Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Question!

What might we be doing, thinking, feeling about if we didn't think about body image, ever?

~ Caroline Knapp ~

Image courtesy openclipart.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Endangered Species Act, 40 Years Old

Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed. It is a many-faceted treasure, of value to scholars, scientists, and nature lovers alike, and it forms a vital part of the heritage we all share as Americans.

~ Richard Nixon ~

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

CISCIS afflicts one in three cats.

~ Paul Klusman ~

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Reading Is a Sport

Never tell your reader what your story is about. Reading is a participatory sport. People do it because they are intelligent and enjoy figuring things out for themselves.

~ George V. Higgins ~

Friday, December 27, 2013

Poetry Friday

An artwork must challenge us with questions not soothe us with simple answers. Public art must be more than mere decorative embellishment, it must have poetry.

~ Douglas Kornfeld ~

Photo courtesy Douglas Kornfeld's Google+ page.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

She Spoke the Truth

Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

Photo courtesy National Archives.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

On Christmas morning when I was a child, my mother would leave a book wrapped at the foot of the bed, which was a hint that Santa had come. It was also her way of keeping us in bed a little longer before we went downstairs. So I’ve always associated books with happiness and gifts. And they are. I can’t get enough of them.

~ David McCullough ~

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it's not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others--it's the same with music.

~ will.i.am ~

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Right Jolly Old Elf

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

~ Clement C. Moore ~

Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1912.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

cat christmas tree photo: cat cat-in-christmas-tree_.jpg

Why not share with the world the way it is and tell them my feelings about my cat, and how I played with my kids, and how addicted to Christmas time I am, and the smell of pine needles and hearing my kids laugh.

~ Steven Tyler ~

Photo by Karen Carlton.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mine, Too!

"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.

~ A. A. Milne ~

Ernest Shepard drawing courtesy Pindolla.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Poetry Friday

People expect to find poetry in small literary magazines and at hushed events where a few people read aloud. In fact, poetry is tucked into such small nooks and crannies that some people who might want to find poetry don't know where to begin. Help place poetry in unexpected places.

~ Vivé Griffith ~

Thursday, December 19, 2013


I'd like to see Paris before I die. Philadelphia will do.

~ Mae West ~

Postcard courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gotta Love the Birds

We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.

~ Tom Brown, Jr. ~

Photo by DennyMont.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Art is what remains of a civilization after it has crumbled or been sold into
history. Art is its only claim to immortality. Only art demonstrates that at that time, in that place, there was something excellent. It is art, therefore, which makes life worth living.

~ Kent Thompson ~

Photo "Karnak (Thèbes)" by Félix Teynard, circa 1858, courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can't remember what they are.

~ Matt Lauer ~

Photo by John Loo.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The beauty of the cat is very deceptive, for under the grace of the furry exterior lie concealed steel-like muscles.

~ Carl Van Vechten ~

Photo by Dave Edmonds/Blue Horizon.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rinse, Repeat

This is how it works. We get mad, we fight, we get tired, we get mad, we start again. Rinse, repeat. Feminism isn’t without its flaws, and it doesn’t seem able to speak with one voice or crystallize answers on the darker, stickier aspects of human nature and sexuality. But if I may get Rumsfeldian for a minute, this is the army we have. The fight comes to us whether we seek it or not, whether we want it or not, and whether we are ready or not.

~ Admin Jen ~

Friday, December 13, 2013

Poetry Friday

There's a relationship between the great poems of the world and the great screenplays: they both deal in compact images.

~ Ray Bradbury ~

Photo courtesy raybradbury.com.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cookie Weather!

She stuck her head out and took a deep breath. If she could eat the cold air, she would. She thought cold snaps were like cookies, like gingersnaps.

~ Sarah Addison Allen from The Sugar Queen ~

Photo by picturemommy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Living in Paris was a crash course in chic.

~ Rebecca Romijn ~

Illustration from Origin and Early History of the Fashion Plate by John L. Nevinson.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Go Exercise!

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

~ John F. Kennedy ~

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Power of Shopping

If you're a queen, you're powerless, so I'd probably demote myself and go shopping.

~ Helena Bonham Carter ~

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

How lucky to be a cat
Free to accept or--refuse
What is offered!

~ Walter Leon Hess ~

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rest in Peace

Political division, based on colour, is entirely artificial and, when it disappears, so will the domination of one colour group by another.

~ Nelson Mandela ~

Photo © The World Economic Forum, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Poetry Friday

To say, then, that the writer's lot is a lonely one is not to complain of this, but simply to make the point that to be creative is to be different from those who are not; and so, to that extent also, to be cut off from those others.

~ Mollie Hunter ~

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reindeer Talk

Hermey: Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?

Rudolph: You wouldn't mind my--red nose?

Hermey: Not if you don't mind me being a dentist.

Rudolph: [shaking hands with Hermey] It's a deal.

~ from Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the tv movie ~

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.

~ Louis Nizer ~

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it.

~ Stephen King ~

Monday, December 2, 2013


Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.

~ Khaled Hosseini ~

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The best reason for a knitter to marry is that you can't teach the cat to be impressed when you finish a lace scarf.

~ Stephanie Pearl-McPhee ~

Photo by Sharon G.