Thursday, June 19, 2008

amused to death

one animal's amusement is another's trepidation as the picture of dixie and tsuki so clearly illustrates. to be perfectly honest tsuki was fine (even purring) up until dixie decided she wanted to lick him. I guess a big dog tongue isn't quite the same as being groomed by a dainty cat tongue!

amusement is our theme this week because it's summertime and amusement is the keyword for the season! it doesn't take much to amuse me and my amusements are simple - reading a book, going off on a wander, reveling in the beauty of nature, spending time in the studio, working on a new culinary creation, and enjoying the company of family and friends - just to name a few things.

I thought it would be amusing to see what others have written as they muse on amusement:
"To find recreation in amusement is not happiness." Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." Voltaire (1694-1778)

"Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements." Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

"Amusement to an observing mind is study." Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

"A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one." Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

"ENTERTAINMENT, n. Any kind of amusement whose inroads stop short of death by injection." Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Life would be tolerable but for its amusements." George Bernard Shaw

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action." Mahatma Gandhi

"Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement." Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which "the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one's skin or color or race" are minor indeed. Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs." Hannah Arendt.(1906-1975)

"Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure." Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)

"I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park." Dolly Parton (b.1946)

roger waters' prescient, brilliant and sobering song amused to death

photos: amusements around avenue c the last couple days.


tut-tut said...

A wonderful miscellany on amusement!

Colette Amelia said...

Wow! Great! I can see that I will really have to hunt to find some quotes today! Off for an interview will mull on the amusements of the day and post later.

Lee's River said...

fantastic vid. But it won't happen, so long as some of us insist on redefining amusement outside the box.

Re quotes: LOVED Hannah Arendt's
as for Robert Penn Warren, I have but one question: is this true ONLY in the South?


dennis said...

Dennis has always wanted to go to Dollywood.

Barbara said...

Wonderful photos as always. I love every chance to see that precious little girl!

Steve said...

Dolly Parton is so brilliant.

Coffee Messiah said...

Enjoyed the quotes!

lettuce said...

oh dear, was Thoreau having a bad day?


Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

What a wonderful amusement collection.
And as for dogs and cats - I recently watched a cat approach a dog, point her bottom in his face and request a jolly good washing of the nether regions. The dog, being suitably doggy, was only too happy to oblige.

jude said...


Gary said...

First off - I love Dolly! She would be great fun to hang with, especially if she brought along her guitar. I am sure we would be fast friends.

Next - I think it is the dog that looks scared in that picture.

Finally - Your basil looks fantastic. This is my summer of pesto!

nony said...

A bit off topic but a source of amusement around our house lately:
"If not for the cat,
and the scarcity of cheese,
I could be content."
From If Not For the Cat by Jack Prelutsky - a wonderful book of haiku for those who are yet to become adults.

dennis said...

Dennis thinks your basil and cilantro looks superfine!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

glad to read the quotes I found were amusing (or more)!

lee - wasn't that vid GREAT! glad you checked it out.

dennis - e and I want to go too! I smell another roadtrip!!! tee hee!

let - funny comment about thoreau, pondering about ol' david, I expect he had a few - all sensitive souls do, n'est-ce pas?

gary - dixie always has an expression where she either looks sad or frightened even when her tail is waging at 90 miles an hour (can exactly does one measure a wagging tail?)

dolly is marvelous! coincidentally I just found a wonderful book at michaels (soon to be closed) bookshop (wah, wah) for children written by dolly - called 'coat of many colors' - dolly fans will be familiar with this title as it is also the name of her popular songs - the book is an illustration of that song. it's quite lovely and goes well in my collection of children's books which have a quilt theme!

nony - speaking of coincidence and books - on thursday I wandered into the shop at the cleveland public library - they didn't have what I was looking for, but they did have a withdrawn copy of prelutsky's book 'in not for the cat' - which of course I snagged immediately (it set me back all of 45 cents!). I've long been a pretlutsky fan!

nony - welcome to the mouse! your comment is completely on topic!! do I know you? happy to read that jack's poetry is bringing amusement to your house....

nony said...

I've been reading for a while - just first time writing.
Sorry your day was consumed with the harder things in life yesterday!
Sending good vibes to you and yours!