Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Solar Energy

If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.

~ Sir George Porter ~

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nothing Romantic About It!

I have read in my earlier years about prisoners in the revolutionary war, and other wars. It sounded noble and heroic to be a prisoner of war, and accounts of their adventures were quite romantic; but the romance has been knocked out of the prisoner of war business, higher than a kite. It's a fraud.

~ from the diary of John L. Ransom, prisoner at Andersonville ~

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.

~ Lord Chesterfield ~

Photo by PAR1138

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Strange, Indeed

Strangely enough, politics may just be the one realm in which having kids imposes no penalty on women. Kids are practically a necessity. For scientists, or Supreme Court justices, or chief executives, or the woman who wants to learn to fly F-l8s off an aircraft carrier, it works differently.

~ Stacy Schiff ~

Friday, August 27, 2010

Poetry Friday

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

~ Walt Whitman ~

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Facebook Privacy

Your part is equivalent to the part you place in your everyday life to keep yourself safe: You know which alleys not to walk down at night, when to buckle your seatbelt, when to lock the front door, and when to toss the moldy bread before making a sandwich. Add these to your list:

I use my Facebook privacy settings wisely.

I am careful about what information I expose to lots of people.

~ Carolyn Abram and Leah Pearlman from Facebook for Dummies ~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sure They Do...

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

~ G. K. Chesterton ~

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sage Advice!

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

~ Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love ~

Monday, August 23, 2010


We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.

It's that simple--and that hard. And that inescapable.

~ Tom Peters ~

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Kittens can happen to anyone.

~ Paul Gallico ~

Photo by Terry Bain

Saturday, August 21, 2010


In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Photo by vawa_92

Friday, August 20, 2010

Poetry Friday

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

~ Paul Valery ~

Thursday, August 19, 2010

There Are No Mistakes!

For me, problem solving is a normal part of the art-making process, regardless of the media used. If something happens that I don't like, a creative fix usually results in something better than if I hadn't taken that interesting detour.

~ Traci Bunkers from Print & Stamp Lab ~

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

O Music!

O Music! Miraculous art! A blast of thy trumpet and millions rush forward to die; a peal of thy organ and uncounted nations sink down to pray.

~ Benjamin Disraeli ~

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bookstore Cats

A bookstore cat is a shop's mascot and keeper, equally adept at charming customers and, when the lights go out, chasing away rodents. And so let us celebrate these furry souls--hopefully not an endangered species!--as more and more readers get their books delivered in shrink-wrapped packages from out-of-state corporate behemoths, or transmitted, in blips, to hand-held devices no cat would ever want to cuddle up to.

~ John McMurtrie ~

Monday, August 16, 2010


Once when a lady was visiting the painter Matisse in his studio, she remarked 'But surely, the arm of this woman is much too long!' Matisse replied politely 'Madame, you are mistaken. This is not a woman; this is a picture.'

~ from Looking at Pictures by Susan Woodford ~

Henri Matisse. Purple Robe and Anemones. 1937. The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Physical Books

To conceive of a world without physical books is to conceive of a world somehow diminished. It may be more efficient—yes, you can take a "stack" of books on vacation with an e-reader. It may spare quite a few forests from the pulpmaker’s ax. But efficiency is no substitute for pleasure. The future may be less cluttered. It may also be less fun.

~ Malcolm Jones ~

Friday, August 13, 2010

Poetry Friday

I lived between my heart and my head,
like a married couple who can't get along.

~ Edward Hirsch from "Self-portrait" ~

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Twisted Logic

Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.

~ Voltaire ~

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good Morning!

Bread, milk and butter are of venerable antiquity. They taste of the morning of the world.

~ Leigh Hunt ~

Photo by Nomadic Lass

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You Can't Scrimp on Education!

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~

Monday, August 9, 2010


To dream that you are in a library, denotes that you will grow discontented with your environments and associations, and seek companionship in study and the exploration of ancient customs.

~ Gustavus H. Miller from 10,000 Dreams Interpreted ~

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden.

~ Robert Southey ~

Photo by karindalziel

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Friday, August 6, 2010

Poetry Friday

It takes a courageous
person to leave spaces

~ Kay Ryan from "Leaving Spaces" ~

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I Love This One!

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

~ Stephen King ~

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.

~ Wilbur Wright ~

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Toys are among the most important human artifacts. They are learning tools. By guiding play, they foster imagination, creativity, and critical thinking. They socialize us and teach fairness. They reveal what we believed and valued, encouraged and endorsed, dismissed and feared. They remind us of who we were, who we are, and who we hope to become. They help us imagine what’s next.

~ National Toy Hall of Fame ~

Monday, August 2, 2010


The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.

~ George Carlin ~

Photo by Martin LaBar

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The cats went out to serenade
And on a banjo sweetly played;
And summer nights they climbed a tree
And sang, "My love, oh, come to me!"

~ Mother Goose ~

Photo by Sangudo