appreciation club: okay, 59 months in the US, 7 years involved in publicity, marketing, show biz. Two years of that pioneering new media, intensively doing a blog in the US (followed by another 22 months in NZ doing the same). how was it? Most of it was computer-intensive, laptop driven time spent typing tonnes of words, sharing thoughts, links etc. In a way, most of it was similar to any desk job involving long hours (where ten-twelve hour work days, was a lite working day – fourteen hours a day, common)… Perhaps for that reason, my tolerance of lazy thinkers isn’t the best. Love, joy, peace (patience’s fruit) needs a rev up in me. Patience is just not there, a side-effect of being a part of the experiment. In those long hours conditons being committed to the experiment, you do feel like you’re in a wheelchair, just the nature of that experience.
You also have your brain’s contents being cyphoned from you too (that’s also a strong reality).
parts of the experiment though in the usa, weren’t computer driven at all. yet as the u.s consists of the vast reality of 50 states and 309 million people (US Census 2010), via a computer is still the best way to be an American. (more…)
We are because our founding fathers and mothers braved rough unknown conditions to discover a new land of life and plenty for us.
Te Matau A Maui, a double hulled sailing waka arrived in Napier in late December 2012 after an 18 month pacific journey to a powhiri by Ngati Kahungunu. Lest we forget our greats.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.1.13~
An American friend who has lived in NZ for thirteen years, married to a Kiwi, is returning to live in the US full time.
Good for them! They’re so special. We are sad at the loss of a good one. (more…)
GRATITUDE. HOPE. CREATE. PROMOTING THINGS THAT UNITE. GIVE THANKS – CANADA’S CHRISTMAS & HANNUKAH MESSAGE 2012
Keep promoting the things that unite us… Look back with gratitude, and to look forward with hope… In spite of continued global instability… our country is more confident and more united than ever… Our government will keep working hard to create jobs and growth, and we will keep promoting the things that unite us as Canadians… this holiday season let us remember those who are less fortunate… let us give thanks for our great country. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best for the holiday season and for the year to come.”
–Stephen Harper, Canada.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
My mom arrives. Her Ngapuhi-Ngati Whaatua eyes are youthful. Glowing with playfulness. They dance like the waves of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa in calm tide time.
Her arms are laden with Christmas dinner. A feast. A kiss, a hug, a warm embrace. An exchange of pleasantries. Then the young, yet old lady dances off down the stairs again. In her role as “super kuia,” she’s mega busy. Having fun, she’s in her element. Mom is so cute today.
Mom’s card says: … el… (more…)
gratitude: i breathed in some oxygen… just now… and I am really really grateful for that moment. It was awesome. I might do it again. (more…)
“I only know that by sheer accident of birth, I am a Kiwi. What a priceless, undeserved privilege that is. “Welcome home,” brings a lump to the throat. Free from the crush of humanity, I can take stock. I feel privileged indeed.”
–Kiwi sayings, December 2012
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.12.12~
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is. Our favorite attitude should be gratitude. You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”
–Zig Ziglar. Photo: Kieran Read, rugby football, Twickenham. A Getty photo.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.12.12~
Mom and I drove out to the coast today, in the township named after my father's Scottish settler ancestors. The township went back to its original Maori name years ago. Quite cool how it has. Her Maori stories of resilience, brushed aside as thankful fact were heartening to the ear. Aotearoa's ihi, wehi, mana are still rich and strong in her wairua (spirit). (more…)
Riding the spur of the moment, in a life above realized chances, home is a heart of reflection in a life of never conceeding a stream of dreams.
Imagination in the tank is the light reason why dreams are alive today for example. Oxygen, our blood’s breath of lung, pumping through atmosphere of trees, through the skies, becoming breath, becoming blood, racing to the line, becoming people, becoming action, becoming nation, becoming home, painting futures of spirits bright. Our gratitude in our fortitude of providence, the gift drawn from the hidden wells of wise reflection as a special, perfect living witness… gratitude in oxygen, is set to our definitive disciplined drive, I recall.
Opportunity is always the air, realized in to a golden trail of dreams, had on wings in a running meadow’s luck of times and seasons convergence of providence.
[Photographer Tommy Eliassen captured this spectacular view of an Orionid meteor streaking through the dazzling northern lights and Milky Way from his camp in Korgfjellet, Hemnes, Norway, on Oct. 20, during the peak of the 2012 Orionid meteor shower -MSN.NBC. Words and reporting: Mr Wynne Gray]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.10.12~
In living a life of gratitude, I think of the word joy. It is a well. Deep inside the spirit. From it flows gratitude, irrespective of harsh facts you may see. Joy is a reality. A river of life’s essence. Staying in its flow keeps true love going.
As a word joy means:
Aroha is always an elevated page. Sunsets etched, memorable hues. Love is a book, at times too precious. Inside each page, the heart a drum machine, a symphony of song, running wild and free. Painted as rhythms (more…)
So this morning, I looked at the blog’s comments. One of the more publishable comments was:
“You are embarrassing and nothing but a patronising Maori.”
The next one: “you smell. ha ha good job.”
Finally I got this one too: ”The tone of your blog is either my way or the highway.”
(Thanks.) Let’s celebrate that then with some rock n’ roll grunge. Here’s some obscure, Second Head. Have a great Friday. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.10.12~
Photo – In Capetown, on cultural ambassador duties for the USA, Solange pays tribute to the culture of ZA’S fashion, reports Time Live ZA. The Knowles family are so hard to keep up with, trends wise – they move so fast.
New music by artist Solange Knowles. It’s been a while since the artist released a single. Arriving at a time when the gap between R&B and electronica is rapidly closing Knowles styles has a simplicity that echoes ’60s music. The song is titled Losing You.
The track captures a paradoxical blend of resignation and hope — that moment when the sun emerges after a downpour. Watch the video, shot in South Africa, below. I’ve always appreciated Solange’s humor on twitter.
Her brain, naturally clever creative. She was my (unofficial) ebonics tutor online in the USA when twitter first started up. 100% style and a knowing ornate awareness within her bones and dna. As an artist who contributes to U.S culture continually, Solange is totz underrated.
Ryan Seacrest’s website notes: Solange tweeted, “So humbled, & grateful for the overwhelming response to Losing you.“ The single, co-written and produced by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, is upbeat with a classic tribal feel. The music video is a nod to 70′s quirk fashion US statements and is produced by videos director, Alan Del Rio Ortiz.
Normally well-planned, Solange says the idea was to just go with it, the new neighborhood she was experiencing:
“It was sort of a ‘grab a camera and let’s go’ moment. I think I’ve always liked her because she uses the words “humble” and “grateful” a lot. That’s usually a clear sign of a winner.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.10.12~
Seachad air na h-Eileanan an Iar, chan eil ri fhaicinn ach farsaingeachd ghorm a’ Chuain Siair.
“Beyond the Western Isles there is nothing but the great blue of the Atlantic Ocean.”
Jamie Lafferty gets in touch in a travelogue tale of tweed weaving traditions in the township of the Isle of Harris. Jump2It@ARareGlimpseofCulture.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.10.2012~
The blog is almost@5million. Wow. Time flies.
Thanks for reading, participating, co-creating. :)
[Video interview feature: Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund chat to Scott Feinberg at TIFF 2012 of movie: On The Road].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
Always a good gift to give people just arriving in New Zealand is this: a baby kauri tree.
A gift that symbolizes: Conserve. Replenish. Love the native life of the South Pacific’s unique and timeless diversity of nature in New Zealand.
Baby kauri are the original New Zealand citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. Thus we learn how to be, when we observe their growth life cycle and health in the South Pacific. They are nature’s teacher to us all.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.9.12~
She’s the humble golden girl with the European and Polynesian X factor and indomitable spirit of an overcomer on water. She doubles as a world champion too. As promised, here’s the link to Lisa Carrington‘s latest interview on the Sunday Show TV program. For oceans of Kiwi smiles, more@TheBigSplashAbove.
[Photos credit: Google Images Online Photos Archive collection: Lisa Carrington, Google Page 3, September 2012. Sportscasters and journalists Jenny May-Coffin and Mike McRoberts also feature in images].
~Posted by Horiwood, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
Sunday Stories: Dad (& Mum’s) Day:
Yesterday I spent time with my Maori mom. She asked, “do you think I’m strong?”
I was like, “Lady, you are so strong. You are a noble Maori wahine toa woman. You always have been. You have inspired me all through life to remain strong. You do inspire me. And you will probably always inspire me.” Her smile was worth the share. Normally, mom and I mistake each other for jujitsu opponents keeping each other sharp, so seeing her smile made my day.
This morning I phoned dad. “Kia ora dad. You do realize that I’m lucky to be alive don’t you?” His laugh confirming that he got the joke. “Happy father’s day dad. I love you. Thank you for being my dad.” (more…)
At over 4.9 million readers and still growing as an audience on Horiwoodblog.Com . . .
thank you for reading.
Let’s rock it up! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.8.12~
Three rattles shaking land, imagination running wild. My Am-Kiwi Maori heart, surreally basking in the light gift of being alive.
(Thank you for the art & music).
Photo: Sito‘s tree, Ohio Street, Westwood California.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
Alrite! Let’s rock a blog show.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.8.12~