Thursday, March 12, 2009

animal revolution

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
Alice Walker (b.1944) writer, feminist, womanist

The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.
Susan Sontag (1933-2004)writer, activist and critic

Oh, I wish that God had not given me what I prayed for! It was not so good as I thought.
Johanna Spyri (1827-1901) author of children's stories, best known for Heidi

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
Martina Navratilova (b.1956) Czech born American tennis player

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
Maya Angelou (b.1928) memoirist, poet, activist

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Marie Curie (1867-1934)physicist and chemist, 2 time Nobel Laureate

The year's four changing seasons brought
To her own door what thousands sought
In wandering ways and did not find -
Diversion and content of mind.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) poet and writer

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time.
Margaret Atwood (b. 1939) poet, novelist, social activist

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.
Jeanne d'Arc (c.1412-1431) national heroine of france, catholic saint

How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004) psychiatrist, founder of death w/dignity movement, author

notes on photos:
1) art quilt by alice gant inspired by the peaceable kingdom paintings of quaker artist and minister edward hicks (1780-1849). embroidered inscription on bottom of gant's work reads "edward hicks painted many lions while pursuing the perfect illumination of isaiah's vision" the quilt hangs in the children's department of the tompkins county library, ithaca

2) one of the polar bears at the cleveland zoo. if this photo was snowball, I'm sorry to report she is no longer with us, she died unexpectantly last fall at age 37 (snowball's obit) however, the portrait could be of one of cleveland's other polar bears, I find it a bit difficult to tell them apart. because of global warming and the melting of our polar ice caps, these magnificant animals are facing extinction. to read more about the plight of polar bears go here, here, and here.

3) detail of a the thomason mural at the lakewood public library featuring heidi and her mountain goats. the mouse has highlighted other parts of this wonderful mural before, and before and before and before

4) luc and one of her chickens. I love how they are color coordinated. what can we say, these girls got style! eugene, oregon april 2006

5) piglets at lake metroparks farmpark. is there anything cuter than baby pigs? well, baby sheep are just as cute as baby pigs, oh geez, all babies are just about the cutest things ever! we have a date to make our annual pilgrimage to visit the baby animals and attend the spring quilt show in a couple weeks! spring 2008

6) bubba the cat (1990-2005)- one of the beloved cats who I've had the priviledge of sharing space with. portrait taken 2004

7) raccoon tracks....I just have a thing for tracks

8) detail of a totem pole on the grounds of the ubc museum of anthropology vancouver

9) playful kitten, detail on a 15th or 16th century tapestry, cluny, musée national du moyen age - thermes et hôtel de cluny, paris

10) dead dear, point reyes penisula near a one of my favorite places to experience animal life, may 2004

musical video created by chilean artist juan faundez with scenes from his animation series "animal, the last revolution" - the song coldplay's haunting and lyrical lost


Squirrel said...

Lovely set of photos.

where would we be without our animal friends?

R. Yaeko said...

As always, I truly enjoyed your set of photos and quotes.

That last picture makes my heart and stomach sink a little.

Baino said...

Wonderful as usual. And that brown chook! I'm not sure pigs are totally 'commited' to the course . . I just wish bacon didn't taste so good! The dead deer a little sad but a reminder of the life cycle.

R.L. Bourges said...

Boy, if I leave a comment for each pic and each quote, I'm going to 'hog' your comment box - oink-oink! But I must say at least this:
'womanism' is a new one for me. Must read up some more on it (and read Alice Walker!) And Alice Gant's quilts? ma-gni-fi-ques.

Snowball 'the lover of mackerel' - gotta love it, obviously not written from the mackerel's pov :-)
I like what it says about Snowball simply dying because it's gotta happen. Way to go, Snowball.

That Thomason mural...keep on bringing it on, kimy. The thing is starting to look like the Bayeux tapestry, it's got so much to say.

Cute kid, cute chicken too. And Martina, she is right re chickies vs piggies - yep, that is the fundamamental difference right there.

Ah, Maya! So true, so true.

The vid - so sad, so sad. At least, when we kill and dress our own meat we get a sense of what it is we're doing and can't pretend meat is born in neat polystyrene containers, yes?

I'll be coming back for sur, to go through all your great links, kimy. Thanks for another great piece of work.

Megan said...

Is that bit from one of the unicorn tapestries? Looks as if.

I like how you incorporated the National Women's History Month into this post. At least, that's what I presume...

Colette Amelia said...

that was great. I think I was on a dark note. Good to see you doing the rainbow of photos and quotes! Have a great trip!

Ronda Laveen said...

Mouse: Very nice. The first quilt is simply amazing. The expressions of the animal toward each other is somehow sensous.

I know! How did the you girl and the chicken match jacket, comb and wattle? I have trouble matching my socks to my shirt.

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful and inspiring post, mouse. Wonderful and thought-provoking images, every one of them.

Mrsupole said...

The quilt seemed three dimensional to me for some reason. It is beautiful. It talks to you.

Great picutes, great post. The dead deer talked to me too. Very sad, but it is nature.

Thank you so much.

God bless.

my word is painnd in honor of the deer.

Anonymous said...

Always a great post, mouse. Love the Alice Walker quote. Also the cuddly polar bear. And I do have "Chel" by Spyri but haven't yet read it.

Tess Kincaid said...

Nice pics! And "Lost" was a perfect ending.

marianne said...

wonderful- i love the reminders of how important animals have been through history, and the symbolism.

Brian Miller said...

nice photos as always. the tapestry at the top is intriguing. the difference between ham and eggs...too true.

Merle Sneed said...

It seems ironic that the more we uncover about nature, the more we discover how wrong we have been.

Our paternal god myth has made us blind to nature.

The Clever Pup said...

I knew you'd have a great post today. I love all the pics.

I'm scared to open the Cold Play video. What will I find?

California Girl said...

I am passing along a "Fabulous Blog" award to you. For details, go to:

Thanks for the enjoyment your photos, quotes & writing provide.

Roy said...

As usual, a great collection of photos and quotes. I really like that tapestry!

New Yorker wannabes said...

One of my favorite TT post so far (again)!!

The quotes are inspiring! Thank you for another great Thursday lol

take care

e said...

Wow, the photo of the deer brought tears to my eyes!

Excellent photos and quotes, Mouse, esp Alice Walker, Angelou and Martina.

e. said...

dear dead deer... a wonderful post. obviously, since they always are. could have only been better with a certain raccoon photo.

Candie said...

I enjoyed that post so much!Great work once again,amazing pictures especially the one of your cat.That picture of him is amazing.
Thanks we got pictures to stop the time and make it last those moments last forever.

WAT said...

This is a sweet post. Made me almost cry actually. Animals are very moving. Pure.

Barbara said...

I marvel at your ability to put together the quotes, the photos, the movies in a post like this. I especially like the girl with the chicken.

Dot-Com said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. Great.

Skybridge Studios said...

So much to appreciate here... I had a fantastic trip through them and appreciate the Kubler-Ross quote!

A full course Thursday.

Unknown said...

Well done, Mouse! the photos of the piglets reminded me of one of my favorite poems, Behold, by David Lee.

Actually I enjoyed that entire book, The Porcine Canticles. Thought you might like a look/see:>)

Kris McCracken said...

That Navratalova quote is a gem.

A great set of thoughts and images!

Ed said...

Your you trying to say the brown bear doesn't exist to steal my cooler when camping in California?


Leah said...

I especially love the last photo and the Kubler-Ross quote. How profound, sad yet comforting.

Patrice said...

Fantastic and moving series of photos.

I've always felt a desire to pay tribute to fallen deer - and other wildlife hit by autos. So awful to see them left there, as if they were nothing.

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful series, Bubba looks very wise.

Dakota Bear said...

Very nice post!

Amanda at 32˙North said...

Oh, polar bear!

Cuppa Jo said...

Absolutely great photos. I liked the pigs and the rooster and the cat especially. Thanks.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for all the wonderful comments!

i arrived this evening safe and sound in nyc -- I'm staying with friends with an internet connection, so while everyone is tucked into bed, I'll be traveling about the cyberhood and looking forward to checking out everyone's tt posts!!!! if I don't get to your site tonight, I'll be by in a few!!

oh and em (aka e.) I couldn't find that photo of you and the raccoon, but will be hunting for the negative (needle - haystack) and when I find it you can bet I'll be making copies!!

namaste! mouse

Anonymous said...

both the pics and the quotes are nothing short of amazing. I loved the third picture.

Edward Yablonsky said...

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie (1867-1934)physicist and chemist, 2 time Nobel Laureate

I really enjoyed the quote above. Understanding increases commensurate with the loss of fear,and that involves morwe than an intellectual understanding but with all of our being.

Anonymous said...

What a feast you have laid on here Mouse. I loved the quilt and Alice Walker's quote- but the feast just goes on.

Those sweet little piggies, just so cute :)

Bleu Mariane said...

Amazing. Love it ! Almost forget the last time I visit and then as I start looking at the beautifull pictures and quotes I remember how I enjoy the last time !!!

Thank you very much :o)

Anonymous said...

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jenclair said...

Love that art quilt and all of the pictures. Great quotes to accompany each!

Life is good...except for sometimes. said...

I's so glad you are still posting while traveling. You are my morning addiction with my coffee.. my inspiration addition.

e said...

Mouse-There is an award for you on my blog. Enjoy NY!

California Girl said...

Hi Kimy: I kept looking at the photos, reading the quotes and finally, I watched the video. Tough images to take but you manage to arrange it all in meaningful context.

Edward Yablonsky said...

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time.

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939) poet, novelist
Myths can be refashioned to the present and with this I concur. But certain of them have hidden kernels and an eternality about them that spans the ages. Once discovered they have vast ripples in the waters.

Salty Miss Jill said...

Every day I send H an animal picture-'Animal of the Day'.
And I LOVE that quilt. Now whenever I see it I will think of you. :)
Thank you for posting this!