Monday, January 26, 2015

Tough Side Gentle

A  L  O  H  A !
 Marvelous Sparkling Weekend Here!

Too many of us
 are tough outside
but wavering inside; 
Let's be confident 
enough inside 
to be gentle

Friendly Honu (Sea Turtle) 
Adorns Construction Fence, 
Ala Moana Blvd.
I like the sea-defused light
throbbing on his shell
as it does in real life!
[and they do make 
eye contact on occasion]

Linking to 

" There's a fine line 
between genius and insanity. 
I have erased this line. "
                      Oscar Levant

[Dude stole my quote! cloudia]

Linking to 

Thank You
for making it
F U N -
              Fondly, cloudia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Older People Tend

A L O H A !

" Older people tend 
to derive more 
of their satisfaction 
from ordinary
 everyday experiences. "
          The Journal of Consumer Research 

" A happy retirement 
isn't just about 
financial security."
[ The Money, Business, Finance Magazine ]

A British study 
of well-being showed
 that, aside from teenagers, 
people of pension age
 — 65 and older —
 had the highest
 life satisfaction . . .

My head may
be in the clouds.

[Occupational Hazard
for a Cloudia]

Thank You!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shadow Thus

A L O H A !
" When the mind is pure, 
joy follows  
like a shadow
 that never leaves.” 

Linking to 


Point Panic - Kaka`ako Waterfront Park

A  L  O  H  A !
Click on Photos Please!
" Travel and change 
of place impart 
new vigour to
 the mind. "

This is the entrance to  
Kaka`ako Waterfront Park 
[and Point Panic surf spot]
from the parking area.

Not much to see but 
palm-topped hills, 
because this was a landfill 
since the 1940's
and heavy "fill" 
slumbers within those mounds.

I came here with friends 
before the park was imagined
to drink and play the fool in a dirty,
out of the way area with
a sea view.
You could drive to the top
of the heap then. . . 

 "I can't go back to 
yesterday because 
I was a 
different person 
then. " Lewis Carroll
'The park has changed too.'

 A path winds among the hills,
 but I prefer climbing to the top
where this pipe vents 
the buried landfill spirits.
[But keeps my secrets]

This is a spacious place 
in which to be alone
 with your thoughts - 
or disreputable companions.
But Honolulu is
 all around and 
very close.

To the west are the 
Waianae Mountains rising 
above the flat runways of 
the airport / air force base. 

The Aloha Tower 
[Opened September 11, 1926] 
presides over the 
docks and shipping area
as it has since Territorial Days
Link when it was 
the tallest building
in Hawaii. 

They still run the
 port/harbor from there.

" Silence is 
the best answer. " 
                          The Dalai Lama

To the morning east
 one sees a tiny 
Diamond Head
faded as old denim by 
the sun rising behind.
It's gonna be 
another nice day
in 'paradise.'

 Every park must 
have guardians -

Linking to 
Saturday Critters

- Luckily it seems that
the guardians have friends
of their own.

No surfers today, but
 there is something
for almost everyone here. 
Nature, Sea & Sky
most of all.

 Plus space to 
breathe it all in.

The garbage is gone, or 
at least sleeping below the hills
that look out to sea,
the blue pacific, beyond
the reef.

I imagine
that I can see 
YOU waving!

Aloha, Friends;
Your visit
is the sun on my shore.

                       Fondly, cloudia

Linking to 
Sunlit Sunday

Read about the park, and see panoramic pictures: Kaka`ako Waterfront Park

Friday, January 23, 2015

Masts Reflecting

A  L  O  H  A !
“I did not wish to 
take a cabin passage, 
but rather to go before the 
mast and on the 
deck of the world, 
for there I could best see the 
moonlight amid the mountains. 
I do not wish to go below now.”
 Henry David Thoreau 

Linking to 

Thanks for Sailing By!

Circus Girl

A  L  O  H  A !

“ It is difficult to 
see a situation 
for what it is 
when you are 
in the midst 
of it. ” 
                 Erin Morgenstem

“ You better get 
secretarial work 
or get married. ”
Emmeline Snively, 
[Director of 
Blue Book Modeling Agency, 
discouraging would-be model 
Marilyn Monroe, 1944]

“ This is not magic. 
This is the way 
the world is, 
only very few people 
take the time 
to stop 
and note it. ” 
                   Erin Morgenstern

So glad that YOU
swam by to visit today!

I think the 
whole point of Life
is to join
the right circus.

Thanks for laughing
at my antics!
[and for Your own]
                        Fondly, cloudia
Circus Girl by Mindy Gledhill on Grooveshark

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Watching Honolulu Skies

A  L  O  H  A !
I have lived in Hawaii
almost 30 years.
and  am still infatuated
with Palm Trees,
every kind of palm.

By moonlight,
in dusk light, or
flashing the rays
of the sun;

Their finger fronds
finesse a hula
much older by far
than our own.

Palm Trees.

“Meaning and reality 
were not hidden 
somewhere behind things,
 they were in them, 
in all of them.”
                  Hermann Hesse

" For darkness restores
 what light cannot repair "
                           Joseph Brodsky 

Linking to 


Thank You
for drifting by!
                     Warmly, cloudia