Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

When I am feeling
all I have to do is
watch my cats
and my

~ Charles Bukowski ~

Photo by Appaloosa.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


I missed yesterday's kwote and I almost missed today's! What is wrong with me? --KK

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

~ Charles Baudelaire ~

"Portait de Baudelaire" by Gustave Courbet courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If Only All Movies Were Good Movies!

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.

~ Roger Ebert ~

Monday, November 24, 2014

R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Directing is mystifying. It's a long, long, skid on an icy road, and you do the best you can trying to stay on the road...If you're still here when you come out of the spin, it's a relief. But you've got to have the terror if you're going to do anything worthwhile.

~ Mike Nichols ~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Little cat, are you as glad to have me to lie upon
As I am to feel your fur under my hand?

~ Amy Lowell from "After an Illness" ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


We used to have contests at the elementary school--who could read the most books in a week or a month. I’d power through 30, 50 books. I was unstoppable. Just loved the feel and the smell of the pages. Loved immersing my brain into uncharted territories. Loved turning that last page and closing the book, a changed man. Still do.

~ Neil Patrick Harris ~

Photo by mikefats.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Poetry Friday

There is no "must" in art, because art is free.

~ Wassily Kandinsky ~

Kandinsky painting, 1911, courtesy Wikipedia.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sweet Comfort

There's no denying that candy is comfort food and it's affordable.

~ Dylan Lauren ~

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morehouse's Comet

In Morehouse's comet of 1908 tails were repeatedly formed and discarded to drift bodily out into space and float away.

~ From "The Vagaries of a Comet's Tail," Indianapolis Star, May 20, 1910 ~

Stereocard courtesy Museum of Photographic Arts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Like a blazing comet, I've traversed infinite nights, interstellar spaces of the imagination, voluptuousness and fear.

~ Antonio Tabucchi ~

Illustration courtesy The Public Domain Review.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.

~ Mary Roberts Rinehart ~

Photo by Phil Guest.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Last week I posted a really creepy animated cat video about Schrödinger's Cat. This one is a reasoned explanation of the Schrödinger's Cat "thought experiment," and much more palatable!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Whatever you are, be a good one.

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

Matthew Brady photograph courtesy Wikimedia.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Poetry Friday

The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes.

~ Charles Baudelaire ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


There are two ways to think about kindness. You can think about it as a fixed trait: either you have it or you don’t. Or you could think of kindness as a muscle. In some people, that muscle is naturally stronger than in others, but it can grow stronger in everyone with exercise.

~ Emily Esfahani Smith ~

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Perfect Gift

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

~ Charles M. Schulz ~

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Thought

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.

~ Francois Fenelon ~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Light As a Medium

To be a painter, one must work with rays of light.

~ Edvard Munch ~

Photo from Munch Museum (Oslo) website.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Sorry, no quote, just an animated cat VIDEO! (And a pretty creepy one at that!)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

No Excuses Accepted

There is no excuse for a culture of hate.

~ Neil Gaiman ~

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Poetry Friday

Usually a poem takes shape acoustically--a line or a pair of lines will repeat itself in my ear.

~ Thomas Lynch ~

He's Got It!

I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.

~ Mark Haddon ~

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I Believe He's Right!

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

~ Michelangelo ~

"The Conversion of Saul" courtesy The Athenaeum. Click on the image to enlarge. (Look at the man below the horse at the bottom of the picture--doesn't it look like he's carrying some kindergartener's backpack? Michelangelo was 500 years ahead of his time! --KK)


Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

~ Francisco Goya ~

Goya self-portrait (1795) courtesy Wikiart.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Only One!

[This should be tacked up in every home! --KK]

Monday, November 3, 2014

Vote Tomorrow!

A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Then the cat-shadow darted at her,
through her legs, and slipped outside.
It mingled with the shadows of bare branches,
and leapt at the shadow of a bird.

~ John Philip Johnson from "Bones and Shadows" ~

Photo by Gordon.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween's Over--Vote Smart on Tuesday!

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

~ H. L. Mencken ~