Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Is the Trick to be Slowly Quick or Quickly Slow?

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn't go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson ~

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I Can't Dispute This!

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

~ Frank Zappa ~

Monday, June 28, 2010

Spoken Like a True Party Animal

Hear no evil, speak no evil--and you'll never be invited to a party.

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

the sun likes horses
but hates cats
that is why it makes hay
and heats tin roofs

~ Roger McGouch from "A Cat, a Horse and the Sun" ~

Cats don't give a sh*t whether the sun likes them or not! --KK

Photo by vieux bandit

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Especially American English

The English language is the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Photo by Travis S.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Poetry Friday

By poetry we mean the art of employing of words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination; the art of doing by means of words, what the painter does by means of colors.

~ Thomas Macaulay ~

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Good Advice...

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.

~ Epictetus ~

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Proverbial Nonsense!

All things have an end, only a sausage has two.

~ German proverb ~

Clipart courtesy Open Clip Art Library

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


All my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

~ Paul McCartney ~

Monday, June 21, 2010


It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.

~ Robert F. Kennedy ~


Photo by sea turtle

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Neither great nor very wise,
Yet beloved in our eyes,
Lightly hold, and gently keep
A small, good kitten in her sleep.

~ Miriam Vedder ~

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This Is One of Those Dark Times!

During the darkest times in the history of man, there were always those who found a way to turn straw into gold or to invent a disruptive technology that changed the way people thought and acted.

~ Lynda Resnick ~

Image courtesy Sumcensuvitt

Friday, June 18, 2010

Poetry Friday

Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry.

~ Denise Levertov ~

Photo by Verleihnix

Thursday, June 17, 2010

And More Games to Come...

Playing at a World Cup is always great, but the experience of meeting England at the highest level is something which I don't think any of us will ever forget. There was an absolutely superb atmosphere inside the stadium. Both sets of fans were absolutely great.

~ Landon Donovan, Team USA soccer player ~

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.

~ Robert Motherwell ~

Photo by kamikazecactus

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Twilight--Nobody Would Ever Mistake It for Literary Fiction!

There’s nothing like an unsolved mystery to keep you up at night.

~ Bella Swan, main character in Stephanie Meyers' Twilight ~

Monday, June 14, 2010

But First, Don't You Have to Untangle All Those Wires?

There is a vibrant debate among scientists over whether technology’s influence on behavior and the brain is good or bad, and how significant it is.

"The bottom line is, the brain is wired to adapt," said Steven Yantis, a professor of brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University. "There’s no question that rewiring goes on all the time," he added. But he said it was too early to say whether the changes caused by technology were materially different from others in the past.

~ from the New York Times article, "Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price" by Matt Richtel ~

Photo by Edd Sowden

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.

~ Aldous Huxley ~

Photo by ornoth

I Completely Forgot!

It's not often that I forget to post--it's probably only happened once or twice over the past 1,000 posts--but, I forgot a quote for yesterday. Here is Saturday's quote on Sunday:

Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.

~ Joseph Joubert ~

Mug available here.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Poetry Friday

I would be fire and fragrance, light and air,
    All gracious things that serve thee at they need;
Music, to lift they heart above all care;
    The wise and charming book that thou dost read.

~ Celia Thaxter from "Song" ~

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mind-Boggling Statistics

The Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996 was enacted in response to a disturbing rash of arson directed at houses of worship, with African American churches disproportionately victimized. According to Justice Department officials, DOJ opened 658 investigations of suspicious fires, bombings, and attempted bombings from January 1, 1995, to August 18, 1998. Of the 658 attacks directed against houses of worship, 220 were predominantly African-American institutions.

~ from The Leadership Conference website ~

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The American Library Association Report of a 1909 Conference Held at the Mt. Washington Hotel

The "oldest inhabitant" believing it would rain on Thursday, which was the day first selected for the Mount Washington trip, there was a shifting of Wednesday's sessions to Thursday and Wednesday itself was made a day of recreation, library co-ordination and functions of Council being forgotten in an ascent of about 6000 feet by some 213 —16 miles of cog-railroad; in the enjoyment of some of the most wonderful panoramic mountain views, and in a dizzy descent in which many a dignified librarian was to be seen seated Turk fashion upon the wood piles in front of the funny, puffing little mountain engines, while others cast envious glances from points of vantage safer if less alluring. As Mount Washington could be "done" (in the Baedeker phrase) in a little more than half a day, those who ascended it in the morning had the afternoon for driving, strolls or other harmless occupations, while those who went up the mountain in the afternoon inverted that happy schedule, though there were some daring mountaineers who came down the mountain on foot.

~ Library Journal, v. 34, August 1909 ~

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hotels of the Soul?

Writers really live in the mind and in hotels of the soul.

~ Edna O'Brien ~

Monday, June 7, 2010

I Hear Ya!

The way money goes so fast these days, they should paint racing stripes on it.

~ Mark Russell ~

Photo by omniNate

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The cat likes fish but she doesn't want to wet her paws.

~ Yiddish proverb ~

Image by skobo

Saturday, June 5, 2010

We're Still Working On It

Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

~ Robert Francis Kennedy ~

Friday, June 4, 2010

Poetry Friday

...Sometimes I dream
I have become words so perfect
I am allowed to nest for infinity
in God's butterfly-shaped ear.

~ Mekeel McBride from "Fountain Pen Ink, Bottled" ~

Photo by Shabbir Siraj

Thursday, June 3, 2010

So True...

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

~ Albert Einstein ~

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I'm Sure There Are Those Who Disagree...

The appearance of stone statues on Easter Island is neither mysterious nor unexpected.

~ The Easter Island Foundation ~

Photo by andrewgill73

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Strawberry Time!

Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.

~ William Butler ~

Photo by Matthias Richwin