Thursday, August 22, 2019

Don't Become What You Hate

A  L  O  H  A !
 " 'Resist not evil,' 
for all passionate conflicts 
result in an interchange
 of characteristics."
Neville Goddard

"In spite of the many sins of omission 
and commission against the Indians 
that I had laid at the door of the Municipality, 
I could not help commending it's 
solicitude for the white citizens, and 
I rendered as much help as I could 
in it's laudable efforts." 
              Gandhi ca 1900

"It is my faith, based on experience, 
that if one's heart is pure, 
calamity brings in it's train 
men [sic] and measures to fight it."

You cannot police the behavior of others.
But you can choose your own response
if you do not immediately react.
Don't take it personally. Choose.

Buddha was walking with some
traveling companions when an
angry person began yelling and
berating him. Buddha remained
quite calm. At the end of the day,
his friends asked him about the 
incident and received this question:
"If someone gives you something,
and you do not accept it,
who does it belong to?"

Don't make the problems of others
your own! Just keep walking as
you have chosen to do. Do right as
you understand it impartially.
THIS is what changes the world.


Thanks, Friend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Shadow and Lights

A  L  O  H  A !

After the film it was raining, 
a light steady rain. 
Ruthless neon on the 
wet streets like busted candy.
                Denis Johnson

I thought the most beautiful thing
in the world must be shadow.
             Sylvia Plath

Everything has beauty, 
but not everyone sees it.

No one is useless in this world 
who lightens the burden of it 
for anyone else.
             Charles Dickens

Linking To

are the 
                  Warmly, cloudia

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

My Woodstock

A  L  O  H  A !

I made some leather macrame belts
and sold them to a shop.
Then I bought the tickets above.
It was the Summer I turned 16
and I bought my first motorcycle. 

2005 Ford GT
 "2005 Ford GT" by marco_ely is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0  

Thursday night we drove up to 
New York State from southeast Pennsylvania
in an older friend's car that I remember 
as a low slung, white Ford GT40 Link  
very like photo above. Wow! My life at 
that time sounds exciting! 
It was. 1969.

 We woke up surrounded by thousands of friends, reports of closed highways, and no fences. Tucked the tickets in my pocket and lingered till saturday when it was just too much. 

We hadn't bought food, intending to buy at the concessions. Apparently most others thought the same. People shared what meagre provisions they happened to have. I recall savoring cherry flavoured Rizzla cigarette papers. 

All was peaceful and upbeat including friendly cops directing traffic who good naturedly refused proffered joints. People all seemed relaxed 
and happy just to be there. Be cool, man. 
Who knew there were SO many freaks?! That's what we called ourselves. Hippie is an invented word by outsiders, disdainful adults, Press. Max Yasgur owner of the land summed up what many initially angry locals had to say about us:

"I’m a farmer…(interrupted by a cheer from the audience)…
I don’t know how to speak to twenty people at one time, let alone a crowd like this. But I think you people have proven something to the world — not only to the Town of Bethel, or Sullivan County, or New York State; you’ve proven something to the world. This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place. We have had no idea that there would be this size group, and because of that you’ve had quite a few inconveniences as far as water, food, and so forth. Your producers have done a mammoth job to see that you’re taken care of… they’d enjoy a vote of thanks. But above that, the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids — and I call you kids because I have children that are older than you are — a half million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I – God Bless You for it!

I cry reading that now, as tears have flowed watching news about
the anniversary on TV News.

Saturday afternoon, we somehow got out on rural roads. I remember mud, and huge crowds of nice people. The performances were WAY down there and tiny. The press of the crowd any closer was too much for me despite the good vibes. I do seem to remember Richie Havens (who I had seen at the Second Fret in Philadelphia Link) kicking it off all by himself with just his guitar and great showmanship. 
Yes, I bought tickets and 
so helped pay for it all. 

to YOU!

ca 1980

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Capacity To Care

A  L  O  H  A !
 Click on Photo to Enlarge

Practice kindness all day
to everybody and
you will realize 
you’re already in 
heaven now.
            Jack Kerouac

 The most potent muse of all 
is our own inner child. 
           Stephen Nachmanovitch

The capacity to care
is what gives life it's
deepest significance. 
                    Pablo Casals

Linking To

So Happy YOU came by!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Willing Compassion

A  L  O  H  A !
If we look at the world
 with a love of life, 
the world will reveal 
its beauty to us.
             Daisaku Ikeda 

Those who are willing to be vulnerable 
move among the mysteries. 
            Theodore Roethke

Compassion will cure more sins 
than condemnation. 
        Henry Ward Beecher

You Me Us

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Dream

A  L  O  H  A !
To hope and dream is not 
to ignore the practical. 
It is to dress it in 
colors and rainbows.
           Anne Wilson Schaef

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. 
                                Joyce Meyer

The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams 
with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute 
to the drowsy world.
            Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.
             Bertrand Russell

Linking To
Saturday Critters


Friday, August 16, 2019


A  L  O  H  A !
It is important from time to time
to slow down
to go away by yourself
and simply be.
                            Eileen Caddy

Menehune are Hawai'i's fairies! 

This is the  real secret of life
to be completely engaged 
with what you are doing
in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work
realize it is play."
                          Alan Watts

Linking To

Love You

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good To Be Back Home

A  L  O  H  A !
Overcome the notion that 
you must be regular, it 
robs you of the chance 
to be extraordinary.
           Uta Hagen

You become worthy of respect 
only by respecting 
the worth of others.

 An artist’s material
Is the same day to day life
That everyone lives
But stated in a new way
From a fresh angle.

I have reached an age when, 
if someone tells me 
to wear socks, 
I don't have to.
                    Albert Einstein

E N J O Y !

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How To Get Through This

A  L  O  H  A !
Common person's patience 
will bring more happiness than 
common person's power.
             Amit Kalantri

Equanimity is 
calamity's medicine.
      Publilius Syrus

When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.     
  Marcus Aurelius

People bring to what they see and feel 
the inner weather of their souls
and complexion of their minds.
                  Han Suyin

And Please Vote!

Linking To
Wild Bird Wednesday


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Eloquent Skies of Oahu

A  L  O  H  A !

 Stars don’t beg the world for attention; 
their beauty forces us to look up.
    Matshona Dhliwayo

If you cannot see the rainbow 
because your face is down, 
don't argue that no 
rainbow is up there. 
                     Israelmore Ayivor

It's a funny thing about life, 
once you begin to 
take note of the things
you are grateful for
you begin to lose sight of 
the things that you lack.
                        Germany Kent

And so we go. . .