Wednesday, July 30, 2014


That no matter how well you knit, looking at your work too closely isn't helpful. It's like kissing with your eyes open: nobody looks good that close up.

- Stephanie Pearl-McPhee -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Resume: a written exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past, as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have.

~ Bo Bennett ~

Monday, July 28, 2014

No Winners

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

~ Jeannette Rankin ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I admit it, I’m a catholic, I’ve been addicted to cats my whole life.

~ Anonymous ~

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vulnerable People

I did research into suicide for a novel I was writing. I learned that in Britain when domestic gas ceased to be fatal, the suicide rate fell dramatically. People did not seek a new method. The same thing happened here when barriers were put up along a bridge notorious for suicides. Again the death rate went down. Vulnerable people need to be protected from their impulses of despair and violence.

~ Margot Livesey ~

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Poetry Friday

I believe in the miracles of art, but what
prodigy will keep you safe beside me,
fumbling with the radio while you drive
to find late innings of a Red Sox game?

~ Jane Kenyon from "Afternoon at MacDowell" ~

Photo courtesy MacDowell Colony.


I always have a quotation for everything--it saves original thinking.

~ Dorothy L. Sayers ~

Photo by Howard Coster, courtesy Dorothy L. Sayers Society.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Politeness is the poison of collaboration.

~ Edwin Land ~

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Use It!

The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.

~ Carl Sagan ~

Monday, July 21, 2014


Music is intended and designed for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.

~ Jacques Barzun ~

Alan Lomax photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"Straight homeward I'll go, where I am well fed,
Where mistress is kind, and soft is my bed;
Let other cats travel, if they wish to roam,
But as for myself, I shall now stay at home."

~ L. Frank Baum ~

Photo © Diane Mayr.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Why Worry?

Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny.

~ Carl Sandburg ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Poetry Friday

I don't at all believe that a writer must be well-traveled to speak to readers. I think it much more important that a writer bring a unique and specific focus of attention to his/her place and situation.

~ Michael Hettich ~

Photo courtesy the Prairie Schooner blog.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nursery Rhymes

Poetry carries its history within it, and it is oral in origin. Its transmission was oral. Its transmission today is still in part oral, because we become acquainted with poetry through nursery rhymes, which we hear before we can read.

~ James Fenton ~

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Stunning Sketch

Customer: Now that's what I call a dead parrot.

Pet Shop Clerk: No, no...No, 'e's stunned!

~ Monty Python ~

Photo by Taylor Herring.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wouldn't Having Nothing to Read Qualify as an Emergency?

When I turned fifteen, I remember my father gave me a credit card which I was allowed to use for two things: emergencies and books.

~ Ann Brashares ~

Monday, July 14, 2014

Who Needs Fancy?

If you play more than two chords, you're showing off.

~ Woody Guthrie ~

Photo by Al Aumuller, courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Grim, Indeed...

The battle for women to be treated like human beings with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of involvement in cultural and political arenas continues, and it is sometimes a pretty grim battle.

~ Rebecca Solnit ~

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Poetry Friday

Music is the universal language of mankind--poetry their universal pastime and delight.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Photo by Julia Margaret Cameron [1868], courtesy Wikipedia.


Whole foods like grains and beans release their sugar very, very slowly because of the fiber in them, and they don't give you a sugar rush. They feed your cells as needed, and as a result, you have loads of stable energy that powers you through the day.

~ Kathy Freston ~

Photo by Jeff Cushner.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Good Question!

If we are what we eat, with all the genetically modified and imitation foods we now eat, what the heck are we?

~ Anonymous ~

Photo by Saint Angel.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Are We Ever As Smart As We Should Be?

Reincarnation occurs because we decide that we haven't learned enough lessons.

~ Sylvia Browne ~

Graphic courtesy

Monday, July 7, 2014


Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.

~ Marcel Proust ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The gingham dog went "Bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied "Mee-ow!"
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,

~ Eugene Field from "The Duel" ~

Photo by Olga Kuba.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

On the Recent SCOTUS Decision

Decisions about a woman’s health care should be made in a doctor’s office, not in a boardroom. If certain contraceptive options violate a woman’s personal religious beliefs, she is free not to pursue those options, but her employer should not be allowed to make that decision for her.

~ Chris Coons ~

Photo by Franz Jantzen, courtesy

[Please notice the inscription at the top of the building "Equal Justice Under Law." In recent years, however, the rights of corporations seem to be more "equal" than those of the general population--and certainly more so than the rights of women. --KK]

Friday, July 4, 2014

Poetry Friday

Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.

~ Eugenio Montale ~

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's Not the Mountains

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.

~ Marilyn French ~

Photo by Pip Wilson.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Not Dogs

Tofu hot dogs are actually scarier than real hot dogs. It's like wanting the worst possible meat product without even the thrill of it actually being meat.

~ Douglas Coupland ~

Photo by Stef.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy National Blueberries Month!

Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are true super foods. Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients--they are among the best foods you can eat.

~ Joel Fuhrman ~

Illustration courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Monday, June 30, 2014


There's a boom in genealogy now. With and other sites digitizing so many of the records, you can now find things in a few minutes that used to take months.

~ Henry Louis Gates ~

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"That's the trouble with living things. Don't last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together..."

~ Lettie Hempstock in The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ~

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Yes We Can!

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

~ Helen Keller ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Poetry Friday

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

~ Langston Hughes ~

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two Very Good Reasons

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

~ Alice Walker ~

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.

~ Bret Harte ~

Photo by David Cook.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sing Away!

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

~ Victor Hugo ~

Photo by Ken Slade.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

People take issue with individual aspects of Wikipedia all the time. But it's kind of hard to hate the general idea of a free encyclopedia. It's like hating kittens.

~ Jimmy Wales ~

Saturday, June 21, 2014

It's Summer!

June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT is the summer solstice, the moment the sun is directly shining down on the Tropic of Cancer, an imaginary line north of the equator. This is the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of summer. Because of the Earth's tilt, this day marks the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Because of this tilt, we have seasons.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Poetry Friday

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

~ John Ciardi ~

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Poetry Friday

No thesaurus can give you those words, no rhyming dictionary. They must happen out of you.

~ Dorothy Fields ~


What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

~ Augustus Saint-Gaudens ~

"The Puritan" courtesy The Athenaeum.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Foxy Advice

A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.

~ Thomas Fuller ~

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bunker Hill

Don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes.

~ William Prescott or Israel Putnam ~

There's some uncertainty as to said this oft-quoted line! Click here to learn more.

Print courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Love It!

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.

~ Fred Allen ~

If you're not familiar with the name, Fred Allen was most famous as a radio entertainer. You can listen to many of his shows at the Internet Archive.

Photo courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon
The creeping cat looked up.

~William Butler Yeats ~

Photo by Kristof Borkowsky.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pay to Play Is the Way

...government regulation may not target the general gratitude a candidate may feel toward those who support him or his allies, or the political access such support may afford.

~ John Roberts ~

It's the beginning of the end for democracy. --KK

Friday, June 13, 2014

Poetry Friday

The word survives the body

~ Lisel Mueller from "The Triumph of Life: Mary Shelley" ~

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's World Cup Time!

Soccer is a magical game.

~ David Beckham ~

Graphic courtesy thinkfootball.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Shyness is about the fear of social judgments--at a job interview or a party you might be excessively worried about what people think of you. Whereas an introvert might not feel any of those things at all, they simply have the preference to be in a quieter setting.

~ Susan Cain ~

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

~ Martha Graham ~

Painting by Edgar Degas, "The Ballet Rehearsal," courtesy The Athenaeum.

Monday, June 9, 2014

True of Most Art

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.

~ Edgar Degas ~

"Ballerinas Adjusting Their Dresses," courtesy The Athenaeum.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Her purrs and mews so evenly kept, time
She purred in metre and she mewed in rhyme.

~ Joseph Green from "A Poet's Lamentation for the Loss of His Cat" ~

Print by Mary Cassatt courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

"The Gobble-uns'll Git You!"

Even English language arts, oh my goodness, the choices for reading pro-homosexual novels out there are vast; the publishing industry is going crazy. I have found many, many school districts recommend these on a selected and chosen school reading list and so you really have to watch for that.

~ Linda Harvey ~

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Poetry Friday

Write little; do it well.

~ Yvor Winters from "To a Young Writer"~

Image courtesy openclipart.


The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.

~ William Tecumseh Sherman ~

We're still waiting for it to happen. --KK

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

All That Is Needed Is a Plan

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca ~

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Surely if God had meant us to do yoga, he would have put our heads behind our knees.

~ Rod Stewart ~

Graphic courtesy openclipart.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Discussion discussion is the very life of truth.

~ Thomas Huxley ~

Illustration courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Pussy sits behind the log,
How can she be fair?
Then comes in the little dog,
Pussy, are you there?
So, so, dear mistress Pussy,
Pray tell me how you do?
I thank you, little dog,
I’m very well just now.

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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

He Hit the Nail on the Head!

Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.

~ Barack Obama ~

It's about time someone put the hawks on notice. --KK

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Poetry Friday

You have to keep affirming it, and bringing yourself to it. You have to keep hoping that it will move the mountain.

~ Ntoxake Shange ~

Print by Hiroshige, courtesy Library of Congress.