Friday, January 31, 2014

Poetry Friday

They ask me why I live in the green mountains.
I smile and don't reply; my heart's at ease.
~ Li Bai from "Question and Answer in the Mountains" (tr. Vikram Seth) ~

[Not really a poetry quote, but it is from a poem, and I think poets need to recognize their green mountains. --KK]

Portion of a scroll painting by Huang Guangwang, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

~ Confucius ~

Photo by Elmer B. Domingo.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger

I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.

~ Pete Seeger ~

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.

~ Hugh Jackman ~

Monday, January 27, 2014


Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.

~ Dave Barry ~

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

We’d attribute the NRA’s favorite rock ‘n’ roller’s most recent rant to a bad case of Cat Scratch Fever, but that would be an insult to cats.

~ Janet Allon ~

Photo of Skippy having thoughts of scratching someone © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


The door of success is marked "push" and "pull."

~ Yiddish proverb ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Poetry Friday

It's not for me--religion. It seems like a redundancy for a poet.

~ May Swenson ~

Thursday, January 23, 2014


A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch.

~ James Beard ~

Photo courtesy Oregon Blue Book.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


In any art, you don't know in advance what you want to say--it's revealed to you as you say it.

~ Aaron Siskind ~

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Oscar

The Oscar sits on some shelf above my desk. If there was an earthquake, I could actually be killed by my own Academy Award.

~ Helen Hunt ~

Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Day

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto, courtesy LBJ Presidential Library.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The bird-watching bandit
on needle-point paws

~ J. Patrick Lewis from "A Tomcat Is" ~
Photo by A. Davey.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Be Alert

The world is a thing of wonder that requires no faith, but only alert senses, to appreciate.

~ Jeffrey Tayler ~

Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Poetry Friday

Maybe I should write a poem
about all the people who think
they know what I should be writing poems about.

~ Billy Collins from "The Suggestion Box" ~

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are not traditional literature, but that does not mean they are second-rate. Images are a way of writing. When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw, it seems a shame to choose one. I think it's better to do both.

~ Marjane Satrapi ~

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Liberate Your Soul! (Yes, That Is a Command)

The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.

~ W. Somerset Maugham ~

"Lake Squam from Red Hill" by William Trost Richards (1874), courtesy The Athenaeum.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ideas and Rabbits

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

~ John Steinbeck ~

Monday, January 13, 2014

Filling in Spaces

I think you just assume that your memory is just sort of a video playback of your experience, but it's nothing like that at all. It's a complete refabrication of an event and a lot of it is made up, because you're filling in spaces.

~ Charlie Kaufman ~

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Another Type of Fog Today

Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

~ Daniel J. Boorstin ~

Smudge in a fog of kitty love. The image on the screen is by Patrick Girouard, one of his "Unofficial Talk Like a [fill in the blank] Day" series.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Poetry Friday

Poetry is music, and nothing but music. Words with musical emphasis.

~ Amiri Baraka ~

Rest in peace, Amiri Baraka.

Photo courtesy

Thursday, January 9, 2014

From a Cartoon Master

I actually find a lot of parallels in jazz and cartooning.

~ Gary Larson ~

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Snow!

January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.

~ Sara Coleridge ~

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Nice to Know!

Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?

~ P.L. Travers from Mary Poppins ~

Monday, January 6, 2014


With their pink and crimson plumage, long legs and necks, and strongly hooked bills, flamingos cannot be mistaken for any other type of bird.

~ San Diego Zoo ~

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The steps are a blanched slope,
Up which, with feeble hope,
A black cat comes, wide-eyed and thin;
   And we take him in.
~ Thomas Hardy from "Snow in the Suburbs" ~

Photo by Thiophene Guy.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.

~ Lucy Larcom ~

KK: it is very cold, today--at least in the NH part of the world!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Poetry Friday

Haiku is short and small, but is really like a deep pond.

~ Kuniharu Shimizu ~

I took the photo in Derry, NH, on a walk along the rail trail. I doubt if the pond is deep, but it sure is pretty!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?

~ J. B. Priestley ~

Photo by blmiers2.