Thursday, June 30, 2011

How Sad Is This?

Every time a child says, "I don’t believe in fairies," there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

~ J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan ~

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Admirable Hobby

I took up a sort of a hobby of just hanging around the local library. I'd pick out an author and I would read all their books.

~ Tom T. Hall ~

Photo by Kevin H.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Monday, June 27, 2011

R.I.P. Peter Falk

Usually, I get hired because I'm tall.

~ Peter Falk ~

Sketch by Peter Falk courtesy

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.

~ Barbara L. Diamond ~

Photo by spear of the nation

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Power of Imagination will find with the proper use of "imagination" almost all the problems in one's life and possibly the world would vanish as if they were illusions.

~ Sidney Madwed ~

Friday, June 24, 2011

Poetry Friday

That's how poetry has always been for me. It's been a way of sustaining my questions about life and mortality and all those things that we don't like to talk about, but they're always there, you know, knocking on the window.

~ Charles Wright ~

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Write Your Own Ending

Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

~ Kermit the Frog from "The Rainbow Connection Finale" ~

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people.

~ Louise Brown ~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Music Is a Gift

A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God...When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.

~ Marian Anderson ~

Photo by Carl Van Vechten courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Big (Hearted) Man

I do read music, but I prefer playing from the heart.

~ Clarence Clemons ~

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, "Can he name a kitten?"

~ Samuel Butler ~

Photo by PDXdj.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer's Here

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.

~ Thomas Carlyle ~

Friday, June 17, 2011

Poetry Friday

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.

~ William Blake ~

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A "W"

I cannot remember back to a year in which I did not consider myself to be a writer, and the younger I was the bigger the capital "W."

~ Maud Hart Lovelace ~

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Let It Shine!

But what I hope for from a book--either one that I write or one that I read--is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer.

~ Anne Tyler ~

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Pernicious" Is a Little Strong

Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.

~ Andre Gide ~

Photo by Michael McDonough.

Monday, June 13, 2011


I'm not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am, because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.

~ Guy Ritchie ~

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Long hair, soft as satin,
    A musical purr,
'Gainst the window she'd flatten
    Her delicate fur

~ Frederick Locker-Lampson from "Loulou and Her Cat" ~

Photo by sean94110.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.

~ Reinhold Niebuhr ~

Image courtesy Open Clip Art Library.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Poetry Friday

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

~ W. H. Auden ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

History is Not a Political Issue

The Archivist of the United States essentially works for the American people across partisan lines and not, regardless of which Administration nominates the person, for a particular President or political party.

~ Allen Weinstein ~

Photo courtesy National Archives.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I found one remaining box of comics which I had saved. When I opened it up and that smell came pouring out, that old paper smell, I was struck by a rush of memories, a sense of my childhood self that seemed to be contained in there.

~ Michael Chabon ~

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.

~ Ethel Merman ~

Does anyone remember Ethel Merman? --KK

Monday, June 6, 2011

And We're Happy He Did It!

It's a precious thing to be communicating to children, helping them discover the gift of language and thought. I'm happy to be doing it.

~ Richard Scarry ~

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Cats eat catnip excitedly,
Get drunk and jump around

~ Howard Moss from "Catnip and Dogwood" ~

Smudge in a drunken stupor on a catnip mat.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

'Tis the Season

In the span of my own lifetime I observed such wondrous progress in plant evolution that I look forward optimistically to a healthy, happy world as soon as its children are taught the principles of simple and rational living.
~ Luther Burbank ~

Friday, June 3, 2011

Poetry Friday

If I could catch the green lantern of the firefly
I could see to write you a letter.

~ Amy Lowell "A Lover" ~

Note: this is the complete poem--only two lines!

Photo by art farmer.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Much Better!

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.

~ Wendell Berry ~

Photo by adwriter.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I'll be all right as long as there's a lending library.

~ Stephen King ~