Poignant song lyrics of New Zealand as penned by poetic-prophet: Brooke Fraser in the song Arithmetic.
I've been staring at the sky tonight Marvelling and passing time Wondering what to do with daylight Until I can make you mine You are the one I want, you are the one I want (more…)
–Steven Bell-Booth lyrics.
... Needing a shelter away from the storm. (more…)
We are born perfect in to Love. Staying complete in Love is the light of Wisdom. As perfect Love casts out all fear, may true Love stay our good energy.
~Music: Love Will Always Win, Opshop. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.10.12~
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.
–Psalmistry, King David‘s ancient poetic words.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.10.12~
–John The Apostle of Love.
I am a dark indigenous ark built of human frailties and sheer guts, lucky enough to live alive in the light of grace. - - - To be light, in time and space across a miracle world on wings in electrical future skies.
Image: Ramza‘s tree, Ohio Street, Westwood California. The Unbearable Lightness of Being Human Series – shades of dark, always craving the light in a world where IT, e-commerce, media, communication, new knowledge is electricty-generated and is transferred by light. So fascinating, the connection between the two.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.10.12~
If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me. You see as well without the light as with it, since you are not dependent upon light. Light is its own being, for the full exercise of perceptions. (more…)
Love is a sunset at home where if you have a broken spirit wing, the horizon will heal you. God's unconditional gift to all each morning at the ocean's edge of new dawns. Always keep up with the sun's smile. Wisdom reflected as a sun dial. Always breaking news since antiquity.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.10.12~
Billionaire and millionaire’s favorite new make up products have arrived. New science that is fun.
A personalized blue print of your dna (in particularly your body’s cells) can now be made into stem cells and restored, to patch up the body and stave off the ageing process. The stem cell research breakthroughs are the elixor cure to repair general wear and tear.
CNN News: Sir John B. Gurdon 70 of the UK and Shinya Yamanaka 50 of Osaka Japan, have scooped The 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The award was given on Monday for work that revolutionized the understanding of how cells and organisms develop.
The groundbreaking research is set to increase longevity in the human body. The scientists discovery that “mature, specialised cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body,” is winner said the the Nobel Assembly, which consists of 50 professors at the Karolinska Institute.
The reprogrammed cells are new stem cells. They can then be placed into other areas of the body and the cells “are able to develop into all types of cells in the body,” the professors collective said in a statement. (more…)
"In the rhythm of the waves, in this liquid drift of light, I am releasing the angel to breathe"
–Eva de Castro Robinson‘s body of orchestral work.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.10.12~
Dad and I went for lunch yesterday. He imparted a lot into my brain and I guess, my life too.
One word lingered today in my consciousness that dad had reinforced with me as a coach friend. The word is a good one. It is “optimism.”
Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.
The belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.
–Oxford Dictionary defintion.
An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome. (more…)
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…)
A request today is for a poem I once wrote in Hollywood. It can be read many different ways. It was an attempt at an e-poetry experiment as a world peace.
I wrote the poem while an ‘Aunty’ of California was not well. She was dying of cancer at the time. The poem reflects in part too, the fusion between reality lived in my Little Russia, West Hollywood hood while crossing town to stay in her hood of Westwood near UCLA, during her illness and the ‘energy’ reflected in her family around her life, at this one moment in time.
She was a very smart, sharp, fun person from a family who reflected all views on any different topic in an intelligent and democratic way. Their spirit as a family, was we are about finding solutions. Democracy in their family was reflected on any issue at the lunch table. Like light shining through the different sides of a diamond. All views were valid and appreciated.
The poem is titled, Feathers of Peace for Queen Noor Types.
Feathers of Peace rising
The wind still blows:
upon scarred Earth
across ‘champagne bow’ Amazon skies.
Lay your soul down
to go Up
through the crossfire.
. . .
[From Universites in Edinburgh, New Zealand and the USA who teach and read my poems in Uni curriculums in Te Ao - thank you. Most importantly, always write and share your own poetry too.].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.6.12~
When I was 18, I toured New Zealand for a year in the Rise Up Band, specifically to recognize the 150 year signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand.
When we hit Christchurch City, a piece of ancient scripture was read out at one of the rallys. It was from Isaiah 60 and it was a word for all New Zealand citizens. It flowed like this:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
“Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. (more…)
By special request for Christchurch City: Aftermath Acoustic, Kiwi made soul – by MrJoel Houston.
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Lyrics via NME are: [Verse 1:] The skies lay low where you are on the earth.
You rest your feet yet the hands that cradle the stars, are the hands that bled for me
[Chorus 1:] In a moment of glorious surrender, you were broken for all the world to see.
Lifted out of the ashes I am found in the aftermath
[Verse 2:] Freedom found in Your scars In Your grace my life redeemed,
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown, as You placed Your crown on me
[Chorus 2:] In that moment of glorious surrender, was the moment you broke the chains in me,
Lifted out of the ashes I am found in the aftermath
And in that moment You opened up the heavens, to the broken the beggar and the thief.
Lifted out of the wreckage, I find hope in the aftermath
[Bridge:] And I know that You’re with me, Yes I know that You’re with me here, And I know Your love will light the way
[Chorus 3:] Now all I have, I count it all as loss, but to know You and to carry the cross,
Knowing I’m found In the light of the aftermath.
–Dedicated to friends of Christchurch and anyone whose ever had to endure love, loss, grief, tragedy – to awaken to life again in order to rebuild in the unexpected gift of amazing grace. Let’s go Christchurch! :)
Kia Kaha. Peace!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.2.12~
EQUALITY STAMP OF APPROVAL – REMEMBERING KATE SHEPPARD’S LEGACY OF EQUALITY FROM AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
Who was Kate Sheppard?
Featured in The A to Z of New Zealand stamp series produced by New Zealand Post in 2008, Kate Sheppard is a New Zealand leader, the world can be proud of. She believed in equality for 50% of the New Zealand population, who weren’t considered to be equal partners with the existing Crown (government) at the time.
As an activist, Kate Sheppard was a world leader. Her work ensured that women were given the right to vote in general elections. History teaches us, “The Electoral Act 1893 was passed on 19 September and Kate Sheppard received a telegram from the premier, Richard Seddon, previously her political enemy in the House, conceding victory to the women.” Thus Kate Sheppard achieved a first for women in the world. She was the star template of equality and human rights for women globally, shining from New Zealand to all other nations who gave women the right to vote. Humble Kate was referenced from New Zealand.
Who does Kate Sheppard look like today? Well… if you’re talking about equality for women, you’d have to look at Maori women’s unusual plight in one of the most beautiful nation’s on earth. Having signed a Treaty Agreement with the Crown in 1840, 53 years prior to Kate’s equality efforts being recognised proper, Maori women are still waiting for the right recognition to be treated as equal Treaty partners with The Crown on matters of wealth creation with New Zealand’s existing resources. Incidentally 53 years is about the same time frame as someone like Madonna‘s natural years total, for example. Kate achieved equality for Maori women to vote, 53 years after Maori women had signed a Treaty to be treated equal in business prosperity in New Zealand. Sheppard is also a hero of Maori people.
So who does Kate Sheppard look like today in New Zealand? Tariana Turia‘s recent “open letter” to the New Zealand Herald on Sunday, published on New Zealand’s national day of celebration, Waitangi Day, reminded me of shades of a contemporary Kate Sheppard arising from Aotearoa New Zealand where Kate’s legacy has stood up long after she’s gone, almost 120 years later.
I think what Tariana Turia is talking about is very relevant to New Zealand’s best interests and strong future ahead economically if she’s listened to. Equality always comes at a great cost, especially for Maori women, Maori men and Maori children – history has revealed.
What will New Zealand decide regarding Tariana Turia’s wisdom and her petition for equality?
My prayer is that New Zealand will grow in maturity with justice at the helm. What an opportunity to build a stronger foundation for New Zealand’s future aspirations as Tariana Turia wisely asks. Kate Sheppard not only changed a culture of greed in New Zealand, she also changed the culture of the world. Let’s do it! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.2.12~
[The Kate Sheppard Stamp, above, is courtesy of New Zealand History.Net website].
Sovereignty to self determine the best path forward
Sustainable Life – Be unto you.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
Madonna‘s “half time show” Super Bowl 2012…. Totally OTT with the black/ gold ’Roman Empire’ theme set props going on. Her logo modified to M.o depicting a) ’playing the role’ of first lady of America for the Super Bowl – Michelle Obama, and b) taking the two letters M.o in Michael Jackson’s “I.MMo.rtal World Tour from the USA’s late King of Pop.
At 53 – she looked frailer than the Madonna (‘on steroids’ persona) we’ve seen in the past, yet the chutzpah hadn’t faded (perhaps reflected in Madonna setting a twitter record of ‘fors vs againsts’ regarding her performance)… but yep, she be voguing still. Gotta respect a girl who can still follow choreography for 13 minutes at 53.
[photo - Kevin Mazur]
LMAO music ‘fro power was a good addition to Madonna’s mix. The dance choreography in Music segment was amazing. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A… were also a hit with audiences. Especially M.I.A. Sizzling.
Cee Lo Green & Madonna singing about love, mirrored POTUS’ message about love, when Obama sang Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together song recently.
The finale of Like A Prayer was a good sentiment to send across the USA at this time as a morale booster to unify and restore a sense of ‘home’ within the USA. Both Madonna and Gisele (the Brazilian model) have urged Americans to “pray” this week. Or at least referenced the word “pray.”
Well done. Nice outro with the “World Peace” symbolism and wish from Madonna too.
The message… “be a good cheer leader of America – for the girls. Guys be a strong warrior… and above all… pray for world peace at this time.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
This is my favorite movie still from Avatar. In Maori culture of Aotearoa New Zealand, this ‘movie moment’ signifies our “hongi,” where the breath of life from the Creator is shared nostril to nostril in greeting as two people meet.
Note: Maori people are just not blue though. Blue blooded, yes. But blue, no.
When you’ve been raised like this, you think long and hard before you’d ever kill or destory the earth or people. The action is one of peace, honoring life. I like that sentiment this Waitangi day.
[Original source - TangataWhenua website].
~Posted February 6th 2011, Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
From my heart to the heavens, Jesus be the center. It’s all about you. It’s all about you.
Nothing else matters. Nothing in this world will do.
Jesus you’re the center, everything revolves around you.
Jesus, you. At the center of it all.–lyrics Israel Houghton.
In the dream, I have a balcony view at the old Auckland Town Hall on Queen. The Auckland saints are singing at Equippers Church in the center of the city. Brotha Wayne on the ebony and ivory keys. His talented wife, Libby Huirua on lead vocals.
Sweet, sweet worship rising through the high ceiling dome, into the heavenly realms high above and all across Tamaki Makaurau. In the dream, there is no ceiling in The Spirit.
In the dream, the angels are dancing mightily in the skies above with each line the people sing. They sing too. Their strength is above and beyond muscled earthly or weaponry might. Their protective swords are drawn over the City, driving back the powers of exploitation, disaster, genocide and harm that threaten to thwart the best plans for Aotearoa New Zealand. In the dream, the invisible war in the skies and heavenlies is being fought over the nation – not seen by the naked fickle, so easily-distracted natural needy eye, but seen in The Spirit.
These peoples’, (a mixed-blend Polynesian-Pakeha Auckland congregation of Kiwi) worship empowers the angelic hosts of heaven to fight ushering in the things and deals that will stand up and last for New Zealand’s strong future.
[Photo caption - Enemy host angel (principality, power) artistic depiction- courtesy of The Dark Few Webs.Com's artists]
In the dream, I feel like weird Yankee author Frank Peretti on a Hollywood blogger’s morning off, a rare gift to myself, joining in this spiritual posse – as an occasional congregation member, knowing full well, that in the dream… singing like this is just what these people do week by week. I feel lucky to be a part of their dream. (more…)
Achievable or not, this is the year we can all take a moment to dream.
Writes Rachel Browne for the Sydney Morning Herald today – “Perfect position - Delwyn “D.J.” Gothachalkenin, 9, from the far north Queensland Aboriginal community of Arukun, was rewarded with a trip to Sydney for New Year’s Eve for good school attendance last year.”
Given the fact that all Australians have been in attendance on Delwyn’s ancestors’ dreamland nation for about 200 years now, perhaps Delwyn should be giving out the best attendance report card awards. (It’s all about perspective really isn’t it? Lol!).
Anyway, Rachel in an inspiring piece writes about igniting the imagination as the Aussie nation of 20 odd million folks, give themselves the permission to dream as a country in innovative ways forward that are more meaningful for all Australians. Love it.
She wites: “AS THE endless rainbow symbol lit up the Sydney Harbour Bridge last night, it signalled the dawn of a new year – and fresh possibilities. The four-coloured rainbow represents the theme for the next 12 months: time to dream.
If each new year is a blank canvas of sorts, now is the time to consider how it will be filled. Will we dream big, or are our concerns for the year ahead more prosaic?
[Photo caption - A new day brings a new year. Sydney welcomes in New Year's Day 2012. Photo: James Alcock].
We can take the four colours of the rainbow on the bridge for inspiration: yellow symbolising optimism, violet for peace, green for the environment and blue for the sea, sky and future aspirations.”
There is a sense in the South Pacific of dreaming for future generations more sustainably, and fighting to achieve and protect freedom’s fruition outworked in dreams achieved through community, as a result of DreamTime.
“In our permanently plugged-in culture, distraction from an array of electronic devices is constant. When was the last time we switched off, tuned out and simply sat and contemplated? And are we still idealistic enough to dream or has the daily grind blunted our optimism? Dreaming [is therefore] a luxury [of] right.”
From a South Pacific perspective, no Aussie New Year’s is complete without some Darlene Zschech songwriting.
With millions of fans across the world, Zscech like Hollywood stars such as Jodi Foster, began her career in showbiz starring in TV commercials as a young child. Coppertone, was her first TVC for the Australian people. I first saw Darlene in the background of a Wellington Conference singing like a beautiful angel, 21 years ago, long before she became mega-famous. I immediately thought, “who is this wildly beautiful blonde woman whose whole being exists to sing?” There was just something stand out special about her. Today Darlene’s songwriting has ensured she has reached as many fans (if not more) as Australian artists such as Kylie Minogue.
To switch it up and share the Aussie love this New Years, here’s the cast of Fox TV’s American Idol reality TV show, one year, singing one of Darlene’s fine Aussie songs. Zschech’s songs always incite the abilities for global audiences who sing her songs (she is the peoples’ songwriter); to dream big and aspire to higher and more noble pathways forward with a spirit of gratitude and humility in that process. Here’s Shout To The Lord.
Keeping your word - New Year’s resolutions. Follow up action skills needed to be set to all that talk.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
shoot of peace
shine and grow
the red-tipped dawn
–Poetry by Apirana Taylor, from the book A Canoe in Midstream
~Always gotta give it up for the centuries old Maori poetic tradition of New Zealand. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.11~