Saturday, December 31, 2011

I've Noticed It Too!

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

~ Susan B. Anthony ~

Friday, December 30, 2011

Poetry Friday

When clever people ask me where
I get a poem, I despair,
I'm apt to tell them in New York
I think I get it via stork

~ Robert Frost from "A-Wishing Well" ~

Thursday, December 29, 2011


After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

~ Nelson Mandela ~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yeah, Right...

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

~ Johannes Sebastian Bach ~

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Within caving circles, I’m told, spelunker now means an untrained and unknowledgeable amateur explorer; the more experienced prefer to term themselves cavers, which is also the usual British term. Scientists and cavers who explore with serious purpose continue to call themselves speleologists.

~ Michael Quinion ~

Photo by scot2342.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hear, Hear!

I really don't mind paying more taxes. I'd rather pay for taxes than cut "Reading is Fundamental" or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American.

~ Matt Damon ~

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"They're a miserable lot," said the old maid, fondling her cats defiantly; "but let 'em. It's Christmas. Ah!" she added, as one of the eight stood up in her lap and rubbed its cheek against hers, "they're innocent. It isn't poor little animals that does the harm. It's men and women that does it to each other."

~ Jacob A. Riis from "Merry Christmas in the Tenements" ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hide Quick!

"Hide quick, er you're too late!-—
Them bells is stoppin' at the gate!-—
Git back o' them--'air chairs an' hide,
'Cause I hear Santy's voice outside!"

An' Bang! bang! bang! we heerd the door—-
Nen it flewed open, an' the floor
Blowed full o' snow—-

~ James Whitcomb Riley from A Defective Santa Claus ~

Friday, December 23, 2011

Poetry Friday

There is little that is as deeply satisfying than the apt poem. It’s like chocolate for the soul. Except less fattening. It resolves the nervous system, captures the elusive experience of being alive so we may always have it and never lose it.

~ Helena Bonham Carter ~

Image courtesy Chocolate Reviews.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Oh, Yeah!

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

~ Barbara Jordan ~

Photo by Curtis McCormick.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Making a Reader

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

~ Emilie Buchwald ~

Image courtesy Open Clip Art Library.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

~ Plato ~

Monday, December 19, 2011

R.I.P. Russell Hoban (and Frances)

I do not like the way you slide,
I do not like your soft inside,
I do not like you lots of ways,
And I could do for many days
Without eggs.

~ Russell Hoban from Bread and Jam for Frances ~

Photo by avlxyz.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Nothing's more playful than a young cat, nor more grave than an old one.

~ Thomas Fuller ~

Photo courtesy LollypopFarm.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Why We Need Librarians

It's not enough for children to know how to read--they must be proficient critical thinkers. There is an assumption that today's students know how to effectively and ethically use the technology that is becoming pervasive in our society. But, the reality is that all too often today's students lack the ability to analyze information found online.

~ Carl Harvey ~

Friday, December 16, 2011

Poetry Friday

I am sure that there is a giggly aquifer under poetry.

~ Kay Ryan from "Laugh While You Can: A Consideration of Poetry" ~

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Every social injustice is not only cruel, but it is economic waste.

~ William Feather ~

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Is This Sad or What?

Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

~ Stephen Fry ~

World Peace

The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

Photo courtesy Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Funny How That Works...

The horse that you love draws more than four oxen.

~ Danish proverb ~

Monday, December 12, 2011


Never judge a reindeer close up if you got it from a rich man, you may find that some of the antlers are missing.

~ Finnish proverb ~

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory, and grasp
The tail that like a monstrous Asp coils round your heavy velvet paws!

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Photo by laihui.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

In Order to Live

~ Yves Saint Laurent, read the rest courtesy Matt Olson at ROLU. ~

Friday, December 9, 2011

Poetry Friday

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

~ Truman Capote ~

Thursday, December 8, 2011


There is no friend as loyal as a book.

~ Ernest Hemingway ~

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remembering Pearl Harbor

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~

Photo courtesy FDR Library.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Talk to the Animals

Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen, though...That's the problem.

~ Benjamin Hoff ~

Monday, December 5, 2011

So Very Sad

Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms.

~ Lord Byron ~

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

With tail erect and pompous march,
    The proudest puss that ever trod,
Through many a grove, 'neath many an arch,
    Impenetrable as a god.

~ Lytton Strachey ~

Photo by Iscan.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Secret Sorrows

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Friday, December 2, 2011

Poetry Friday

If you're not alive and kicking,
shame on you!

~ Langston Hughes, "Shame on You" ~

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Snail

little snail
inch by inch, climb
Mount Fuji!

~ Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue ~

Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pop-Up Books

As the Depression years deepened, American book publishers sought ways to rekindle book buying. In the 1930s, Blue Ribbon Publishing of New York hit upon a combination that proved successful. They animated Walt Disney characters and traditional fairy tales with pop-ups. Blue Ribbon was the first publisher to use the term "pop-up" to describe their movable illustrations.

~ Ann Montanaro from A Concise History of Pop-up and Movable Books ~

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This Is So True!

All those people whose faces decorate the shopping bags of Barnes and Noble, with a few exceptions, would never get published today.

~ Mark Crispin Miller ~

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Allowing Is the Hard Part

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

~ Scott Adams ~

Dilbert by Scott Adams courtesy

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

remember that
there is a
adjusting to the
space of itself
with a delightful

~ Charles Bukowski from "In Other Words" ~

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Absolutely Necessary

It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced.

~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

Friday, November 25, 2011

Poetry Friday

Poetry in its most simplistic definition is the artistic use of words that we shrink down into a brief form.

~ Fabu ~

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

May we recall the courage of those who settled a wilderness, the vision of those who founded the Nation, the steadfastness of those who in every succeeding generation have fought to keep pure the ideal of equality of opportunity and hold clear the goal of mutual help in time of prosperity as in time of adversity.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt from the 1933 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation ~

Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bring On the Pie

Men may come and men may go...but Pie goes on for ever.

~ George Augustus Sala from America Revisited ~

Photo by Stef Noble.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who Knew He Had a Sense of Humor?

If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay.

~ Robert J. Dole ~

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Moon

If you strive for the moon, maybe you'll get over the fence.

~ James Wood ~

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

His purrs lightly
Embroider the air.

~ May Sarton from "Luxury" ~

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Envelope Pushing

Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television.

~ Original source unknown ~

About one minute into the video below you'll find a striking example of what is wrong with the media today. --KK

Friday, November 18, 2011

Poetry Friday

Writing for me is a way of understanding what is happening to me, of thinking hard things out. I have never written a book that wasn't born out of a question I needed to answer for myself. Perhaps it is the need to remake order out of chaos over and over again. For art is order, but it is made out of the chaos of life.

~ May Sarton ~

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Not a Gobble?

A group of Turkeys is called a rafter rather than a flock or a gobble as most people incorrectly refer to them.

~ from Think Differently About Sheep website ~

Photo by brentdanley.

Monday, November 14, 2011

He Gave It His Best

Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.

~ Norman Rockwell ~

Norman Rockwell's studio photo by Carol M. Highsmith courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Thinks when we stroke him he's doing us a favour
Maybe he's right, at that
~ Joan Aiken from "Cat" ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Political Parties

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.

~ John Arbuthnot ~

Photo by rexhammock.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Poetry Friday

Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.

~ Wallace Stevens ~

Thursday, November 10, 2011


The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.

~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton ~

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.

~ Ted Hughes ~

Monday, November 7, 2011

An Admirable Woman

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.

~ Helen Keller ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

This is the Cat, that killed the rat,
That ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

~ Mother Goose rhyme ~

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Life Is a Party

Someone said that life is a party. You join in after it's started and leave before it's finished.

~ Elsa Maxwell ~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Poetry Friday

If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?

~ Alice Walker ~

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It Can't?

As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.

~ Chris Van Allsburg ~

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Definition of Life

Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that's what we are.

~ Mickey Hart ~

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Photo by plochingen.