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My Wide Blue Seas

Its All About The Journey



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Name~ Hokule'a Kealoha

Short Bio~Hokule'a Kealoha is the Nom De Plume of a writer that formerly lived in Hawaii and is now living a life of adventure on the highways and byways of the American South . I am a Born Again follower of Jesus, as well as a wife, mother of cats and dogs,jeweler, entreprenuer, photographer and pilgrim...

Age~ Old enough to know better

Status~ Newly Single after 13 years of marriage,fur mom to the loving and devoted mini ShihTzu doggie Annabelle, born 6-11-2007 RIP 2-25-09, and the beautiful Abigail born 2-14-09

Hair Color~ natural brown/grey

Mood~ I ALWAYS have a mood, try me...

Loving~ Jesus, Hawaii, my furry friend, Abigail, my Pen Pals, Jewelry ,Blogging ,Writing anything,my Ipod,and being outdoors surrounded by my wonderful natural surroundings

Hating~ Boom Box Cars, Earspray, Abuse of Power,

Reading~
  • Bible


  • Magnificat


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  • Underwired! Louisville's magazine for Women


  • In Store~The Magazine for the American Jeweler



  • Books in Progress...
  • CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH


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  • Just Finished Reading

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  • Jesus, Divine Mercy ~
    Learn About The Divine Mercy
    I Trust In You~

    My Favorite Past Posts~Relive The Journey!~
    2009~
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  • 2008~
  • Be Thankful


  • Colateral Damage


  • Make Lemonade


  • Home Is Where The Heart Is


  • The Poor With Us


  • Because Its The Hardest Thing I Can Do


  • We Have All Become Victims


  • Lest I Forget


  • The Most Important Words


  • Family Values


  • Familiar Places


  • May Perpetual Light Shine On Them


  • A City In Motion


  • 2007~
  • The Quiet Storm


  • Fellowship of the Cane


  • Like Dead Unremembered: A 9-11 Tribute


  • The Medicine Machine


  • One Giant Leap


  • In The Steps of St. Francis


  • Too Much Information


  • The Un Choice


  • 2006~
  • The Holly and the Ivy


  • The First 9-11, Dec 7,1941


  • Small Moments of Silence


  • Peaches to Winnipeg


  • Dreaming of Hawaii


  • Memorial Day


  • Scattered Values


  • The White Line is the Lifeline for the Nation


  • Warnings of a New Civil War


  • I Will Be True To The Promise I Have Made


  • The Snowy Bloody Day


  • Cats in the Cradle


  • 2005~
  • The Journey


  • Rebirth of a City


  • For Posterity's Sake


  • The New Civil War


  • Every Mother's Son


  • And There You Stayed, Temporarily Lost at Sea


  • The Lone Rider


  • The Bible Is Not the Fourth Member of the Trinity


  • Rome Wasn't Built With Union Labor


  • Happy Birthday Mom ~revised~


  • A Beautiful Noise


  • Even Now


  • The Wearing of the Red


  • Night Ranger


  • The Joyful Traveler


  • Hoiliili "To Gather Up"


  • Ke Makakilo (My Observations)


  • He Giveth Sleep


  • Save The Children


  • 2004~
  • Lux Aeterna


  • December 2004


  • You're Joking, Right?


  • Ground Zero


  • I Am Not A Failure


  • O,To Grace, How Great A Debtor


  • Lost In Translation


  • One Small Step for Man


  • The Rainbow's End


  • Profanity


  • Taps


  • The Journey


  • Makoa's Song


  • No Aloha For The Weakest


  • The Paradoxical Comandments


  • The Time Is Now


  • 2003~
  • When No Fruit Is On The Vine



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    St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
    St. Edith Stein~Pray for Us

    Religion Link List~

  • My Secret is Mine


  • Ignatius Insight-Online Magazine


  • Fr John Corapi SOLT


  • Dr. Scott Hahn St Paul Center


  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa~ Ignatius Productions


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  • Political Link List~
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  • Arkansas Link List~
  • Little Portion Hermitage


  • John Michael Talbot website


  • John Michael Talbot Myspace page


  • 1st United Methodist Church Bella Vista


  • Northwest Arkansas Guide



  • Mimi's Cafe


  • Metro Woman Business Directory of NW Arkansas


  • River Grille


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  • Interactive Links~

    Live WebCam Feed from the Mauna Lani Resort, Kohalla, Big Island of Hawaii


    Click here for Aloha Joe!Live Hawaiian Music 24/7

    St Damein of Molokai'i,Patron Saint of Hawaii, Pray for us

    St. Damien of Molokai'i, Patron of Hawaii and the Outcasts among us, pray for us....

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    Hawaii Links~ ~
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  • Volcano Updates (Pele's Mood Meter)Hawaii Volcano Observatory

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Volcano Watch Archives

  • Mauna Kea Observatory

  • Pacific Tsunami Museum

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  • Technorotica for Blogging~





    Blogarama - The Blog Directory

    Listed on BlogShares


    Christianity Blog Directory


  • Who Links Here...Click here to see who's linking to this site. Powered by WhoLinksToMe.com

  • Globe of Blogs~Blog search engine

  • The Blog Search Engine

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  • Wikipedia



  • Nuzio's Place on the Web


  • Commutefaster.com


  • PING ME!


  • MWBS Wordpress Edition


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  • Technorotica for Jewelers, and the Jewelry Trade~

  • Gemological Institute of America


  • The Drouhard National Jewelers School


  • The Conner School



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  • January 26, 2007

    My Ordinary Days

    The Road Home... The steep twisty road that leads up to our house, It reminds me of life everytime I climb up it to the house...Bella Vista Arkansas


    The church is in Ordinary Time right now and I have slipped into Ordinary Days. No holidays until Memorial day means five days a week in unremitting toil at "thisplace", and a bit of monotony has set in...For a woman that unconciously preferes constant upset to a workable relationship, this calm creates a sense of unease. I pray against it every moment I feel it.

    For this is a good thing, ruetine. It is going to be unsettled soon enough. My desk is going to change in the next two to four weeks. The account that I have been babysitting is moving on and my work will go with it. I will return to the dreaded "Talent Pool" which is run by my former bosslady, also a refugee for the downsizing of the major account that we worked on last summer.

    "Pool People" end up stuck on accounts that need temporary help. To explain this more fully... Here at thisplace, the customer directly pays your salary. To be more specific, when a firm wants us to handle their transportation needs they negotiate a fee per unit ( and that can be anything from tonnage to volume, but is most often by truckload) and the salaries of the team that will be handling them. For example, my former account contracted for 22 people plus 2 operations managers and a general manager. I have worked with Contracted labor before so I understand the concept and in fact think its a smart way to handle labor. The account pays for me and I am paid by "thisplace". But this can be bad when, for example, it took 29 people, four operations mgrs. and a GM to run this account at full volume. Those costs must be absorbed by "thisplace" or the contracts must be renegotiated. I dont know how this was handled in this case, but as soon as the volumes started dropping the team was reduced in size. Some got positions on other teams by requesting them, some by involuntary transfer. I volunteered to relocate to a new team, and was given this one man account that is partially connected to my old team. I have enjoyed the heck out of it, and will be sad when it ends.

    I have spent the last nearly three months doing mostly data entry, occasional troubleshooting, and handholding for a firm that took its business to another firm that does what we do. Thats why it will eventually go away. I am ok with this but I have never worked for a place where my job was just for a season, like temp work. My wages dont change from desk to desk so in a sense I dont care but deep down I want a job that I can commit to and that I can invest myself into. I have been told that wont happen and that the more nomadic you are willing to be the further you will go with the firm.

    One of the things that I have had to do is to develope a list of goals for myself, that connect somehow to the corporate goals. I am stuck in the mire of how can I have goals when I dont know what I will be doing from one day to the next? Tis a puzzlement that when I tried to discuss it with management I was told to write down that I will do 10 percent more work and take a few training classes. Since I dont know what i will be doing and how much I will be able to take classes, I am not doing that. Why do I have to sign something commit to something that may not happen and I have no control over it. This is just the tip of the coporate iceberg, where there is a huge amount of double speak and wordy language to say "Hey, we did a lot of good stuff last year, but this year we need to cut the crap and get the financials under control. Are you "on the team" or not?"

    Out of a thrity minute meeting I think I understood one talking point. I guess I was on the island to long....

    Well, I have to say this, this few months I realized the power of my Ipod and its effect on my life. I have discovered podcasts. I have about 7 hours of listening time so I have a slew of Christian Podcasts that I download every week. They range from the catalog at EWTN, paticularly Father Benedict Grochell, to Charles Stanley, Chuck Swindoll and Joyce Meyer. For Expository teaching I have selected one Calvary Chapel pastor (many podcast and many of them bring to mind painful memories, so this required careful consideration. I selected Jon Courson and his "Searchlight" through the Bible course. I think he is our generations answer to the venerable J Vernon MaGee. If I know I am going to have a really quiet afternoon, and have the time to really chew on something, its the pastors and "worship/ missionary-intersessors at IHOP Kansas City. I listen to an hour of that and its all I can do to not just chuck it all and go into full time ministry. Its seductive in its intensity, and as a worship leader "on the shelf" it can create discontent over my orders from God "to wait and pray"(which has been firmly re inforced by the other pastors teaching I have heard lately..)
    First thing in the morning I listen to Pray-As-You-Go, a lovely meditation produced by the Irish Jesuit Community, and in between all of these diverse teachers, I play a set of "Radiant Worship" The daily improptu worship set for pianist Richey Clarke of Conroe, Texas. He sounds like Sting singing about Jesus...amazing! He hangs at a site called "Gods Ipod". I havent had a chance to check it all out but it looks very interesting. I have a lot of other devotional material loaded into the little machine which has become my little friend and a link to a world that I understand. I have recharged a part of my life that really had been lacking. From the estrangement from the church in California, our inability to settle into a church in Hawaii, and the...well... I love our pastor here in Arkansas and he hits the spot, when he digs in a preaches but many sundays are devoted to things other...other than teaching and frankly I find that frustrating sometimes.

    And so it goes. It isnt going to last long, new accounts are comming on and I know that I am going to be tapped for one of them. There will be little time for this once the phones start to ring. On my lunch hours I have started to work on my business plan for the repair business. I attended a seminar last night sponsord by the Arkansas Small Business Development Network, the organization that was so infuluential in helping me with my business in Hawaii.The talk was on starting a business in Arkansas, all of the law and the draconian tax code (they have a whole slew of taxes on stuff I never heard of...)and other general topics. I was advised by a counselor that I was well on the way and really need to decide how I want to do this, and look at obsticals to sucess, on of which is the seeming security of my well paying day job.

    I received the fabled annual bonus for 2006 today, sort of a profit sharing. I equaled nearly 10 percent of last years gross. People at " thisplace" live for this check. I looked at it and was glad, but wonder at the price. It will help me to my goal, but I need to keep the goal in mind, and not let the money distract me... Life is more than money. I need to be in a place that makes sense to me, where I dont feel like I am watching a play where all of those around me are on the stage and I am the only one in the audience, watching and not understanding. I need to come into my own and know I will in due season.




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    My other Blogs~

  • Its All About The Journey~Reshaping My Life,One Pound At A Time

  • My Wide Green Fields~~ The Ohio Journey

  • Hokule'a~~Star of Gladness- A Poetry Blog

  • Lux Aeterna-A Memorial Blog dedicated to those affected by the events of 9-11-2001

  • Hawaii Calls! News Views and Links from the Big Island of Hawaii

  • Remembering Annabelle


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    Blogs I am reading~

    Pretty Nearly Daily Reads ~

  • 922 Cats

  • Collecting My Thoughts


  • Texas Trifles

  • Shiloh Musings

  • Smoothstone...

  • Attitude of Gratitude


  • LaShawn Barber's Corner

  • Journal Of A Writing Man


  • Regeneration


  • Wheelie Catholic


  • Insightscoop


  • Bloggers over 50


  • Koinonikon-Margi


  • Christ Is In Our Midst

  • Daily Weaving


  • Glory To God For All Things


  • The Eleventh~ a blog


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    Blogs of the Ozarks, and the Tri State Region~

  • Live! From Paradise!

  • Steph's Gonna Win!

  • The More Excellent Way

  • ...just another day in paradise...

  • Deo Volente

  • When Kate Blogs

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    Focus on Israel ~~~

  • Smoothstone...

  • Jack's Random Thoughts

  • Me-Ander



  • Solomonia

  • Shiloh Musings

  • Jewish in a Gentile World





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    Abigail Valentine, my little darling ~



    Fave Dog Blogs ~


  • Chihuahua Craziness

  • Miss Sadie Shih-Tzu

  • Raina Roo's and Kitty's too puppy blog

  • Bailey's Buddy

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    Annabelle my Beloved ~

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    May She Rest In Peace 2-25-2009 ~

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