Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.

~ Rupert Brooke ~

Photo by Atomische * Tom Giebel.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


I feel there is an extraordinary shift of consciousness that effects every aspect of our life when we realize we travel on 'spaceship earth' (sharing one sky, one earth plus the air we breathe and the water we drink). We really have one shared destiny. We all live 'downstream' from each other so how each of us lives effects the whole.

~ Shiva Rea ~

NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data provided courtesy of Chris Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Poetry Friday

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.

~ Robert Frost ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Writing only leads to more writing.

~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette ~

Photo courtesy Peter Lanczak.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

You Can't Defy Mother Nature

The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.

~ Paul Hawken ~

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sweet Passions

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.

~ Vladimir Nabokov ~

Photo by katybird.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Another Variation on "Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover"

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller ~

Photo by TrombaMarina.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote takes an aristocrat with a Persian soul to understand the soul of a cat.

~ Carl Van Vechten ~

Image courtesy Walters Art Museum.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.

~ Robert F. Kennedy ~

Friday, June 21, 2013

Poetry Friday tries to convince oneself that the older one gets the less time it takes to say what one has to say. I attribute this canard to the miscalculation of hope over experience, and a certain amount of truth.

~ Charles Wright ~

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Not Exactly a Picture Book!

When I was 5 years old, my mother read me 'Gone With The Wind' at night, before I went to bed. I remember her reading almost all year.

~ Pat Conroy ~

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Aren't We All!

I'm not over-weight, I'm under-tall.

~ Garfield (character created by Jim Davis) ~

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Good Question!

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?

~ Bertolt Brecht ~

Photo by arbyreed.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Not a Bad Compromise

They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?

~ Princess Diana ~

Royal Monogram courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.

~ Raymond Chandler ~

Photo by swhsu.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

So Much Easier

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

~ Frederick Douglass ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Poetry Friday

If the world were clear, art would not exist.

~ Albert Camus ~

Photo by MartusJaav.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

True Love

For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Reviews

From my close observation of writers...they fall into two groups: 1. those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2. those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.

~ Isaac Asimov ~

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Art of the Ordinary

But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art.

~ Russell Banks ~

Monday, June 10, 2013

It Can't Compete!

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers--and never succeeding.

~ Gian Carlo Menotti ~

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Only the cat, padding between the roses,
Shakes a branch and breaks the chequered pattern
As water is broken by the falling of a leaf.

~ Amy Lowell from "The Garden by Moonlight" ~

Photo by ladybugbkt.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Frances Perkins

I wrote the profile of Perkins for Women of the Empire State: 25 New York Women You Should Know, she was one fabulous lady. If only we had followed her advice, we would have had universal healthcare 70 years ago!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Poetry Friday

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Photo courtesy Amherst College Archives.

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.

~ Rose Kennedy ~

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A ha!

As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.

~ Edmond de Goncourt ~

Photo by tanakawho.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Still Possible?

Our earth is but a small star in the great universe. Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a planet unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color, or theory. Grant us that courage and foreseeing to begin this task today that our children and our children's children may be proud of the name of man.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sobering for Sure!

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.

~ Alan Shepard ~

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.

~ Congolese proverb ~

Photo by juicyrai.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Soul Food

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.

~ Luther Burbank ~