be 
in happiness 
or wisdom. "


" A short saying 
oft contains 
much wisdom. "


“ Cats 
are connoisseurs 
of comfort. ” 

 James Herriot


Thank YOU
for Visiting!
                  Warmly, Cloudia

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pause Magic

" Never say there is nothing
 beautiful in the world anymore.
There is always something 
to make you wonder
in the shape of a tree, 
the trembling of a leaf. "

Albert Schweitzer

Click on flower to enlarge pleasurably
" Pause to appreciate 
the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature 
or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science. "

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Some build their castles
 'mid thunderbolts and 
My worlds take 
shape in silence.” 

Richelle E. Goodrich


Thank YOU
for Visiting!

            Warmly, Cloudia

Friday, April 25, 2014

Drunk on Spring

A   L   O   H   A !
 Rivulets and River Dances, Veins of Wood
Skies of Blue

" Fiction is obliged 
to stick to possibilities. 
Truth isn't. "

Mark Twain 

 Private Pinks & Purple
 Blooming Too

" Lovely days
 don't come
 to you,
you should 
walk to them... "


Winged Exultations Above

" You can tell more
about a person
by what they say
about others,
than by what others
say about 
them. "

Leo Aikman

" I didn't want
 to tell the tree 
or weed 
what it was.
I wanted it to tell me 
and through me 
express its meaning in 
nature. "

Wynn Bullock


Thank YOU
for Visiting!
                  Warmly, Cloudia