Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wisdom Lingers

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Ponder the difference
between a mindset
and a mind free
to unlock your power.

Beautify your inner dialogue.
Beautify your inner world
with love light
and compassion.
Life will be beautiful.
Amit Ray

This poem has been
called obscure.
I refuse to believe that
it is obscurer than pity,
violence, or suffering.
But being a poem,
not a lifetime, it
is more compressed.
  Dylan Thomas

There are 100 ways
to react to
spilled milk.
Your chance to
show love. Dr Margaret Aranda

Knowledge comes
but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Love You,
Pixie & Cloudia

Monday, October 18, 2021

Not Stiff or Brat

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Be like a palm tree by
the ocean that endures
the greatest winds
because it knows how
to gracefully bend.
Stephen Kendrick


"The Taoist model
spiritual life
after a plant.
A living plant is
tender and pliant,
while a dead plant is
stiff and hard;

One who is with the Tao is
also tender and pliant,
while one who departs from
the Tao is stiff and hard.
The plant kingdom
is a quiet kingdom
that sleeps in beauty;

Taoist quietude is the spiritual
condition for regeneration.
A plant grows at its own pace.
The Taoist allows events to
unfold according to their
inner rhythms; (s)he acts by
non-action (wu-wei), which
is acting with, not against,
the inner rhythms of things.
A plant is always
renewing itself;
the Taoist celebrates
perpetual childhood."
-  Ellen M. Chen, 
The Tao Te Ching:
A New Translation
with Commentary, 1989

What does it mean if someone is a stiff?
When a person is stiff, they are
artificial and unrelaxed — 
unless they're "scared stiff"
or "bored stiff."
A regular guy is
a working stiff.
Another colloquial meaning of stiff is
"to underpay, or to cheat.”
Also, a stiff drink has a lot of alcohol.
A dead body is sometimes
called a stiff, but it's rude.
stiff - Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com

The most sophisticated
people I know -
inside they are
all children. Jim Henson

Love You,
      Pixie & Cloudia

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Greens and Scenes

A L O H A From Honolulu!

My Crown Is A Ship

Stop the flow
of your words.
Open the window
of your heart and
let the spirit speak.


Even a plain woman
will attract the eye if
she is happy, while
the most elaborately
coiffed and bejeweled
woman in a room, if
she cannot summon
will seem to be
merely decorative. 
  Anita Shreve

Take time to enjoy
and appreciate
simple things.

Yes even now.

All Hail Aloe

Take time to be kind.
Especially now!

Think long thoughts
in short sentences.

Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Actualize It

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Friendships offer
good practice in
accepting the transience
of experience. . .

. . . and the
persistence of feeling.
Stephanie Mills

Lovey Dovey

Drab but Lovely!

To have reverence
for love and
reverence for compassion
is to actualize it,
to practice it.
   Manulani Meyer


Love You,
   Pixie & Cloudia

Linking To

Friday, October 15, 2021

Reach Practices

A L O H A From Honolulu!

The longest way
must have its close-
the gloomiest night
will wear on to
a morning.
   Harriet Beecher Stowe

All the windows

of my heart -

I open to the day.     

   John Greenleaf Whittier

Embarrassment lasts 
a moment, regrets 
last a lifetime.
                Petteri Tarkkonen

Life's like a movie, 
write your own ending. 
Keep believing, 
keep pretending.
                             Jim Henson

There's calm in each
and every day,
we just need to
practice reaching
out for it. Ron Baratono


Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Bathe In The Splendor

 A L O H A From Honolulu!
Nothing exists except atoms
and empty space;
everything else is opinion.

You have no need 
to go anywhere. 
Journey into yourself. 
Enter a mine of rubies 
and bathe 
in the splendor 
of your own light. 

The best way to persuade
people is with your ears-
-by listening to them.
     Dean Rusk

Forever is composed
of nows.
    Emily Dickinson

When life is sweet,
say thank you
and celebrate.
When life is bitter,
say thank you and grow.  
                                 Shauna Niequist

Love You,
     Cloudia & Pixie



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Eating the Flowers

A L O H A From Honolulu!

We are here in a wood of
little beeches:
And the leaves are like
black lace
Against a sky of nacre.
One bough of clear promise
Across the moon.
It is in this wise that
God speaketh unto me.
         Frederic Manning *

For youth, the moon is
a promise of all
those tremendous things
which await it-
  Hjalmar Soderberg

Isn't an awareness of
their transience what
gives these moments
their exquisite edge?
Robert Harris

"In literature, flower-eating
is used to tip the reader off
to characters' faults
their excessive sexuality,
their hedonistic
pursuit of happiness,
or their superficiality."
What Does It Mean 
to Eat a Flower?
- TASTE Cooking

A lie doesn't become truth,
wrong doesn't become right,
and evil doesn't become good,
just because it's
accepted by a majority.
      Booker T Washington

Love You,
          Pixie & Cloudia

* Here is the rest of that poem:
We are here in a wood of little beeches: And the leaves are like black lace Against a sky of nacre. One bough of clear promise Across the moon. It is in this wise that God speaketh unto me. He layeth hands of healing upon my flesh, Stilling it in an eternal peace, Until my soul reaches out myriad and infinite hands Toward him, And is eased of its hunger. And I know that this passes: This implacable fury and torment of men, As a thing insensate and vain: And the stillness hath said unto me, Over the tumult of sounds and shaken flame, Out of the terrible beauty of wrath, I alone am eternal. One bough of clear promise Across the moon — Frederic Manning"