Sunday, November 11, 2007

k is for karma

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), short-story writer, novelist, poet and sailor

k is for karma and kitten and kim

pictures: amish farm near kidron, ohio, july 2006;
self-portrait with poussier, fort worth, texas, november, 1975


Unknown said...

Ah yes, would we all realised our interconnectedness and the fact that we cannot live for ourselves alone. Wise man that Melville.
Loved the photos! xx

Salty Miss Jill said...

What a terrific quote to start the week ahead. Thank you for this!

Also...I love the self/kitten portrait. Can I use this as my wallpaper?

jenclair said...

Great quote, but I LOVE the photo!!

Gary said...

wow, I continue to be impressed with your choices. well done.

Anonymous said...

The photo explains it all!!! Neither cat nor camera has been far from your reach. Love the Melville quote as well. Can remember hearing Dick Gregory introduce to me the concept of karma, and it has remained a vivid memory and lesson.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I'm enjoying this tour through the alphabet and I won't even hold it against you that you chose Joy over Junk for the letter J. That self portrait is great. Here is one of me taken two years after yours in Kansas City. Were our paths destined to converge even back then? Were you listening to "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" with its epic "Paprika Plains" at the same time?

mouse (aka kimy) said...


melville was most wise! one of the best classes I took in college was one just on him.

salty - go for it. I'm honored! but do you mean the amish farm pic as wallpaper. the self portrait one isn't in very good shape (technically speaking)wish I had a better copy - I developed and printed the print myself. if you click on the picture to enlarge it you can tell it's not in very good condition. it's had a 'hard life' - who knows where the negative is! unfortunately organizing negatives has never been one of my qualities.

thanks gary your kind words mean A LOT!

gig - dick gregory is a great teacher.

jt - ah sorry about the j...jumping for junk, that would work!

the convergence bit, I think you are on to something! great picture of you - is that a flannel shirt you are wearing, I was quite fond of flannel shirts and do believe I had one just like that!

was I listening to don juan's restless daughter & paprika plains, shirley you jest! one of her best!! well, no I can't say that ...but it's great! have it in vinyl and of course now as a cd.

Unknown said...

I don't think I have seen a self-portrait with as much personality included.

Ms. Mamma said...

I love this! You are so cool. Your daughter is so lucky to have you, this glorious person and artist in her life!