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

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Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie


Saturday Critters

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle
Courtesy of Mike Price

Friday, April 12, 2024

This Moment Here

A L O H A From Honolulu!

I find love much like a mirror. When I love another,
he becomes my mirror and I become his, and reflected in each
others love we see infinity! Leo Buscaglia

In the vast expanse, Where clouds drift free, A symphony of voices Singing endlessly. Whispers of wisdom,
whispers of song, Whispers that guide us All life long.
Cloudia Charters

We don’t set out to save the world;
we set out to wonder how
other people are doing and
to reflect on how our actions
affect other people’s hearts.
Pema Chodron

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
Omar Khayyam
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Love You,
Pixie & Cloudia

Elton John is a breathing connection with those we have lost over the years.
Including our younger selves. Fly On!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Grateful Great

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Just keep going.
No feeling is final. Rainer Maria Rilke

Disrupt intolerance
with kindness.

Looking at God’s world through
the lens of a present moment
is like peering through a peep hole.
You only see a slice of the picture.
Dovid Bashevkin

Feel the feeling but
don't become the emotion.
Witness it. Allow it.
            Release it.             
       Crystal Andrus

When someone needs your help,
or even your understanding,
they are providing you with an
opportunity you should not miss.
Be grateful to them.
Cloudia Charters

 Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. Ashley Smith

Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Inner Skies Rise

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Hope whispers soft
on the gentle breeze, Uplifting hearts, and souls to ease.
So greet the day with head held high, Let sunshine fill your inner sky.
Cloudia Charters

We'll enter the center
And slide to the side
Soliloquy at the periphery
To continue this wild ride!
Cloudia Charters

We don't have to engage
in grand, heroic actions
to participate in the
process of change.
Small acts, when
multiplied by millions
of people, can
transform the world.
  Howard Zinn

Keep true to the
dreams of your youth. Friedrich Schiller

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Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Where Shadows Once Spread

A L O H A From Honolulu!

There are two ways to do anything.
We can do it in order to make
life better for me, or we can
do it in order to make life better
for someone else, as well as for me.
The first way gets the thing done;
the second way gets the thing done
and makes life a sacrament.
Sister Joan 

Young and brash I saw faults everywhere, A world of wrongs not a garden to share. But time the sculptor chiseled at my view, Softened the edges Made my world new. Flaws, like brushstrokes, blended in new light, A tapestry of growth, What a beautiful sight. Curses turned to benedictions sweet and strong, Each imperfection A part of life's own song. No longer critic with a judging eye, But student learning as the moments fly. Now with gentle years my heart finds praise, In every sunset Of life's winding ways. Let others judge I'll find the light instead, The beauties blooming where shadows once spread.
Cloudia Charters

Don't wait for inspiration.
It comes while you are working.
Henri Matisse

Dare to err and to dream.
Deep meaning often lies
in childish plays.
Friedrich Schiller

Love You,
Pixie & Cloudia

Monday, April 8, 2024

Be Lucky

A L O H A From Honolulu!

See the magic in everything. Sometimes it seems to be hiding but it is always there. The more we can see the magic in one thing, a tiny flower, a mango, someone we love, then the more we are able to see the magic in everything and in everyone. Where does the mango stop and the sky begin?
  Joshua Kadison

Every true genius is bound to be naive.

Friedrich Schiller

A well-ordered life
is like climbing a tower;
the view halfway up is better
than the view from the base,
and it steadily becomes finer
as the horizon expands.
William Lyon Phelps

When you stop
chasing the wrong things...
you give the right things
a chance to catch you!
Tony Robbins

You will always be lucky
if you know how to make
friends with strange cats.
Ancient Proverb

Love You,
Cloudia & Pixie


According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
prevailing local lore credits the gesture to Hamana Kalili of Laie, who lost the three middle fingers of his right hand while working at the Kahuku Sugar Mill. Kalili was then shifted to guarding the sugar train, and his all-clear wave of thumb and pinkie is said to have evolved into the shaka as children imitated the gesture.
Wikipedia Link