To say, then, that the writer's lot is a lonely one is not to complain of this, but simply to make the point that to be creative is to be different from those who are not; and so, to that extent also, to be cut off from those others.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hermey: Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?
Rudolph: You wouldn't mind my--red nose?
Hermey: Not if you don't mind me being a dentist.
Rudolph: [shaking hands with Hermey] It's a deal.
Posted by Diane Mayr at 7:46 AM
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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When you get inoculated, a nurse injects a vaccine, which actually exposes you to a dose of the very disease your body must learn to overcome. It’s a good thing. Only then do we develop an immunity to it. Similarly, our kids must be inoculated with doses of hardship, delay, challenges and inconvenience to build the strength to stand in them.
Illustration courtesy openclipart.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.
~ Lascelles Abercrombie ~
Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Monday, November 25, 2013
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Unlike humans, cats get their energy from fat and protein, not carbohydrates. It is also a fact that by nature, cats are not designed to digest grains.
Corn is actually a grain.
Photo of Hemingway allowing his cat to eat corn on the cob, courtesy Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Posted by Diane Mayr at 5:31 AM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
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And it’s hardly an accident that Robert Frost coupled poetry and power, for he saw poetry as the means of saving power from itself. When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
Photo courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I think movies do play a valuable role in turning people on to the act of reading. I think that phenomenon just creates readers. At first they're going to love Harry Potter, or they may love The Hunger Games, but after that, they're going to love the act of reading and wonder, "What else can I read?"
Poster courtesy The Wrap.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Monday, November 18, 2013
If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it's the storytelling. That's why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
Posted by Diane Mayr at 6:35 AM
Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all creative individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake. Without this trait, poets would give up striving for perfection and would write commercial jingles...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
But to the slave mother New Year's day comes laden with peculiar sorrows. She sits on her cold cabin floor, watching the children who may all be torn from her the next morning; and often does she wish that she and they might die before the day dawns.
Photo courtesy Wikipedia.
Monday, November 11, 2013
So hold your nose against the stink
And never stop too long to think.
Wars don't change except in name;
The next one must go just the same,
And new foul tricks unguessed before
Will win and justify this War.
~ Robert Graves from "The Next War"
[Sadly true words. Therefore, vote for peace, and pray for our veterans. --KK]
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I don't know what it's like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfillment of personal fantasies. It isn't just art, it's about being a person I've always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.
Photo by Nightscream, courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
Posted by Diane Mayr at 6:14 AM
Monday, October 28, 2013
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Always there seems something ahead, the next poem or story, visible, at least, apprehensible, but unreachable. To perceive it at all is to be haunted by it; some sound, some tone, becomes a torment--the poem embodying that sound seems to exist somewhere already finished. It’s like a lighthouse, except that, as one swims towards it, it backs away.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
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I read in an article by Mr. Lord that there is a variety of tailless Cats found in various parts of the world, and he suggests that this deficiency may be due to an accident originally, but perpetuated by interbreeding. I am not quite of the same opinion. It reminds one of the old saying, "It runs in the blood, like wooden legs."
~ Charles H. Ross from The Book of Cats  ~
Photo by nebedaay.