Monday, September 25, 2023

Articulated Skies Articulate Eyes

A L O H A From Honolulu!

There are days when solitude, for someone my age, is a heady wine that
intoxicates you with freedom.

Nothing is inherently and
invincibly young except spirit.
And spirit can enter a
human being perhaps better
in the quiet of old age and dwell
there more undisturbed
than in the turmoil of adventure.
George Santayana

In the stillness of my heart,
I hear a whisper soft and low,
"It's going to be okay, my dear,
Just let go and let it flow."

Surfer is throwing a Shaka! Link

Religion is at its best when
it makes us ask hard
questions of ourselves.
It is at its worst when it
deludes us into thinking
we have all the answers
for everybody else.
Archibald Macleish

Life is a Dream.
Make it a Good One

Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie


Nature Notes

From The Archives

The Good.Random.Fun.

AWWW Monday

T Tuesday

Pictorial Tuesday 

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Oh, Saimin, Hawaii's comfort food, So warm and hearty, and oh so good. Your broth is savory, your noodles too, A bowl of Saimin is a dream come true.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Minute By Minute You Win It

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Opportunities to find
deeper powers within ourselves
come when life
seems most challenging.
Joseph Campbell

When you inspire happiness
You begin to live in it too.
Minute by minute you win it.
Just part of being your best!

 3 Anti-Aging Tips I Use:
Enjoy, Adapt, or
merely Laugh!

Be kind to others,
even if they are stuck
in unkindness.

Let no feeling
of discouragement
prey upon you, and
in the end you are
sure to succeed.
Abraham Lincoln 

Love You,
Pixie & Cloudia

Linking To
Monday Murals

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Beautiful Quiet Gentle Enough

A L O H A From Honolulu!

In the realm of nature,
nothing is perfect and
everything is perfect... 

Trees can be contorted,
bent and gnarled, and
still be beautiful...

Flowers can be misshapen,
and still be fragrant... 

- And the moon
can be half-full
and still be whole.
    Alice Walker

The garden is a sanctuary,
Where souls find release,
My heart is filled,
With profound gentle peace.

Rainbow Cassia Tree

 Pied feral pigeon

 I have never been 
especially impressed
 by the heroics of people
 who are convinced they are 
about to change the world. 

I am more awed by those 
who struggle to make
 one small difference 
after another. 
  Ellen Goodman

What if I accept that all
I really want is a small,
slow, simple life. 
A beautiful quiet, gentle life.
I think it is enough.
Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui


Love You,

   Pixie & Cloudia

When you see a crescent moon

with silvered clouds, know

that you are not alone.

The universe is watching

over you, and everything

will be okay.

Friday, September 22, 2023

You Are I Am

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Sky tinted with color,
A gradient of pale and red
Sun sinks slowly 
Paints the clouds subtly
In transfixing range.
Be still.

The breeze is soft,
Air filled with sounds
Of evening coming in.
It's a time of
peaceful beauty,
Relax and reflect,
A day has passed,

The street is a great equalizer,
and those who can speak its
language are most eloquent.
The street is also a
university of hard knocks,
those who graduate are fluent in beauty and ugliness,
but the street itself
goes on and on

Samoa's native hibiscus
We become not a melting pot
but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes,
different dreams.
Jimmy Carter

And now you are
and I am and
we're a mystery which
will never happen again.
ee cummings


Love You,
Pixie & Cloudia

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Monkeypod Joy Rules

A L O H A From Honolulu!

 "Write your own rules for joy.
Consider: what has worked
in the past to bring joy to
you and to others? -

- What are the timeless truths
and dependable strategies
you have used – or might
choose to use in the future –
to bring yourself from
despair to joy?
Debra Orenstein

The monkeypod tree
is a sight to behold With its flowers
so pink and bold Take a moment to
appreciate its beauty
In morning light
Quite a sight!

Its blossoms fill the
air with sweetness as
The sun casts dappled
shadows on the ground.

Birds sing making a
Joyful atmosphere
It's a beautiful sight,
That improves my mood.
True sign that I'm in
This beautiful place.

A.I. Rules Of Joy:
"Make sure you are taking care of your basic needs. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.
Connect with other people. Spend time with your loved ones, join a club or group, or volunteer in your community.
Find activities that make you happy. This could be anything from playing a sport to learning a new skill to spending time in nature.
Practice gratitude. Make time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for.
Let go of negativity.
Don't hold on to grudges
or resentments.
Live in the present moment.
Focus on the here and now,
rather than dwelling on
the past or worrying
about the future.
Remember, joy is a choice.
It is something that you
have to work at, but
it is well worth it."

Google Bard
Artificial Intelligence*


Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie

* When I use AI to write, I prompt based on what I'm getting at. I include phrases or suggestions I like. Then I consider what AI provides as raw material (based on my requests). I ruthlessly cut all but the choice parts that I change and edit to suit my voice. If I have an opening sentence or title, I'll prompt with THAT. In this case I asked AI to create Rules For Joy and used the above as it came up. I use BARD on Google Search page. If you have the little filter at top of your search that says: "Converse" click it and play! Look for it at top of the results to your next search

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Everything Worthwhile

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Everything that's really worthwhile
in life came to us free;
our mind, our soul, our body,
our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions,
our intelligence, our love of family
and children and friends...

...All these priceless possessions
are free, but the things that cost
us money are actually very cheap
and can be replaced at any time.
Earl Nightingale 

A gem cannot be polished
without friction, nor can we.

The Beautiful Manoa Chinese Cemetery Link
It's not written in stone
until you are under one

Pixie walks with purpose,
Pixie walks with pride
Her stride says,
"I know where I'm going."
A cat not to be trifled with.

Tail held high,
Head up with confidence,
She has a sense of her worth.
Knows that she is beautiful,
And knows that she is loved.

Pixie strides in grace and power.
Like every other cat.
In my eyes of course
she is unique.
[As are all the others 😉]


Love You,

Pixie & Cloudia

 Huang Tin Tin Hu Temple