Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Perfection is attained by slow degrees;
it requires the hand of time.

~ Voltaire ~

Illustration courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.

~ Amy Tan ~

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Life of the Party!

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.

~ Frederick Buechner ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Every life should have nine cats.

~ Author unknown ~

Illustration by Louis Wain courtesy Library of Congress.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Laws and Freedom

Laws do not constrain freedom; they enable it. Look at civil rights. Without laws none of us are free.

~ Margot Livesey ~

Friday, December 26, 2014

Poetry Friday

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

~ Walt Whitman ~

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;

~ Sara Teasdale from "Barter" ~

"Christmas Morning" by Henry Mosler, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

We Are the Frayers

If we think we have ours and don't owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.

~ Marian Wright Edelman ~

Friday, December 19, 2014

Poetry Friday

Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

~ Sara Teasdale from "A Winter Bluejay" ~
Photo by Joseph Baranowski.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One and the Same

In the Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with the letter chet. The chet’s "ch" sound is not enunciated like the "ch" in child; rather it’s a guttural, throaty sound—like the "ch" in Johann Bach—which does not have an English equivalent. The letter "H" is the closest, but it’s not really it. So while some people spell and pronounce it "Chanukah" and others settle for "Hanukkah," they really are one and the same.

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Photo of dreidels courtesy Wikimedia.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Book

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.

~ Franz Kafka ~

A Mouse!

I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing--that it was all started by a mouse.

~ Walt Disney ~

Image courtesy Wikipedia.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Building Block

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

~ Frank Zappa ~

Illustration courtesy NASA.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Theatre

The theatre is traditionally where people go to hear the truth.

~ David Mamet ~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Poetry Friday

Sometimes the best poems come after bad starts.

~ Douglas Florian ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ugly Sweaters

"Hello, Lobster!"

The boy in the crimson sweater raised a pair of blue eyes to the speaker's face and a little frown crept into the sun-burned forehead; but there was no answer.

~ Ralph Henry Barbour from The Crimson Sweater. ~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm Glad Someone Likes It

Winter is good--his Hoar Delights

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Photo by quas.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

And It's Sometimes Quite Scrumptious!

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.

~ Charles M. Schulz ~

Photo by LabyrinthX.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.

~ Susan Sontag ~

Illustration courtesy openclipart.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I'm sorry, but I don't know who created this; I found it unattributed on Facebook.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

How Lovely...

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I would walk in my garden forever.

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson ~

"In the Flower Garden" by Robert Lewis Reid, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Poetry Friday

And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.

~ Mark Strand ~

Thursday, December 4, 2014


War remains the decisive human failure.

~ John Kenneth Galbraith ~

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.

~ Bono ~

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them.

~ Karl Lagerfeld ~

Monday, December 1, 2014


The more exposure people have to the realities of factory farming, the more we will see people rejecting it. It's already happening.

~ Jonathan Safran Foer ~