Monday, September 30, 2013


Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.

~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

But catnip she would eat, and purr,
But catnip she would eat, and purr.
And goldfish she did much prefer--
Mew, mew, mew.

~ Vachel Lindsay ~

Photo by northern green pixie.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Difficult Problems--Like the Real World

In case you haven't heard, education researchers began realizing a few years ago that all that self-esteem building parents and schools have been doing over the last couple of decades doesn't work. It turns out that if you just tell kids they're smart and wonderful, they have trouble when they encounter difficult problems. Cultivating traits like persistence is much more important.

~ Paul Waldman ~

Friday, September 27, 2013

Poetry Friday

There are thousands of minor poets, but poetry has ceased to be a minor subject. Any one mentally alive cannot escape it. Poetry is in the air, and everybody is catching it.

~ William Lyon Phelps ~

[Note: from The Advance of English Poetry in the Twentieth Century, published 1919.]

Thursday, September 26, 2013


To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.

~ Leonard Bernstein ~

Photo by Jack Mitchell.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Simple Truth

Money often costs too much.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Graphic courtesy Open Clip Art Library.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, September 23, 2013


I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called "slow." It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as "slow"--it's horrible.

~ Robert Benton ~

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?

~ Aldous Huxley ~

Poster courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Peace is ultimately more than just the absence of war. Peace is also the presence of liberty, justice, opportunity, fairness, environmental sustainability, and other ingredients that create a healthy society. but it's difficult to achieve those ingredients when the war system is wreaking havoc as it is today.

~ Paul Chappell ~

Friday, September 20, 2013

Poetry Friday

'My poem is a conversation with you and no one else.'

~ From Swimming Home by Deborah Levy ~

Thursday, September 19, 2013


In the mind of the mariner, there is a superstitious horror connected with the name of Pirate; and there are few subjects that interest and excite the curiosity of mankind generally, more than the desperate exploits, foul doings, and diabolical career of these monsters in human form. A piratical crew is generally formed of the desperadoes and runagates of every clime and nation.

~ Charles Ellms from The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers ~

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Every pioneer and musician who could carry a musket went into the ranks. Even the sick and foot-sore, who could not keep up in the march, came up as soon as they could find their regiments, and took their places in line of battle, while it was battle, indeed.

~ Joshua L. Chamberlain ~

Illustration courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

~ Rudyard Kipling ~

Photo courtesy NY Public Library Digital Gallery.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Perfectly Reasonable Explanation

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

~ Moliere ~

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Unlike the dog, which either wags its tail or does not wag its tail, the cat possesses a wide range of means to convey its emotions: It arches its back, makes its fur stand on end, meows, rubs itself against furniture and against humans, purrs, lashes its tail, spits, and hisses.

~ Philippe Diolé ~

Photo © Diane Mayr. Skippy loving the bookcase.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Plus Name?

Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.

~ John Updike ~

Photo courtesy National Endowment for the Humanities.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Poetry Friday

So variable are the uses of language, so infinitely flexible their application, that the storyteller may turn the simplest of words into poetry powerful enough to express the deepest, most complex of emotions...

~ Mollie Hunter ~

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It Is Important!

If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it.

~ Bill Nye ~

Graphic courtesy Openclipart.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Dot

Everything starts from a dot.

~ Wassily Kandinsky ~

"Forest Landscape with Red Figure" (1902) courtesy The Athenaeum.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just Wow

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.

~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

Painting courtesy Van Gogh Museum.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Delicious Autumn!

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

~ George Eliot ~

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Pussy sits beside the fire. How can she be fair?
In walks a little doggy, "Pussy, are you there?"

~ Mother Goose nursery rhyme ~

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Musings From Captain Underpants

It's been said that adults spend the first two years of their children's lives trying to make them walk and talk, and the next sixteen years trying to get them to sit down and shut up.

It's the same way with potty training: Most adults spend the first few years of a child's life cheerfully discussing pee and poopies, and how important it is to learn to put your pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty like big people do.

But once children have mastered the art of toilet training, they are immediately forbidden to ever talk about poop, pee, toilets and other bathroom-related subjects again. Such things are now considered rude and vulgar, and are no longer rewarded with praise and cookies and juice boxes.

~ Dav Pilkey ~

Friday, September 6, 2013

Poetry Friday

One should be somewhat satisfied if one's work comes to approximate a true record of such moments of "illumination" as are occasionally possible. A sharpening of reality accessible to the poet, to no such degree possible through other mediums.

~ Hart Crane ~

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Use It!

I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them.

~ Janelle Monae ~

Photo by scannerFM.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


I don't want to sound pretentious, but I love art, I like to go to museums, and I like to read books.

~ Rainn Wilson ~

Photo by Nan Palmero.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Do It

Go out and do it and take it to 'em. And play the music.

~ Mickey Hart ~

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers' stone, and the cap of good fortune.

~ James Weldon Johnson ~

[I'm not sure I know what this means, but I like the way it sounds! --KK]

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

A cat came fiddling out of a barn.
With a pair of bag-pipes under her arm:
She could sing nothing but fiddle cum fee,
The mouse has married the bumble-bee;
Pipe, cat—dance, mouse,
We'll have a wedding at our good house.

~ Mother Goose ~