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.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


We used to have contests at the elementary school--who could read the most books in a week or a month. I’d power through 30, 50 books. I was unstoppable. Just loved the feel and the smell of the pages. Loved immersing my brain into uncharted territories. Loved turning that last page and closing the book, a changed man. Still do.

~ Neil Patrick Harris ~

Photo by mikefats.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Poetry Friday

There is no "must" in art, because art is free.

~ Wassily Kandinsky ~

Kandinsky painting, 1911, courtesy Wikipedia.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sweet Comfort

There's no denying that candy is comfort food and it's affordable.

~ Dylan Lauren ~

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morehouse's Comet

In Morehouse's comet of 1908 tails were repeatedly formed and discarded to drift bodily out into space and float away.

~ From "The Vagaries of a Comet's Tail," Indianapolis Star, May 20, 1910 ~

Stereocard courtesy Museum of Photographic Arts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Like a blazing comet, I've traversed infinite nights, interstellar spaces of the imagination, voluptuousness and fear.

~ Antonio Tabucchi ~

Illustration courtesy The Public Domain Review.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.

~ Mary Roberts Rinehart ~

Photo by Phil Guest.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Last week I posted a really creepy animated cat video about Schrödinger's Cat. This one is a reasoned explanation of the Schrödinger's Cat "thought experiment," and much more palatable!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Whatever you are, be a good one.

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

Matthew Brady photograph courtesy Wikimedia.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Poetry Friday

The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes.

~ Charles Baudelaire ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


There are two ways to think about kindness. You can think about it as a fixed trait: either you have it or you don’t. Or you could think of kindness as a muscle. In some people, that muscle is naturally stronger than in others, but it can grow stronger in everyone with exercise.

~ Emily Esfahani Smith ~

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Perfect Gift

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

~ Charles M. Schulz ~

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Thought

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.

~ Francois Fenelon ~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Light As a Medium

To be a painter, one must work with rays of light.

~ Edvard Munch ~

Photo from Munch Museum (Oslo) website.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Sorry, no quote, just an animated cat VIDEO! (And a pretty creepy one at that!)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

No Excuses Accepted

There is no excuse for a culture of hate.

~ Neil Gaiman ~

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Poetry Friday

Usually a poem takes shape acoustically--a line or a pair of lines will repeat itself in my ear.

~ Thomas Lynch ~

He's Got It!

I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.

~ Mark Haddon ~

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I Believe He's Right!

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

~ Michelangelo ~

"The Conversion of Saul" courtesy The Athenaeum. Click on the image to enlarge. (Look at the man below the horse at the bottom of the picture--doesn't it look like he's carrying some kindergartener's backpack? Michelangelo was 500 years ahead of his time! --KK)


Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

~ Francisco Goya ~

Goya self-portrait (1795) courtesy Wikiart.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Only One!

[This should be tacked up in every home! --KK]

Monday, November 3, 2014

Vote Tomorrow!

A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Then the cat-shadow darted at her,
through her legs, and slipped outside.
It mingled with the shadows of bare branches,
and leapt at the shadow of a bird.

~ John Philip Johnson from "Bones and Shadows" ~

Photo by Gordon.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween's Over--Vote Smart on Tuesday!

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

~ H. L. Mencken ~

Friday, October 31, 2014

Poetry Friday

But at last in the thousand elegies
The dead rise in our hearts,
On the brink of our happiness we stop
Like someone on a drunk starting to weep.

~ Galway Kinnell from "Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock" ~

Print courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Almost Gone...

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~

Photo by sachman75.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How Odd

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.

~ Mary Shelley ~

Portrait by Reginald Easton, courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"A dainty look..." If you practice, you should be all set by Friday! --KK

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cold Calculation

It seems that those spreading panic about Ebola, ISIS and the southern border hope that their new rhetoric will reinvigorate an old tactic: racial dog whistling. It has never been bigotry amid politicians that drives this, so much as the cold calculation that stimulating racial panic can win votes.

~ Ian Haney López ~

[This should be horrifying to all voters, especially here in NH where we have a candidate for Senator who is only running by way of cold calculation. (Can't win in MA, so I'll run in that hick state to the north.) He is now using the old dog whistle, "...we have a border that’s so porous that anyone can walk across it. I think it’s naive to think that people aren’t going to be walking through here who have those types of diseases and/or other types of intent, criminal or terrorist." Save us from the cold, calculating, maniacs who run for office to satisfy their greed and need for power! --KK]

Friday, October 24, 2014

Poetry Friday

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

~ Ernest Hemingway ~

Photo courtesy Ernest Hemingway Photographs Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How True!

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

~ H. L. Mencken ~

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

~ W. H. Auden ~

Photo courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Time Capsules

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.

~ Alfred Hitchcock ~

Image from Time Capsule website.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Creator of Barbie Explains...

They were using the dolls to project their dreams of their own futures as adult women.

~ Ruth Handler ~

Image courtesy Mattel website.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Unlike us, cats never outgrow their delight in cat capacities, nor do they settle finally for limitations. Cats, I think, live out their lives fulfilling their expectations.

~ Irving Townsend ~

Illustration by Arent van Bolten from the early 1600s, courtesy The Public Domain Review. Even then, cats had visions of conquering the world!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's Up to You

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

~ Lady Bird Johnson ~

Friday, October 17, 2014

Poetry Friday

Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country. It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world.

~ Richard Eberhart ~

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dictionary Day!

Language is power--we understand that words can move us to tears or laughter, inspire us to great deeds or urge us to mob action. Dictionaries are the democratization of that power, and the more words they contain, the more democratic they are. The dictionary is a gigantic armory and toolbox combined, accessible to all. It reflects our preoccupations, collects our cultural knowledge, and gives us adorable pictures of aardvarks, to boot. And it does all this one word at a time.

~ Erin McKean ~

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The world depends on fungi, because they are major players in the cycling of materials and energy around the world.

~ E. O. Wilson ~

Photo by Phil Parsons.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Movie Acting

Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time.

~ Bill Murray ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, October 13, 2014

On Columbus Day

American culture is not about experiencing our shame, it's about denying it. It's been that way our whole history.

~ Chris Jordan ~

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Not exactly a kwote, but cat-related nonetheless.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's All About the Money

Unsustainable consumption, population pressure, poverty and environmental degradation are intricately linked, but this is appreciated neither by development economists, nor by national governments who permit GDP growth to trump environmental protection in their policies.

~ Partha Dasgupta and Ramanathan Veerabhadran ~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Poetry Friday

I think if a poet wanted to lead, he or she would want the message to be unequivocally clear and free of ambiguity. Whereas poetry is actually the home of ambiguity, ambivalence and uncertainty.

~ Billy Collins ~

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Create Happiness!

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;

~ Edgar Allan Poe ~

Portrait of Poe courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Always There for Company

Toad talked big about all he was going to do in the days to come, while stars grew fuller and larger all around them, and a yellow moon, appearing suddenly and silently from nowhere in particular, came to keep them company and listen to their talk.

~ Kenneth Grahame ~

Photo by David Snelling.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Be Happy!

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.

~ Martha Washington ~

Currier & Ives print courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

One of Scarlatti's compositions bears the title, The Cat's Fugue (at least in modern editions) and the story goes that a stroll on the keyboard by Scarlatti's cat gave the master the subject to the fugue...

~ Carl Van Vechten ~

[I listened to a number of interpretations on YouTube and I found that this one enabled me to visualize the cat on the keyboard. --KK]

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Who Doesn't Like to Play?

The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.

~ John Cleese ~

"Baby at Play" by Thomas Eakins, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Poetry Friday

The mind wraps itself around a poem. It is almost sensual, particularly if you work on a computer. You can turn the poem round and about and upside down, dancing with it a kind of bolero of two snakes twisting and coiling, until the poem has found its right and proper shape.

~ Marge Piercy ~

Photo by Thomas Hawk.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dullness.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You Know, Fringy Stuff, Like Music, Art, Libraries

Our public education system--being a system--inherently strives to be efficient and in doing so, chops out all the "messy bits." It's this very "fringy" stuff that is required for innovation.

~ Peter Reynolds ~

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

~ John Steinbeck ~

Photo by Richard Taylor.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open!

We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.

~ David P. Gardner ~

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Cats come and go without ever leaving.

~ Martha Curtis ~

Photo by Ian Southwell.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

An Apt Simile

A writer is like a bag lady going through life with a sack and a pointed stick collecting stuff.

~ Tony Hillerman ~

Friday, September 26, 2014

Poetry Friday

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

~ Eugene Ionesco ~

Photo by Philippe Alès courtesy Wikimedia.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Put Your Glasses On!

Where there is no vision,
there is no hope.

~ George Washington Carver ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Only a Half Day Late

I nearly forgot to post today! So this one is for me! --KK

Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Or Power Hungry

It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid.

~ Ray Bradbury ~

Image courtesy NASA.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines.

~ Hans Haacke ~

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The beauty of the cat is very deceptive, for under the grace of the furry exterior lie concealed steel-like muscles.

~ Carl Van Vechten ~

"Black Cat at a Windowsill" [1902] by Constantin Alexeevich Korovin, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

And So It Remains Today--Delusion Runs Deep

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.

~ John Steinbeck ~

Photo courtesy Nobel Foundation.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Poetry Friday

Well, don’t you think there comes a time when everyone, not just a poet, wants to get beyond the Self? To reach, if you like, the "god" within you?

~ James Merrill ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Few People Understand This

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Photo of 50 franc banknote courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pirates Tell Terrible Jokes

Q: Where does a pirate play ball?

A: In the backyaaaaarrd!

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


"And let me say here, I know that no one escaped alive from our vessel except myself and those that were taken by the man-of-war. And those were all executed as pirates,--so I know that no other man knows of this treasure except myself and it must be and is where we buried it until to-day and unless you get it through this statement it will remain there always and do no one any good.

"Therefore, it is your duty to trace it up and get it for your own benefit, as well as others, so delay not, but act as soon as possible.

"I will now describe the places, locations, marks etc., etc., so plainly that it can be found, without any trouble.

"The first is a sum of one million and a half dollars--($1,500,000)--"

~ Richard Le Gallienne from Pieces of Eight ~