Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So True...

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.

~ Ernest Hemingway ~

Photo of Hemingway taken in 1904, courtesy JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Shame She Had to Miss the 2012 Issues

I do a lot of running and hiking, and I also collect stamps--space stamps and Olympics stamps.

~ Sally Ride ~

See other Olympics postage stamps at Philatelynews.com. --KK

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Diddlty, diddlty, dumpty,
The cat ran up the plum tree,
Give her a plum, and down she’ll come,
Diddlty, diddlty, dumpty.

~ Mother Goose ~

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Probably True...

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.

~ Jerry Seinfeld ~

Friday, July 27, 2012

Poetry Friday

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Love This Quote!

Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.

~ Fred Rogers ~

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


It's good to have mysteries. It reminds us that there's more to the world than just making do and having a bit of fun.

~ Charles de Lint ~

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

In Art

To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.

~ Paul Klee ~

"Tropical Blossom" (1920) courtesy Zentrum Paul Klee.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"Don't worry about me. I will die soon enough and go to be with your father and with your poor brothers."

"You're not dying," Pasquale said.

"I am dead already inside," she said. "You should push me out into the sea and drown me like that old sick cat of yours."

Pasquale straightened. "You said my cat ran away. While I was at university."

She shot him a glance from the corner of her eye. "It is a saying."

"No. It's not a saying. There is no saying such as that. Did you and Papa drown my cat while I was in Florence?"

"I'm sick, Pasqo! Why do you torment me?"

~ Jess Walter from Beautiful Ruins: A Novel ~

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Guess What's Winning In 2012

We can have a democracy or we can have great wealth in the hands of a comparative few, but we cannot have both.

~ Louis Brandeis ~

Photo by AMagill.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Poetry Friday

A work of art is one through which the consciousness of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone who is prepared to receive them.

~ Muriel Rukeyser ~

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Feeling Expanded

The awareness that what we are feeling is not necessarily what another is feeling, coupled with our drive to create social bonds with others, gave rise to language and art, to poetry, drawing, dance, sculpture...and music.

~ Daniel J. Levitin ~

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Music Should Reflect the Soul

What is the best music is impossible to define. Just because it's played by a virtuoso player, doesn't mean it's great music. It might not reflect the soul of a people, which is really my criteria for great music.

~ Mickey Hart ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Are You An Internet Addict?

The brains of Internet addicts, it turns out, look like the brains of drug and alcohol addicts.

~ Tony Dokoupil ~

Photo by Pierre-Olivier.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Amelia Earhart

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

~ Amelia Earhart ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote


The cat in the wood cried farewell cried farewell
Farther and farther away and the leaves
Covered her over with sound of the leaves
And sound of the wood O my love O my love
Farther and farther away and the sound
Of leaves overhead when I call to you
Leaves on the ground.

~ Archibald MacLeish ~

Photo by heathergm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Even More Important in 2012

People who wish to govern themselves must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.

~ James Madison ~

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

~ Charles Simic ~

Illustration by R. Caldecott from The Babes in the Wood.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cinderella's Opposite

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How We Live

And all people live, not by reason of any care they have for themselves, but by the love for them that is in other people.

~ Leo Tolstoy ~

Photo courtesy prokudin-gorsky.org.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Where Does the Other 90% Go?

People don't live nowadays: they get about ten percent out of life.

~ Isadora Duncan ~

Photo by Arnold Genthe courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Hobbit (Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture)

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

~ J. R. R. Tolkien from The Hobbit ~

Photo by Heather F.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Stately, kindly, lordly friend,
Here to sit by me, and turn
Glorious eyes that smile and burn,
Golden eyes, love's lustrous meed,
On the golden page I read.

~ Algernon Charles Swinburne
from "To a Cat" ~

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.

~ W. S. Merwin ~

So true! --KK

Photo by Djenan.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Not Any More!

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.

~ Edward P. Morgan ~

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever.

~ Daniel Webster ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Support Your Local Public Library!

Just imagine, every single citizen, everybody of every age in this country can get essentially a free education by going to the public library.

~ David McCullough ~

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Having gone into the inn they all three sat down to table, but none of them had any appetite.

The Cat, who was suffering from indigestion and feeling seriously indisposed, could only eat thirty-five fish with tomato sauce and four portions of tripe with Parmesan cheese; and because she thought the tripe was not seasoned enough, she asked three times for the butter and grated cheese!

~ Carlos Collodi from Pinocchio ~