Wednesday, June 30, 2010


People who cannot suffer can never grow up, can never discover who they are.

~ James Baldwin ~

from his book
The Fire Next Time

Not sure I agree with this quote, but it kind of goes with the butterfly...don't you think?

More words are coming. I can feel them approaching.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

proclaim my law of love

(st. damien)

So tell the earth to shake
With marching feet
Of messengers of peace
Proclaim my law of love
To every nation
Every race.

~ Thomas Merton~

from his poem "Earthquake"

Father Damien became a missionary to the lepers in Hawaii. Then he became one himself.

Law of Love.

Spread the word.

Monday, June 28, 2010

don't be koi

(see the koi in the background? this bird is fishing!)

As more women enter public life, I see developing a more humane society.

~ Dorothy Height ~

Sunday, June 27, 2010


(painted church, hawaii)

It has never been either practical or useful to leave all things and follow Christ. And yet it is spiritually prudent.

~ Thomas Merton ~

from his book
The Monastic Journey

Saturday, June 26, 2010

bare necessities

(soggy bird boy)

With good reason we cannot be indifferent to anyone who lacks the necessities of life. As our knowledge and love of God grows, so does our concern to respond as fully as we can to Jesus in what Mother Teresa of Calcutta calls “his most distressing disguise.”

~ Mary Evelyn Jegen, SND ~

from her book,
How You Can Be a Peacemaker

There but for the grace of God go I.

...the quote, not the boat. The boat? I think I would like that.

Friday, June 25, 2010

friday flower

No word on the photo contest yet. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

love thursday 06.24.10 ~ kiss the world

One regret, dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.

~ Hafiz ~

I have to ask...

If we all felt as Hafiz does, would we be dealing with oil spills...

...melting ice shelves...


...broken systems...


...and more wars?

Really. Would we?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

turn, turn, turn

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

~ Lao Tzu ~

I've mentioned before that this is a time of faith for me. It still is.

I wonder what is next.

This song keeps running through my head tonight. (Better that than Que Sera Sera!)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

things that don't go together

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.

~ Calvin Coolidge ~

pineapple mango AND salsa

chocolate AND raspberry

raspberry AND anything

summer AND gray

spandex AND me

Monday, June 21, 2010

summer solstice

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Summer's official beginning according to 21, 2010 @ 11:28 GMT. That's 4:28 in my part of the country. I have heard, however, that summer doesn't come to Portland until July 5th. Based on my more than 1/2 century of experience of wet Rose Festivals and Fourth of July fireworks in pouring down rain--I believe it.

No matter when the sun arrives...happy summer, everyone.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

worm bin

(worm bin in process)

(worm bin in place)

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Fashion fades, only style remains the same.

~ Coco Chanel ~

Here it is. Finally.

My Friday task was to finish building the worm bin and put it in place. Saturday, we filled it with bedding, a couple thousand worms, and all the food they could want to eat. Our goal is to create some good organic compost for our garden and to reuse the scraps by recycling them into the bin.

I "harvested"the lumber from a fence we tore down a few weeks ago, pieces stored in the garage, and a couple pieces left over from my mom's drywall project. I had to buy hinges and deck screws. The bricks came from a neighbor's demolition project and the foam (between the bricks and the box) is packing material I have saved over the years.

Since worms do best in temperatures between 55 and 80, I will add more insulation when winter comes around. If we ever get sun again, I might need to add some more to keep them cool enough this summer.

The bedding we used was peat moss that has been sitting in a bag for decades--literally. Since we now know that harvesting peat is not good for the environment, we won't be using that again. However, it doesn't make sense to throw it away, so we used it up for the bedding. Next round, we'll have to find something else to use--leaves, coir, straw...something like that.

We got our first batch of worms from a friend's compost pile. I was concerned that we wouldn't have enough to handle the amount of compost we are planning so we visited the "bug guy" at the farmers' market and got another batch. Everyone seems very happy in the new home.

Style...not fashion.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

bless the lord, oh, my soul

...and all that is within me bless his holy name.

My song for the day. I woke up with this line running through my head. It keeps repeating in the background while I am doing other things. Then when the foreground is free, it moves forward again.

As my friend Rojo would say...Alleluia!

Friday, June 18, 2010


(picture taken by my sister)

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.

~ Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel ~

Thursday, June 17, 2010

love thursday 06.17.10 ~ turtles

We saw turtles in Hawaii.

Big ones. (My sister took the photos above.)

Then my mom sent me this story.

And today I got to see the video.

Enjoy...and Happy Love Thursday!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


(i liked this headstone)

My call for a spiritual revolution is not a call for a religious revolution, nor for a way of life that is otherworldly - still less to something magical or mysterious. It is a call for a radical reorientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self, a call to turn toward the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others’ interests alongside our own.

~ HH Dalai Lama ~

When I travel, I like to go into churches and cemetaries. This was a graveyard at a church near Hawi.

Being in cemetaries, reading headstones, creates a bigger perspective for me. What must it have been like to be that person? To live in that time? That town?

Sometimes, it really doesn't require much of us to be radically reoriented away from our habitual preoccupation with ourselves.

Not much at all.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Dug in my purse today to get a stick of gum. The package was full of sand...and so was the pocket of my bag.



Monday, June 14, 2010

travel plans

Travel light. Arrive quickly.

~ Satya Sai Baba ~

Some day I will learn how to teleport.

It doesn't get much lighter or quicker than that.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Although the world's religions may differ fundamentally from one other in their metaphysical views, when it comes to their teachings on the actual practice of ethics, there is great convergence. All the faith traditions emphasize a virtuous way of being, the purification of the mind from negative thoughts and impulses, the doing of good deeds, and living a meaningful life.

~ HH Dalai Lama ~

And it all comes down to love, doesn't it? If we could agree that that is the greatest virtue...all would be well.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

radical change in human nature?

(fruit salad in a tree--bananas & papayas)

Despite the tremendous progress in material conditions the world over, suffering remains. The afflictions such as greed, anger, hatred and envy that underpinned much of our misery thousands of years ago continue to do so even today. Unless there is a radical change in human nature within a rapid period of time, these afflictions will plague us for many centuries to come.

~ HH Dalai Lama ~

I rarely disagree with HH. In principle, I agree with him here. However, I am not so sure that human nature is the problem. Human behavior is.

See, I think it is human nature to feel all those emotions/feelings: greed, anger, hatred, envy. And more. Feelings just are. They are a combination of body chemistry, training, history, and alignment of the factors that brings each person to this particular space in (and) time where the feeling emerges.

What we do with them--how we respond, react, or act--that is the issue at hand.

Love, compassion, generosity...those are also feelings that emerge from our human nature. Those are the ones we need to start developing. And here is where our choice comes in.

Do I foster love and compassion or anger and hate?

Do I react from greed and envy or act out of generosity and kindness?

Our nature is what it is.

Our behavior? That's another matter.

Friday, June 11, 2010


I am using these two images to enter a photo contest sponsored by the Backyard Bird Shop. It is where I buy my squirrels' food. If I win, I might get a couple months worth of seed for free!

Smile pretty, little ones. You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

love thursday 06.10.10 ~ you local? or i love hawaii part two

(loud shirt and jacket...because you asked)

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.

~ Robert Benchley ~

Twice before I even reached my destination, Hawaiian residents asked me if I lived in Kona.

We bought groceries at the Kona Natural Food Store. One of the employees greeted us warmly when we entered--but that is not unusual in Hawaii. A couple days later I went back in to buy a dozen eggs. The man who gave us the warm first greeting was my checker. I paid and left.

Yesterday, I went through my receipts for the trip and came across the one for the eggs. 10% off. Kama'aina discount.

Last time I was there, a Hawaiian man wearing rubber boots, apron, and baseball cap stood outside the fish market. When I walked by he said, "You local?"

"No. Just visiting."

"Well, you should be."

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Not the 700 Club.

My 700th post on this blog. Thanks for visiting. On this auspicious occasion, leave a note--even if you don't usually. Let me know who you are and where you are from.

Pretty please?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

hawaiian shirts rule

Those of you who know me know that I live by that first rule. least the second part of the first rule.

I love me some Hilo Hattie.

Monday, June 07, 2010


We will be known as a culture that feared death and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity for the few and cared little for the penury of the many. We will be known as a culture that taught and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke little if at all about the quality of life for people (other people), for dogs, for rivers. All the world, in our eyes, they will say, was a commodity.

~ Mary Oliver ~

from her poem "Of the Empire"

I try to stay informed and involved. I make my opinions known to my Congressmen.

However, some days...

...some days even the headlines are more than I can bear. So I do what I can and I pray--even if my heart can't take the news.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

live the question

(banyan tree in hawi at the farmer's market)

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~


"Why me?"

"Why now?"

"Why not?"

"What's next?"

Especially "What's next?"

Saturday, June 05, 2010

place of refuge

Really...that's what it is called.

This is another of my sister's pics. I have a couple similar ones that I haven't downloaded yet.

And now I am home.

Friday, June 04, 2010

homeward bound

(another picture by my sister)

We will soon return to our regularly scheduled programming. I'll have more pictures to worries.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

love thursday 06.03.10 ~ hawaii

(one of my traveling companions...and a local*)

Have I mentioned how much I love Hawaii?

*picture by my sister
click to enlarge

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

one woman's vision

In my view, what we’re looking for is a world of super connected, highly creative, passionate, visionary people who honour one another’s differences and who know how to work beyond reaction using the energy of emotion to achieve potential. It’s a world where differences create an opportunity for dialogue, exchange, understanding and the next level of creation for us all. This is the consciousness I am sourcing for our world that I intend will result in no more wars. When every being knows who they truly are, when every being is honoured for their unique contributions, when every opportunity is seen as a moment for the realisation of the next level of potential, then we will have a world that does more than just getting along.

~ Soleira Green ~

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

use your time well

(waipi'o valley)

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

~ Jack London ~

I shall use it sitting on the beach for now.