Monday, June 30, 2014


There's a boom in genealogy now. With and other sites digitizing so many of the records, you can now find things in a few minutes that used to take months.

~ Henry Louis Gates ~

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

"That's the trouble with living things. Don't last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together..."

~ Lettie Hempstock in The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ~

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Yes We Can!

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

~ Helen Keller ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Poetry Friday

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

~ Langston Hughes ~

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two Very Good Reasons

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

~ Alice Walker ~

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.

~ Bret Harte ~

Photo by David Cook.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sing Away!

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

~ Victor Hugo ~

Photo by Ken Slade.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

People take issue with individual aspects of Wikipedia all the time. But it's kind of hard to hate the general idea of a free encyclopedia. It's like hating kittens.

~ Jimmy Wales ~

Saturday, June 21, 2014

It's Summer!

June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT is the summer solstice, the moment the sun is directly shining down on the Tropic of Cancer, an imaginary line north of the equator. This is the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of summer. Because of the Earth's tilt, this day marks the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Because of this tilt, we have seasons.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Poetry Friday

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

~ John Ciardi ~

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Poetry Friday

No thesaurus can give you those words, no rhyming dictionary. They must happen out of you.

~ Dorothy Fields ~


What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

~ Augustus Saint-Gaudens ~

"The Puritan" courtesy The Athenaeum.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Foxy Advice

A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.

~ Thomas Fuller ~

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bunker Hill

Don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes.

~ William Prescott or Israel Putnam ~

There's some uncertainty as to said this oft-quoted line! Click here to learn more.

Print courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Love It!

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.

~ Fred Allen ~

If you're not familiar with the name, Fred Allen was most famous as a radio entertainer. You can listen to many of his shows at the Internet Archive.

Photo courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon
The creeping cat looked up.

~William Butler Yeats ~

Photo by Kristof Borkowsky.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pay to Play Is the Way

...government regulation may not target the general gratitude a candidate may feel toward those who support him or his allies, or the political access such support may afford.

~ John Roberts ~

It's the beginning of the end for democracy. --KK

Friday, June 13, 2014

Poetry Friday

The word survives the body

~ Lisel Mueller from "The Triumph of Life: Mary Shelley" ~

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's World Cup Time!

Soccer is a magical game.

~ David Beckham ~

Graphic courtesy thinkfootball.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Shyness is about the fear of social judgments--at a job interview or a party you might be excessively worried about what people think of you. Whereas an introvert might not feel any of those things at all, they simply have the preference to be in a quieter setting.

~ Susan Cain ~

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

~ Martha Graham ~

Painting by Edgar Degas, "The Ballet Rehearsal," courtesy The Athenaeum.

Monday, June 9, 2014

True of Most Art

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.

~ Edgar Degas ~

"Ballerinas Adjusting Their Dresses," courtesy The Athenaeum.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Her purrs and mews so evenly kept, time
She purred in metre and she mewed in rhyme.

~ Joseph Green from "A Poet's Lamentation for the Loss of His Cat" ~

Print by Mary Cassatt courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

"The Gobble-uns'll Git You!"

Even English language arts, oh my goodness, the choices for reading pro-homosexual novels out there are vast; the publishing industry is going crazy. I have found many, many school districts recommend these on a selected and chosen school reading list and so you really have to watch for that.

~ Linda Harvey ~

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Poetry Friday

Write little; do it well.

~ Yvor Winters from "To a Young Writer"~

Image courtesy openclipart.


The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.

~ William Tecumseh Sherman ~

We're still waiting for it to happen. --KK

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

All That Is Needed Is a Plan

When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca ~

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Surely if God had meant us to do yoga, he would have put our heads behind our knees.

~ Rod Stewart ~

Graphic courtesy openclipart.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Discussion discussion is the very life of truth.

~ Thomas Huxley ~

Illustration courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Pussy sits behind the log,
How can she be fair?
Then comes in the little dog,
Pussy, are you there?
So, so, dear mistress Pussy,
Pray tell me how you do?
I thank you, little dog,
I’m very well just now.

~ from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies [1833] ~