Thursday, July 31, 2014

Warsaw Uprising, August 1, 1944

After nearly five years of uninterrupted and heavy fighting underground, today you will carry your arms in the open in order to free your country again and to render exemplary punishment to the German criminals for the terror and crimes committed on Polish soil.

~ General Tadeusz 'Bor' Komorowski ~

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.