Monday, April 30, 2012

Theater: the Original Interactive Media

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.

~ Orson Welles ~

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"Please--ma'am--the cat has put her kittens--in--your--bonnet!"

Such a breach of discipline had never been known before in our prim household, where there was a place for everything, and everything had a place.

My mother pushed her spectacles on to her forehead, and, looking severely at Ann, said: "Which one, Ann? My summer bonnet, or--my winter bonnet?"

"The one with the fur lining, ma'am."

"And a most comfortable bonnet to live in, I'm sure!" replied my mother sarcastically, as much as to say that she wished all cats had such a choice under the circumstances. "Another cat would have chosen the one with the lace and the violets, out of sheer perverseness. But there--I knew I could depend on a cat which had been trained in my house."

~ Charles Morley from "Peter: A Cat O' One Tail" ~

Photo by CRASH:candy.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

~ Margaret Fuller ~

Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Poetry Friday

...I was to learn that Mama had an articulate theory about reading poetry aloud to children, a theory not surprising for she was a pianist. It did not matter, she was convinced, if we could not understand all the words. We could enjoy the beautiful sound of them.

~ Helen Ferris ~

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Author As Princess

I must be like the princess who felt the pea through seven mattresses; each book is a pea.

~ C. S. Forester ~

(Note: the poor man must have been bruised something awful--he wrote more than 50 books! --KK)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On Being a Princess

Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.

~ Princess Diana ~

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

This From a Mother of Nine

I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.

~ Queen Victoria ~

Monday, April 23, 2012

Preservation Week

More than 4.8 Billion Artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections, and archaeological repositories in the United States. 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost.

~ American Library Association Preservation Week Fact Sheet ~

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~

Carol M. Highsmith photo of Wright's Church of the Holy Cross courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Poetry Friday

The important thing about writing is the rewriting. In order to make a poem look unworked, you have to work a lot.

~ Kay Ryan ~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

He's Right!

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.

~ Richard Avedon ~

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

An Excellent Track Record!

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.

~ Harriet Tubman ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Tofu can be used as a high-protein meat substitute, as well as a denture adhesive or tile grout.

~ Dave Barry ~

Photo by jazzijava.

Monday, April 16, 2012

It's What's Inside...

    O, what may man within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!

~ William Shakespeare from Measure for Measure ~

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Even Jenny, the ship's cat as part of the crew, had immediately found herself a comfortable corner; she varied her usual Christmas routine on previous ships by presenting Titanic with a litter of kittens in April.

~ Violet C. Jessop ~

Saturday, April 14, 2012

True Of So Many Things!

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.

~ Edgar Degas ~

"Waiting" courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.

~ Robert Frost ~

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So Is "Pizza"

Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.

~ Charles Dickens ~

Photo of Moroccan chicken with prunes by Mongiesama.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pruning--Not Just For Trees

Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.

~ Henri Matisse ~

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

So Sad

When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

~ Isaac Asimov ~

Monday, April 9, 2012

Princely Advice!

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer ~

Photo by -Jeffrey-.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Easter greetings to all cats and their people! --KK

Postcard courtesy riptheskill.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Poetry Friday

The basic line in any good verse is cadenced...building it around the natural breath structures of speech.

~ Kenneth Rexroth ~

Thursday, April 5, 2012

And Yet the U.S. Refuses to Get Behind It!

Green technologies--going green--is bigger than the Internet. It could be the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century.

~ John Doerr ~

Photo by Steve Abraham.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Q: Why did the chicken lay her egg on a axe?
A: She wanted to hachet.

~ Anonymous ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Great Expectations

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.

~ Charles Dickens ~

Monday, April 2, 2012

Literature About Chickens?

I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.

~ E. B. White ~

Photo courtesy Skokie Public Library.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote


When I grow up, I plan to keep
eleven cats, and let them sleep
on any bedspread that they wish,
and feed them people's tuna fish.
~ Maxine Kumin ~

Photo by Tom Clifton.