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 ~

Friday, March 13, 2015

Poetry Friday

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

~ Plato ~

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac!

Something that you feel will find its own form.

~ Jack Kerouac ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


My favorite books are the ones that make me smile for hours after reading them. I want that for my readers, for the sweetness to linger. Sort of like chocolate, but without the calories.

~ Sarah Addison Allen ~

Monday, March 9, 2015

Maybe His Next Book Will Be a Cookbook

I have a lot of fans who are in the prison system, where ramen noodles are a kind of staple. Prisoners are always sending me recipes.

~ Chuck Palahniuk ~

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

There is one thing that cats don't like any better than men and women do, and that is to make fools of themselves.

~ Helen Hunt Jackson ~

Saturday, March 7, 2015

You Go, Girl!

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.

~ Georgia O'Keeffe ~

Photo by Alfred Stieglitz, courtesy Wikipedia.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Poetry Friday

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

~ Wallace Stevens ~

"Love" by Gustav Klimt, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Little of This, A Little of That

Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer ~

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Records Broken

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2014 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. The December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was also the highest on record.

~ NOAA ~

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"

~ Robin Williams ~

Monday, March 2, 2015

Don't Mess With Crows!

Given that crows have impressive memories, people who ruffle the feathers of these birds could experience years of retribution.

~ Jennifer Viegas ~

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

It is unclear which is larger, the number of dog lovers or the number of cat fanciers. There are as many great literary works about cats as there are about dogs, both Japanese and foreign.

As for haiku, however, my feeling is that cats are more popular than dogs as the themes of these short Japanese poems will show. Is that because the gestures and appearances of cats strongly stimulate the poetic sentiments of haiku composers?

~ From "Vox Populi, Vox Dei," The Asahi Shimbun ~

Print by Hiroshige Ando, courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Behold the View

Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.

~ David McCullough ~

Friday, February 27, 2015

Poetry Friday

As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Photogravure courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don't expect.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Pets don't do the human things of guilt and anger and recrimination that we do. They come and go with great acceptance.

~ Jon Katz ~

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

~ Aesop ~

Illustration from Three Hundred Aesop's Fables.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Me, Neither!

I can't picture going to a beach, or anywhere on vacation, without a couple of books as companions.

~ Rosecrans Baldwin ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

In the long run even a dog will compromise with the cat.

~ Hungarian proverb ~

Photo by Leslie Jones, courtesy Boston Public Library.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Words from a Bibliophile

There will always be non-readers, bad readers, lazy readers--there always were. Reading is a majority skill but a minority art. Yet nothing can replace the exact, complicated, subtle communion between absent author and entranced, present reader.

~ Julian Barnes~

Friday, February 20, 2015

Poetry Friday

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.

~ Philip Levine ~

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wild Animals

Wild animals would not stay in a country where there were so many people. Pa did not like to stay, either. He liked a country where the wild animals lived without being afraid.

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Outside museums, in noisy public squares, people look at people. Inside museums, we leave that realm and enter what might be called the group-mind, getting quiet to look at art.

~ Jerry Saltz ~

Print courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.

~ Willa Cather ~

Cather is buried here in NH, so she should know!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday George!

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

~ George Washington ~

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

As a child I parleyed with animals, stuffed and real.
Making my kitten pilot of a boot, I guided
from one end of a string the dizzy flight and collapse.

~ Carol Frost from "The Fearful Child" ~

Painting by Suzanne Valadon, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Saturday, February 14, 2015