Thursday, January 15, 2009

sitting, waiting, wishing

She was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers.
idiom, origin unknown

If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) philosopher, poet, essayist

We all have known good critics, who have stamped out poet's hopes; Good statesmen, who pulled ruin on the state; Good patriots, who, for a theory, risked a cause; Good kings, who disemboweled for a tax; Good Popes, who brought all good to jeopardy; Good Christians, who sat still in easy-chairs; And damned the general world for standing up. Now, may the good God pardon all good men!
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) poet, political thinker, and feminist

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) activist and founder of missionaries of charity

I had three chairs in my house: one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher and naturalist

To achieve true sustainability, we must reduce our 'garbage index" - that which we permanently throw away into the environment that will not be naturally recycled for reuse - to near zero. Productive activities must be organized as closed systems. Minerals and other nonbiodegradable resources, once taken from the ground, must become a part of society's permanent capital stock and be recycled in perpetuity. Organic materials may be disposed into the natural ecosystems, but only in ways that assure that they are absorbed back into the natural production system.
David Korten (b. 1937) author

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation...
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) poet, novelist, dramatist and critic

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) mystic, poet, playwright, novelist- Asia's first Nobel laureate

notes on photos:
1) josephine durkin's art exhibit Tear, Cut, Fold and Lean alexandria, virginia. 2006
2) chair workshop, hancock shaker village massachusetts. june 2007
3) detail of chair at st. theodosius russian orthodox cathedral, cleveland. may 2008
4) friend's little piece of heaven, catskills, new york. summer 2008
5) one of the three chairs in cousin suz's cozy home, pennsylvania. may, 2008
6) arty chair at hessler street fair, cleveland. may 2008
7) human and canine companions, barcelona. march 2007
8) ms. t, cleveland. january 2009

for the mouse readers who are new, you may be scratching your head wondering what are these pictures of chairs? well, chair is the theme for theme thursday. theme thursday is a bit of fun that some of the bloggers in my cyberhood play. regulars include squirrel, lettuce, coffee, colette, megan, tut-tut, and e - on occassion others - sorry if I missed mentioning your names, it's early and I'm feeling like ms t in that pic above right now.

jack johnson performing his sweet tune sitting, waiting, wishing (2005)

40 comments:

Kerblog said...

I really like the first and sixth pictures. they're quite wonderful and artsy. <3

sarah toa said...

Just tried your blog readability test. does this mean I am a genius for being able to read yours or you are genius for creating it? (I rather think the latter). It was a pleasure. Thankyou and Congratulations Mouse. (By the way, mine own test produced 'High School') That's NOT going on the sidebar! Sarah from OZ.

Robert Robillard said...

Hancock Shaker village is a great place. I love this chairs - Quality!

I also like to old lathe picturesd in the corner.

did you take these pics?

Peggy said...

Love the picture of all the rockers. What a feast for the eyes!

R.L. Bourges said...

hey, mouse! just slipping in a word before the next onslaught of your admirers. Great stuff, as always. Bravo for the Blog of Note - it already was that in my ever-and-always-so-humble opinion.

à +

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Very touching and apt use of beautiful photos and quotes - Loved it!

Adam said...

i second ms. t's picture and move to a vote!

janis said...

Beautiful photography! Congrats on being on Blog of Note.

tut-tut said...

Another blog of note!!!

Love all your chairs and settings. I have the Thoreau quote, too.

jenclair said...

Love "the room full of rockers"--such a glory of color.

Squirrel said...

wow that's a lot of chairs, a very warm post. another cat in the chair, too.

Squirrel said...

Congrats on Blog o Notte!

K. said...

Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition as a blog of note! I wanna be a blog of note, too!

Great pix today. They remind me of my late wife's Uncle Jim, who lived in Selma (Texas). When he retired from the army, he took up the refurbishment of caned chairs as a hobby. He was really good at it, too. There was always a chair on the back porch in some stage of repair. I wish I had a picture of one, now.

Anonymous said...

Wow, congrats on being a Blog of Note!! For me, what is even more cool is that you are from Cleveland...I also live there! The photos are beautiful and I love the theme and the accompanying quotes.

I started a blog for my large "root" family - I am the youngest of 10 kids, and several siblings live on the West coast. I will be adding your blog to our list of Blogs We Follow, both because your blog content is well-written/photographed, and because you're FROM CLEVELAND! Bravo!

J. in OH

Steve2.Net said...

Oooh sweet chairs...and gee you commented my blog, thank you. And congratulations on BLOG OF NOTE - that is how I found your blog! Do you take all these wonderful photos?

zehra said...

deneme

jenn's mama said...

the art of chairs--fascinating and the little sleeping beauty is the most precious thing--nice work.

joseph said...

I'm so confused as to what your site is about! And i dont know why everyone says its so great. I just started blogging so you should be a follower of my blog, by the way its a piece of crap :) nice pics

Teri said...

Wow,your photos speak a thousand words. Each of them is so evocative and each quote fits just so right. Congrats on the BON which enabled me to discover you. I am following now :)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance

HS @ Our Debt Blog said...

Those pictures are amazing! you must have a really good camera, very nice, keep up the good work.

HS

Reya Mellicker said...

Holy cow. Lots of chairs indeed!

Love the "guard" dog.

When do you arrive here? Are you going to the concert on Sunday?

Jack said...

Kim:
Thanks for your hospitality - interesting photos & quotes - and your warm spirit on this cold day!
Jack

tangas usadas said...

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Jim Miesner said...

Very beautiful art work. I agree with kerblog.

Marilynne said...

I love your blog, especially this theme of chairs.

Otter Thomas said...

I really enjoyed the quotes and chair pictures. I find it all strangely peaceful and thougth provoking.

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done and great set of photos and quotes, oh, and Thanks for taking some heat off in the comment dept ; )

Good thing you're in DC. Had trouble getting my car goiing and I could barely get our garbage can out without passing out from the minus whatever it is ;(

Have fun ; )

henzy said...

the first picture...the one from the exhibition was really nice..

Megan said...

Congrats Mouse on your Notableness. I approve wholeheartedly.

Do I see me some painted toes in that final picture? I believe I do!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments and congrats.... I am a stunned mouse these last two days with all the visitors! it's all very exciting.

I'm on the road right now so it might take me a while to pop over to everyone's blogs - but my intentions is to do a good bit of nibbling....

a couple folks asked if I take the photos .....yep! unless otherwise noted all photos on the mouse were taken by me.... I'm an incurable shutterbug and have been snapping photos since I got my first camera at age eight....thank goodness for digital.... back in the old days it would be rent vs. processing film.... well, not really, but if you ask some people in the house they might say no really!

be well and stay warm!

Gary said...

Wonderful post and then you topped it all off with a Jack Johnson Video. I really need to get it together and jump on a Theme Thursday idea one of these days. I actually saw the chair idea but couldn't think of anything to write about except The Three Bears. My mind will forever be stuck in fairy tales and children's book.s

Roy said...

I discovered your blog through the "Blogs of Note" and I'm glad I clicked the link. I love how you pair quotes with the photos. I was especially drawn to the Shaker workshop, as I've always been in love with Shaker craftsmanship, especially the simplicity of design and function. My own work focuses on simplicity, so I guess it's no shock that I'd been drawn to a blogger who quotes the Transcendantalists. Myself, I tend to quote the Tao Te Ching. Good work, and I look forward to seeing more!

Daisy said...

Wonderful pictures, Mouse! There is something very warm and centering in your photos.

I took the vow too!
Barbara, for Daisy

Arden Reece said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site. SO brilliant and so awesome. I could spend all day looking around! Well done. Great pics and AWESOME quotes.

David Ben said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site. SO brilliant and so awesome. I could spend all day looking around! Well done. Great pics and AWESOME quotes.

Saretta said...

Lovely photos, as usual! I'm so tired of sitting down, working at the computer that I'd just as soon not see another chair for a long time to come!

workhard said...

i like the picture of the cat on a chair, it kinda disperses a feeling of warmth

BPO work from home

Heather in SC said...

Just discoverde your blog and browsed through a few of your entries. I love your pictures and your quotes! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Oh, here in Greenville, SC we 10 little mice hidden along our main street. They are in honor of the book Good Night Moon. I'll snap a picture of one in honor of you!

Dr Nostrum said...

Aah Barcelona - reminds me of my youth

California Girl said...

Your photographs in this post and your "Pull Up A Chair" post are eye catching and your paired quotes are on the mark. Where do you find the quotes? I'm envious!