Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it's because the water is cold in there. And I'm like: How did my mother know that?

~ Wendy Liebman ~

Saturday, January 30, 2010

What a Thought!

For the millions of us who live glued to computer keyboards at work and TV monitors at home, food may be more than entertainment. It may be the only sensual experience left.

~ Barbara Ehrenreich ~

Photo by shinyai

Friday, January 29, 2010

Poetry Friday

Any healthy man can go without food for two days--but not without poetry.

~ Charles Baudelaire ~

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.

~ Glenn Turner ~

Photo by Ava Lowery

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Love This!

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

~ Albert Einstein ~

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One More Reason Not to Have a Mailbox

If you want something, it will elude you. If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail.

~ Anna Quindlen ~

Photo by Martin LaBar

Monday, January 25, 2010


The sign brings customers.

~ Jean de La Fontaine ~

Never Move in the Winter!

I tell people to drive up to their house like they've never seen it before. Look at the mailbox since this is the first thing (prospective buyers) will see. If it needs to be repaired do it.

~ Carol York ~

Photo by bug_girl_mi

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color, scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls.

~ Eric Gurney ~

Photo by vtveen

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Be of Good Cheer!

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien ~

Friday, January 22, 2010

Poetry Friday

Photo by aaardvaark

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley from "To a Skylark" ~

Thursday, January 21, 2010


With so much at stake maybe I'll just leave now.

~ Robert B. Parker ~

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tread Lightly

It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished earth.

~ Charles Kuralt ~

Photo courtesy United Nations Development Programme

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health in Haitian creole)

I may as well say that from the moment I saw Zanmi Lasante, out there in the little village of Cange, in what seemed to me like the end of the earth, in what was in fact one of the poorest parts of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, I felt I'd encountered a miracle.

~ Tracy Kidder from Mountains Beyond Mountains ~

Visit Partners in Health and contribute to their work with Haitian earthquake victims.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Photo by Lucy.Bold

Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world--the clock and the cat.

~ Emile Auguste Chartier ~

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Everything in Moderation

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

~ Roald Dahl ~

Image by filippo minelli

Friday, January 15, 2010

Poetry Friday

Don't try to put an interpretation into the poem and be willing to accept interpretations that vary widely from your own. I wrote a tanka about aphasia, but I didn't say the poem was "about aphasia," I simply described the tongue-tied staring and moment of panic. An editor who published it thought it was a love poem about a smitten customer staring at the grocery store clerk.

~ M. Kei ~

Photo by Fire Monkey Fish

Thursday, January 14, 2010


"How do you build your characters?" It's a familiar question to those of us who write fiction, and, I suspect, one of the most uncomfortable. When someone asks me about "building characters," I'm tempted to remind them that characters are people, not models you put together with an erector set. You don't "build" people, you get to know them.

~ Katherine Paterson ~

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Quackery has no friend like gullibility.

~ Proverb ~

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Goal of Medicine?

From year to year, it is more obvious: the goal of medicine is not health but the further extension of the health system.

~ Gerhard Kocher ~

Monday, January 11, 2010

He Certainly Was Related...

We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God.

~ Leonardo da Vinci ~

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten.

~ Jules Champfleury ~

Photo by Mendhak

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I Think He Could Have Come Up With Something A Little More Believable!

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.

~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~

Friday, January 8, 2010

Poetry Friday

Those who argue that poetry says the unsayable generally mean the unsayably beautiful or the unsayably profound, but the unsayable can also mean what people simply don't want said, ever. That's why poetry is extremely radical—-poetry allows the individual experience to strike like lightning through the collective institutional consciousness and to plumb the depths of actual communal experience so that what people don't want said in fact gets said, and in a way that is unignorable.

~ Linda McCarriston ~

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Got Your Wings On?

For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth.

~ Countee Cullen ~

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Let's Discuss...

Photo by Krista76

Throwing a book in the trash is like throwing away a person.

~ Oprah Winfrey ~

Take a tour of Oprah's library here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Simply Beautiful!

Philosophically, there is a simple beauty in how we sup upon our daily bread, using an assortment of raw ingredients to create a finished product of food that feeds our bodies and souls.

~ Stuart Chang Berman from Potsticker Chronicles ~

Photo by su-lin

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Little Soap Opera-ish Don't You Think?

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
that I might touch that cheek!

~ William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet ~

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Photo by feverblue

Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.

~ Jean Burden ~

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Your haunch allows the lingering
caress of my hand. You have accepted,
since that long forgotten past,
the love of the distrustful hand.

~ Jorge Luis Borges from "To a Cat" ~

Photo by Sarah Ross Photography

At the Start of a New Decade

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

~ Maria Robinson ~

Friday, January 1, 2010

Poetry Friday

Good poets are like angels of Heaven.

~ Persian proverb ~

Photo by chicks57