Thursday, October 23, 2014

Good Fencing

A  L  O  H  A !
                         Morning Smoke with Shadow Twin   

I like the two angles 
[front and side view]
of his hand & face,
and the dialogue
between the two circles
big and small.
They seem happy.


Line Up!

"Time is not a line, 
but a series of 
              Taisen Deshimaru

Stand Up Paddling - Click Photo to Join the FUN

Would YOU rather be
 in THIS Line Up?

" Last year I went 
fishing with Salvador Dali. 
He was using a 
dotted line. 
He caught 
every other fish. "

                      Steven Wright

Linking to Good Fences


Thank You
for visiting!
           Warmly, cloudia

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aloha Canada

Bonjour - Hello 
 Canadian Neighbors!
"Maybe they hate me 
because I'm too good." 

 "I've never tried to hide the fact 
that it is my intention 
to become the best."
               Cristiano Ronaldo

Canada IS the Best
because Canadians
are great people!

We Stand With You
A L W A Y S!

                     Fondly, cloudia

Hawaii Lives Not On Bread Alone

A  L  O  H  A !
"Rock bottom
became the solid foundation
on which I rebuilt
my life."
              J.K. Rowling

Click on the Children to help them GROW

 Robert Love, 

 baker and  native of Glasgow, 


arrived in Honolulu

June 19,1851.

 On July 12 

the Ministry of the Interior, 

Kingdom of Hawaii,

 issued Robert 

  license  to operate a bakery.

" The entrepreneurial success 

of Love’s Bakery truly 

deserves to go to one woman, 

Fanny Johnson Love.


Robert Sr. passed away, 

Robert Jr. and his wife, Fanny, took

 over the business. At the age of 48, 

Fanny was widowed 

with 6 children 

and a heavily mortgaged bakery. 

For 32 years, Fanny ran 

Love’s Bakery enduring fire  

[The Great Chinatown Fire, Cloudia]  


 annexation [of the Hawaiian Kingdom]

and the 

Republic [of Hawaii], with grace, dignity, 

and statesmanship. "

Fanny Love appears briefly 
in Alan Brennert's amazing
historical novel MOLOKA`I .

“ I've come to believe 
that how we choose to live 
with pain, or injustice, 
or death...
is the true measure 
of the Divine within us.” 
                       Alan Brennert

Surrounded by darkness 
yet enfolded in light.” 
                    Alan Brennert, 

“No land is more beautiful, 
and therefore more powerful. 
That is what I believe in, Aouli.
 I believe in Hawai'i.
 I believe in the land."
                                        Alan Brennert, 


Is there a familiar
local product
like Loves Bread
in YOUR place?

Thank You
for visiting today!
                 Warmly, cloudia

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Love the Progress of the Day

A  L  O  H  A !

I love the progress of the day.
Time flies when we're having fun.
Constancy in change
satisfies deeply-

Don't You love
Morning Noon & Night?

"We're all traveling 
through time together, 
every day of our lives. 
All we can do 
is do our best to relish 
this remarkable ride"
                          Richard Curtis

"Write it on your heart 
that every day
 is the best day
 in the year." 
                      Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Can you tell 
that I am giddy 
to see the sun again?

"We should consider 
every day lost 
in which we haven't 
danced at least once." 


How I love Morning
freshness and routines.

Lots can be seen
and done
before lunch.

Ah! Lunch!
How pleasant.

Easing into afternoon's
welcoming hours,
Wearying of Bright,
signs of Dusk
a welcome sight.

Happy Hour
[it even has a Name!]
crowns the day of DO
Now it's My Time
Our Time.
Share a brew.

Till Night & Sleep
turn their magic
upon us,
Upon the 
whole world.

I love the progress
of the day
though it be.


Thank You
for sharing the dance!
                    Warmly, cloudia

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