Simon Vinkenoog, Amazing Poet

Simon Vinkenoog is a famous Dutch poet who had the idea “we are all one” years ago, before it was fashionable. Little by little, I am going through his website with an online language translator, as my Dutch is very limited at this point.

I think that the more we English-speakers can understand the thoughts of people world-wide who speak other languages, the more educated we will become; and the more enlightened and forward-thinking we will become. There is a whole world of thought and ideas out there, and the more I look, the more I notice that people are largely on about the same thing. I don’t know what happened originally that now we as humans are divided by our inability to communicate; but what matters now is that we DO communicate with each other. Let’s not be such imperialists (and here I am talking mostly to the Americans who are reading this)! Let’s learn other languages so we’re not so ignorant!

Simon does have an English section on his website; but even there, he admonishes people to learn some Dutch. Let’s do it! Let’s all place importance on improving our inquiring minds! Learning how to talk to each other is a political act that no one in charge can do anything about! And then there we will be-peaceful, intelligent humans talking to each other, writing to each other, sharing ideas, solving problems together! Wouldn’t that be cool?

Okay. Here’s Simon Vinkenoog’s website link:

and here’s the free translation link I’ve been using:

Remember to set the translator this way: “Dutch to English”, and then you can copy and paste the words into the box provided. Click the “free translation” button, and the Dutch will be translated into English for you. A word of caution: it does not translate literally, and it stumbles with most euphemisms, slang, and figures of speech.  The way the Dutch language is put together really comes through;  smooth, shiny patterns. (I am in love with language; could you tell?)  It makes for a thought-provoking, educational read.  Do it! It’s really fun!

Learn! Learn! Learn!

And then you might find yourself on a plane to the Netherlands, headed to Amsterdam where Simon lives; and if you go to one of his poetry readings, you will be able to understand him!

That’s what I’d like to do, anyway!  


Calling All Green Collar Technology Workers!


Attention all goddesses:

You never know, this might be for you! I really, really like what I’m doing, and I wanted to share it with you. Plus, geek boys are the best! So…

Dear Everybody,

I’m writing you this note from work at Aloha Workshops, and I wanted to ask you:

What the heck is a green collar technology worker? If you’re not asking yourself this already, you should be!

Wikipedia defines it thusly: and they’re pretty precise, so make sure you read the whole thing! Green collar-got it? Good! You may now proceed to the next paragraph without the possibility of disorientation; besides, this was your first organizational lesson! (See Aloha Workshops educational reference below!)

The basic upshot of the situation right now is that these new workers for the clean energy sector and emerging green economy are going to have to come from somewhere, and they’re going to have to be trained somewhere too. There has been quite a buzz about this recently in the American media; presidential hopefuls have been talking about it, it’s been in politics elsewhere, and everywhere there are educational programs popping up to take care of the rising need for qualified people.

Aloha Workshops ( trains people in all aspects of  internet organizational design, marketing and support.   Somebody’s got to design and write and code it all and put it in its proper place, and Aloha Workshops can teach you how to do that. You’ll come away with valuable industry certification.

Hawai’i’s Big Island is a wonderful place to do anything! You can go snorkeling, surfing, diving, kayaking, snowboarding (yes, we do have snow on Mauna Kea!) swimming, volcano hiking  or sightseeing- as well as get an up-to-the-minute technical education by signing up for Aloha Workshops’ Intern Program

Located near Mountain View, Hawai’i, Aloha Workshops is nestled in a 20-acre pristine ohia forest tract, amidst giant ferns and orchids. Resident critters Tony (feline) Girly (feline) and Leo (roving canine) complete the homey residential atmosphere.

If all this sounds exciting to you, please give my boss a call! His name is Brent, and he’s knowledgeable, super-smart and easy to talk to. Here’s his info:

Brent Norris

Aloha Workshops


Join the fast-growing ranks of green collar technology workers! It’s satisfying work and has a very small ecological footprint…plus the food here at Aloha Workshops is phenomenal. I should know; I cook most of it when I’m on duty.

Thanks for reading!

Aloha Workshops Invites You to Hawai’i!


ABOVE: Aloha Workshoppers getting ready to snowboard Mauna Kea

Brent Norris
Aloha Workshops

Announcing Aloha Workshops Web 2.0 Digital Media Internships

August 3rd, 2007 (Mountain View, Hawaii) Aloha Workshops is pleased to 
announce immediate availability of Web 2.0 Internships. Interested 
students, aspiring and practicing web professionals are invited to 
apply for an in-depth learning experience and work exchange program. 
The Web 2.0 intern program provides hands-on experience, training and 
professional development. Certification via limited scholarships 
provided by the World Organization of Webmasters are available to 
interns who excel in our programs.

Aloha Workshops provides real-world training and workshops based on 
the needs of real employers. Specifically, the Web 2.0 intern program 
is focused on providing web design, development and marketing 
instruction. Using our proven techniques and training programs, 
interns will leverage our ten plus years of experience to enhance 
their skills and work toward becoming self-sustainable on the web.

In exchange for free training and hands-on instruction, accepted 
applicants will work on real projects for clients in need of design, 
development and marketing services. Combining hands-on training in 
specific Web 2.0 tools and techniques with the direct application of 
newly learned skills dramatically improves retention rates. 
Immediately applying and practicing what interns learn bridges the gap 
between book knowledge (school) and client needs (work). This approach 
is consistently proving to be very valuable in personal and 
professional development.

The tools and techniques desired by employers change very quickly in 
today’s Web 2.0 world. Web workers are very much in demand.  In 
response to this need for qualified, talented individuals on the cusp 
of revolutionary technology, we’re stepping up our educational 
offerings to include internships.

To learn how to qualify and apply please visit:

For more information please contact:
Brent Norris
Aloha Workshops

About Aloha Workshops
Aloha Workshops provides adventures and training in paradise. Our 
programs are based on skills required by today’s employers. 
Instruction is provided in both traditional and alternative classroom 
environments. We are based in Mountain View on the Big Island of 
Our goal is to reduce the State’s dependency on tourism by improving 
our digital economies and advancing our technological capabilities.  
In a world of political uncertainty, and environmental instability, it 
is vital that we focus our energies within a self-sustaining, clean 
industry.  A technically advanced, drug-free learning and working 
environment is provided from our “off the grid” design studio on the 
Big Island of Hawai`i.


Copyright 2007 Aloha Workshops All Rights Reserved

Lynda Barry Rules o.k.!

lyndabarrycatsmall1.jpg is where I found the above Lynda Barry image.

My golly, what can I say!

Thank you, Daniel, for continuing to maintain this far-out,  groove-o-matic place for Lynda Barry’s art work. Her stuff is real and actual.

Please check out this art goddess’ website! Click on the magic clicker! Below! Below!

Lynda, if you read this: thank you again for Inspiration Marlys. Sincerely.

Optimism Is A Skill!

Building World Peace Through Personal Growth.

I have been working for 3 weeks with David Huff (who, in actuality, has done almost all of the tech work) on our friend Jim McLelland’s brand new podcast, called
“Optimism Is A Skill”. The site and first podcast is up as of today!
I did the musical scoring (Anna Whiteley Huff!) and performed the guitar music which accompanies it. Colleen McLelland did the show transcription. I encourage each and every one of you to please go check it out-the first one is a freebie! What have you got to lose? Nothing-and everything, everything, everything to gain!
Jim is a teacher of optimism, is an experienced hypnotherapist, and a very good thinker. As he says in this first, brand-new podcast: “There are many more of us out there than we have been led to believe!”
Check it out here! Free!


Lucy Pringle, Crop Circle Photo Goddess


The image on Shiny Magic Goddess’ front page comes from Lucy Pringle, with a bit of digital fiddling on my part. Here it is in its lovely original state.

Lucy has been researching crop circles for a long time. Her website is full of articles about and photographs of crop circles, and she is a well-respected researcher in her field. I think Lucy rocks because she’s persuing something extraordinary.

Visit her site: and open yourself to wonder!

Burning Man!


The Burning Man festival is happening in 23 days! 

A place for goddesses and gods alike to gather.

Bring water.

Emily’s Crazy Cakes!

My friend Emily makes the coolest things! Below are some jelly rolls that she made out of vintage chenille bedspreads and little flower decorangements. Ever since I’ve known her (since 1989? Wow!) she’s been hand-making the most beautiful things, from jewelry to dresses to decoupage furniture, hair ornaments featuring antique buttons, to the little Christmas ornaments she’s done with Mrs. Cliffy. Now she has her own booths at many New England antiques shows, including the prestigious Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show:

Check out all of her amazing things at her website here:

I love you Emily!

Goddess Conference

Here’s something which should be of interest to goddess-types…it just took place in Glastonbury, Somerset, England:

And another English festival with much the same vibe is here:

Both have already happened this year, as I say…but why don’t you join me there next year?

Nancy Farmer’s Magical Art


Nancy Farmer makes wonderful art!

You can check out her whole portfolio at

Nancy’s art personally gives me a boost in the “yeah, I’m a girl, what’s it to you?” department.

She sells cards, prints and original art from her site, too!

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