Monday, October 30, 2006

 

Pele's Curse: Urban Myth or Not?

Artwork courtesy of Love-Peace-Happiness

By now most people have heard of the story of Pele's Curse. For those that haven't heard, the story (or urban myth) goes like this: if you take a rock from the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, you will experience bad luck. Many people who have taken a rock from this park mail the rocks back after having seriously bad luck--so much so that the Park Service is seriously overworked! This tale has been given such mana throughout the years that most people around the world now know of this legend and believe it to be true. The letters that accompany the returned rocks speak of tragedy, lost love, accidents and other dire events that transpired.

Is this merely a case of the power of mind creating these rock/stone curses, or do the rocks/stones really carry cursed energy when removed from their natural environment? It's up to you to decide, but I venture that the stones in Hawaii are very powerful, and it's wise to leave them where they are! Anyway, it's illegal to remove the rocks. The best thing to do if you've taken a rock is to ask for forgiveness from Madame Pele.

On quite another note and if you're in the MOOD for ghostly, scary television, the Travel Channel is featuring a program titled Most Haunted Live 2006 this week. Today's location is The Vaults!

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

 

A Loving Sunday At The Beach



I witnessed so many loving, tender moments at the beach today between different people and different animals. Love was everywhere---from one little girl running up to another little girl and giving her an affectionate hug to a baby softly touching the nose of a curious dog. As the people and their animal friends slowly left the beach, I looked at all the deserted sand castles. So much joy and creativity remained behind on the beach in these impermanent structures. I remembered these wise words: there are "no ordinary moments."

I share with you this video about Love and Ordinary Words.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

 

Hokualaka'i shows up for Lahaina Halloween Party

Art courtesy of: Vivi Savitri

Showing up for the annual Lahaina Halloween Party (also known as the Mardi Gras of the Pacific) will be the 58-foot voyaging canoe, the Hokulaka'i. The double-hulled vessel has recently finished it's 3,000 mile maiden voyage through the Hawaiian archipelago, and public tours will be offered on board from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31st at the Maalea Small Boat Harbor in Lahaina.

The Hawaiian Islands were settled by Polynesian voyagers who travelled on such vessels to the Islands.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

 

Bamboo Love

Photo: terragalleria

I've long been a big fan of bamboo. Bamboo is extremely pleasing to my eye, and it's also versatile, flexible, sustainable, renews rapidly, grows quickly, workable, durable, affordable and WEARABLE! Yes, bamboo clothes (even designer duds) have found a market, for bamboo clothes are environmentally friendly. The bamboo yarn is stronger than cashmere yet still light. Check out some bamboo clothes here. It's the ideal fabric for these tropical Islands.

One of my favorite books is Bamboo Style by Gale Beth Goldberg. Gale writes in the overleaf of her book, "Bamboo is sacred. It embodies the interconnectedness of all life on this planet." I feel the same way, and this is why I have many items made from bamboo around my home. I particularly like Bamboo Art such as the fanciful Ferris wheel-type sculpture made by Dutch sculptor Antoon Versteegde displayed on Page 123 of this book.

One of my favorite hikes is through the Bamboo Forest in Hana, just above the Seven Sacred Pools. If you visit, park in the parking lot for the pools, then cross the road to find the trail that leads through the bamboo forest. This trail will take you to a gorgeous waterfall and pool. There is a boardwalk for part of the trail with steps that go up and down, so it's wise to bring a flashlight if you take a late afternoon hike when the light dims.

Photo: terragalleria

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

 

Thirteen Costumes I've Already Worn for Halloween



1. Gypsy
2. Angel
3. Shaman
4. Dance Hall Girl
5. Queen Elizabeth
5. Cat
6. Faerie
7. Goddess Athena
8. French Maid
9. Cavewoman
10. Blue Being
11. Lady In Red
12. Mermaid
13. Lady in Black



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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

 

No Way is Michael J. Fox Faking It!

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Every now and then something you read will trigger you. Today was my day to get triggered when I read that the actor Michael Fox was accused of exaggerating and faking his Parkinson's Disease symptoms and Michael's shaking was "purely an act" by Rush Limbaugh after Michael appeared in a TV ad for Missouri Senate challenger Claire McCaskill, a candidate who supports stem-cell research.

Having had a grandmother with this disease, I observed the same herky-jerky motions, and I don't feel most actors could get the timing right or act this perfectly. Later on, it was reported that Limbaugh issued an apology with the add- on that he felt that Michael was letting his condition be exploited. Give Michael a break! There are pros and cons for stem cell research as there always is for everything, and I imagine anyone with this debilitating disease would want to find a cure! Duh!

Here's the YouTube video of the Michael J. Fox commercial in case you missed it.

Let's support Michael for his bravery! He dares to be transparent! Michael is an amazing guy in my book!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

 

Dreamcatchers



When we travelled this past September to the Mainland, one of the highlights of our journey was a visit to the horse farm of Beth Crose. If you want to read about our experience with her, read here from another one of my blogs, The Art of Living and Dying.

Beth does amazing bodywork with horses, and her website Collective Energy Therapies is here. Besides the equine bodywork she does, she also crafts beautiful, personalized dreamcatchers. Look under the heading Gifts and Videos on her website to view some samples of her amazing dreamcatchers. The ones she designed for us just arrived yesterday, and we are thrilled! They are gorgeous and individually designed for us with our birthstones which equate to the Native American astrology, special touches and totems.

According to the paperwork accompanying our dreamcatchers, "Each birth totem is influenced by an element and a direction; it also has an affinity with a particular stone, tree and colour. A totem typifies the central qualities or characteristics of a personality. It describes one's nature and is the golden key to unlocking the intuitive knowledge which lies within one but is beyond the grasp of the intellect. The totem is a direct link with the energies which it typifies and is therefore an invaluable tool for understanding the intangible aspects and formative influences at work in our lives. Each individual has three totems, a birth totem, a directional totem and an elemental totem..."

If you would like to read more about the legends and benefits of dreamcatchers, check out this website: Soultones.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

 

Magician Movies

Photo: Charles Pfeil

It so happens that TWO movies are playing now in the same movie theater on Maui about magicians: The Illusionist and The Prestige. Having seen and enjoyed both of them recently, I will share that my favorite is The Illusionist.

The Illusionist stars Edward Norton and Jessica Biel. Both of them do an outstanding job, and if this movie doesn't win some awards this year, something's wrong. I absolutely loved it, and what's more, it has a happy ending. It's a story of a magician living in 1900's Vienna, Austria who uses his illusions to win the heart of a woman engaged to a prince.

The Prestige stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. This film is colored in a darker hue, and it doesn't have a happy ending. It's the story of two young stage magicians in the late 1800's who feud through the years to outwit and outdo one another. Michael Caine adds a classy touch to the movie as he always does to every movie he appears in.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

 

Boddisatva Dance

I am sharing a beautiful and amazing Buddhism Art Dance video from YouTube today....a most mystical and amazing dance number!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

 

Cloak of Invisibility for Halloween?

Photo: Charles Pfeil

Maybe you've read the news lately about the cloak of invisibility created by the scientists? If not, you can read about it here.

We have entered the brave new world of Star Trek and Harry Potter. What next? Holidays at a luxurious resort on the Moon?

Much of what is reported in the news about scientific developments and discoveries has already being accomplished I have read, and some people conjecture that what the news reports is as much as anywhere from a twenty year time lag or more. This makes me wonder how long this invisibility has been going on vis a vis visits to our personal spaces. I'm glad I'm not an overly paranoid person because if I were, this news might make me squirm a bit and wonder if indeed that shadow I saw was indeed a visitor in a cloak of invisibility. Shadow people have been reported for a long time. Read about the Shadow People here in Wikipedia. Maybe the Shadow People were scientists testing out their cloaks of invisibility for many years before the announcement? Who knows for sure! Or could those wearing the cloak of invisibility also see and be seen by the Shadow people? There are many thoughts which come to mind when considering this cloak.

In any event, when Halloween comes soon, I plan to keep my awareness cloaked around me just in case someone decides to visit me wearing a Cloak of Invisibility. There must be some way to determine when one has an invisible guest. Let me know if you've got the secret.



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Friday, October 20, 2006

 

Finally Friday

I had a thought today: why not have a group photo blog MEME called FINALLY FRIDAY? There is Wordless Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen and others, but is there a group to celebrate Friday? Friday is in my book one of the best days of the week as this is the day when most people's work ends! I feel the festivity of the upcoming fun weekend and the relief from the week FINALLY FINISHING! I hope this feeling was picked up by WeFeelFine.Org

Here's a photo I will use to begin my Finally Friday Meme courtesy of Charles Pfeil because I FEEL like this frog today in that I just wanna hang out and pretend it's already Saturday! Is this not the cutest, most colorful frog you've ever seen?


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Thursday, October 19, 2006

 

Thirteen Reasons I Am Grateful

Sometimes it's super easy to be grateful, and there are other times one has to stretch to find the place of complete and utter gratitude. Here are my THIRTEEN latest reasons to be grateful:

1. No one was seriously hurt or injured in the recent Hawaiian Islands earthquakes.
2. The crack in our roof from the earthquake (even though some rain came in) is being repaired by a trusted repairman who is taking time off from his regular job to fix it before more rain comes and the damage is worsened.
3. Our cat, Anela, didn't run away when the earthquake struck like so many island cats did and not return causing their owners a huge amount of sorrow.
4. A neighbor caught the annoying, loud koki frog in our neighborhood.
5. The recent rains made the foliage and landscape on Maui resplendent and vividly green.
6. You find out who your friends are when push comes to shove.
7. I'm happy this blog is growing in popularity and readership. Mahalo Nui Loa one and all! Your emails and comments mean a lot to me.
8. The power coming back here in Maui was quick. Mahalo HECO!
9. I am grateful for the courteous drivers who drove responsibly when the traffic signals weren't working after the earthquake on Maui. No one seemed to be in a panic or rushed, and everywhere I drove, I witnessed the aloha spirit in action.
10. I'm grateful for our new tenants--a darling, happy, sweet couple.
11. Our home withstood a huge shaking, and except for one crack, it's still standing with zero breakage, spoilage of food, or major damage.
12. My tennis elbow is healing with the help of homeopathic remedies.
13. I'm grateful I have the opportunity to serve others with my talents, love and intentions.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

 

Of Geckos and Black Nail Polish


I took a photo last night of the nocturnal geckos who play/mate/battle/feed on insects every night on my bedroom window. Since the sound of geckos is one of the first to greet and amaze visitors to these Hawaiian Islands and since geckos are one of the Island's ubiquitous symbols, I thought a photo of these geckos might be interesting to my readers. Read more about the myth, lore and legend of Hawaiian geckos here.

As night follows day, I also decided to experiment with painting my nails black since black is the "In" color these days with trendsetters worldwide and the epitome of chic for young, professional women. Thus, it was that I bought a bottle of black nail polish--not the high-end Chanel Black Satin nail polish since this brand is extremely hard to come by due to its popularity. The 'look' is short nails with black polish according to those in the know. Being just a bit curious to see what my nails would look like black, I went for it and painted away ever so carefully. This was the first time for me as I never went through a 'Goth' stage. I haven't gone into public with my nails yet. Maybe I should wait to go out with these trendy nails in the night like the nocturnal geckos. Black polished nails probably look less daring at night--at least until Halloween. Even though the bumper stickers on cars over in the Islands here read, "Paris, Rome, London and Paia" or versions thereof, we are usually at the tail end of trends.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

 

A Day of "Numbers" News

Photo: terragalleria

Today seems to be a day where "numbers" are making the news. First, I read that the Census Bureau computes that exactly at 7:46 AM our population in America will hit the 300 Million person mark. How can they be so sure of these numbers I wonder. Don't you wonder? Hmmmm....

Then I read in USA Today online that the 101 most influential people who never lived list was tallied. You can read the list here. It might be interesting for you to determine if you know ALL of these famous and yet fictional characters. I didn't know every one of them, and some of them I thought had really lived, like Helen of Troy for example. Another hmmmm....

But the biggest number of the three is the Mission 1017 number. Supposedly today an ultraviolet pulse beam will traverse the planet for 17 hours from approximately 10:17 AM on Oct. 17 until 1:17 AM on Oct. 18th, and during this time our thoughts and emotions will be amplified ONE MILLIONFOLD with the peak being at 5:10 PM today October 17th. Triple hmmmm......

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Monday, October 16, 2006

 

Round Object in Maui Sky After Earthquake

One of my other blogs is Maui Skies and when I was posting a photo of the sky after the earthquake yesterday on Maui this morning, I noticed this round object in the photo. I didn't seen the round object when I took the photo.

What is this round object? Of course, some would say it is simply a cloud! Case Closed! However, if it is a cloud, it's a solitary, strange little cloud. Might it be something else? This photo was taken with a Canon digital camera. The camera was pointed North/Northwest several hours after the earthquake rattled Maui and the Hawaiian Islands early Sunday morning.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

 

Hawaiian Earthquake Overblown



I decided to make my second post of the day about the Hawaiian Earthquakes of the day. It seems the media frenzy is overblown IMHO! Nothing really horrible happened here. Sure, we were without electricity for awhile. People had to stand in short line for ice and essentials at the only store open in South Maui, an ABC store (note the short line in the photo!). People were a bit nervous. However, no one got seriously hurt. The damage was minimal. Why such drama for an earthquake about the Hawaiian Earthquakes when every day people are dying of starvation and getting killed and maimed in so many parts of the world? Go figure! Not even my Thanksgiving decoration (which is as light as a feather) fell down on my front porch. Notice the photo. Let's get real. Pray for those that are seriously in need of our prayers!



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Shake, Rattle and Roll in the Hawaiian Islands

As many may have already heard on the news, the Hawaiian Islands experienced a 6.5 earthquake early this Sunday morning. Right now, no fatalites have been reported, just injuries. The power was out for several hours because it was shut down for emergency reasons. The power is now back on here in Maui, and thus I am blogging about this event just in case the power should go out again. Many people may be concerned, and so I'm letting them know through this blog. I felt something coming, and this is why I awoke really early this morning before daybreak

I was lighting candles at my Northwest altar when I felt the first early rumble and informed my partner in the kitchen to prepare for an earthquake. As the rumble intensified and the house shook, his eyes grew bigger and bigger. We both stood quietly in place. I wasn't afraid, and I experienced the wonderment of the moment. My partner, on the other hand, was rattled. A few breakable items rolled onto our wood floor without breaking. A phone call from a friend informed me that she heard from friends that they were going to church when they normally don't go!

The earthquake was closer to the Big Island than Maui, and so most of the damage was sustained there. Flights coming into the Islands are allowed, but flights going out are not allowed at this point in time.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

 

Nobel Peace Prize Won

Artwork courtesy of Josephine Wall

I was overjoyed to read the news today online with the New York Times. Why? The Nobel Peace Prize was given yesterday to a man that made a huge shift in the world as he pioneered the concept of microcredit loans. Microcredit "has become one of the most popular antipoverty strategies in the world."

The man who changed the way the world gives loans to impoverished people is a Bangladeshi economist, Muhammad Yunus. It began when Mr. Yunus "reached into his own pocket to give his first loan, $27, to 42 villagers..." Small gesture with enormous results for the world!! So he said to himself, "If you can make so many people so happy with such a small amount of money, why shouldn't you do more of it?"

Indeed! Now tiny loans are being given to millions of poor people worldwide. Congratulations Mr. Yunus! You are an angel to many!

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Friday, October 13, 2006

 

Stuff Management

Photo: terragalleria

Today was a day of Dealing With Stuff...throwing out stuff, moving stuff, shuffling stuff from one place to another, and cleaning stuff. I know there have to be days like this from time to time, and since today was Friday the 13th, why not make this day live up to it's reputation as a horrible day? And what could be more horrible than dealing with Stuff I asked myself?

I procrastinate performing stuff-management because it's so tedious, time-consuming and boring. Since the carpet was professionally cleaned yesterday, I had to move much of the stuff off the floor in one room where many papers were thrown into large baskets. Attractive large baskets--yes. Organized--not! And once the carpets dried, I knew I couldn't live with my conscience if I didn't finally deal with the stuff in those baskets.

You may be an stuff accumulator like me. If so, you are probably amazed how quickly stuff accumulates! Like bunnie rabbits, stuff seems to breed and multiply overnight, and if you don't pay attention, the piles grow larger and larger. Eventually these piles become formidable and scarifying because you know it's going to take many long hours to go through all the papers and sort them. Today I dealt with approximately four months of papers and stuff. The bad news: I didn't find some of the papers I was searching for. The good news: I feel much lighter and freed-up! I know where many missing things are again! Yoo-hoo! Now the papers in the baskets are neatly organized. Well---nearly. Stuff to be given away to others is organized.

There is just one more thing I have to do: catch that frigging, singing coqui frog and move him to another planet. He has recently moved into the neighborhood, and I don't care for his insistent chirp all evening long. It is very annoying. Coqui frogs are (for the most part) not welcomed here in Hawaii because of this sound they make at night. On the other hand, some people champion them and wish them well. You can hear the sound of a coqui frog on this website, the Hawaiian Coqui Organization.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 

Thirteen Celebrities For Maui


This list is of the thirteen celebrities who I'd like to see spend some r & r time soaking up the healing energies of Maui. There are many more, but right now, I'm going to list these individuals because they have made the news and IMHO, Maui's healing, nurturing energies might serve them and be very beneficial. These thirteen have individually suffered either a misfortune, mishap, huge change, surgery, hospitalization, public backlash, public relations gaffe, or mockery as reported in recent news stories.

1. Whitney Houston
2. Anna Nicole Smith
3. Stephen Jackson
4. Farrah Fawcett
5. Diddy
6. Cassidy
7. Britney Spears
8. Mel Gibson
9. Former President Ford
10. Isaiah Washington
11. Patrick Dempsey
12. Sienna Miller
13. The President

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 

Dancing Stars In My Eyes and Heart


I have a confession: I am addicted to watching the tv series Dancing With The Stars on ABC television. Sure, it can be a little hokey--some of the jokes made by the emcees don't meet their mark--the judges can sometimes be mini drama queens, BUT with all that quibbling out of the way, I think this is one of the best shows on television.

Here's why IMHO:

Dancing elevates our Spirit, and when you see beautiful dancers, beautiful costumes and dancers dancing their little tootsies off to compete and win, it's a combination made to thrill and lift our Spirit.

These dancing amateurs obviously work extremely hard at learning these dance steps to be able to compete as well as they do. Frankly, I don't know how they do it in so little time UNLESS they are given more time to learn the dances than I am aware of....which could very well be, given the magic of television. These dancers deserve our praise to put their sweet a***** on the line in front of millions of viewers to critique.

I have grown very fond of the personalities of the different celebrities as they handle this challenge: the criticism, the rejection, the judgements! Oy Vey! How do they handle all this? I tip my sun hat to them as they juggle this anxiety & tension with so much grace. Viveca was so incredibly touching and regal when she got voted off! She was a great dancer too! I think everyone was shocked that she was eliminated. I know I was.

What can I say but I love them all. I don't want to see anyone rejected, because each in their own way is performing their best. Jerry Springer is doing far better than I anticipated, and Emmitt Smith as well. Who knew that a game show host and a football player could perform and dance so well? With that said, I do have some favorites: Mario and Karina AND Monique and Louis.

For more about the show, check out the site here.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

 

Striking It Rich


By now most people probably have heard the news that YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65-billion U.S. dollars. From a company run above a California pizzeria twenty months ago by two twentysomething friends, You Tube is the most phenomenal success story of recent times.

What's more, YouTube will still get to operate independently by its original owners (and 67 employees) and not even have to move. Sweet....very sweet deal! Congratulations Chad and Steven (the braniacs behind YouTube)!

How did this YouTube success story happen? Probably there was a mix of hard work, Grace, risk, supporters and fun. Views of the sites videos are estimated at 100 million times a day by roughly 72 million visitors. The numbers and awesome popularity are staggering. And all this success came from word of mouth in less than two years.

This video clips on the site are of all kinds, many of them homemade. I believe this is what accounts for some of their popularity. People are looking for the REAL and not just the slickly marketed video clips done by the 'suits'.

Some of the material is copyrighted material, and this is where negotiations will be strategic.

Here's a video of Chad & Steven announcing the deal.

Here's another version of our possible future: Kubrick2001

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Monday, October 09, 2006

 

All Kinds of Sports In The World

Korea has been in the news as of late because of you know what! But I'm not going to go there with this posting. I am going to comment on a fascinating article about South Korea I read in the New York Times online titled, "The Land of the Video Geek."

Six paragraphs down, it is written, "All in all it was a typical night in South Korea, a country of almost 50 million people and home to the world's most advanced video game culture. Where more than 20,000 public PC gaming rooms, or "bangs", attract more than a million people a day. Where competitive gaming is one of the top televised sports." At the end of this startling paragraph from a revelatory article, it is written, "The finals of top StarCraft tournaments are held in stadiums, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance."

Reading this article, I suddenly felt as if Maui was the backwater of the universe. We have a sprinkling of gaming places on this island, but certainly not anywhere near even one of these gaming rooms. Our sports are surfing, windsurfing, volleyball, paddling, golfing, tennis and other outdoor sports. We're as different as night and day to the South Koreans in this sporting respect. I became very curious about this gaming culture and marveled at the differences in our worlds.

Why does South Korea have two full-time video game television networks? Reading this article, I see that South Korea is one of the most wired societies in the world. The United States has only 16.8 broadband subscriptions per 100 residents compared to South Korea's 25.4. What is going on with this gaming biz I asked myself, so I decided to do a bit of online research out of curiosity. I remember what my computer tech had told me sometime back when he said that it was the gaming business and pornography that had driven the changes in the computer industry.

Since I've never been into gaming, I thought I'd investigate this world-wide phenomena of gaming and attempt to determine why it's so popular, especially in South Korea. Is it because the South Koreans don't have the beautiful outdoors as we do in the Islands and thus have out of necessity coped with indoor games? Or is it social pressure, culture, and a different mentality which incline them to gaming? Why haven't gaming fever and gaming rooms caught on over here in the Islands where we have many Koreans as well as other Orientals? Maybe it has, and this hasn't made the mainstream news yet.

And what is this science fiction strategy game StarCraft? According to the Wikipedia source, this is a game that's been around for a while (1998) and has devotees all over the world battling for control over the fate of the galaxy. There are a lot of "others" battling for control these days, not only in the gaming world. Has this urge/obsession to control been duplicated in the virtual gaming world?

I never realized how influential and gigantic the gaming industry was until I did my research. So many games. So many players. So much money being made. Here are a few links I found for those that don't want to purchase their games. Apparently, they are available for free at these locations: Videogame and here at LifeHacker.

Most likely you will have to purchase StarCraft or join a friend who already has one since it's one of the more popular games. As for me, I'll stick to outdoor sports...and play just one video game here and there to satisfy my curiosity and see what I might be missing. Or not!

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

Beach Trivia Of The Day


I'm sitting comfortably in my beach chair at the beach-- a Sunday ritual-- with my daughter when she becomes very thirsty. Today was a hot, sunny day, and we had already finished off our water. She decided to run to the local store to get us something more to drink, and she asked me what I wanted. I said, "Surprise me!" I like surprises for the most part...especially the REALLY good ones.

She returned later with two bottles of Snapple Lemonade, and we were back in the thirst-free zone once again. Inside the bottle cap of Snapple, there is a fact. My fact inside my bottle cap read: "Real Fact #83 Googol is a number (1 followed by 100 zeroes)" Hmmmm....immediately dollar signs raced through my head! Whenever I think of zeroes, somehow I associate zeroes with large amounts of money. This seemed like a good omen from a bottle cap on a Sunday afternoon. We have to take our omens wherever they show up, right? After all, omens come to you on their own timing and own accord.

Upon returning home, I decided to do more research on this word Googol. For some reason, it sounded suspiciously like Google to me. So I went to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, to check it out. On the second page of the print-out, I discovered that my suspicions and intuition were on the money, for here is what was written: "The Internet search engine Google was named after this number. The original founders were going for Googol, but ended up with 'Google' due to a spelling mistake on a cheque that investors wrote to the founders."

Here's more trivia I discovered about this new word for me:

"A googol is precisely as far from infinity as is the number one."--Carl Sagan, Cosmos

"Googol was the answer to the million-pound question on when Major Charles Ingram allegedly defauded the quiz show on 10 September 2001."

And last, but not least, "In one Peanuts strip, Lucy asks Schroeder what the chances are of them getting married, and Schroeder responds "about a googol to one."

I guess it's about time I became acquainted with this INFAMOUS, timely word.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

 

Massage...oh yes!

Photo: terragalleria

Today I received a massage from a masseuse whom I've been seeing for years. S. performs the most skilled, improvised combination of hot rock, deep-tissue, shiatsu, reflexology and lomi lomi massage. She has been a masseuse for many years and rarely takes on new clients because her business is booming. She works out of her home, and she has a very healthy lifestyle (rowing a lot), balanced home life with husband and children, and a healthy diet. Thus, her energy body is clean, and so I am a devoted client as are all her others.

For those that don't know what lomi lomi massage is, here is a brief explanation: the lomi lomi massage works the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, most often using the forearms. Lomi lomi is a beloved Hawaiian tradition which relieves the muscle tension that can block energy flow, and so a lomi lomi massage facilitates an overall healing since the Hawaiian view is that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the larger self. When something happens on one level, all other levels are affected.

And for those that have never had a hot rock massage, it would be a great gift to give yourself. The hot rocks are very soothing and relaxing as they are kneaded into your muscles. S. leaves these hot rocks (which she pulls from a temperature controlled vat) at various points of the body while she is working on another part. For example, once I turn over on the massage table, she always puts just the right size hot rock underneath the back of my neck. While I am lying on my stomach, she places several along my back. Very yummy!

S. has a healing gift plus she is very strong. Recently her husband and her paddled across the channel to Molokai with several other friends who followed along in a motor boat. They all took turns paddling the outrigger canoe, but all in all, S. and her husband paddled about nine miles. These strong arms are want endear her to large size men who need someone with strong arms! They also endear her to me for she has the right mix of tenderness, awareness and strength.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

 

Seeking Truth


It has been one of those rare times for me: feeling sick. Usually I'm very healthy and going a mile a minute with many different projects. I tell myself I don't have time to be sick. However, I guess I needed some 'down' time, and thus, the sickness came. First, I had heartburn--serious heartburn. I have never experienced what it's like to have serious heartburn. Needless to say, I did everything in my power using all the tools in my arsenal of healing products to make it go away! This effort took me nearly 14 hours. I was beginning to wonder what was going on with me. I looked up 'heartburn' in the Louise L. Hay book titled, "Heal Your Body", and this is what was written: "Fear. Fear. Fear. Clutching fear." Now this analysis didn't seem to apply to me at all, and thus began my process of determining what the heck was going on with me. Was there a secret I was keeping from myself?

Then came the flu-like symptoms: chills alternating with a high fever, headache, and the sense that you can barely talk and keep your eyes open. All I wanted to do was sleep. These are the symptoms which are the 'flu' bug making the rounds of Maui now. So today was my day for cracking open a book that I had ordered ages ago from Amazon.com and reading maybe a chapter if I was lucky and then falling right back to sleep.

This book titled "Lily Dale" and subtitled, "the true story of the town that talks to the dead," by Christine Wicker is a most excellent read. The photo above is a photo I took of a photo: the famous early mediums, the Fox Sisters. The author of the book, Christine, is alternately skeptical, fair-minded, funny and observant. She honed these skills, no doubt, as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News for seventeen years. She is the first reporter to write a book on Lily Dale known as the town of mediums that talk to the dead. I will write more about my experiences there in another post.

Having just visited Lily Dale for two days and having two sessions with two of the well-known mediums mentioned in this book, I find this book most fascinating and the perfect antidote to feeling miserable with the flu. Its stories and the journey to seek truth taken by the author has taken my mind off my illness which is always a good thing. It has been said that what you resist persists. Thus, the less focus on my yukky health and the more I am into this book, I am doing myself a service.

Somewhere this afternoon after multiple naps and chapters read in this book, I turned a corner. And I finally felt well enough to make a posting. My appetite is returning, and brussels sprouts are steaming on the stove. The smell of good food is making me hungry, and I am ever so grateful that I kicked this flu-bug in less than a day and a half. Life is good again. Thank God for books, beds, healing, friends to check up on me and recovery.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

 

I Wanna Hold Your Hand and More!



I was very touched by an article I read today in the New York Times online titled "A Simple Show of Hands "

This article by Stephanie Rosenbloom covered many aspects of hand-holding: the romantic, the friendly, the public demonstration, the effects of hand-holding on body and mind, the affection, the protection, the comfort, the respect, the intimacy, the balance, the boost to the immune system and others. It seems hand-holding is a very deep gesture in most cultures. With hand-holding in mind, I decided to make my Thursday Thirteen post a tribute to other gestures like hand-holding that are beneficial to our well-being.

1. Hugs and other loving forms of greetings

2. Opening the door for someone you know or holding it for a stranger behind you

3. Offering someone a drink or refreshment when they come to your home

4. Smiles

5. Returning phone calls or emails-- whether business or personal

6. Eye contact

7. Pat on the back

8. Public acknowledgement of appreciation to another or others

9. Charitable donation, tithing

10. Any act of kindness

11. Thank-you notes, emails and cards---Mahalo Nui Loa!

12. Praying, meditating, communing with Nature

13. Taking time to honor our body/mind/spirit and loving ourselves

Go here to get the Thursday Thirteen code:

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

 

Playing Around with Aloha


One of the things I do to amuse myself is play with words and discover other meaningful words from them using the individual letters. I suppose there is an official name for this practice. By now, probably everyone has heard or read this one:

F=ear
E=evidence
A=appearing
R=Real

Sorting through papers today, I found a postcard from this company (Kaui-Hawaii), and so I am going to give them credit for this word-play since I didn't see any other name attached. I am sharing this with you because I think it is excellent.

A= Akahi (Kindness, to be expressed with tenderness)
L=Lokahi (Unity, to be expressed with harmony.)
O='Olu'olu (Agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness.)
H=Ha'aha'a (Humility, to be expressed with modesty.)
A=Ahonui (Patience, to be expressed with perserverance.)

And here's a terrific quote, "Aloha is not a greeting, it is a feeling....the feeling that God is present." Reverend Abraham Akaka

Here's my own rendition of the word Aloha using the concept that in Hawaii we greet friends, loved ones, and strangers with aloha:

A=Active
L=Love
O=Of
H=Hospitality
A=Appears

How 'bout you? Do you have a word-play for ALOHA that you would like to contribute in the comments below? Come on and play with me in the Spirit of Aloha!

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

 

Another Sunday At The Beach

Beaches are one of the best places to people watch. Simply amazing people show up to marvel at and wonder about. This Sunday we saw twins which were older ladies show up with matching swimsuits, towels and t-shirts. They went into the water, and they did synchronized swim strokes. I asked one of them as she walked by, "Are you identical twins?" Maybe it was a stupid question, but one of them looked just a bit different. She said with a sweet smile that her sister had survived cancer, and that is why they now look a bit different. They were a lovely vision.


We saw a man go into the water with his dog, and the both of them swam side by side for a long distance and then back again. When he got out of the water, he gave his dog a great rub-down.



We saw a lady dancing all by herself with long swirling rainbow colored banners.



We saw a Hawaiian family contentedly working on a sand castle for many hours.



A day at the beach is one of the best remedies. Just being. Just observing. Just being aware. Just loving what is.

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