Tuesday, November 30, 2010

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen): Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Ted Striker (Robert Hays): Surely you can't be serious.

Dr. Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

~ from the film Airplane! ~

Monday, November 29, 2010


Overall, the key criterion of science is that it provide a clear, rational, and succinct account of a pattern in nature.

~ from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks ~

WPA poster by Shari Weisberg courtesy Library of Congress

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The white saucer like some full moon descends
       At last from the clouds of the table above;
She sighs and dreams and thrills and glows,
       Transfigured with love.

~ Harold Monro from "Milk for the Cat" ~

Photo by tillwe

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shopping Season

If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?

~ Richard M. Nixon ~

Photo by jpellgen

Friday, November 26, 2010

Poetry Friday

The pleasure a writer knows is the pleasure all sages enjoy. Out of non-being, being is born; out of silence, the writer produces a song. Laughing winds lift up the metaphor; clouds rise from a forest of writing brushes.

~ Sam Hamill ~

Thursday, November 25, 2010

On the Plymouth Rock

Hear me, I beseech you; get up an auction and sell Plymouth Rock! The Pilgrims were a simple and ignorant race. They never had seen any good rocks before, or at least any that were not watched, and so they were excusable for hopping ashore in frantic delight and clapping an iron fence around this one. But you, gentlemen, are educated; you are enlightened; you know that in the rich land of your nativity, opulent New England, overflowing with rocks, this one isn't worth, at the outside, more than thirty-five cents. Therefore, sell it, before it is injured by exposure, or at least throw it open to the patent-medicine advertisements, and let it earn its taxes.

~ Mark Twain ~

Engraving by Joseph Andrews courtesy Library of Congress

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Remember This...

...an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.

~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

Photo by Sharlee H

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Simple Math

Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak.

~ Epictetus ~

Monday, November 22, 2010

I Kid You Not!

Roadkill is an alternative designer toy boutique, creating original toy characters. We make toys with a twist. Toys as dark as the inside of a goth’s wardrobe. And they all have one thing in common. They’ve been run over. We’re calling it Squash-Plush.

~ From the RoadkillToys.com website ~

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I know a little language of my cat, though Dante says
that animals have no need of speech and Nature
abhors the superfluous. My cat is fluent. He
converses when he wants with me.

~ Robert Duncan from "A Little Language" ~

Photo by magdelana_b

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Imposed Amnesia

Imposed amnesia is the modus operandi of the current moment. Not only is historical memory now sacrificed to the spectacles of consumerism, celebrity culture, hyped-up violence and a market-driven obsession with the self, but the very formative culture that makes compassion, justice and an engaged citizenry foundational to democracy has been erased from the language of mainstream politics and the diverse cultural apparatuses that support it.

~ Henry A. Giroux ~

Friday, November 19, 2010

Poetry Friday

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

~ Jean Cocteau ~

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.

~ Dean Koontz ~

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Everything's Comin' Up Roses!

You could probably get us to set fire to our own trousers if there was a good laugh to be had in it somewhere . . . so after all the praise and awards that have been Heaped Upon Us, we decided it was time to add some substance to a phrase we often hear...with the launch of our special edition of Rose fragranced Poo-Pourri™ we can now proudly boast that we are the only company on earth (and possibly in the know-able universe) whose poo literally smells of roses.

~ News release on Sheep Poo Paper™ website ~

Image courtesy Sheep Poo Paper

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Never Forget

God must have been on leave during the Holocaust.

~ Simon Wiesenthal ~

Photo of Kristallnacht courtesy USHMM

Monday, November 15, 2010

In Other Words--Practice!

You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.

~ John Singer Sargent ~

Image courtesy Museum of Fine Arts

Saturday, November 13, 2010

What a Sad Metaphor

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

~ Salvador DalĂ­ ~

Friday, November 12, 2010

Poetry Friday

If I should make no poems any more
    There would be rest at least, so let it be;
Time to read books in other tongues and listen
    To the long mellow thunder of the sea.

~ Sara Teasdale from "Leisure" ~

Photo by explorer056

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

Being a soldier, fighting for this country, is neither Republican nor Democrat.

~ Max Cleland ~

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

David Livingstone

Livingstone was equally at home wandering the wilds of Africa and making small talk over tea with the Queen. The public made his books best-sellers, his speeches standing room, his name household. Livingstone was beloved in Britain, and so famous worldwide that one poll showed that only Victoria herself was better known.

~ Martin Dugard from Into Africa ~

Photo courtesy National Trust for Scotland

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ha, Ha, Ha

Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won't cure a cold.

~ Jerry Vale ~

Photo by OctopusHat

Monday, November 8, 2010

Good Food All Over the World!

Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn--I love it!

~ Jamie Oliver ~

Photo by hradcanska

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon,
The creeping cat, looked up.

~ William Butler Yeats from "The Cat and the Moon" ~

Photo courtesy Hidden Side

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dumb Drones

Research conducted by the University of London a few years ago unearthed a concept known as 'infomania', which is when people are addicted to emailing and texting, with the study showing it could lower a person's IQ by twice as much as smoking marijuana. So, basically, smart phones are turning us into dumb drones.

~ James Adonis ~

Image courtesy dmixo6

Friday, November 5, 2010

Poetry Friday

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

~ Don Marquis ~

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Necessity of Space Travel

Unless we turn human growth and energy toward the challenges and promises of space, our only other choice may be the awful risk, currently demonstrable, of stumbling into a cycle of fratricide and regression which could end all chances of our evolving further or of even surviving.

~ Gene Roddenberry ~

Image Credit: NASA/JSC James Blair

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You Want Fried With That?

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.

~ Robert Redford ~

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

You Can Make a Difference--Vote!

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.

~ James Garfield ~

Monday, November 1, 2010

Alexander Calder

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.

~ Alexander Calder ~

Photo by H4NUM4N