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Friday, 19-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Photo Challenge: Week 4: LIGHT

Let Your Light Shine!
My Dark Room contribution to the theme, reflections.
My entry for this week's photo challenge, along with my favorite quotes on light: LIGHT

"Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin.
We can illuminate our paths or darken our way.
It is a matter of choice."

~ Maya Angelou

"Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

~George Bernard Shaw

Let Your Light Shine

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's in everyone, and, as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

~ M. Williamson


My contribution to today's REFLECTIONS theme in The Dark Room is also related to light.

To my fellow Dark Room denizens, I wrote:

Your photos are just breath-taking! Mine is not very good; I am such a novice but I love the sentiment in the frame. I believe it applies to each and every one of you here. The words are REFLECTIONS of you, who surround yourself with beauty.

Mahalo for sharing the beauty in your world with me.


Within moments of posting my reflections photo in The Dark Room, Mea of Canada writes this response in the comment section:

hawaiian eye! i have an 'angel of hope' made like the angels in your picture.. a very nice sentiment you have shared with your words and your photo!

I zoom over to Mea's Fotopage to be greeted by her Angel of Hope, beautifully photographed against newly painted RED walls as a backdrop. Red is the color that strengthens me, fires me up, and there it was. I have spent time this morning in prayer, gazing at the images of Mea's angel:

My reply back to Mea:

Aloha e Mea,

Your angel of HOPE is beautiful! She arrived into my awareness just in time to offer comfort to me. I just learned only last night that my dear friend is now in a wheelchair. It's been a tough cancer battle...

I just prayed for my friend as I gazed at your angel of HOPE. Since our angels are "related" -- Willow Tree Angels -- that makes us kin. Our angels represent such simple elegance...and an ever-presence.

I am also reminded that there are no coincidences. Within moments of posting my Willow Tree angels, you write me to tell me about your posting of yours today! I think I'm being reminded -- once again -- Who is in charge. Thank you for reaching out...

Synchronicity. A gift from Above. And so I go out into the world this morning, emboldened and strengthened.

Thursday, 18-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Dark Room - Our Fotopage Community's Gathering Place

Love: A Mother's Day gift to me from my dear husband: a GARDEN!
"What a desolate place would be a world without flowers. It would be a face without a smile; a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth? Are not our stars the flowers of heaven?"
~Clara L. Balfour

There is a growing sense of community here at Fotopages. One of my favorite places to visit is a most creative fotopage, The Dark Room. (Discussion on TDR on the message board). It is a fotopage where any of us fotopagers has access to posting. Once a day, someone will post a theme, and folks here post away, making their contribution to the whole.

I've enjoyed every entry, but today's entry is extra special. Its request by one of my favorite fotopagers, Dragan, read as follows: "Please, post just ONE of your love photos today! Love Dragan http://thedarkroom.fotopages.com/?entry=25594

The picture above is my love photo contribution. It will be one of my all-time favorite expressions of my husband's love for me...

I have too much "stuff" in my life, so I am always requesting no "stuff" for gifts. Don't get me wrong, I love receiving gifts, but these days, I prefer and welcome "experiences" as gifts. This past spring, my dear husband (DH) decided to forego the traditional bouquet of cut flowers, and instead planted me an explosion of spring flowers outside our front door that I experienced with such joy all the way into summer.

Now, THAT is LOVE.

Tuesday, 16-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Too Wonderful for Words: A Card from our Oregonian Friends

Our Oregonian Friends
Oscar, as in Oscar Meyer weiner
What a Face! Che Faccia!
Just received this Christmas card from dear friends and fellow dog-lovers in Oregon, and thought I'd pass on its joy and creativity to anyone passing by this way:


Mahalo, Jeff and Claudia!



Hi Jeff & Claudia,

Thank you for sending us the URL to such a delightfully charming Christmas e-card. Such incredible creativity and webpage-building know-how went into that card. I am sharing its URL with others in our sphere, along with pictures of you, Oscar, and Lucy-fur so we can access them easily when we think of you.

Ahh, those bucolic Robin Road days with you as our neighbors. Gosh darn, you are SO missed -- the neighborhood is NOT the same without you two and the doggies. A lot of the joy of getting up there for us was seeing and visiting with you and just knowing that you were across the street enjoying and appreciating the mountains as we were.

I hope this finds you two thoroughly enjoying your new digs. We miss the updates, but how gratifying that your house is complete and now a home. Thank you for taking the time, as you diligently did, to share them with us. Your pictures gave us a visual taste of future things to come.

The future has arrived, as our house-building is now very much in progress as I write. The house is coming along. When we get uneasy about deadlines and our fingernails get tempting, our builders, Denise and Fred, reassure us. They must know their business better than we can guess.

I don't think I'll do this experience again anytime soon. It's like flying, which I don't particularly like doing. One must put one's life, faith and trust in the hands of others... Calm Me does not like being the Nervous Nelly. This has definitely been a test of my Faith and faith in people. If you would like to keep up with its progress, I'm chronicling it here, not only for us, but for family and friends like you. The site is: http://ah.fotopages.com/

I look forward to February, when we reunite. Again, I'll remind you: you always have a place to lay your heads -- and the doggies will feel right at home. We'll be sure to put flowers on Buster's grave then.

Love, your dog-lovin' friends, always neighbors in the heart,

Monday, 15-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Why I do these Fotopages...

I wrote the following in an e-mail to a friend:

Mahalo for your thanks. I am happy that you are enjoying these foto-pages. I kept my Internet journal -- and now keep this Fotopage -- to stay in touch with my family scattered across the Hawaiian archipelago -- mom, sisters, brother, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins -- as well as dear friends (like you) scattered everywhere on the planet.

In this busy, hectic world with all of its distractions, it is too easy to lose track and lead isolated lives. My online, stream-of-consciousness writing has allowed a sharing of heart matters with those I care about, and not just the superficial, "Hi, hi, how are you, hope you're fine" kind of fluffy communication. The fotopages allow my heartstrings to reach out to those I love.

It takes but a few moments of my time to sit down, reflect and share our corner of the world, T's and mine and the dog-kids'. If doing so gets my family and friends to huddle together with us, once in awhile, however electronically, I think this is a fine application of 21st century technology.

Sunday, 14-Dec-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Celebrating Beulah's Birthday

"There was a star danced, and under that was Beulah born."
A friend is the man who knows all about you, & still loves you.
"I get by with a little help from my friends."
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"Friends are like thighs, they are always sticking together."

Mahalo to Gylene for organizing us, The Hula Maidens & Friends, and attending to the birthday surprises (the triple carnation lei, the Classic Hawaiian heirloom pendant with the inscription, "Happy #@th Birthday, the love-filled card!). You pulled this party-within-a-party off without a hitch.

We hugged one another, then for those who are healing and needing comfort, we sent our mana*-filled prayer on the wings of our collective breath. We dined, danced, sang, and kanikapila'd (made music).

We reveled in our friendship and celebrated Beulah's birthday. Sticking together, it was the most special of times.

Ka Pule No Ka Malumalu ~ Ka Pule Lôkahi
The Prayer for Protection ~ The Unity Prayer

Ka mâlamalama o ke Akua e ho`opuni mai iâ kâkou.
The light of God surrounds us.

Ke aloha o ke Akua e kîpuni mai iâ kâkou.
The love of God enfolds us.

Ka mana o ke Akua e ho`opakele mai iâ kâkou.
The power of God protects us.

Ke alo o ke Akua e mâlama mai iâ kâkou.
The presence of God watches over us.

Ma kahi â kâkou, e hele aku ai he Akua nô.
Wherever we are, God is.


"Friends are like flowers, beautiful flowers;
friends are like flowers in the garden of life."

* mana = spiritual energy

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