Sunday, August 31, 2008

 

Sealed With A Kiss

We shared a beautiful 'moment in time' with our ohana (extended family) at yesterday's wedding of Andrea and Steve. The above photo is one of my favorites.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

 

Growing-Up

Yesterday I had a couple reminders that I'm growing-up. I use these words 'growing-up' rather than 'growing older' as the words growing older make me feel melancholy. I much prefer the expression 'youngering'. Did I create that word 'youngering', or did I read it somewhere? In any event, I really like it!

This is what happened yesterday:

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

 

Thursday Thirteen--Summer Fun

Maui has it's seasons even if they're not as pronounced as in many other places of the world.

Summer's hotter here just like most places, and for the last couple of years, we've felt the difference of the Sun. It feels as if the solar rays have intensified!

So what have I done for fun this Summer? Here's my Thursday Thirteen list:

1. Plurk is a new microblogging platform similar to Twitter (which I'm also on!), and I've enjoyed and LOL'd a lot with the humorous Plurkers and the crazy 'threads' of bite-size conversations which happen there. Plurk is one of my first stops when I get on the 'puter in the mornings.

If you'd like to join me, here's your invite.

You can design your own background and chat with people from all over the world.

2. Second Life is an alternative reality where you create an avatar, fly, swim like a mermaid, build a home, shop, sell, and do almost anything you can do in Real Life. When friends of mine plunged into Second Life with a passion this year, they lured me back into SL, and now I'm totally hooked! They are masterful creators in Second Life, and they've inspired me!

If you'd like to see some of the places I visit in Second Life, click on my Flickr link on the sidebar. I'll be uploading more SL pictures to Flickr as time goes by. I encourage you to make the jump to the other side of the mirror and discover what an amazing experience it is!

Far from being just a kiddie phenom, many big institutions have made a home on SL. Check out this link to see just a SMALL fraction of the big time organizations whom have staked out a place on Second Life.

3. We've been enjoying the company of our daughter who moved back in with us several weeks ago. She's a joy to have around again, and our home is rocking with laughter all the time.

4. My partner and I threw a party, a pre-season themed college football party, and we sent out e-vites to his football buddies. Our home nearly levitated from all the football cheers they gave, fueled no doubt by pitchers and pitchers of my delish, fresh Mango Margaritas. The mangos were from our Mango Giving Trees which were gifting us an abundance of mangoes this year. It took me several weeks to get our home back in order, but everyone had such a great time, it was well worth it!

5. As a Virgo, I heart organization and everything being ship-shape. Sadly, I'm never as organized as I'd like to be--but I'm getting there! One of my summer accomplishments has been to scan old, pre-digital photos of our travels and then download them into my Flickr account--and then organize the photos into collections on Flickr. This WHOLE process is very time-consuming, and I'm not even close to completion. However, I've had fun getting organized!!! Go figure! Virgos will totally get it.

6. Our television guilty secret is we enjoy the series "Big Brother", and we watch it three times a week. Should we be away from the tv, we DVR it. The characters with all their follies, foibles, and frailties grow on you, and the Production and Direction are very well done.

7. Our second favorite summertime tv show is the CBS game show,"Greatest American Dog", and again, I can't convey how hilarious this show is! You simply have to watch it. We HOWL, and we never miss an episode. Credit once again goes to Production and Direction as well as to casting! Even if you're not a dog lover, this show will put a smile on your face.

8. I would be remiss if I weren't to add that I've enjoyed exercising on our treadmill with my headphones, sweating, and running to music. I always feel so much better afterwards, and once I finish this post, this is where I'm heading. From our treadmill one has a magnificent view of the South Maui coastline--a real treat. What is it about a grand view which elevates one's Spirit?

9. The Maui Ocean. Warm. Inviting. Many Shades Of Blue from cobalt to turquoise. Float and Swim. Pure Bliss.

10. ART! Besides my passion for photography (which I'm always attempting to improve), I've been creating art: collage, painting, and writing.

11. I went through a month of being obsessed with the Feng Shui of our home! I've been practicing Feng Shui (both forms) for many years, but every now and then, I'll find myself wanting to 'tweak' the feng shui of our home and improve upon it. This f.s. obsession came and went, but it was FUN while it lasted! And the changes I made have improved everything in our lives, so the magnificent feng shui obsessive period paid off.

12. Movies are always on my FUN list, no matter what season. However, my TWO favorite movies of the summer were "Mama Mia" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", both movies which were located in foreign countries, Greece and Spain. These movies whetted my travel appetite, and since we've not traveled this summer, these movies sated my travel desires somewhat. Not all the way by a long shot!

13. The angels led me to My Maui Dream Home, and I've driven by the property many times envisioning what it'd be like to live there. I keep photos of this property on my digital camera, and I review the paperwork and design which I keep on my bedside table and look at often. This dream brings me JOY, and everytime I imagine myself living there, my heart skips a beat because this home is so ME!

This will go up on the Thursday Thirteen page.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

 

And For An Uplifting Change Of Pace...

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let not this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
- Desiderata - by Max Ehrmann

(All photos and artwork above were created by Kuanyin. You can see more photos on my Flickr page. Click the Flickr link on the side bar to view.)


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Monday, August 25, 2008

 

Summer Nights


Now that our daughter has moved back in with us, we're enjoying a different rhythm to our evenings. We find ourselves more often on our back deck in the evenings 'talking story'.

The weather has been sublime--not too hot, not too humid--and without mosquitoes, gnats or bugs. I have arranged comfortable chairs around a circular coffee table, and on this table I have a large brass Moroccan candle holder which looks quite beautiful with the candlelight flickering within.

MY chair is a purple hammock chair which I purchased in Cozumel, Mexico earlier this year. And I swing back and forth in it usually with a glass of pinot as we talk story, eat, and drink.

Today there was another fire in Kihei which backed up traffic for a long time on the Piilani Highway. Unfortunately my podner got caught in this traffic jam which was the biggest bummer of his day. My daughter had a rougher day.

She's a teacher and had to single-handedly break up a fist fight between two young, strong teenage boys. She really didn't know how she got the strength to pull one boy off the boy he was pounding on, but she did! When strength is called for, it's amazing what one can do.

My day was delightfully uneventful, and I didn't have to cope with traffic or angry young men. Instead I do what I most love doing-- writing, communicating, creating art, meditating, exercising, and enjoying my family.

Life is Good!

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

 

My Laugh Of The Day

A friend sent this on today, and I had to share it with you. This is MUCH funnier than those stupid Yearbook Hair Styles that everyone is downloading and posting on their blogs.

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If you receive an email entitled 'Bedtimes'delete it IMMEDIATELY. Do not open it . Apparently this one is pretty nasty. It will not only erase everything on your hard drive, but it will also delete anything on disks within 20 feet of your computer. It demagnetizes the stripes on ALL of your credit cards. It reprograms your ATM access code, screws up the tracking on your VCR, and uses subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD's you attempt to play. It will program your phone auto dial to call only 0898 numbers.U> This virus will mix antifreeze into your fish tank !!

IT WILL CAUSE YOUR TOILET TO FLUSH WHILE YOU ARE SHOWERING. It will drink ALL your beer. FOR GOD'S SAKE, ARE YOU LISTENING??It will leave dirty underwear on the coffee table when you are expecting company. It will replace your shampoo with Nair and your Nair with Rogaine. If the 'Bedtimes' message is opened in a Microsoft Windows environment, it will leave the toilet seat up and leave your hair dryer plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub. It will not only remove the forbidden tags from your mattresses and pillows, it will also refill your skim milk with whole milk.

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WARN AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN. ***

And if you don't send this to 5000 people in 20 seconds, you'll fart so hard that your right leg will spasm and shoot straight out in front of you, sending sparks that will ignite the person nearest you.

Send this warning to everyone !!!

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

 

Taking A Wee Break

A friend emailed this photo to me today, and it was too cute not to share--especially since this is how I've been feeling lately in regards to blogging!

Microblogs are my current favorites because they're short, fast, and easy!

And the above picture is my Avatar in Second Life, Kuanyin Yiyuan, styled by the amazing stylist, Starheart of Second Life.

Startheart loves to shop, and she's a Master at creating beautiful avatars. Today she's working on another outfit for me -- I've only at a brief peek thus far, and it's totally WOW!

If you'd like Starheart's SL contact information, leave me a comment, and I'll post it.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

 

The Yearning


For approximately 14 years I've yearned for someone, a very special someone.

This someone would fulfill the role as my personal assistant, and the job description would be:

Reply to emails in a lovely, friendly manner; pick up weird little things on the floor that shouldn't be there and who even knows where or how they got there; field and reply to phone calls; mail packages and letters; research; purchase supplies at the grocery store (and other such places); update my online data; water plants; manage my social calendar;and so on and so forth. You get the drift. By most standards, I need a wife!

Alas, I haven't found such an animal, and currently I have been the ONLY animal doing this and so much more. Trying to fit everything in one's life and enjoying a quality family and friend life has become more and more challenging. There's simply not enough hours in my day!

Thus, I've taken SOME time off lately to renew my fitness regime, meditate/commune, learn new technologies, assist others in their major life passages, and dream my future.

So if you've wondered where I've been, I've been balancing out the missing pieces.

Just thought I'd let you know.


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Friday, August 15, 2008

 

Where Are The Candles?


This notice was forwarded to me by a friend, and I'm sharing it with you (author unknown):

"DUE TO RECENT BUDGET CUTS AND THE SPIRALING COST OF ENERGY,


THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL HAS BEEN TURNED OFF

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE."

Enjoy the Lunar Eclipse weekend!

Be Kind to One Another and to Yourself!

Don't Worry....Be Happy!

Note: The photo above is the most recent version of myself in Second Life.



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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

 

Bet You Didn't Know I've Been Diving

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Monday, August 11, 2008

 

On Parties

Lately I've been super busy because we wanted to throw a big party at our home. This party took me several weeks to prepare for and another three days to clean-up and put our home back in order.

Order is important for me, and I prefer everything to be in it's 'right place'. When objects go missing, I'm concerned. A pair of scissors is still running around in our home, but who knows where they're hiding. I'm sure they'll eventually show up--in a most unlikely place.

Throwing a big party is a time-consuming affair. We don't have them as often as we once did. In former times, we were always having gatherings. Now we prefer peace, quiet and ORDER!

One of my concerns about parties in our home is safety. Since we have lots of stairs in our home, I worry if a mango margarita, a guest, and a stairway will mix well. We also have a weird 'trip-zone' which if one isn't looking, one can easily trip and fly through the air. One friend always manages to find this trip-zone when she visits. Most people seem to navigate it well, and at our last party, nobody flew through the air. This made me happy.

So yes, our home can be a little bit risky. According to an article I read in the online Treehugger, risk is good for children. This article says that kids aren't climbing trees like they used to, and they need risk in their lives. Click here for the link.

As for me, I lived in the woods as a kid and loved to climb trees! As a tomboy, I took lots of risks and was usually sporting multiple bruises and skinned knees and elbows. I performed crazy daredevil stunts and had a blast doing them.

Nowadays the riskiest thing I do is throw a party. Times have changed. :Smile:

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Friday, August 08, 2008

 

I'm Convinced It's The Dog Daze...

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

 

Paris Knows Politics

And she agrees that Maui's the best place to tan! Thus, Maui + Paris + politics = the Dog Daze of August. Craziness has arrived on the scene. Care to dance?


See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

 

Swinging To The New World

Art courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

After seeing the new movie "Swing Vote", my writing Muse wouldn't let me sleep UNTIL I grokked the deeper significance of the movie. The next morning my plan was to blog about my insights, but Spirit had a different plan and kept me running full tilt boogie.

Today I told myself: I'm gonna post these insights and zero let anything disrupt me. Of course, Spirit had another plan! And here it is--Tuesday evening-- two days later, and I'm finally finding time to post.

Here's my review of "Swing Vote":

The young twelve-year-old daughter in the movie symbolizes attempts by the Divine Feminine to wake-up the old, checked-out world--the character of Bud Johnson played by Kevin Costner. This is why scene after scene the theme is repeated--the child trying to arouse her Father from sleep and stupor. The old world paradigm is having great difficulty awakening to the new reality.

Those who embody this old paradigm are coasting-through-life, cynical, irresponsible, and without hope. Creature comforts are the main focus.

The Divine Feminine is played by an amazing young actress, Madeline Carroll. She is relentless in waking-up her Father to the Paradigm Change, but he firmly resists and wants to continue his habitual, slacking ways.

This drama involves us all right now: the old 3-D world of duality (Swing Vote--get it?!) has run it's course and going unconscious. Birthing right alongside this dying world is the New Earth, the New Paradigm which is extremely capable, conscious, creative, united, and wise.

The cast is superb with great performances by the likes of Kelsey Grammar, Dennis Hopper, and Nathan Lane to mention a few of the high caliber actors in this extremely noteworthy film.

This movie shouts out the message: it's time to awaken and participate in Change. There's no longer a choice to coast because the Divine Feminine will keep waking you up no matter how much you'd like to go back to sleep!

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