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Friday, April 3, 2020

Welo...


The Wild Spanish Barbed Mustangs of Waipi'o Valley...

Ka Hali'a Aloha...


Remembering...
Love...
At Honokahua...

Remembering...


Self-Portrait...
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa..
1987

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Kū...


To Rule or Reign...

Welo...



Here is my Paternal Grandfather and my namesake, Elliott R Markell, looking like he could command the Calvary Unit of a Roman Legion invading Persia.

Here I am trying desperately to not fall off my tethered pony in my unsuccessful attempt at delivering junk mail.

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ke Ao...


The Awakening...

Distancing...


We had just boarded an airplane in Okinawa or Japan. My father was notorious for making me go stand by women before taking my photo even though I was shy and often embarrassed. As you can see, this stewardess is very disinterested. This would be just one of many experiences with female rejection and disinterest.

Thus I remain an OG, an Original Gangster, of Social Distancing...

Monday, March 30, 2020

Absenteeism...


I think this was my last year in Law School. I don't know what I was thinking. I spent more time at the beach then in class. When we were graduating, I was awarded  the "Mr. Invisible" Certificate at our Hoss, or as it is more commonly known, Horse Elections...

Mother and Grandmother...


This is probably the earliest photo of my Beloved Mother I have ever seen. Here she is with my Beautiful Grandmother on Kaua'i. Shortly after this, my Mother's Father, my Grandfather, would drown in Moloa'a Bay and be pulled ashore, by my Grandmother and others, only to die on the beach, while my four-year old Mother watched in horror...

Treasure each person, each day, each moment in this short Ephemeral Life...

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Assessment...


When someone sneezes in the grocery store bakery section...

Kūlia i kō Aloha...


Exert your Love...

Welo...


Social Distancing Since 1893...

Saturday, March 28, 2020

OG...


Social Distancing since 3 years old. Like an OG...

Kia'i...


When I find my Life precarious again due to COVID-19 and underlying health issues, I take so much comfort in knowing that my Beautiful sister in Heaven, Nalani, is still an Angelic Guardian for me. I Love and miss her so very much. 

We both can't wait to see, and embrace, each other again. She says, however, that she can wait for many, many more years, despite her yearnings, so be Well and take my time...

Friday, March 27, 2020

Empathy...


Apparently, even our laundry is distressed at having to stay inside the house all day and night...

Beckoning Bacon...


I opened my refrigerator yesterday to take out yet more bacon to cook for the family. I immediately saw this face on the bacon package, staring off into the distance, somewhat perturbed, and giving disapproving looks and attitude.

I said, "Take it easy there. I know we have been eating too much bacon lately but as you are aware, we are under an Emergency Proclamation..."

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Ola...


Life...

Sorrow...


It is always alright to shed tears. To express sorrow. To express grief. To express sadness. For the loss of those transitioning into the Heavens. Loved ones. Strangers. It is a pure expression of Love. Lamenting their Journey's end here and the ease of staying connected while we share this Journey of Life. I let tears fall freely now as I am older and the machismo, bravado and insecurities of my youth wane.

Tears are Healing too. Evoked by sights, sounds, memories, news, songs, and all types of triggers and observations of our shared Human Condition. 

As the news flows in daily of so many doctors in Italy getting infected and dying while trying to save patients, even one doctor forgoing his own treatment to allow another person to have his bed and machines, and a chance to save their own life, is Heart Wrenching. The Ultimate Sacrifice for a stranger, out of Love. The standing ovation as his body was carried away is a Testament to the Beauty of his Soul.

I grieve, mourn and Honor all of these medical workers on the front lines, doctors, nurses, aides, technicians, first-responders, and everyone risking their own health, and lives, to save others. I let the tears flow freely, at each revelation, news account, story, and testimony, when my Heart reaches out to comfort those Loved Ones left behind, and to send the sacrificed onto their Next Journey with humble gratitude, reflection, and Love, for their collective gifts to Humanity.

As I said before, we often can't choose when we die, what we die of, where we die, or how we die, but we can choose why we die. Because we live Life to the fullest with unconditional Love for everyone and everything.

I know powerful lessons are playing out each day, for my own son, Elliott, who will be entering medical school in a year and a half. He is watching too. The whole World actually is being Enlightened about what is Truly Valuable in this short and ephemeral Life. Love, Kindness, Compassion and Relationships with family, with each other, and community.

So I remind myself, that for every fallen tear on Earth, every relentless sobbing, every sorrowful darkness that descends upon someone, when we lose another person, seemingly before their time, there is a balance and equal reaction in the Heavens. One of powerful family and ancestral reunions. One of pure Joy. Pure Happiness. Pure gratitude. To receive and lovingly Embrace another Soul at the end of this corporeal Journey. 

Rest Well Beautiful Souls in Eternal Love, Light and Everlasting Peace. Thank you for your Service. Thank you for your Sacrifice.

The falling Rains are not somber Tears cascading from the Heavens, but truly Tears of Happiness, Joy and Everlasting Love from the Reunions in that next Ascending Realm that we will all eventually reach...

Make the Most of your Journey Here...

Be Light. Be Hope. Be Love...

The Survival of Humanity depends upon it...

Heaven and Earth...


He Lani kō Luna...
He Honua kō Lalo...
Heaven Above...
Earth Below...

Monday, March 23, 2020

Savoring...


Savor each Sunrise...
Breathe in each Sunset...
For All Those Departed...
They Wouldn't Want it...
Any Other Way...
Living in Humble Gratitude...
Honors Death...
And Sacrifice...
Always...

'Alalā...


Yesterday morning, I was taking a shower, and reciting my daily morning Prayers. When I finished, I looked out the window and my Heart started racing. 

There was a massive 'Alala, or Endangered Hawaiian Crow, in the East, with beak open, and inside was a anthropomorphic figure, a human figure, laying on their side, almost in a fetal position, the most common way our Hawaiian Ancestors buried their dead.

I wasn't sure if they were sleeping, sick, dying or already dead. Still in disbelief, I quickly exited the shower and ran to the bedroom, soaking wet, butt naked, dripping water all over the place, to grab my camera. By the time I returned, it was already morphing and dissipating. 

This was all that was left...

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Remembering Happiness...


Ola...


Let the Life Giving Waters...
Of Kāne...
Wash Over You...
Releasing Fear...
Releasing Anxiety...
Releasing Sadness...
Anything that Doesn't Serve...
Your Best and Highest Purpose...
To Help Preserve Sacred Life...
To Help Preserve Humanity's Love...
To Preserve Beautiful You...

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hula is Love...



Love...


His...
Powerful...
Unconditional...
Endless...
Love....