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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Technology Meets Birth

Technology has entered my life in a groovy way man....My lovely daughter and her husband were expecting their first child on July 5th, 2010. Although she's not my daughter by blood, I love her as if she were my own and I never deem her my "step-daughter"....I feel the same bond with my wife's son....That's just a far out fact man....Anyway, my wife (her mother) and I live about 2800 miles south west of our daughter's home....We decided to fly there June 22nd because her due date was July 5th, which we thought gave us some extra time just in case she decided to deliver this groovy gift early...

Early Sunday morning, June 20th, around 5:30AM Maui time, my wife gets a call from our daughter to say she's in labor....It's one of those far out man! and oh @!*& man!, at the same time kind of things....It was our job to be there with her but it's tough to get off of this rock sometimes....So, she is on her way to the hospital, along with her very nervous, clumsily acting in control husband.....We're hoping at the moment that her Doctor might say "no worries, it's false labor so go back home and rest".....Well, they kept her! We're waiting patiently by the phone while my wife, crying with the fear of not being able to be there with her only daughter, is online desperately trying to find us a flight to the mainland....

On Maui it's now 8:00AM, no word.....9:00AM, no word....10:00AM, no word....Finally we get a call from our daughter telling us she's fine and her contractions are five minutes apart....My beautiful, usually very under control wife, is now crying uncontrollably....A daughter needs her mother during this special time....The odds of us making it in time to witness the birth of our grandson, is slim, what a bummer...My daughter invited me to actually witness the birth, knowing that I've never experienced this amazing phenomenon before, and I may not ever have the opportunity again....I was touched and honored to be asked....At around 4:00PM, Maui time, my wife gets a call to tell her her water broke and she'll be delivering our grandson soon....Here's the cool part man....Dig this...My wife's tears of sadness turned into bitchin' genius man....My brilliant wife asked my daughter's husband to get his laptop computer....This is the groovy technical part man....Sorry it took so long to get here but I'm freakin' jazzed man....She wanted to Skype the delivery!  How groovy is that man?  We asked our daughter if she was OK with this, and she said yes...For those that don't know what Skype is, it's a far out piece of software that allows you to video conference between two computers....Can you dig it?

The only flight we can get to the mainland leaves Maui at 9:00PM and arrives on the mainland at 5:30AM the next morning....The good news is that we weren't on a flight during the birth....Dig this...We sat comfortably in our home, 2800 miles away, and Skyped the birth of our adorable grandson....You got it man....We were able to watch and listen and communicate with anyone in the delivery room as if being there....It was truly the next best thing to being there....My wife's tears turned into tears of joy, as did mine.....So dig this....We were visually and soulfully present with our daughter for the birth of her first child, Daniel Victor.....We were physically there, at the hospital, at 7:30AM (California time) the next morning holding our grandson....Every heart and soul involved with this special child; parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and God Himself, is happy and healthy and blessed....

Our daughter is home now with the new family dynamics...As for my lovely wife and I, we're home wherever we are......

Thank you Skype for making this possible....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

As Simple As A Smile......


My dad was an incredible man...Dig this...He is considered a small man at around 5' 7" tall, slim but fit, a chiseled manly face considered handsome to most, and never lost a hair on his narrow crew cut groomed head...He spent almost 30 years of his interesting life as a combat soldier serving tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, yet he found time to create and support a family of 6 with his beautiful wife of 55 years, my mom...He didn't speak much of his military experiences, especially combat stories....This proud trained soldier for life, with untold stories of war, suffering, loneliness and loss, had such a huge infectious smile that made you think he spent his life checking coats at the Playboy mansion instead of fighting for his life, and others, in far away dark places...

Once he retired from military service, the local school district hired him as a crossing guard at a busy street corner to help people, mostly kids, safely cross the street...He did this for years and everyone knew him as the little old man that ALWAYS smiled and waved to everyone passing by his intersection....He alone changed lives with his smile and his wave of friendship...

Sometimes I get lost in the stories but this is all about smiles man....Smiles save lives, smiles generate more smiles, smiles produce peace, smiles create relationships, smiles initiate sharing, smiles are global, smiles launch love, smiles suppress hate....

’’People will always come here. I don’t think it will ever stop’’ ... Don Ritchie.There is a far out story out of Sydney Australia about a guy named Don Ritchie....Mr. Ritchie is 84 years old with small round glasses and a shiny bald head...Like my dad, his smile is big and bright and real...Mr. Ritchie has lived across the street from Australia's most notorious suicide spot called The Gap....Since the 1800s, Australians have flocked to The Gap to end their lives...Bummer man...With an average of 1 person a week attempting suicide there, most would consider residency there a living nightmare...Mr. Ritchie keeps an eye on The Gap and considers it a gift to have the opportunity to change the minds and the lives of potential victims...He considers what he does as "pretty simple" and it's worked over 160 times....Some of the saved souls said that his smile was often their salvation...His "pretty simple" technique is to approach the troubled individual and softly offer a cup of tea and a chat with a genuine life saving smile across his honest face...

In 2000, a young distressed man was weeping and pacing back and forth at a section of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, CA....For 40 long cold minutes, he hoped that someone, anyone, would stop and ask him what was wrong...One tourist finally approached him....and asked him to take her picture! Moments later, he jumped...He left a note that said if one person smiles at me on the way to the bridge, I will not jump...

Smiles saves lives and you'll probably never know it....Keep your head high and greet and smile often....

Enjoy some groovy quotes about smiles....

Peace


Groovy Smile Quotes

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A Maui Hippie Favorite: A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.


A smile confuses an approaching frown. 


A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. 


Everyone smiles in the same language. 


The shortest distance between two people is a smile. 


Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.


Peace begins with a smile.


All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile. 


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Good, The Good, And The Good.....

My lovely wife recently reminded me in her soft caring voice that everything that is happening in our ever changing world is not all bad...She kindly reminds me that my blog is for sharing information...I tend to share things that I want to change or fix...She again lovingly steps closer to me, looks at me as if I just fell and scraped my knee, holds both of my hands, and reminds me that I can't fix all things...She, of course, is right AGAIN....

It's not a bad thing to be passionate about things that have an impact on our lives or others...I'm 50 something years old...The older I get, the more I think about the impact things might have on my grandchildren, and certainly the rest of the young population of the world...I consider myself a positive, happy hippie...I pride myself in typically finding something good in even the worst situation, whether it's personal to me or not...I admit that sometimes I do have a difficult time finding the good...So, thank you my wife for reminding me, in your special way, that if we remind people of the good things in the world, the energy of that will travel to others and inspire them to share, and smile, and aid....That's not only good, that's groovy!

There are some groovy things to share...Not only do we have two of the most amazing grandkids in the world, Jacob (12) and Haylie (6), we have another grandson entering our world in 3 weeks or so...How groovy is that? Our daughter Carissa and her husband Adam are both happy and healthy...Dig this...My wife and I are fortunate enough to be able to travel to them and hang out for a couple of months to enjoy this special gift....The beginning of a life gives us "elders", so to speak, an amazing desire to share stories and experiences with the kids in our lives, and hope that our wisdom will help influence them to become compassionate, thoughtful, and helpful to those in need all over the world....Check this out man....There's a place called The University for Peace which was established by the The United Nations....This is their Mission Statement....This will blow you away man.....

"To provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations." 


Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Charter of this University in every community, worldwide, to offer an educational alternative to our young people? This is good news....


Another tidbit of good news is that there is "A Season for Nonviolence" which just ended their 13th season...The annual season is from January 30th through April 4th....This is a 64 day annual event...In my humble hippie opinion, it would be so far out if the media picked up on these kinds of events so the public could get involved and plan events such as inspirational speakers, educational events, games and food booths, and music....Besides the links for A Season for Nonviolence and The University for Peace, here is a link for 64 Ways in 64 Days, A Daily Commitment for Peace....You will really dig this....It is just simple good reading to remind all of us of what we can do personally to promote peace in the world....Wow man! That's more good news...I'm on a good news high man!


There is a lot more good news in the world and in our lives....We should all thank my beautiful wife for reminding us of that....


Peace and please share this with others.....


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

How Did This Happen Man?

I'm not the kind of cat that panics, but, THIS ISLAND IS ON FIRE!! AAAAHHHHHH!! Well, not the entire island but a huge piece of the west side is...It started on Monday, June 7, and it's 75% contained...

It's been very dry here man...The areas that are normally green with tropical plants and grasses native to the island, were brown and brittle from the lack of moisture....Now it's charred and black...It seems like islands surrounded by water would never get dry....but they do...
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At this point in time, no one knows what started the blaze....Some people reported seeing a large fire ball hit the side of Hale Mahina....The highway closure stranded thousands of motorists, causing some visitors to miss flights at Kahului Airport. Approximately 100 people in Maalaea were evacuated, including about a half-dozen employees working at the Kaheawa wind farm site.... This is a big fire man! Forty firefighters from stations in Wailuku, Lahaina and Kahului were continuing to fight the blaze. They were being aided by three water tankers, two bulldozers and five helicopters making water drops. Also, 20 firefighters from the state Department of Land and Natural Resource's Forestry and Wildlife Division were on the scene....

In 2008, there were 1,451,500 fires reported in the U.S.. These fires caused 3,320 civilian deaths, 16,705 civilian injuries, and $15.5 billion in property damage....

Everyone that knows me, knows I'm not a snob that judges people....I don't like to see anyone smoke uuuuhhhhhhh cigarettes because they 
are harmful, and everyone knows that....But that's a personal choice....I'm a pacifist and have been most of my life....There are a couple of things that piss this ole' hippie off though

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Give the Earth a Break!!

British Petroleum, remember them? The Bread Producers.....This man-made disaster may go on and on spewing oil into the ocean for the next couple of months, OR MORE...What a bummer man...BP is blaming Haliburton, Haliburton is blaming Transocean, Transocean is blaming BP, and EVERYONE is blaming the government....Whew! A lot of blaming going around....But, guess what you cats and chicks, let's again get back to basics! The real blame belongs to all, or at least most of us...Everyday we offer these huge oil companies a reason for them to go diggin' for more bubblin' crude, black gold, Texas tea...Look around man...Dig your surroundings...I'm only an old hippie so I don't have all the numbers but when I'm out driving somewhere, most of the rides I notice only have one person, the driver...I live on a pretty small island that is loaded with cars and trucks...We have a pretty descent public transportation system that is completely under utilized....Dig this link to a pretty cool public transportation calculator to see what your savings might be..It also shows public transportation information for your specific community...Check it out man....

http://www.publictransportation.org/contact/stories/calculator_08.asp

We need to stop the madness man! In my humble hippie opinion, here's what I think....Dig this...We need to stop our personal need for fossil fuel, oil, and coal....Burning fossil fuels is responsible for environmental issues that are high on the political agenda these days. Most politicians like to keep it high on the agenda but not rock the boat too much with their largest campaign contributors. Examples of some environmental issues are