Friday, July 31, 2015

Poetry Friday

I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore. That's one of the things you learn not to know.

~ Howard Nemerov ~

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

No Matter How Small...

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

~ Tennessee Williams ~

Photo by brewbooks, some rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Preeminent Ballet

What War and Peace is to the novel and Hamlet is to the theater, Swan Lake is to ballet--that is, the name which to many people stands for and sums up an art form.

~ Robert Gottlieb ~

© The New York Public Library.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.

~ James Herriot ~

Photo by Luke-of-Kondor.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Discussion

The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings.
~ John Metta ~

Has anyone read Go Set a Watchman? The above statement is clearly supported by that book. Although I thought the book could have used a lot of editing, its discussion possibilities are endless. --KK

Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry Friday

A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that "great wits have short memories:" and whereas, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort, is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day’s reading or conversation. There you enter not only your own original thoughts, (which, a hundred to one, are few and insignificant) but such of other men as you think fit to make your own, by entering them there.

~ Jonathan Swift from "A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet" ~

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Love This!

He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.

~ P. G. Wodehouse ~

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you're lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you're in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don't see sharks.

~ Sylvia Earle ~

Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, courtesy Library of Congress.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

~ Oprah Winfrey ~

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.

~ Mark Twain ~

Illustration by Mark Twain, courtesy Internet Archive.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Strong Enough

So maybe all the questions can boil down to this: Looking at a so-called Strong Female Character, would you—the writer, the director, the actor, the viewer—want to be her? Not want to prove you’re better than her, or to have her praise you or acknowledge your superiority. Action movies are all about wish-fulfillment. Does she fulfill any wishes for herself, rather than for other characters? When female characters are routinely "strong" enough to manage that, maybe they’ll make the "Strong Female Characters" term meaningful enough that it isn’t so often said sarcastically.

~ Tasha Robinson ~

Friday, July 17, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.

~ Thomas Aquinas ~

Painting courtesy WikimediaCommons.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Art Is Crafts and Crafts is Art

But the very definition of art has been biased in that "art" was what men did in a European tradition and 'crafts' were what women and natives did. But it's actually all the same.

~ Gloria Steinem ~

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's Hoopla Day!


a: excited commotion

[The hoopla creates expectations that generally can't be met. We'll see... --KK]

Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Patrick Stewart!

I am not the archetypal leading man. This is mainly for one reason: as you may have noticed, I have no hair.

~ Patrick Stewart ~

Photo courtesy Patrick Stewart Network.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Outrageous, But Happening Nonetheless

I find it incredible and outrageous that public and school libraries are being forced to close--we'll all pay the price in the long term.

~ Anthony Browne ~

Friday, July 10, 2015

Poetry Friday

Simplicity is the glory of expression.

~ Walt Whitman ~

Walt Whitman cottage photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks!

A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.

~ Tom Hanks ~

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Oops! And Ice Cream

Oops, because I forgot to post a quote yesterday. In my case creeping senility has picked up the pace.

Today's quote:

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

~ Thornton Wilder ~

Photo courtesy NY Public Library Digital Collections.

Monday, July 6, 2015

It's Time We Started

We must learn to see the world anew.

~ Albert Einstein ~

This applies to almost everything creative and/or requiring thought! --KK

Photo, ISS043E256340 (05/26/2015) --- The crew of Expedition 43 on board the International Space Station took this Earth observation image of Australia that captures the imagination with its brilliant blues and rugged cliffs along the waters edge. The view is of northern Australia, along the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland, courtesy NASA.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday's Kat Kwote

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

~ Martin Buber ~

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July! the end of the day, we’re part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.

~ Barack Obama ~

Illustration courtesy

Friday, July 3, 2015

Poetry Friday

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

~ Amy Lowell ~

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ya Think?

I shouldn't be saying this--high treason, really--but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.

~ Stephen Fry ~

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We, Too, Are Headed Toward Extinction

Just as fossil fuels from conventional sources are finite and are becoming depleted, those from difficult sources will also run out. If we put all our energy and resources into continued fossil fuel extraction, we will have lost an opportunity to have invested in renewable energy.

~ David Suzuki ~