Friday, January 30, 2015

Poetry Friday

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

~ John Lennon ~

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It Only Works If You Lose Both

I think winter wear is communal. You get some gloves and a scarf from a lost-and-found box, wash them, wear them for a while until you lose them. Then somebody else does the same thing.

~ Adrian Grenier ~

Photo by Spamily.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ah, C'mon, Bill!

A food delivery bicycle is not an emergency vehicle.

~ Bill de Blasio ~

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.

~ Andy Goldsworthy ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Immortality is a by-product of good work.

~ Mel Brooks ~

Photo by Towpilot courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

And as the dragon came out of the dungeon, following Johnnie and Tina into the bright gold and blue of their wedding day, he blinked his eyes as a cat does in the sunshine, and he shook himself, and the last of his plates dropped off, and his wings with them, and he was just like a very, very extra-sized cat. And from that day he grew furrier and furrier, and he was the beginning of all cats. Nothing of the dragon remained except the claws, which all cats have still, as you can easily ascertain.

And I hope you see now how important it is to feed your cat with bread and milk. If you were to let it have nothing to eat but mice and birds it might grow larger and fiercer, and scalier and tailier, and get wings and turn into the beginning of dragons.

~ Edith Nesbit from The Book of Dragons ~

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Principles are like prayers--noble, of course, but rather awkward at a party.

~ Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Maggie Smith), Downton Abbey ~

Friday, January 23, 2015

Poetry Friday

That’s my hope, that my work is comforting. At its best, finally, poetry brings us comfort.

~ Susan Howe ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


The noise resembles the roar of heavy, distant surf. Standing on the stirring ice one can imagine it is disturbed by the breathing and tossing of a mighty giant below.

~ Ernest Shackleton ~

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fall in Love With Reading

I fell in love with reading when I was allowed to choose whatever books I wanted to check out of the library. I was around nine years old when I began choosing my own books in earnest.

~ Adriana Trigiani ~

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You Learn by Watching

When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, "no, I went to films."

~ Quentin Tarantino ~

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Day

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

World's turned queer
somehow: all white,

no smell. Well, here
inside it's still familiar.
He'll go to sleep until
it puts itself right.

~ May Swenson from "Cat & the Weather" ~

Saturday, January 17, 2015

You Look Terrific

When I see a woman who has lost weight, I say, "You look terrific."

When I see a woman who has quit dieting and embraced her curves, I say, "You look terrific."

When I see a woman who has obviously just had plastic surgery, I say, "You look terrific."

When I see a woman who has let her hair go grey and is hanging out at grocery store in her husband's sweatpants, I say, "You look terrific."

Because you know what? If you are woman and you managed to get up today and go outside, then you look terrific.

If you are still here, then you look terrific.

~ Elizabeth Gilbert ~

Friday, January 16, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry is the only history we have of human emotions. Most history books, what we call history books, are stories of battles and treaties, negotiations and beheadings and coronations. But poetry is the only reminder of this very essential part of being human, which is one’s emotional life and all the dimensions it entails.

~ Billy Collins ~

Image courtesy Scott Freiheit Wikimedia.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Some Books are Better Left Unfilmed

No one forces me, or any other writer, to sell a film option on the books. If you don't want to run the risk that the filmmakers may adapt your work in a way you don't like, then you don't sell the option. You know when you sell it that they will have to make some changes, just because film and TV are different media than books.

~ Jeff Abbott ~

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On the Road to Nowhere

Every species becomes extinct; at some point, we will go extinct. The question is, as Homo sapiens, are we going to be able to adapt to the change that we're actually part of? We're causing such dramatic changes to the planet, so yes, you do stop and think, "I wonder where we're headed."

~ Louise Leakey ~

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

He'd Fit Right In Today!

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

~ Mark Twain ~

Illustration courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Probably For Worse

For better or worse, zoos are how most people come to know big or exotic animals. Few will ever see wild penguins sledding downhill to sea on their bellies, giant pandas holding bamboo lollipops in China or tree porcupines in the Canadian Rockies, balled up like giant pine cones.

~ Diane Ackerman ~

Photo by Photocapy.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, "Oh, dear! what shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
     Employing every tooth and claw
     In the awfullest way you ever saw—
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
          (Don’t fancy I exaggerate—
          I got my news from the Chinese plate!

~ Eugene Field from "The Duel" ~
The image looks like a melding of the calico cat and the Chinese plate! Identifier: #D349A, photo courtesy Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture, University of Wisconsin.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Same Old Song

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.

~ Willa Cather ~

Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Poetry Friday

Art is long, and Time is fleeting...

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Image courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beautiful Dreamer

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.

~ Abraham Maslow ~

Photo by Miia "Myrtti" Ranta, courtesy Wikimedia.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Or...Butter and Honey

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.

~ James A. Garfield ~

Photo by Ross Burton.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Why Beer?

Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton ~

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Take the Plunge!

When you read a great book, you don't escape from life, you plunge deeper into it. There may be a superficial escape--into different countries, mores, speech patterns--but what you are essentially doing is furthering your understanding of life's subtleties, paradoxes, joys, pains and truths. Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic.

~ Julian Barnes ~

Friday, January 2, 2015

Poetry Friday

The artist in me cries out for design.

~ Robert Frost ~

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Perfection is attained by slow degrees;
it requires the hand of time.

~ Voltaire ~

Illustration courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.

~ Amy Tan ~

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Life of the Party!

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.

~ Frederick Buechner ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Every life should have nine cats.

~ Author unknown ~

Illustration by Louis Wain courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Laws and Freedom

Laws do not constrain freedom; they enable it. Look at civil rights. Without laws none of us are free.

~ Margot Livesey ~

Friday, December 26, 2014

Poetry Friday

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

~ Walt Whitman ~

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;

~ Sara Teasdale from "Barter" ~

"Christmas Morning" by Henry Mosler, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

We Are the Frayers

If we think we have ours and don't owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.

~ Marian Wright Edelman ~

Friday, December 19, 2014

Poetry Friday

Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

~ Sara Teasdale from "A Winter Bluejay" ~
Photo by Joseph Baranowski.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One and the Same

In the Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with the letter chet. The chet’s "ch" sound is not enunciated like the "ch" in child; rather it’s a guttural, throaty sound—like the "ch" in Johann Bach—which does not have an English equivalent. The letter "H" is the closest, but it’s not really it. So while some people spell and pronounce it "Chanukah" and others settle for "Hanukkah," they really are one and the same.

~ ~

Photo of dreidels courtesy Wikimedia.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Book

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.

~ Franz Kafka ~

A Mouse!

I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing--that it was all started by a mouse.

~ Walt Disney ~

Image courtesy Wikipedia.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Building Block

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

~ Frank Zappa ~

Illustration courtesy NASA.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Theatre

The theatre is traditionally where people go to hear the truth.

~ David Mamet ~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

There's No Getting Around the Work

Every artist was first an amateur.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Friday, December 12, 2014

Poetry Friday

Sometimes the best poems come after bad starts.

~ Douglas Florian ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ugly Sweaters

"Hello, Lobster!"

The boy in the crimson sweater raised a pair of blue eyes to the speaker's face and a little frown crept into the sun-burned forehead; but there was no answer.

~ Ralph Henry Barbour from The Crimson Sweater. ~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm Glad Someone Likes It

Winter is good--his Hoar Delights

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Photo by quas.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

And It's Sometimes Quite Scrumptious!

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.

~ Charles M. Schulz ~

Photo by LabyrinthX.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.

~ Susan Sontag ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I'm sorry, but I don't know who created this; I found it unattributed on Facebook.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

How Lovely...

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I would walk in my garden forever.

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson ~

"In the Flower Garden" by Robert Lewis Reid, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Poetry Friday

And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.

~ Mark Strand ~

Thursday, December 4, 2014


War remains the decisive human failure.

~ John Kenneth Galbraith ~

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.

~ Bono ~

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them.

~ Karl Lagerfeld ~

Monday, December 1, 2014


The more exposure people have to the realities of factory farming, the more we will see people rejecting it. It's already happening.

~ Jonathan Safran Foer ~

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

When I am feeling
all I have to do is
watch my cats
and my

~ Charles Bukowski ~

Photo by Appaloosa.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


I missed yesterday's kwote and I almost missed today's! What is wrong with me? --KK

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

~ Charles Baudelaire ~

"Portait de Baudelaire" by Gustave Courbet courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If Only All Movies Were Good Movies!

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.

~ Roger Ebert ~

Monday, November 24, 2014

R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Directing is mystifying. It's a long, long, skid on an icy road, and you do the best you can trying to stay on the road...If you're still here when you come out of the spin, it's a relief. But you've got to have the terror if you're going to do anything worthwhile.

~ Mike Nichols ~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Little cat, are you as glad to have me to lie upon
As I am to feel your fur under my hand?

~ Amy Lowell from "After an Illness" ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.