Thursday, May 31, 2012


Berry comes from an Indo-European root meaning "to shine," perhaps for the bright colors of many small fruits.

~ Harold McGee from On Food and Cooking:
The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Image by robynejay.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

R.I.P. Leo Dillon

When we first met, we thought that there would be vast differences between us since we were different races and from different cultures. It wasn’t long before we began to understand that there really is no difference between people. There might be ideas that you’ve grown up with and believe are true. But you realize early on that those are really surface things; that underneath it all, we’re the same.

~ Leo Dillon ~

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's the Smart Thing To Do!

It is no disgrace to move out of the way of the elephant.

~ Vietnamese proverb ~

Photo by easegill.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

summer grasses
all that remains
     of soldiers' dreams

~ Basho ~

Photo courtesy the U.S. Army.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

from his hole
the snake pokes his head...
the cat slaps it

~ Issa translated by David G. Lanoue ~

Saturday, May 26, 2012


It think maybe that's why people write fiction, and why people read it, is because you don't know who you are unless you can imagine being otherwise.

~ Marilynne Robinson ~

Friday, May 25, 2012

Poetry Friday

Haiku shows us what we knew all the time, but didn't know that we knew.

~ R.H. Blyth ~

Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

People ≠ Gods

I turn people into human beings by not making them into gods.

~ Imogen Cunningham ~

Photo © Imogen Cunningham Trust, courtesy National Galleries of Scotland.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Internet

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.

~ Andrew Brown ~

Photo by Steve Rhode.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dreamy Shoes

Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.

~ Ryunosuke Satoro ~

Photo courtesy the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Number 3 Was Unexpected!

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts--the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

~ John Ruskin ~

Mary Cassatt, "The Boating Party," courtesy National Gallery of Art.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

She rubs my chin
and purrs away,
as if I am
a game to play!

~ Aileen Fisher from "My Cat and I" ~

Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Feminist Makeover

Feminism represents all women, young and old, pretty and plain, boisterous and shy, married and single, straight and gay. That's the whole point. Instead of lumping all of us in with some generalized definition of womanhood, feminism seeks to allow each individual the freedom to define herself.

~ Digby ~

Friday, May 18, 2012

Poetry Friday

Words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply engraved in a child's mind, they are not easily eradicated.

~ May Sarton ~

Thursday, May 17, 2012


People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. It is fresher than anything in the supermarket and that means it is tastier and more nutritious. It is also good for your local economy--buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business.

~ website ~

Image courtesy NH Dept. of Agriculture.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

So Sad

I'm in awe of people out there who deal with Alzheimer's, because they have to deal with death 10 times over, year after year.

~ Marcia Wallace ~

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Something We Never Seem to Understand

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.

~ François Fénelon ~

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

1. Find sunbeam.
2. Lie down.
3. Sunbeam moves just as you fall asleep.
4. Wake up cold.
5. Repeat until you are a nihilist.

~ Henri, le Chat Noir ~

Courtesy Henri, le Chat Noir

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Good Job!

Once you start to see praise for what it is--and what it does--these constant little evaluative eruptions from adults start to produce the same effect as fingernails being dragged down a blackboard. You begin to root for a child to give his teachers or parents a taste of their own treacle by turning around to them and saying (in the same saccharine tone of voice), "Good praising!"

~ Alfie Kohn ~

Friday, May 11, 2012

Poetry Friday

Spider, you and I are kin;
Our deepest selves we both disburse.
Your entrails into silk you spin,
      And I mine into verse.

~ Paul Scott Mowrer ~

Photo by cybershotking.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Science or Politics or Both?

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

~ Albert Einstein ~

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Original Wild Thing

I often went to bed without supper cause I hated my mother's cooking. So, to go to bed without supper was not a torture to me. If she was gonna hurt me, she'd make me eat. That's true, too.

~ Maurice Sendak ~

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Children's Book Week

A great nation is a reading nation.

~ Frederic Melcher ~

Poster courtesy Children's Book Week.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Strawberry Bank

"Oh, Mother, see what we have found! The bank was covered with berries, even after we had picked all these!"

"Why, boys, it is just like the home-land! Surely Captain John Smith had described this Place well for Prince Charles to name it New England. Already I feel better, for this land is not so strange since home things grow here."

The boys found that even the sassafras could not have given her more pleasure. They went to bed that night before dark, contented with their search and anxious to return to the strawberry field.

For twenty years the land about the Great House was called Strawberry Bank. Though that was almost three hundred years ago and the name was afterward changed to Portsmouth, there are now many people in New England, and some outside, who know just what spot is meant when they hear of Strawberry Bank.

~ Edith Gilman Brewster from Some Three Hundred Years Ago, The W. B. Ranney Company, Printers, Concord, New Hampshire, © 1922 ~

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

We had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat.

This latter was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree. In speaking of his intelligence, my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise. Not that she was ever serious upon this point--and I mention the matter at all for no better reason than that it happens, just now, to be remembered.

~ Edgar Allan Poe from "The Black Cat" ~

Photo by spacecookypk.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Free the People!

We'll free the people with music.

~ Bob Marley ~

Friday, May 4, 2012

Poetry Friday

They are milestones to see where you are now, to perpetuate your feelings, to establish them. If you have in any way touched the central heart of mankind's feelings, you'll survive.

~ Richard Eberhart ~

Photo by sleepymyf.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pretty Creepy If You Take It Literally...

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

~ Gilbert Highet ~

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Good Advice!

One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full.

~ Muriel Spark ~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man's greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked.

~ Vincente Fox ~

Photo by Darkest Before Dawn.