Monday, October 20, 2014

Aloha Monday Moments

"You'll never find a rainbow 
if you're looking down."
                             Charles Chaplin

“He is the cheese 
to my macaroni.” 
                        Diablo Cody

Don't seek TRUTH,
just stop being so invested 
in your own point of view, 
and it will reveal itself to you.

"Finish each day 
& be done with it. 
You have done 
what you could. 
Learn from it; 
is a new day."
                       Ralph Waldo Emerson

Linking to Our World Tuesday


Thank YOU
for visiting!
                Fondly, cloudia

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thank Goodness It's Raining

Thank goodness
it's JUST raining!

Hurricane Ana 
is lingering
 in our neighborhood
as it brushes our islands
with Rain Rain Rain.

Very grey and unsettled.

Kitty has taken to her cave

under the bed.

My feelings are Gratitude 

that the hurricane 
stayed offshore,
accompanied by
 a sort of 
storm exhaustion.

who has ever built 
a new heaven 
acquired the capacity 
in his own hell." 


Your visit
-Your caring-
is a ray of sunshine
on this grey day-
                     Fondly, cloudia

In Which I See a FOX

A  L  O  H  A !
The Fox by Wes Montgomery on Grooveshark
No foxes in Hawaii, but is that. . . . ?

“ A fox 
passing through the wood
 on business of his own 
stopped several minutes 
and sniffed. ” 
                      J.R.R. Tolkien, 
                                      The Fellowship of the Ring

Bushy tail, pointy snout, ears pricked-
Ready to bolt at their approach

“ Hungry for beautiful words, 
the fox comes rooting 
around in the hedge. . .
 He reads my mind 
with one glance and is 
gone. ” 
                  Jay Woodman

Beguiled by a Kitsune!

“Nothing's perfect," 
sighed the fox. ” 
 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 
The Little Prince

" When a fox is fifty years old,
 it can transform itself 
into a woman. 

When it is one hundred, 
it becomes 
a beautiful woman 
or a shaman; 

Some become men
 and have sex 
with women. 

They can know events 
from more than a thousand li away 
and are good at witchcraft, 

beguiling people and
 making them 
lose their senses. "
                           Guo Pu, 
                                   Records from Within the Recondite


Thank You
for magically
appearing here!
               Warmly, cloudia

Books and Theses on Spirit Foxes:
Bathgate, Michael R. The Shapeshifter Fox: The Imagery of Transformation and the Transformation of Imagery in Japanese Religion and Folklore. Chicago: The University of Chicago, June 2001. Doctoral thesis.
Blacker, Carmen. The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Japanese Shamanistic Practices. Routledge Curzon, 1999.
A thorough description of Japanese shamanism that includes an entire chapter on magical animals, including kitsune.
Davis, Winston. Dojo: Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1980. 
A study of the Sukyo Mahikari sect, a religion that believes in possession by spirit animals and the dead. The author describes several cases of fox possession and exorcism.   Link

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Whistling Past A Hurricane

A  L  O  H  A !
Just Waiting for Hurricane Ana to Go By.
Stay Far South!

" Every bad situation
is a blues song
waiting to happen. "
         Amy Winehouse

“Apprehension, uncertainty, 
waiting, expectation, 
fear of surprise, 
do a 
patient more harm 
than any exertion”
           Florence Nightingale

[ It IS nerve-wracking ]

Kitty has lots of food and water.
In a real emergency,
she is to be eaten


She, of course,
is much more likely
to eat ME

Linking to Saturday's Critters

And that's your report
from Hurricane Alley!

Thank YOU
for looking in-
              Fondly, cloudia

I Got A Name

A L O H A !

  I Got a Name by Jim Croce on Grooveshark

"I Got A Name"
Released on December 1, 1973
" Like the pine trees lining the winding road
I got a name, I got a name
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I got a name, I got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I'm living the dream that he kept hid

Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won't pass me by

Like the north wind whistling down the sky
I've got a song, I've got a song
Like the whippoorwill and the baby's cry
I've got a song, I've got a song
And I carry it with me and I sing it loud
If it gets me nowhere, I go there proud

And I'm gonna go there free

Like the fool I am and I'll always be
I've got a dream, I've got a dream
They can change their minds 
but they can't change me
I've got a dream, I've got a dream
Well, I know I can share it 
if you want me to
If you're going my way, 
I'll go with you- "
Writer(s): Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel
Copyright: Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp

That song was so meaningful to me
when it came out. A real boost.

Just like:
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
a few years later
released in October 1978

Do YOU have a song

that was an anthem for YOU?

Share in Comments!


Thank YOU
for singing along!
                         Fondly, cloudia

" Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead 
so life won't pass me by"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Season of Sprites

" Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play. "
                       Joel Benton

Trick or Treat?
Halloween is afoot!


Thank You!
                    Warmly, cloudia

Moon O'er Morn

A  L  O  H  A !
This Color is called "Bloon."
- I just named it -
I like how the horizontals 
around the moon
dialogue with those 
of the moonglade below

 [" Moonlight on the water"
that's a Pacific Moonglade! ]

 The Searchlight Craft of Shaft

" Manners require time,
and nothing is more vulgar
than haste. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson

" Poodle-Headed Angel Greets "

" I do all of my creative work 
while I'm intoxicated.
 Charles Bukowski

Linking to
Weekend Reflections


Thank YOU
for indulging

           "Intoxicating"  Cloudia