Friday, April 18, 2014

Poetry Friday


Spider, you and I are kin;
Our deepest selves we both disburse.
Your entrails into silk you spin,
            And I mine into verse.

~ Paul Scott Mowrer ~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Separating Eggs

This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn't say how far to separate them.

~ Gracie Allen ~

Image courtesy openclipart.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger. It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.

~ Gerald Durrell ~

[Note: waaaaaay back when I was in high school, my favorite books were written by Gerald Durrell. Durrell spent his life amongst the wild creatures of the earth, and, some of them just so happened to be members of his family! I highly recommend My Family and Other Animals or any of his other books that you can find.]

Photo by Byron Patchett.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A.K.A. "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is"

The people that are fans of animation are really the people that are keeping the art form of animation alive. If you like cartoons, support the cartoons.

~ Kari Wahlgren ~

Photo courtesy

Monday, April 14, 2014


Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.

~ Robertson Davies ~

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

It is a great many years since she died; but I can see her before me to-day as plainly as if it were only yesterday that I had really seen her alive.

~ Helen Hunt Jackson from Letters from a Cat ~

Saturday, April 12, 2014

All the Writers are Nodding "Yes"

Though an angel should write, still 'tis devils must print.

~ Thomas Moore ~

Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Friday

If you have in any way touched the central heart of mankind's feelings, you'll survive.

~ Richard Eberhart ~

Photo courtesy Dartmouth.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Music is only love looking for words.

~ Lawrence Durrell ~

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

~ Winston Churchill ~

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel.

~ Hans Hofmann ~

"Pompeii" © the Estate of Hans Hofmann (1959), courtesy the Tate.

Monday, April 7, 2014

On the Proper Use of the Secret Weapon

Be generous with the duct tape, you know; spare the duct tape, spoil the job.

~ Red Green ~

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Oh, you poor whisker-wiper, you silly piebald, you starveling mouse-hunter! what has come into your head?

~ from "The Fox and the Cat," in Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories ~

Considering the look on Smudgie's face, I would say murder has come into her head! Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Opening Day!

You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.

~ Joe DiMaggio ~

Yesterday was opening day in Boston. I hope the Red Sox see something wonderful happen this season!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Poetry Friday

Poetry, by its nature, is on a human scale: the medium is one person’s voice. That sense of respect for the individual, built into the nature of the art, has the potential to temper, as well as inspire, leadership.

~ Robert Pinsky ~

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Water Before Love

Joshua: Here! Water lily!

Lilia: My name is Lilia.

Joshua: To me you are a lily, and I want water.

Lilia: Joshua. Joshua, I thought you'd never come down.

Joshua: Water before love, my girl.

Lilia: Does it take the whole Nile to quench your thirst?

Joshua: No, just your lips.
~ from Cecile B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956) ~

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy National Poetry Month!

Poetry is a pleasure. It is compact and fast. It can pack emotion into the space of one breath.

~ Robert Pinsky ~

I took this photo from too far away at a performance of "Poemjazz" in Boston, March 2013. Pinsky in in the middle.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Judging a Book

Certainly the truth is laid bare once we start reading (just as the truth about a company's quality is laid bare soon after we hire them), but if anyone doubts how their expectations for a book they're about to read are affected by its presentation, I'd challenge them to examine their initial reaction to a book not with an unattractive cover but with an amateurish one.

~ Alex Lickerman ~

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.

~ Indian proverb ~

Photo by Ant Smith.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Give destiny a destination.

~ Tomi Ungerer ~

Photo ©

Friday, March 28, 2014

Poetry Friday

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.

~ Edmond de Goncourt ~

This begs to be illustrated with a Marc Chagall painting, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Have an Adventure

Pick up your adventures with Stanley where ours ended. Put him in your wallet.

~ Brian Owens ~

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How Is That Fair?

One of the mistakes I made was thinking chickens and penguins could sing, just like all the other animals in the "Muppets." But it turns out those animals are not allowed to sing words.

~ Bret McKenzie ~

Photo courtesy Spinoff Online.

Monday, March 24, 2014

On a Merry-Go-Round

When you're on a merry-go-round, you miss a lot of the scenery.

~ Neil Diamond ~

Photo by Russell Lee, courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The cat owes man nothing. Some experts estimate that there is one homeless cat managing on its own for every one with a home, which makes a total cat population in the U.S. of more than fifty million. That means the largest nonhuman animal population in the nation, short of rodents, whose number is beyond estimate. Eliminate cats from our ecology and, in a matter of weeks, we would be overrun by rodents.

~ Paul Corey ~

[Note: the cats in the image above are from 1642!}

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

~ Friedrich Schiller ~

Friday, March 21, 2014

Poetry Friday

Since I was a boy I have always longed to hear poems spoken to a harp, as I imagined Homer to have spoken his, for it is not natural to enjoy an art only when one is by oneself. Whenever one finds a fine verse one wants to read it to somebody, and it would be much less trouble and much pleasanter if we could all listen, friend by friend, lover by beloved.

~ W. B. Yeats ~

Thursday, March 20, 2014


With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.

~ Henri Matisse ~

"Dishes and Fruit" (circa 1901), courtesy The Athenaeum.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Like a Jigsaw Puzzle

Doesn't the east coast of South America fit exactly against the west coast of Africa, as if they had once been joined? This is an idea I'll have to pursue.

~ Alfred Wegener ~

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Show Don't Tell

It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.

~ Kate DiCamillo ~

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick

There was no formal canonization process in the Church during its first millennium. In the early years of the Church the title Saint was bestowed first upon martyrs, and then upon individuals recognized by tradition as being exceptionally holy during their lifetimes.

Consequently these Irish saints, including St. Patrick, were never actually formally canonized...

~ Ken Concannon ~

What Should I Be?

What should I be but a prophet and a liar,
Whose mother was a leprechaun, whose father was a friar?

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay from "The Singing-Woman from the Wood's Edge" ~

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The two grey Kits,
And the grey Kits’ mother,
All went over
The bridge together.
The bridge broke down.
They all fell in,
May the rats go with you,
Says Tom Bolin.

~ from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies [1833] ~

Friday, March 14, 2014

Poetry Friday

The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colors or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.

I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.

~ G. H. Hardy ~

Happy Pi Day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Downton Abbey Subtlety

I don’t dislike him, I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.

~ Dowager Countess Violet a.k.a. Granny ~

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.

~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón from The Shadow of the Wind ~

Monday, March 10, 2014

When Have Triangles Made You Smile?

I don't know why my brain has kept all the words to the Gilligan's Island theme song and has deleted everything about triangles.

~ Jeff Foxworthy ~

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The politest musician that ever was seen
Was Montague Meyerbeer Mendelssohn Green
So extremely polite he would take off his hat
Whenever he happened to meet with a cat.

~ Oliver Herford from "The Music of the Future"~

Friday, March 7, 2014

Poetry Friday

In composing poetry you need no teacher.

~ Japanese proverb ~

"Eight great Kyōka poets" woodprint by Gogaku Yajima, courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yes, Do!

You're a human being, you live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damn red velvet cupcake.

~ Emma Stone ~

Photo by thehoneybunny.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Two Tools in One

The woodpecker's strong, pointed beak acts as both a chisel and a crowbar to remove bark and find hiding insects.

~ Defenders of Wildlife from "Basic Facts About Woodpeckers" ~

Photo by acodring.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Anne Frank

I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

~ Anne Frank ~

Image courtesy Wikipedia.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bad Genes

Though women are no longer barred from university laboratories and scientific societies, the idea that they are innately less suited to mathematical science is deeply ingrained in our cultural genes.

~ Margaret Wertheim ~

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

A cat is apt to sing upon a major scale:
This concert is for everybody, this
Is wholesale.
For a baton, he wields a tail.

~ Rosalie Moore from "Catalog" ~

Saturday, March 1, 2014

American Lunacy

The past two weeks have shown us the lunatic fringe is still out there.

I think we got off that track when we allowed our government to become a secular government, when we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that He wrote the constitution that’s based on biblical principles.

~ Tom DeLay ~

[I looked and looked at the signatories and I didn't see God's name anywhere! --KK]

Should a devout baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia? Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior? Would they force a Jewish photographer to work a Klan or Nazi event? How about forcing a Muslim caterer to work a pork barbeque dinner?

~ Judson Phillips ~

[What's this sudden interest in the rights of Jews and Muslims? --KK]

Friday, February 28, 2014

Poetry Friday definition of magic in the human personality, in fiction and in poetry, is the ultimate level of attentiveness.

~ Jim Harrison ~

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Great War

And all this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country`s pride.

~ Bertrand Russell ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson ~

Monday, February 24, 2014

He's Got the Right Attitude!

...if we failed, we failed together and to me that's not failing at all.

~ Kermit the Frog ~

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Kittens will meow to their mothers, but as they mature, they typically quit using this sound to communicate with other cats. Often, adult domestic cats that meow do so only in the presence of humans. This is likely an extension of the way kittens use their plaintive meows as a signal.

~ Laura Moss ~

In other words, a cat owner is being played for a fool! --KK

Photo by dasu_.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Big Question

Listen, even if 97% of scientists turned out to be wrong, where is the harm in cleaning up our environment? What could it hurt to conserve energy? This shouldn’t have ever become an issue between right/left, liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican.

~ T. Steelman ~

Map courtesy U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Poetry Friday

In a funny way, poems are suited to modern life. They're short, they're intense. Nobody has time to read a 700-page book. People read magazines, and a poem takes less time than an article.

~ Caroline Kennedy ~

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Plod Along an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.

~ Harper Lee ~

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In Art

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

~ Michelangelo ~

Monday, February 17, 2014


Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good.

~ Lyndon B. Johnson ~

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Lick your whiskers,
Smooth your fur,
Prick up your ears
And purr, purr, purr.

~ Eve Merriam from "Cat's Tongue" ~

Saturday, February 15, 2014