Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Mute shadows creeping slow
Mark how the hours go.
Every stone is mouldering slow.

~ Walter De La Mare from "The Empty House" ~

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Poetry Friday

...I love to work in form. I think the challenges of form elicit extraordinary responses. You don't know what's going to come.

~ Maxine Kumin ~

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vampires Out, Angels In

I'm tired of the idea that the devil is the interesting one. That's not true. The devil is boring and he's lost. And I want to be on the side of the angels this time.

~ Anne Rice ~

Image courtesy chicks57

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We're Still Waiting...

Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right--not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere, and, we hope, around the world.

~ John F. Kennedy ~

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.

~ Virginia Hutchinson ~

Photo by flypig

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Important Thing Is to Try

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.

~ Amelia Earhart ~

Photo by Kevin

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday's Kat Kwote

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.

~ Alfred North Whitehead ~

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Autumn Luster

Photo by la prosperite

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley ~

Friday, October 23, 2009

Poetry Friday

Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind,
because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.

~ Sigmund Freud ~

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Let the Sun Shine!

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.

~ Louisa May Alcott ~

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation--he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment.

~ Pearl Bailey ~

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Today is National Day on Writing

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

~ Anais Nin ~

Monday, October 19, 2009

One Smart Guy

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

~ Leonardo da Vinci ~

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Little robin redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up went pussy cat and down went he.

~ Traditional Nursery Rhyme ~

Photo by Sangudo

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shut Up and Start Singing!

Photo by iirraa

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.

~ Jimi Hendrix ~

Friday, October 16, 2009

Poetry Friday

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in
singing, especially when singing is not necessarily

~ Mary Oliver from "Evidence" ~

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Ghostly Idea

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.

~ Charles Dickens ~

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Cure for the Blues

I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.

~ D.H. Lawrence ~

Photo by Shadowfoot

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

No Dogma, Please

What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.

~ Bertrand Russell ~

Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day

Thursday, 11 October. Steered west-southwest; and encountered a heavier sea than they had met with before in the whole voyage. Saw pardelas and a green rush near the vessel. The crew of the Pinta saw a cane and a log; they also picked up a stick which appeared to have been carved with an iron tool, a piece of cane, a plant which grows on land, and a board. The crew of the Nina saw other signs of land, and a stalk loaded with rose berries. These signs encouraged them, and they all grew cheerful. Sailed this day till sunset, twenty-seven leagues.

~ Christopher Columbus ~

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.

~ Pam Brown ~

Saturday, October 10, 2009


There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Friday, October 9, 2009

Poetry Friday

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.

~ Salvatore Quasimodo ~

Photo by Lamerie

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fate Is a Rat?

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.

~ Elizabeth Bowen ~

Photo by Infrogmation

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

She Needs A Sense of Humor to Deal with a Man

You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone.

~ James M. Barrie ~

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Web 2.0

Image courtesy bensheldon

What the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment. The information business is being transformed by the Internet into the sheer noise of a hundred million bloggers all simultaneously talking about themselves.

~ Andrew Keen ~

Monday, October 5, 2009


The Possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Photo by karenwithak

Note: this is the Macpherson clan motto, meaning something like, "beware the cat's claws."

Saturday, October 3, 2009

And the Writer Has No Control Over It

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

~ Angela Carter ~

Friday, October 2, 2009

Poetry Friday

Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of the angels.

~ William Carlos Williams ~

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chickens, Again!

Photo by Brent and MariLynn

He who spends a night with a chicken will cackle in the morning.

~ Tunisian proverb ~