Saturday, April 13, 2024

Loud and Shy

A L O H A From Honolulu!

You are so nice I'll kiss you twice Once in the morning And one at night. You are a child and a sage. I'll kiss you in youth And again in old age. Cloudia Charters 

These hulls that danced
on ocean's crest,
Carry the weight
of every test,

In their knots,
legends keep,
Of journeys dared
and fate to meet.

Testament to starry lore,
In every knot, forevermore.

"On that first voyage, we were facing cultural extinction. There was no navigator from our culture left. The Voyaging Society looked beyond Polynesia to find a traditional navigator to guide Hōkūle‘a: Mau Piailug, a navigator from a small island called Satawal, in Micronesia. He agreed to come to Hawai‘i and guide Hōkūle‘a to Tahiti. Without him, our voyaging would never have taken place. Mau was the only traditional navigator who was willing and able to reach beyond his culture to ours."

The heart of a father is
the masterpiece of nature.
Antoine Francois Prevost

Trees give peace to the soul.

Nora Waln


For small creatures such as we
the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan

⅏ ⅏ ⅏ ⅏ ⅏ ⅏
Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie


Saturday Critters

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle
Courtesy of Mike Price


EricaSta said...

Aloha and a good Morning from the other side of the World, dear Cloudia. Thank you for your nice comment...

...and I enjoyed here your words, the quotes and your lovely poems. Thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful week, hugs by Heidrun

Elephant's Child said...

Trees do indeed give peace to the soul. We need them.

Shiju Sugunan said...

That's beautiful, Cloudia. Thanks for sharing ❤️

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful images, I love the rainbow and the beautiful tree.
Lovely capture of father and son.
Love your sweet Pixie and the Sea Turtle is awesome!
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Iris Flavia said...

Great words and pics. My Brother sure is a Father like that!

roentare said...

Father son bond is so sweet

Tom said...

...Trees give peace to the soul. Amen.

Anvilcloud said...

Trees have a good effect on us.

Mae Travels said...

Interesting about the traditional navigator. We have met a man who knows these ancient ways — he also is a guide on National Geographic cruises that we have taken. One night on the ship in Polynesia he showed us the stars.

Your photos are lovely.

best, mae at

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Love is what holds us together because God loved us first. Blessings, Cloudia!

William Kendall said...

It is a universally accepted truth that a Pixie is in need of a nap. - Jane Austin, Pride & Prejudice & Purrs

s.c said...

As always what a nice posting again. Food for the thoughts.

RedPat said...

Lovely post, Cloudia. ;-)

Barbara Rogers said...

I'm completely awestruck by the celestial navigators of history, who somehow managed to connect between the vastness of ocean to the small habitable islands!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love big beautiful twisty trees! Lovely quotes and photos today!

Cloudia said...

Your warm comments are the nicest way to start the day! Thanks each of you 😊

Lea said...

Beautiful photos, and great quotes!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Teresa said...

Love your poems today. Pixie looks adorable, as always. The canoes and the sea turtle are really cool! Thanks for the links.

DVArtist said...

very nice post. Love the quotes and the photos.

Mike said...

The old age part has been here for a while.

Kay said...

I love your philosophical poetry, Cloudia.
And yes, I agree about fathers. :-)

Katerinas Blog said...

Beautiful post as always Claudia. I liked your poem. I loved the quote that trees give peace to the soul!! Have a nice day!

R's Rue said...

Great photos.