Thursday, October 9, 2008

these hands

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Anne Frank (1929-1945) writer and wise child

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), minister, abolitionist, and writer

Whatever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy heart.
Jesus (7–2 BC/BCE—26–36 AD/CE), prophet, teacher, activist, radical

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful not to be neutral.
Paulo Freire (1921-1997) educator, philosopher, and activist

I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist, philosopher, peace activist

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.
Ralph Waldo Trine (1866-1958) philosopher and mystic

Begin doing what you want to do not. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.
Francis Bacon, Sr. (1561-1626) philosopher and statesman

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Buddha (563-483 B.C.E.) Hindu prince, teacher, philosopher

Put your hands to work and your hearts to God.
Mother Ann Lee (1736-1784), religious reformer and philosopher

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) inventor and educator

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
Hada Bejar (1640-1689) British Playwright Poet

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and in reach of every hand.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) activist and founder of order of the missionaries of charity

johnny cash singing 'these hands'- the best testimony to hands in a song that I've ever run across!

a brief note on the photos - until this week I never realized how important hands have been for me as a photographic 'subject' - the pics above are just a few of the photos I've snapped in recent times which feature hands. a couple of the photos have been featured before on the mouse (specifically photo #2 and #3), but I thought what they 'say' is worth repeating. when I started musing about hands one of the things that struck me was the life cycle and how much our hands change over time - but also how much they stay the same. many of the photos above feature the hands of my loved ones - mother, father, daughter, grandmother and an array of fictive kin.

another photo challenge... the first person who responds correctly and identifies the person connected to the central pair of hands in photo #9 will receive a special prize from the magical mouse studio.


bitchlet said...

There are two people connected to the central pair of hands in photo #9, but I think one of them is YOU.

Do I get a prize?

PS- I can apply mehendi in the real cone thing.

Coffee Messiah said...

Can only be the Dali L I'm guessing, although it's early.

I have a friend who casts hands and she had done one of her father and a new grandson. Amazing to see and hands speak wonders. The last ones show a lot of life and are also amazing.

Nicely done!

Saretta said...

I don't know who is in the picture, but I love these photos...and no less, the quotations. Thank you.

tut-tut said...

What a great series of hands and quotes. I agree with coffee; Dali Lama is the central figure. Very inspiring. If I can get myself together, I will join in the hands posting today, but without such lovely photos.

R.L. Bourges said...

I go with the Dalai Lama also (there's an extra hand on the right hand side of that photo, isn't there?)

great quotes, great post.

best to you and yours.

jenclair said...

I see I'm too late on my choice, the Dalai Lama.

Lovely, lovely pictures and quotes!

randeep said...

What a beautiful post! I needed something uplifting for the day! Lovely pictures.

Gary said...

I 'discovered' my hands when I was a baby (as documented by my mom in my baby book) and have remained fascianted by them ever since. I think that has influenced my choice of profession - so much power, grace, strenth, communication and possibility are generated by our hands; language, touch, music, love. This post, with its 'hand through the years' sequence brought a symbolictear to my eye. And I loved that you included that photo of my former students playing at the museum. I also recognize that quilt fabric from the quilt you made for me. Cool.

Megan said...

That last one is my grandma. At least, it could have been. Made me cry a little.

edward said...

i am back from the doctor but i still have my hands (paws to some humans0

jude said...

well i think it has already been guessed but i just want to say this is a wonderful post.

Squirrel said...

love all the pictures.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

b - literally you are correct - my hands are one of the hands linked to the central figure! so a prize will be mailed! (I sent an email to quackquack even before this quiz) asking for your postal address. if you didn't receive it, please send address to kyanoshikatgmaildotcom.

I didn't phrase the question clearly - that's what happens when I post late at night after bookgroup and a few glasses of wine! but many people did grok what I tried to say....and coffee you are the WINNER ..... the central figure is no other than HH the Dalai Lama.....

and speaking of HH please send up healing energy the news is he's back in the hospital.... and has been in and out since august. let us pray it is just exhaustion and nothing more serious.

coffee - you are the early bird that got the worm! your friend's art sounds like a wonderful thing. I wish I had casts of all my grandparents hands - for some reason I have strong feelings and memories of each of their amazing hands - and since all worked with their hands they are all so full of stories and strength.

saretta - thanks.

tut - I love your contribution to theme thursday. beautiful. and thanks for posting that it's john's birthday too!

rlb - bises! merci!!

jenclair & randeep - thank you.

gary - I just love the shot of your kids - I should really get it printed....hey, why not.....and you know I have made a new resolution about sending mail, so don't be surprised if one day there is a handy surprise in your mailbox! you have the most expressive hands I have ever encountered - I can watch your hands talk for hours....

megan - those are my grandmother's hands. I just love this picture. I so wish I also took one of her working on one of her quilts.... however, when I snapped this photo she was no longer doing handwork - but lots of handprayer....

eddy - you have such sweet paws. I like to pause and think of them...

jude - thank you so much...namaste!

bitchlet said...

Yay! a prize a prize!!

Barbara said...

I would have said the Dalai Lama.

I was reminded about the power of hands yesterday during our Yom Kippur service when we did a dance movement as a congregation to portray the thoughts of several congregants on forgiveness. One movement had us touching the palms of those next to us as we raised our hands skyward. It was very powerful.

lettuce said...

the last picture could be my grandmothers hands, as well - she lived well into her 90's. Gnarly wrinkly beautiful hands

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

What a gorgeous photo essay on hands - beautifully done, Kim!

As others have said, I go with the Dalai Lama's hands in pic #9!

Steve said...

This is an amazing series. It brought tears to my eyes, for some's a very touching metaphor for the passage of time, the passage of life.

I was going to guess the DL, but I thought, "Nah, that's too easy!" So then I was going to go with Pema Chodron!

Betty said...

Tears here too. Especially for the photo of your grandmother's hands
Thank you for this post.