Monday, May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.

~ George Santayana ~

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Peace Like a River

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

~ Horatio Gates Spafford ~

In memory of my friend, Jena.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Poetry Friday

No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Internet Archive Needs Us!

At the Internet Archive, we know we can’t preserve the world’s knowledge alone. We will need the public’s help to curate our shared human culture. So we are embarking on a two-year project to build a toolset and user interface that allow communities outside the Archive to save, manage and share their cultural treasures--further democratizing access to all knowledge. Citizen-archivists will be able to build collections, enhance metadata and join like-minded communities in deciding what of our history gets archived and made accessible to everyone, forever, for free.

~ Wendy Hanamura from "Knight Foundation to Support Toolsets for Building Libraries Together" ~

Monday, May 18, 2015

Oh, Yeah, This Is What We Need--Another Gadget

BinCam is a two-part system designed to increase individuals’ awareness of their food waste and recycling behaviour. It uses a standard kitchen bin augmented with a mobile phone to automatically capture and log an individual’s waste management activity. Photos are tagged using a crowd sourcing service and uploaded to the BinCam application on a social network site, which encourages playful engagement and reflection upon a user’s personal bin data. People can review and share communications about the bin-related behaviour of themselves and others.

~ BinCam website ~

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

When they’re well-matched, it’s good for cats to have companionship.

~ Marva Marrow ~

"Two Cats" by Suzanne Valadon (1918), courtesy The Athenaeum.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Forever Explaining

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Statue at the Museum of the Little Prince, Hakone, Japan, courtesy Wikimedia.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Poetry Friday

The poet will seek to clothe herself in sparrows.

~ Larry Sawyer from "Sundial" ~

Can I just say how much I love this line? I love it! --KK

Illustration from Bird-Lore from National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals (1899), courtesy Internet Archive.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's About Time!

As a result of Title IX, and a new generation of parents who want their daughters to have the opportunities they never had, women's sports have arrived.

~ Sheryl Swoopes ~

The attitude that existed in this 1904 illustration, courtesy Library of Congress, sadly persisted for decades longer. Click on the image to enlarge for easier reading.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Henry Sounds Like a Surfer!

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Print courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On the Passing of Ruth Rendell

While most of the things you've worried about have never happened, it's a different story with the things you haven't worried about. They are the ones that happen.

~ Ruth Rendell ~

Monday, May 11, 2015

Remembering Kurt Cobain

If it's illegal to rock and roll,
throw my ass in jail!

~ Kurt Cobain ~

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Some years ago there was a cat-concert held in Paris. It was called "Concert Miaulant," from the mewing of the animals. They were trained by having their tails pulled every time a certain note was struck, and the unpleasant remembrance caused them to mew each time they heard the sound again.

~ from The Queer The Quaint The Quizzical: A Cabinet for the Curious by Frank H. Stauffer (1882) ~

"Un Concert de Chats: Le Lion Présidant une assemblée de Betes" (1862) courtesy NY Public Library Digital Collections.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.

~ Lydia Maria Child ~

Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Poetry Friday

Nothing is too small. Nothing is too, quote-unquote, ordinary or insignificant. Those are the things that make up the measure of our days, and they're the things that sustain us. And they're the things that certainly can become worthy of poetry.

~ Rita Dove ~

Photo by Fred Viebahn, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Men are what their mothers made them.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Children's Book Week

"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing."

~ E. B. White from Charlotte's Web ~

Monday, May 4, 2015

Twenty-First Century Angst

Making lists of favorite things is, for me, a task ridden with anxiety. What if I've accidentally excluded something I love? What if I discover something new tomorrow that I love even more?

~ Sara Zarr ~

Friday, May 1, 2015

Poetry Friday

What is undeniable is that manner and matter, the theme and the way in which it is expressed, the meaning and the structure, cannot be separated without vital injury to the poem.

~ Babette Deutsch ~

Thursday, April 30, 2015


I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.

~ William Tecumseh Sherman ~

Image courtesy NYPL Digital Collections.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just Walk!

I have always loved to sit in ferry and railroad stations and watch the people, to walk on crowded streets, just walk along among the people, and see their faces, to be among people on street cars and trains and boats.

~ Ella R. Bloor ~

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Big Question!

Ask yourself in the quietest hour of the night: must I write? Dig down into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be in the affirmative, if you may meet this solemn question with a strong and simple, I must, then build your life according to this necessity.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

Sketch by Leonid Pasternak, courtesy Wikimedia.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Endure the Caterpillars

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The bone that has no marrow;
    What ultimate for that?
It is not fit for table,
    For beggar, or for cat.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Photo by swyngarden.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tell Us How You Really Feel

I am in earnest. I will not equivocate--I will not excuse--I will not retreat a single inch--AND I WILL BE HEARD.

~ William Lloyd Garrison ~

Found in The Suffrage Cook Book, 1915.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Poetry Friday

In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent:
a thing is brought forth which we didn’t know we had in us,
so we blink our eyes, as if a tiger had sprung out
and stood in the light, lashing his tail.
~ Czeslaw Milosz from "Ars Poetica" ~

Postage stamp courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spoken Like a True Member of the Lost Generation

Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.

~ Ernest Hemingway ~

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grave Danger

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 ~

Photo courtesy

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring People

People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

~ Ernest Hemingway ~

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

There will be other days,
there will be other voices.
You will smile alone.
The cats will know.
~ Cesare Pavese from "The Cats Will Know" ~

"Girl With Cat" by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


April is a promise that May is bound to keep.

~ Hal Borland ~

Friday, April 17, 2015

Poetry Friday

Great art is an instant arrested in eternity.

~ James Huneker ~

[Hanging poems on a cherry tree]. Woodcut print courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

[Note: the sad part is, in the 2010s, those challenged privileged groups are now claiming they're the ones being mistreated! --KK]

1962 photo by O. Fernandez, courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


In the game of life, less diversity means fewer options for change. Wild or domesticated, panda or pea, adaptation is the requirement for survival.

~ Cary Fowler ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nature-Deficit Disorder

The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need.

~ Richard Louv ~

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Amen to That!

If you don't like gay people, take it up with the manufacturer, because God keeps creating them around the world!

~ John Fugelsang ~

Friday, April 10, 2015

Poetry Friday

...a poem is a chunk of language to be used for purposes seen as important by government-hired experts. It’s irrelevant whether these have anything to do with what poets try to do, but then who cares if this test runs counter to what poets think?

~ Michael Rosen ~

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don't Stop!

When you stop having dreams and ideals--well, you might as well stop altogether.

~ Marian Anderson ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rethinking Wall Treatments

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.

~ Ellen DeGeneres ~

Photo by Curtis Cobb, courtesy Wikimedia.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Keep Moving!

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

~ Walt Disney ~

Saturday, April 4, 2015

How True Is This?

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

~ Mark Twain ~

Photo by amseaman.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Poetry Friday

I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art--we don't consider. We don't think. We write a little verse because it comes to us.

~ Howard Nemerov ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Love a Book!

When I was 10 years old, I loved--I loved books, and I used to haunt the secondhand bookshop. And I found a little book I could just afford, and I bought it, and I took it home. And I climbed up my favorite tree, and I read that book from cover to cover. And that was Tarzan of the Apes. I immediately fell in love with Tarzan.

~ Jane Goodall ~

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's April Fools' Day!

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

~ William Shakespeare ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Wish Remains...

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.

~ Mary Shelley ~

Monday, March 30, 2015

So Obvious!

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

~ Albert Einstein ~

Photo by F. Schmutzer, courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Her head is under the cat and
like the cat, she sleeps.

~ Susan Griffin from "The Perfect Mother" ~
Photo by Daveybot.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

It's Probably Harder Today!

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.

~ Isaac Newton ~

Friday, March 27, 2015

Poetry Friday

Who will guard over the fragile blossom of haiku poetry? Who will protect it in our own time against all that threatens it: societal indifference to poetry in general, materialism, a blindness to nature and our absolute inclusion in it, and, structurally, the heresy that "haiku" can be any utterance written in 5-7-5 syllables, or the recent disturbing trend of defining as haiku short, obtuse, experimental language games that only seem to proclaim the poet's cleverness for cleverness's sake? Who, indeed, will guard over haiku?

~ David Lanoue ~

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Losing My Mind

I must be losing my mind. I forgot yesterday, and nearly forgot to post today! --KK

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

~ Buddha ~

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Houdini connected to people on an emotional level so that when he would escape that straight jacket it wasn't about the straight jacket. It was about people looking at it and escaping poverty. When you have that it's the truest form of magic.

~ Criss Angel ~

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sage Advice

My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically.

~ Stephen Hawking ~

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The black kitten cries at her bowl
meek meek and the gray one glowers
from the windowsill. My hand on the can
to serve them. First day of spring.

~ Gail Mazur from "I Wish I Want I Need" ~

Photo by jambox998.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


A writer writes not because he is educated, but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.

~ Leo Rosten ~

Friday, March 20, 2015

Poetry Friday

Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.

~ Wallace Stevens ~

Photo from The Wallace Stevens Society website.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do You Hear Yourself Living?

I would like to spend the rest of my days in a place so silent--and working at a pace so slow--that I would be able to hear myself living.

~ Elizabeth Gilbert from The Signature of All Things ~

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


All gardening is landscape painting.

~ William Kent ~

Image courtesy Wikipedia.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Series Books

The most difficult book I wrote was the fourth in a series of linked children's books. It was like pulling teeth because the publisher wanted exactly the same but completely different. I'd much rather just do something completely different, even if there's a risk of it going wrong.

~ Mark Haddon ~

Monday, March 16, 2015

Writers Learn From Their Own Books!

With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it's like to live in someone else's shoes.

~ John Irving ~

Saturday, March 14, 2015


The single-most powerful word in our democracy is the word "we." We the People. We shall overcome. Yes we can. That word is owned by no one. It belongs to everyone.

~ Barack Obama ~