One Million Dollars ..
that is the cost ..
the cost to possess this magnificent home ..
perched above a translucent blue ocean surrounding the Garden Isle.

One Million Dollars ..
to enjoy breathtaking vistas ..
to revel in the soothing  crash of Pacific waves ..
waves churned white as they meet rugged cliffs.

One Million Dollars ..
to sleep with ocean songs gently filling the air ..
forever audibly reverberating
the pulse of life ..
reiterating the Universal Power of creativity.

One Million Dollars ..
for bragging rights inherent only to humans
..
as a beautiful dove sits in total peace .. just outside ..
upon her nest of twigs .. free of charge.


Facker  1/11/2016


Wishing you the peace of a beautiful dove in 2016 ...

from Kauai to Paris ... and all places between

Aloha et Au revoir
Bill
 

Courage

12/26/2015

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Not one word has flown from my fingers since the Paris attacks of November 13th ..


Not one moment has passed since that Friday when my mind hasn't swirled with thoughts of similar actions throughout the history of mankind ..


That day in Paris wasn't unique, nor new, nor any different than thousands of other days darkened by Humanity turning against itself ..


Retched black of depravity surfaced .. brilliant light of compassion, empathy, and love shone once again to illuminate and dissipate the carnage ..



Hatred briefly clutched hearts within its' filthy claw .. momentarily stripping joy from souls .. fear born from ignorance - anger born from fear - violence born from anger - further violence born from revenge and retribution .. 


A circle of negativity  continues to perpetuate itself .. until Love is born from courage.


The end of madness will happen .. it will happen with the most courageous act of all ..


As swords of hatred strike .. the courageous will confront fear, anger, and hatred with
Empathy, Light and Love ... never allowing rage to extinguish illumination.

This ultimate act of courage will reclaim our Humanity ..


In the blink of an eye ..
knowledge replaces fear
compassion replaces anger
love replaces violence


And


Glittering lights of Paris will brightly proclaim the Victory of Mankind over itself ..
  


Love will Prevail ...

from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between


Wishing you Peace, Harmony, and Love
Bill
 
 
Reader .. my writing is yours ..
I give it completely to you.
Assimilate and digest selfishly ..
Enjoy or ridicule as you feel ..
While my words fill your eyes
My heart dwells in your hands



Reader .. you are the motivation
the energy ..
the driving force to my creative whim
the receptor of my deepest thoughts
the keeper of my happiness or grief ..
simply by your judgement of my gift



Reader .. without you there is nothing ..
no place to be measured
loved or despised
dismissed or admired
praised or scoffed ..
Only emptiness and loneliness in the silence ...


from Kauai to Paris ... and all places between


Mahalo et Merci for Reading,
Bill
 
 
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SACLAY, FRANCE
That difficult task of "Looking in the Mirror" has become more and more prevalent for me as life flies by.  Striving to be more than I was yesterday, or the day before that, or the years leading to "now".  I am dedicated to being more,  giving more, and relishing the gifts of nature and fellow beings .. nothing else holds such importance.  The reality is I am far away from what I want to be, with the road to that place stretched before me .. dictating that I drive thoughtfully and carefully in order to obtain  gifts along the way.  Along this drive I have already received the knowledge of one great gift ...          

While I focus on reaching my destination
the journey becomes clear ..

There is much "self work"  ahead.
So much "self work" that I have little time ..


Little time to judge others

as I attempt to be a

Better Man


from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between

Aloha et Au revoir,
Bill


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KAUAI, HAWAII
 
 
It seems ... every meaningful conversation I've enjoyed with another person lately has touched on the condition of our planet. 

It seems ... every person I have enjoyed an environmental conversation with lately has specific and definitive ideas about how to repair Mother Earth.
One would think we are awakening ..

but

It seems ...
more creatures are dying

It seems ...
more people are starving

It seems ...
more pollution is occurring

It seems ...
more soldiers are killing 



Flowers say nothing
they are beautiful
they smell good
and to my knowledge

they never kill anything



It seems ...
We might be wise to stop having conversations
and
start being flowers


from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between


Wishing each of you the peace, beauty, and serenity of a flower

Aloha et Au revoir
Bill
 
 
Are we alive ..
awakening to perform
another day similar to yesterday?
Striving to surpass yesterday's accomplishment?
Attempting to elevate the past above and beyond its redundancy?



Do our hearts beat
to merely propel us forward .. 
reiterating duplicated and mundane actions?
Swelling our egotistical selves as we proclaim doing the same .. but better?
Are we trapped within smug human success while our true gifts remain suppressed within?



Will our spirits look back
upon life spent toiling to better another's accomplishments ..
upon fantastic dreams unfulfilled and decimated by ego driven desires ..
upon a barren landscape of forsaken creativity and squandered gifts of brilliance?
We can realize and embrace our gifts .. sharing the joy of personal creativity with all beings ..


Only then can we respond ..

"Yes, we are alive!"

"Oui, nous sommes vivants!" ...


from Kauai to Paris ... and all places between


Mahalo et Merci for being here ..

I wish you life!

Bill
 
 
Flowers do something ..
they sit and look pretty ..
they feed the bees ..
they create the air we breath ..
they smell good.
Flowers don't have to find their gift ..
Their gift is existence.



Humans do something  ..
we love flowers ..
enjoy their beauty .. 
savor their aroma ..
marvel at their delicate strength.
Then we cut 'em ..
 and continue down the path.



Lessons dwell quietly in the garden ..
patiently awaiting our arrival.
Whispered amongst flowers
are secrets old as creation ..
keys to happiness ..
answers for life ..
if we stop .. and sit .. and listen.



The promise is there ..
we can be like them ..
we can exist to bring pleasure to others.
Our essence can be beautiful ..
aromatic as the rose.
Be aware .. until we sit in our gardens
pain killers and deodorant will be necessary .. 



from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between


Enjoy your Garden!

Aloha et Au revoir,
Bill

 
 
Have you ever caught yourself thinking "I wish I could" or "I wish I would have" or "I wish I could go back and ... " ?   Just yesterday I caught myself mentally declaring those very thoughts  ... wishing for something already past, something missed, something I can never regain or attain because that moment is gone. 

Upon further introspection, the truth  that I have experienced many, many moments steeped in that "wishing" thought process arose in my consciousness .. causing me great consternation.  I was thus stimulated to recall this flowery phrase from my youth:
"Shit in one hand, wish in the other and see which one fills up the fastest!"
Though "shit in one hand" does clearly convey a concise message of not wasting time,  I will not attempt making it a catch phrase.  

however ..

will eradicate the word "wish" from my thinking ..

because

Unlike the positive cleansing result of defecation ..

 "Wishing" is totally wasted energy.


From this writing forward, each and every moment I catch myself "wishing" will be a moment of creativity .. a "redirect" of that precious time so it does not dissipate  on the wings of a wish.
Dear Readers

If what I share in the future pleases you 

Please smile and know ..

It's because I'm "shitting in my hand" ..

not suffering "Wasted Time".

______


Hopefully .. 

The fruit of my creativity will smell like beautiful flowers.


Yeah, I'm smiling ..


from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between


Mahalo et Merci for joining me,

Bill
 
 
It is Magical 
Wandering aimlessly through Springtime
Beautiful blossoms freshly opened ..
and silence

 broken only by a bird's song.


The quiet of nature envelopes us with wisdom ..
Nurtures us ..
Leads us ..
Begs us to join 

.. to coexist


If flowers could talk .. what would they say
Would they reprimand us
Would they gently share knowledge
Would they cry at our insensitivity


Possibly the flowers will sing
an ethereal refrain unknown to our ears ..
so melodic and soft we float with the song 
Souls soaring to unimagined heights  
Thundering feelings deep inside
the quiet of our gardens.


In the center of all those delicate beauties
singing their angelic refrains ..
sits one spectacular Orchid
with an obnoxious ear splitting voice ..
a voice that leaves the others smiling
shaking their heads in the wind ..


 but

loving that horrible singer with every ounce of their beings
as he throws his head back and unabashedly screams

Orc !  Orc !  Orc !

from a pure heart ...


Facker
July 12, 2015


vive la difference .. please love everyone

from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between

Aloha et Au Revoir,
Bill

 
 
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JOHN, KAREN, & LESLEY
Hawaiian Airlines is the only airline I have ever utilized for flying to or from my island home .. I would never consider any other.  I feel the same about flying to and from France .. Air France being my carrier of choice. 

From the first welcoming "Aloha" or "Bonjour" as I board a flight,  it feels as if I'm already "there".  Both airlines are excellent representatives of the very special places they fly to and from on a daily basis,  and both airlines are clearly reflected in the warm and professional demeanor of their "front line representatives" .. their awesome Flight Attendants.     

This post is to honor the Flight Attendants .. all of them, from every airline around the globe.  If you know a Flight Attendant, please take a moment to share this with Him or Her and let them know how much you appreciate their :

Warm Welcome as we board the plane

Tireless efforts as we slumber in our seats

Special attention to the scared child on a first flight

Willingness to accept responsibility for our safety

Flight after flight with "coughers" and "sneezers" and who knows what

Food service

Trash pick-up

Necessary paperwork

Acceptance of being the  "Unnecessary Complaint Recipient" 


Tolerating the Horses Ass that won't shut up during the safety presentation


Always followed by ..


A beautiful "Aloha" or "Au revoir" as we depart ..


our "Magic Bird"

their workplace ..



Their job is difficult .. their stamina, incredible.



To fully appreciate the welcoming smile of a Flight Attendant, all one need do is think about how tiring a trip can be .. planning, making our way to the airport, then sitting in a seat for hours that is most assuredly not as comfortable as our favorite easy chair.  I suspect every single one of us has, after one flight or another, complained that we are "beat up" and just want to get some sleep.
Our Flight Attendants suffer these same inconveniences .. 

while they work

.. with the public

 (some nice "public")

 (some not nice "public")

But they are expected to "keep on smiling " .. nice or not ..

.. and they do.

Even though this post is dedicated to all Flight Attendants, it was "stimulated" into existence by three Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants,  John, Karen, and Lesley, on a recent flight from JFK to HNL. 

My first "airplane ride" was at the age of seven, when I traveled on a twin engine tail dragger from Denver to Oklahoma City .. I believe it was on Frontier Airlines.  I flew alone and will never forget the kind and reassuring energy I received from that "Beautiful Lady in the pillbox hat" who was our Flight Attendant.  I have flown many, many miles since that day .. more than most, I suspect .. and have never forgotten her.  Through the years, it has been a blessing to share special moments with those who care for us as we streak across the skies overhead .. and through the years, it has been an honor to enjoy that same "caring" lavished on me and my fellow travelers .. the same "caring" I enjoyed as a small boy .. first alone and afraid .. then protected and nurtured by that very special person, our Flight Attendant.

John, Karen, and Lesley

You took me back

You warmed my Spirit

Every moment aboard that flight .. from "Aloha" to "Aloha" was Superb

Your genuine caring

The unmistakable "want" to please Your guests

Your brilliant smiles

Your attention to detail

Your impeccable timing

Your exuberance and positive energy


These traits can't be faked .. these traits come from good people who wish happiness on others.  I say without hesitation .. John, Karen, and Lesley, you ARE the best of the best.  Anyone fortunate enough to be on a flight you are attending will immediately know they are a part of something special .. touched by a group of individuals who love what they do, love the company they represent, and love the people they serve. 
Mahalo Nui 

John, Karen, and Lesley

I was honored to be on your flight.

No matter where one sits on the plane ..

When there are Flight Attendants like you aboard ..

Every seat is ..

First Class !

from Kauai to Paris .. and all places between

Mahalo et Merci Flight Attendants,
Bill