on this day in 1959, hawaii officially became the 50th state
always wanted to visit
but the closest i’ve come
is when i was young and my dad announced
he wanted to buy a little radio station in kauai
i quickly got ahold of a hawaiian dictionary
forced/encouraged the family to learn the alphabet during dinner
only to discover it was just a fantasy job wish for him
years later, as an adult
i took hula lessons with close friends
we were not good at it
got into the spirit of the dance
did not get asked to perform in hawaii
but we had a a blast
you never know
where and when this skill will come in handy
plus, it’s impressive on a resume
i’ve yet to make it to hawaii
only a matter of time
third time’s the charm
“dare to dance, leave shame at home.”
(A’a i ka hula, waiho i ka maka’u i ka hale)
art credit: vintage hawaiian poster
young girl in her finery
waits her turn to perform
at the grand traverse band of
ottawa and chippewa indians pow wow.
a beautiful display of
dance and drumming
from days gone by.
“we will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”
– Dakota Tribe
traverse city, michigan, usa – summer 2022
Presented by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. See the colorful display of the dance and drumming from days gone by. Taste Native American …
this lovely tree
dressed in all of it’s finest adornments
dancing to the wind.
“no matter how mighty and strong a tree is,
it will always dance to the tune of the wind.”
from the rhythm and music section of my baby book:
“loves to hear record player going or any music at 15 months.
attempts to dance to it and complains when music stops.”
not one part of this has changed except for my age.
“music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”
a great day spent watching the grandies and a few friends get their dance on.
“you live as long as you dance.”
“dance is the timeless interpretation of life.”
-shah asad rizvi
collective joy in graffiti alley
ann arbor, mi – summer 2018
“the urge to transform one’s appearance, to dance outdoors,
to mock the powerful and embrace perfect strangers is not easy to suppress.”
-Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
as the baby ballerinas wait backstage for their moment in the sun
emotions are mixed.
and at last
they are in the spotlight.
and one little dancer goes rogue.
and decides to go solo.
and that is a sure sign.
that she is one of my clan.
and i love her even more for that.
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery. ~Martha Graham