Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day

The history of exploration has never been driven by exploration. But Columbus himself was a discoverer. So was Magellan. But the people who wrote checks were not. They had other motivations.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson ~

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Be Afraid

If there is one thing that my brother’s collection has taught me, it is that guns outlive their owners. These hundreds of millions of guns will most likely be part of our society for decades, and some even for centuries, regardless of what laws we pass now. That is something of which we should truly be afraid.

~ Charles Blow ~

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It's Cheese Month!

A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.

~ James Joyce ~

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

No One, and Yet Everyone, Has Ownership

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jumper Cables?

Dinosaurs are the jumper cables to the human mind. Kids can't curb their enthusiasm when they're in a hall of dinosaurs and mammoths and mammoth hunters and trilobites and giant fish that could chomp up a shark. These natural objects in motion and context make kids want to read; you can't stop them from reading and thinking.

~ Robert T. Bakker ~

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's World Teacher Day!

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

~ Carl Jung ~

"In Class, Instructions for the Young Children" by Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Veterinarians have long known the benefits of adding a little canned pumpkin to a pet's diet regularly.

~ Carol McConnell ~

"Madame Tarkhoff, Her Daughter, Pumpkin and Two Cats" by Nicholas Tarkhoff, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Look

The only business protected from government by our Constitution is the media--their right of free speech based in the First Amendment. Just look how the media are handling this public trust!

~ Ralph Nader ~

Friday, October 2, 2015

Poetry Friday

~ From The Book of Nonsense (1870), written and illustrated by Edward Lear ~

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Not everyone has been a bully or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.

~ Octavia E. Butler ~

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Banning Books

Banning books is just another form of bullying. It's all about fear and an assumption of power. The key is the address the fear and deny the power.

~ James Howe ~

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rise Up!

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

~ Confucius ~

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Why should pirates be any different from regular cat owners? Cats will walk the plank only if they WANT to.

Bliss by Harry Bliss, © 2015.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Do Right!

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

~ Mark Twain ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Poetry Friday

The interesting thing is that you don't often meet a poet who doesn't have a sense of humour, and some of them do keep it out of their poems because they're afraid of being seen as light versifiers.

~ Wendy Cope ~

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I Love This!

The only thing better than singing is more singing.

~ Ella Fitzgerald ~

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Books, Books, Books!

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.

~ Arnold Lobel ~

Illustration from St. Nicholas Magazine (1873).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On Your Birthday, Remember This

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

~ Madeleine L'Engle ~

Monday, September 21, 2015

Still True 100 Years Later

No longer ought we to be called upon to be particeps criminis with men to the extent of being compelled to pay taxes which are largely used for the support of the army and navy.

Moreover, a recourse to war as a means of righting wrongs is full of peril to the whole human race. Not only are bodies killed, but the ideals which alone make life worth living are for the time being lost to sight. In place of those finer attributes of our nature--compassion, gentleness, forgiveness—are substituted hatred, revenge and cruelty.

~ Mrs. Henry Willard, President of Women's Peace Conference, 1915 ~

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

~ Henri, le Chat Noir ~

Without the benefit of opposable thumbs he manages to post to Facebook a few times each week. Incroyable! --KK

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Something to Think About

Massive inequality is incompatible with robust democracy. Today, in the United States, the top 1% is taking home more than 20% of total income and owns at least 38% of total wealth. The richest 400 people in America have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together.

~ Robert Reich ~

Visualize this: the 400 richest people could attend a banquet in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza in New York City. At banquet capacity, one million people would require 2,000 ballrooms! 150 million people would need 300,000 ballrooms. If the 150m were to enjoy the same amount of elbow room as the richest 400, they would need 375,000 ballrooms. It's a mind-boggling picture! --KK

Friday, September 18, 2015

Poetry Friday

But that he knows in singing not to sing.

~ Robert Frost from "The Oven Bird" ~

Illustration by Louis Agassiz Fuertes from National Geographic Magazine (1917), courtesy Wikimedia.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in.

~ Sally Ride ~

Photo courtesy NASA.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Memory Soup

Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them.

~ P. G. Wodehouse ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Movie Theater

In my view, the only way to see a film remains the way the filmmaker intended: inside a large movie theater with great sound and pristine picture.

~ Ridley Scott ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Animal Love

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.

~ Edwin Way Teale ~

Photo courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

My little mother,
                      little kitten,
be patient, I’m trying, it’s for you
I’m opening this can of worms,
for you I’m opening this can of food.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Response to the Kentucky Hoopla

Belief or nonbelief in God is irrelevant to our understanding of the workings of nature--just as it’s irrelevant to the question of whether or not citizens are obligated to follow the law.

~ Lawrence M. Krauss ~

Friday, September 11, 2015

Poetry Friday

What is poetry which does not save nations or people?

~ Czeslaw Milosz ~

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

~ Wassily Kandinsky ~

"Colorful Life" (1907) courtesy The Athenaeum.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


My generation were diners stuffing ourselves senseless at the Restaurant of the Earth’s Riches knowing--while denying--that we’d be doing a runner and leaving our grandchildren a tab that can never be paid.

~ David Mitchell ~

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?

~ Richard Dawkins ~

Fairy door courtesy Wildflower Gardens.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.

~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Blessed Are...

I'm sorry I don't know the source of this. It was shared on Patricia Polacco's Facebook page, and it had been sent to her by a friend.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Poetry Friday

Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.

~ Anne Sexton ~

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Make Up Your Mind!

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

Photo courtesy Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

All Parts Need to be Feed

Rice feeds the body, books feed the mind, beauty feeds the soul.

~ Imelda Marcos ~

The beautifully designed book above seems to have achieved all three! --KK

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Since When Is "Buck" Not a Word?

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 ~

Monday, August 31, 2015

Clear the Clutter!

When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and "good, orderly direction" to enter.

~ Julia Cameron ~

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I'm running out of kat kwotes, but I'll never run out of cat videos!

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Those who willingly reject reality should never have the chance to shape it.

~ Chad R. MacDonald ~

Friday, August 28, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

~ Charles Simic ~

Photo from NH Poetry Festival schedule.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ha, Ha!

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.

~ Doug Larson ~

Photo courtesy Internet Archive.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Visit a National Park Today!

Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals.

~ Aldo Leopold ~

Photo Rocky Mountain National Park courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.

~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The poem, "Cat!" by Eleanor Farjeon, can be found here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tell Your Story!

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.

~ Anne Lamott ~

"At the Writing Desk" by Frederick Childe Hassam, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Poetry Friday

The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.

~ Samuel Beckett ~

"Creation of the World" by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Advice For Writers

Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.

~ William Faulkner ~

Photo by Dr. John B. Padgett.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There's Always More

You don't reach points in life at which everything is sorted out for us. I believe in endings that should suggest our stories always continue.

~ Lauren Oliver ~

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Keep Your Eyes Open!

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

poking her nose
into thorny wild roses...

~ Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue ~
Photo by Ms. Barrows.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

People Are Unique

Because people are unique and books are complex. No rating system is going to convey everything in a book. To do that you need to read the book and decide for yourself.

~ Kristin Pekoll ~

Photo courtesy Upper Arlington Archives.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hitchcock!

The Birds could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made.

~ Alfred Hitchcock ~

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn't serve anyone, and it's painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you're magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.

~ Patti Smith ~

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

No One Said Life Was Fair

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.

~ Johnny Carson ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Monday, August 10, 2015

In the Smithsonian

I've got a portrait in the Smithsonian. Who ever thought that would happen?

~ Tommy Lasorda ~

Portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler, courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Narrow your eyelids to entreat the beast;
Make soft your glances; never show surprise
Discovering the lion in his eyes--

~ Elinor Wylie from "The Persian Kitten" ~

Illustration by John Tenniel.