Tuesday, November 24, 2015


A  L  O  H  A !
Marin Sunrise
"You don't stop laughing 
when you grow old, 
you grow old when 
you stop laughing."
               George Bernard Shaw

" The most terrible 
poverty is loneliness 
and the feeling of 
being unloved. "
                        Mother Teresa

" As I grow older, I 
pay less attention to 
what people say. 
I just watch 
what they do. "
                Andrew Carnegie


I gotta say
I'm loving Northern

The women all look
like they are dressed up
as me for Halloween:
jeans, boots,
long hair.

I haven't raised
a sweat all day!

My thin "pineapple blood"
is getting used to
bracing temps.
But this isn't 
Chicago: it is NOT
snowing. I could
drive to some snow!
But there is too 
much closed at hand
to see anew.

I wanna go back in
to San Francisco
again soon.
Too many GREAT
photos waiting there!

Gotta moisturize,
that's a must,
but my hair looks 
better not plastered
to my forehead in
this drier clime.

Hawaii is part of 
me, especially
her people & culture.
I really grew from
punk to adult there.

But I do seem to be
in my element here.

I feel younger, too if
that makes any sense.

Perhaps it is the 
stirring memories
of growing up with
four seasons
that make me feel
full of youthful
associations and

I do miss some
Hawaii comfort foods,
but have spotted a
Japanese restaurant
that serves donburi,
and noodle soups,
and tempura. It ain't
Zip Min, but it will
have to do.

Photos of Hawaii
sunsets tear at my 
heart. But it was 
time to leave.

I will be back,
For a visit.
But the Bay Area
seems created just
for me and millions of
other like-minded friends
of every race, creed,
and lifestyle.

How's life
in YOUR neck
of the woods?
Are you a 
Newbie or a Native?

Thank YOU!
                  Fondly, cloudia

Monday, November 23, 2015

Images of a Weekend

A  L  O  H  A !
Sunset, Half Moon Bay, CA
“Life is the art of 
drawing without 
an eraser.” 
                  John W. Gardner

San Gregorio, CA
“The artist never 
entirely knows — 
We guess. 
We may be wrong, 
but we take leap 
after leap in the dark” 
                         Agnes de Mille

“To draw, you must 
close your eyes 
and sing” 

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How was Your weekend?

Thank YOU
for Visiting!
                   Warmly, cloudia

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Monday Mural SFO

A L O H A !
Alley Outside Vesuvio's and City Lights
North Beach, San Francisco

" Nothing that is 
worth knowing 
can be taught. "
Oscar Wilde 

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Marin Reveals Glories

 A L  O  H  A !

“The main thing 
is to be moved, 
to love, 
to hope, to 
tremble, to 
                  Auguste Rodin

“The art of art, 
the glory of expression 
and the sunshine of 
the light of letters, 
is simplicity.” 
               Walt Whitman

“Art enables us 
to find ourselves 
and lose ourselves 
at the same time”. 
                  Thomas Merton


Thank YOU
for VisitinG!
                  Warmly, cloudia

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Birds of Paradise, Citrus & Pinecones

A  L  O  H  A !
This seagull seems embarrassed.
I have it on good authority
that the "waste" on the dock
is left by otters!
So don't be embarrassed,
sweet gull,
we know it wasn't you!

“I don't even remember
the season. I just 
remember walking
 between them and 
feeling for the
 first time that I
  belonged somewhere.” 
Stephen Chbosky, 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I have learned that
 if you must leave a place
 that you have lived in
 and loved and where 
all your yesteryears 
are buried deep, 
leave it any way except 
a slow way, leave it 
the fastest way you can. 
Never turn back and 
never believe that an hour
 you remember is a better hour
 because it is dead. Passed years 
seem safe ones, vanquished ones, 
while the future lives
 in a cloud, formidable 
from a distance.” 
Beryl MarkhamWest with the Night

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this place is beginning to feel 
like home. Pixie is here, after all.

The pelicans, geese, ducks,
and myriad other fowl
whose names are strange to me
are a chief feature of this 

And driving.
Driving here is a pleasure!
I am remembering the 
enjoyment of driving
an open road,
and wood smoke,
with smells of pine.

Historical accounts I 
have read of this part of
Marin County 
speak of the Tahitian
and Florida,
and Italian citrus
that flourishes here.

Birds of Paradise,
grow under pine trees.

A unique and beneficent
climate indeed;

Sunny today, clear
with gentle coolish breezes.

I could get used to this!
Hope you are loving 
YOUR weekend!
fondly, cloudia

Friday, November 20, 2015

Marin November Reflections

A  L  O  H  A !

“What you see with 
your eyes are transient 
and ephemeral,
What you see 
through your heart 
is everlasting
 and eternal.” 
                  Debasish Mridha

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City Lights Bookstore

A  L  O  H  A !
we suddenly 
wake up and see 
that what we thought 
to be this and that,
 ain't this and that 
at all?” 
                       Jack Kerouac, 
                                     The Dharma Bums

Alley outside is the link between Chinatown
& Italian neighborhood. Full of art! [and tourists!]
“I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth...
without taxes” 
                         Lawrence Ferlinghetti
                                  [Still going strong in his 90's!]

Sign reads: "Poet For Hire"
“The Beats and the Pranksters showed us 
different ways of opting out of society. 
They were both the personification of 
countercultural movements. The Beats 
were trying to change literature, 
and the Pranksters were trying to 
change the people and the country. 
Kesey, in fact, was his own 
cultural revolution, striving 
to keep the upbeat, 
freedom-loving spirit 
of America alive.” 
                 Sterling Lord, 
                                Lord of Publishing: A Memoir


" Founded in 1953 by 
poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti 
and Peter D. Martin, City Lights 
was our nation's 
first all-paperback bookstore. 

This great independent bookstore
 hosted Allen Ginsburg 
and other famous Beat Poets
 for their earliest readings.

Visitors from across the country 
and around the world come every day 
to browse, read, and just soak in 
the ambiance of alternative culture's 
only "Literary Landmark." "

Back in the early 1960's tour buses 
showed tourists the "beatniks" by 
pulling up in front of City Lights! 
Today, the Beats' legacy of 
anti-authoritarian politics and 
insurgent thinking continues to
be a strong influence in the store."

" The City Lights masthead says 
A Literary Meetingplace since 1953, 
and this concept includes publishing books 
as well as selling them. 
In 1955, Ferlinghetti launched 
City Lights Publishers with the now-famous 
Pocket Poets Series; Today, City Lights has 
well over two hundred titles in print, with 
a dozen new titles being published each year. 
The press is known and respected for 
its commitment to innovative and 
progressive ideas, and its resistance to forces 
of conservatism and censorship. 
All City Lights Publications 
that are currently available are proudly 
featured in the bookstore and 
on their website as well.

With this bookstore-publisher combination, 
"it is as if," says Ferlinghetti,
 "the public were being invited, in person 
and in books, to participate in that 
'great conversation' between authors of all ages, 
ancient and modern." City Lights has become 
world-famous, but it has retained 
an intimate, casual, anarchic charm. 
It's a completely unique 
San Francisco experience, and 
a must for anyone who 
appreciates good books. "
From the Webpage

Thank YOU
for joining us

May you feel
liberated from the 
same old arguments
into a realm of 
possibility, and 
personal creativity!
                    Fondly, cloudia