Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The yellow tom-cat, sunk in shifting fur,
Changes and dreams, a phosphorescent blur.

~ Yvor Winters from "Sonnet to the Moon" ~

Photo by Kerri Lee Smith.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

~ Dalai Lama ~

Photo by ruminatrix.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poetry Friday

My school was the great poets: I read, and I read, and I read.

~ Mary Oliver ~

Photo by moirabot.

A Great Film

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.

~ Roger Ebert ~

Photo courtesy NY Daily News.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

~ Douglas Adams ~

Photo by Michael.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing.

~ Ray Bradbury ~

Photo from

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Best Advice Ever!

If you are going to learn from other writers don't only read the great ones, because if you do that you'll get so filled with despair and the fear that you'll never be able to do anywhere near as well as they did that you'll stop writing. I recommend that you read a lot of bad stuff, too. It's very encouraging. "Hey, I can do so much better than this." Read the greatest stuff but read the stuff that isn't so great, too. Great stuff is very discouraging.

~ Edward Albee ~

Friday, August 22, 2014

Poetry Friday

I am so aching to write
The I could make a song out of a chess-board
And rhyme the intrigues of knights and bishops
And the hollow fate of a checkmated king.

~ Amy Lowell from "Still Life"~

Image courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watch Out for Flying Ukeleles

Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there's music in the air there.

~ Bruno Mars ~

Photo by Grant Palmer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pioneer Aviator

The course of the flight up and down was exceedingly erratic, partly due to the irregularity of the air, and partly to lack of experience in handling this machine.

~ Orville Wright ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Old Movies

Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.

~ Angela Carter ~

Monday, August 18, 2014

In Other Words--A Frat Party

A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.

~ George A. Romero ~

Movie poster courtesy Wikipedia.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

The painter and his cats were inseparable and his Minette was always by his side. Sometimes she would sit upon his knees while kittens perched on his shoulders and rather than disturb his friends he would remain in one attitude for hours.

~ Carl Van Vechten, describing the painter, Gottfried Mind ~

Painting by Gottfried Mind, courtesy Wikipedia.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On the Road to Disaster

Gray economy workers are at risk for low self-esteem, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and depression. Authors of a recent study in Michigan found that chronic job insecurity was a stronger predictor of poor health than either smoking or hypertension, potentially shaving years off a person's lifespan. For society as a whole, the loss of tax revenues is devastating to education, infrastructure and every kind of investment in our future. The poor health of gray economy workers creates a public health crisis. Businesses that play by the rules have a more difficult time competing, and basic trust in a fair playing field diminishes. Poverty and inequality are exacerbated.

~ Lynn Parramore ~

Friday, August 15, 2014

Poetry Friday

I unexpectedly came across this on Tuesday and thought, "What a great quote for the Poetry Friday ending to a Kurious Kitty week of restaurants and cooking!"

Recipes are like poems; they keep what kept us. And good cooks are like poets; they know how to count.

~ Henri Coulette ~

Thursday, August 14, 2014

And That's Not Good!

The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit. And I think that's what's happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal.

~ Michelle Obama ~

Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This Is Mostly True, I'm Sure

Americans, more than any other culture on earth, are cookbook cooks; we learn to make our meals not from any oral tradition, but from a text. The just-wed cook brings to the new household no carefully copied collection of the family's cherished recipes, but a spanking new edition of Fannie Farmer or The Joy of Cooking.

~ John Thorne ~

Photo from the 1936, "Fifth Revised edition," The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, which was given to me by a friend who moved out of the country and needed to downsize. These pages were among the very few that show any obvious use. Perhaps "scientific cookery," a term found in the dedication, wasn't to everyone's liking. --KK

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Great Meals

Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life.

~ Anthony Bourdain ~

[Note: the best film about a meal, and one of my all-time favorites, is Babette's Feast. Context and memory are key! --KK]

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Restaurant Biz

Although the skills aren't hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.

~ Mario Batali ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Your purr sounds like the blowing of feathers in a wind;
It is a strangely comfortable sound,
And there is no other,
For the night smiles and says nothing.

~ Amy Lowell from "After an Illness" ~

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Become a Locavore!

Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.

~ Elizabeth Berry ~

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poetry Friday

If we care about the deepest aspirations of men and women across every community and culture, language and race, then poetry is always relevant because it is the art of the utterance of what we share in our innermost psyches.

~ David Biespiel ~

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

~ Francis of Assisi ~

Image courtesy Wikimedia.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

That's It!

The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.

~ John Huston ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Small Bread Roll Sandwich

The word panino [pa'ni:no] is Italian for "small bread roll"; its plural form is panini. The word is the diminutive form of pane (bread). In some English- and French-speaking countries, panini is sometimes used as a singular word (like salami, also an Italian plural noun) and sometimes pluralized as paninis.

In Italian, panino refers properly to a bread roll and panino imbottito (stuffed panino) to a sandwich. Paninoteca is the word for a sandwich bar.

Panino is also often used to refer to a sandwich in general.

~ Wikipedia ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

~ Edward Lear ~

Illustration by William Foster.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Regarding an Issue Close to Home--Market Basket

The American economy no longer exists to support a thriving middle class, or to help the weakest among us attain a livable wage for an honest day's work. It is solely in existence to add to the pile of wealth for the unchecked at the top.

~ Chris Faraone ~

Friday, August 1, 2014

Poetry Friday

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

~ Emily Dickinson ~