Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Of all our sunny world
I wish only for a garden sofa
where a cat is sunning itself.

~ Edith Södergran from "A Wish"~

Photo by mattbuck4950.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Where Are You Heading?

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

~ Lao Tzu ~

Graphic courtesy openclipart.

Interesting Observation

I have no luddite prejudice against new technology; it's just that books look as if they contain knowledge, while e-readers look as if they contain information.

~ Julian Barnes ~

Friday, May 29, 2015

Poetry Friday

I tend to like poems that engage me--that is to say, which do not bore me.

~ Mark Strand ~

Thursday, May 28, 2015

We All Need One!

I don't think you'll ever have a perfect world because we humans are prone to error, and so we're always in search of an upgrade.

~ Henry Rollins ~

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Good Advice!

If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft.

~ Snoop Dogg ~

Photo by Eva Rinaldi.

Monday, May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.

~ George Santayana ~

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Peace Like a River

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

~ Horatio Gates Spafford ~

In memory of my friend, Jena.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Poetry Friday

No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.

~ Oscar Wilde ~

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Internet Archive Needs Us!

At the Internet Archive, we know we can’t preserve the world’s knowledge alone. We will need the public’s help to curate our shared human culture. So we are embarking on a two-year project to build a toolset and user interface that allow communities outside the Archive to save, manage and share their cultural treasures--further democratizing access to all knowledge. Citizen-archivists will be able to build collections, enhance metadata and join like-minded communities in deciding what of our history gets archived and made accessible to everyone, forever, for free.

~ Wendy Hanamura from "Knight Foundation to Support Toolsets for Building Libraries Together" ~

Monday, May 18, 2015

Oh, Yeah, This Is What We Need--Another Gadget

BinCam is a two-part system designed to increase individuals’ awareness of their food waste and recycling behaviour. It uses a standard kitchen bin augmented with a mobile phone to automatically capture and log an individual’s waste management activity. Photos are tagged using a crowd sourcing service and uploaded to the BinCam application on a social network site, which encourages playful engagement and reflection upon a user’s personal bin data. People can review and share communications about the bin-related behaviour of themselves and others.

~ BinCam website ~

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

When they’re well-matched, it’s good for cats to have companionship.

~ Marva Marrow ~

"Two Cats" by Suzanne Valadon (1918), courtesy The Athenaeum.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Forever Explaining

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Statue at the Museum of the Little Prince, Hakone, Japan, courtesy Wikimedia.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Poetry Friday

The poet will seek to clothe herself in sparrows.

~ Larry Sawyer from "Sundial" ~

Can I just say how much I love this line? I love it! --KK

Illustration from Bird-Lore from National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals (1899), courtesy Internet Archive.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's About Time!

As a result of Title IX, and a new generation of parents who want their daughters to have the opportunities they never had, women's sports have arrived.

~ Sheryl Swoopes ~

The attitude that existed in this 1904 illustration, courtesy Library of Congress, sadly persisted for decades longer. Click on the image to enlarge for easier reading.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Henry Sounds Like a Surfer!

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Print courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On the Passing of Ruth Rendell

While most of the things you've worried about have never happened, it's a different story with the things you haven't worried about. They are the ones that happen.

~ Ruth Rendell ~

Monday, May 11, 2015

Remembering Kurt Cobain

If it's illegal to rock and roll,
throw my ass in jail!

~ Kurt Cobain ~

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Some years ago there was a cat-concert held in Paris. It was called "Concert Miaulant," from the mewing of the animals. They were trained by having their tails pulled every time a certain note was struck, and the unpleasant remembrance caused them to mew each time they heard the sound again.

~ from The Queer The Quaint The Quizzical: A Cabinet for the Curious by Frank H. Stauffer (1882) ~

"Un Concert de Chats: Le Lion Présidant une assemblée de Betes" (1862) courtesy NY Public Library Digital Collections.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.

~ Lydia Maria Child ~

Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Poetry Friday

Nothing is too small. Nothing is too, quote-unquote, ordinary or insignificant. Those are the things that make up the measure of our days, and they're the things that sustain us. And they're the things that certainly can become worthy of poetry.

~ Rita Dove ~

Photo by Fred Viebahn, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Men are what their mothers made them.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Children's Book Week

"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing."

~ E. B. White from Charlotte's Web ~

Monday, May 4, 2015

Twenty-First Century Angst

Making lists of favorite things is, for me, a task ridden with anxiety. What if I've accidentally excluded something I love? What if I discover something new tomorrow that I love even more?

~ Sara Zarr ~

Friday, May 1, 2015

Poetry Friday

What is undeniable is that manner and matter, the theme and the way in which it is expressed, the meaning and the structure, cannot be separated without vital injury to the poem.

~ Babette Deutsch ~