Friday, December 31, 2010

Poetry Friday

It is as good an hour for song and dance as any other, and I will make a tune for a sunny May evening, and you shall sway among the grasses like any flower on the bough.

~ Eleanor Farjeon from Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard ~

Thursday, December 30, 2010


I take people on a musical journey while getting kicks myself and I’m loving it! When you get that reaction from the audience, it’s like a bloody drug. That’s the drug I’ve indulged in the most: applause. I can’t sit around the house as there’s no adulation to be had!

~ Tom Jones ~

Photo by cyberdees

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Clamor of Tracks

True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.

~ Edward Hoagland ~

Photo by herzogbr

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Famous Last Words...

Now run along and play, but don't get into trouble...

~ H.A. Rey from Curious George ~

Monday, December 27, 2010



1820–30, Americanism; earlier: violent blow, shot; cf. Brit. dial. (Midlands) blizzer, blizzom blaze, flash, anything that blinds momentarily; prob. expressive formations with components of blast, blaze, bluster, etc.

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Photo by dalboz17

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Slowly, slowly,
You rise and stretch
In a glossiness of beautiful curves

~ Amy Lowell from "To Winky" ~

Photo by Martin Cathrae

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.

~ Erma Bombeck ~

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

...Deep Thinking

But novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance.

~ Diane Johnson ~

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Self Knowledge

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have Yourself a Tacky Little Christmas!

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime.

~ P.J. O'Rourke ~

Photo by Sterin

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Christmas Test

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Photo by shoothead

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Keep your whiskers crisp and clean.

                  ~ Nancy Willard ~

Photo by Picture Zealot

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Make Music!

To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.

~ Truman Capote ~

Friday, December 17, 2010

Poetry Friday

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

~ Gustave Flaubert ~

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Give a Child a Book This Season

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

~ Marcel Proust ~

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Let It Shine!

So you treat your love like a firefly, like it only gets to shine for a little while.

Catch it in a mason jar, with holes in the top, and run like hell to show it off.

~ Miranda Lambert from "Me and Charlie Talking" ~

Photo by B Rosen

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sewing: A Metaphor for Life

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that--one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Coming...

Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas.

~ William Robert Spencer ~

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Joy and Love will both be yours,
   Minnow, don't be glum.
Happy days are coming soon--
   Sleep and let them come...

~ Elizabeth Bishop from "Lullaby for the Cat" ~

Photo by hilali

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Poetry Friday

Fortunately I remember pretty well what I used to like to read, think about, and do. I find, even today, that if I write something I like, children are pretty apt to like it too. I guess what it amounts to is that I never grew up.

~ Aileen Fisher ~

Thursday, December 9, 2010

They Don't?

Educational television should be absolutely forbidden. It can only lead to unreasonable disappointment when your child discovers that the letters of the alphabet do not leap up out of books and dance around with royal-blue chickens.

~ Fran Lebowitz ~

Photo by esti-

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sounds Like a Plan!

Let's get away from sleigh bells, let's get away from snow
Let's make a break some Christmas, Dear, I know the place to go
How'd ya like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island?

~ Lyle Moraine from "Christmas Island" originally recorded by The Andrew Sisters ~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Comic Book Empowerment

It’s a natural human reaction to dream of what it would be to being empowered, to be able to solve things that you can’t otherwise.

~ Paul Levitz ~

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Gentle Spirit

I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word--politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.

~ Emma Thompson ~

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Cruel, but composed and bland,
Dumb, inscrutable and grand,
So Tiberius might have sat,
Had Tiberius been a cat.

~ Matthew Arnold ~

Photo by JKönig

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Important Stuff

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.

~ Robert Motherwell ~

Photo courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum

Friday, December 3, 2010

Poetry Friday

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.

~ Robert Frost ~

I hope it's not fatal! --KK

Photo by Elizabeth Thomsen

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

At the Ministry of Stories

You'll be able to find the Ministry of Stories through a secret door inside the first shop in the world to supply the daily needs of monsters of all shapes and sizes.

~ Nick Hornby ~

Photo courtesy Ministry of Stories