Thursday, March 26, 2009

more than a paycheck

The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community.
Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) anthropologist

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Buddha (563-483 B.C.E.) Hindu prince, teacher, philosopher

I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.
Golda Meir (1898-1978)Israeli founder and prime minister.

He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows: he breathes but does not live.
Proverb

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.
Chief Crazy Horse (ca. 1840 – 1877) respected Lakota leader

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
Emma Goldman (1869-1940)anarchist and activist

Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991)prima ballerina assoluta

notes about photos:
1) cliff dwellings at bandelier national monument, new mexico - original photo on film, mid 1980s

2) roussillon ochre quarry on the outskirts of one of the most charming villages in the luberon, october 2005

3) coal generates 54% percent of our electricity and is the single biggest polluter in the nation - it is a fuel whose time has come and has gone. burning coal causes smog, soot, acid rain, global warming, and toxic air emissions. in terms of waste, coal creates ash, sludge, toxic chemicals, and waste heat create more environmental problems. a typical (500 megawatt) coal plant burns 1.4 million tons of coal each year. there are about 600 U.S. coal plants. coal cars, cleveland ohio. fall 2008

4) my maternal great-grandfathers (seated with pipe) immigrated to the united states at the end of turn of the 20th century. like many immigrants he found work in the mines; his son, my grandfather, was the last of the family who worked in the mines. unfortunately my grandfather died of lung disease (lung cancer and black lung disease) - I do not know how or of what my great-grandfather died of. photo from the family treasure box.

5) marty the blacksmith at hale farm and village, bath ohio summer 2008

6) crazy horse memorial in the black hills, south dakota, september 1999

7) silver and gold treasures at the metropolitan museum of art, new york, march 2009

8) detail of decorative brick on building, new york city, march 2009


sweet honey in the rock singing more than a paycheck - a song which explores many hidden aspects of working with the minerals of the earth!

41 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

as usual great selection of photos and quotes. Your collection must be freakin huge!

Merle Sneed said...

Mouse, you amaze me everyday. Your posts are such works of art.

Megan said...

Yep, what they said. Brava!

So glad I came over here tonight so I can listen to the song before I go to bed.

R.L. Bourges said...

Another one to visit and re-visit, petite souris. Fascinating links, gorgeous photos, great quotes - plus new people and groups to discover. Bravi, brava, bravo et merci. (I'll come back for more nibbles later.)

Ronda Laveen said...

Great photo journalism as usual capturing the theme. A client of mine introduced me to Sweet Honey in the Rock just about a year ago. Such power and energy!!

Baino said...

Lovely as always and took no time to load! I love that Crazy Horse memorial . . when do you think they'll finish it? (kidding!)

Mrsupole said...

Love all the pictures and the information about coal. Great picture of your great-grandfather, really neat to see old family pictures.

Some interesting brick work. I did not even know they still have Blacksmiths.

Thank you for sharing those pictures and stories.

God bless.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ca - yep the number of photos I have is prett freaking huge....the challenge of course is locating an image that I think of quickly... there is a rough system but I could really use a few months to really organize things (ha, ha like that could happen!)

merle-aw gee, you are very kind - thanks!!!

megan - great song, but with the subject matter, I hope you didn't have distressing (cough, cough) dreams...

rlb - merci, merci, bises,
ta petite souris

ronda - great - they are still around and still tour at times - hope you get a chance to see them in concert - their beautiful voices always give me the goosebumps and bring me to tears

baino - here's to fast internet!!! hip, hip hooray!! expect it will be finished when our great grandchildren's grandchildren will be grey!

mrsupole - I too love old photos, which reminds me of an organizing project - I often take photos (with the digital) of old photos when I visit family I really need to make a special folder and get all those pics moved into a central place! thanks for making a remark which sparked this thought!!

off to explore some theme thursday posts before heading out for another day at the film festival-yeah!!! but I know it will mean falling even more behind...

The Clever Pup said...

I think the ochre from the Roussilon area is why the Lascaux cave paintings are red.

subtorp77 said...

Georgia O'Keefe and Budda quotes? Priceless! And just have to like all the pics :) Fantastic post, mouse 8^D

mouse (aka kimy) said...

clever - wow, never would have put that together! thanks!

subtorp - even though I've been sticking to all women during this month (as the mouse's celebration of women's history month)I couldn't resist that buddha quote... it was too perfect! thanky!!

runmotman said...

awesome pics, and quotes

Mariane said...

Maybe I should not say that. Humm, I'm going to say it anyway ! :o) I don't have a great memory, so when I clic on the name listed on the theme thursday blog, I don't remember right away wich name goes with wich blog. When I clic your name and then I saw the post, a smile get right on my face because, I remember that I love it, every week ! :o) Thank you.

Jaime said...

great pictures and quotes

Marianna said...

Theme Thursday post award!!!

Loved this post, great pictures and inspiring quotes. Thank you...

Peace and love
xoxo

Brian Miller said...

great pics. first two are my favs. well done as usual.

Wings said...

Very interesting!!!

VE said...

Nice!

Steve said...

(Sigh) -- I feel like I pretty much just earn a paycheck these days. But I should be happy with that, compared to some people!

Squirrel said...

Great collection of photos and Cheers to your grandpa!
Wonderful Post!

willow said...

My favorite is the blacksmith pic! I must have a blacksmith in my ancestry somewhere, because they always make my DNA tingle!!

red dirt mule said...

wow - great photo montage and story. your photograph of your grandfather (?) resonates.

My grandfather worked in the mines of West Virginia for US Steel most of his adult life. He lost his left eye in a mining accident when an elevator accidentally fell down the shaft. He was an electrician.

He too died of emphysema and complications from black lung disease. It was painful to watch him slowly loose his ability to breathe air.

Both the maternal and paternal lines were miners on the West Virginia side of my family.

Thank you for the remembrances.

xxx
rdm

ps: verification word is "minarls" !

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Photo number four is my favorite. Looks like those gents are having a jolly good time with their mugs.

Lover of Life said...

I loved each and every picture and quote today. Incredible!

flawsnall said...

beautiful pieces and you always place the best quotes to match up. the whole package, as usual, so so informative.

Patrice said...

Wonderful and beautiful... Superb photographs, all.

Evening Light Writer said...

I don't care, every time that I see that Crazy Horse Memorial I am so moved, there is something so beautiful and profound about it. Perhaps mystical. I always look forward to your quotes and beautiful photographs.

ArtSparker said...

You are enormously optimistic about human potential, I believe.

Barbara said...

Another post worth its weight in gold!

Kris said...

It's all happening here!

WAT said...

Working in the coal mines! WOW! by far the picture that impressed me the most was this one of your maternal great grandfather. What country was he from?

This is kind of like the plot of OCTOBER SKY, how they expect all the males in the family to just become miners and stuff, but man what a thankless job it was and still is, and so many of them at great cost/sacrifice to their healths, like your grandpa.

Leah said...

Gosh, I love your take on this post series. I love it, really! Always very moving, these photoessays. The Emma Goldman quote brought tears to my eyes.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Kim, this is a superb collection of quotes and images. I'm going back for another read!

bitchlet said...

Hello, mouse!

Boomka said...

That picture number 4 is incredible. Those pictures amaze me but to be related to someone in them is so unique. It doesn't look like those beers made those gentlemen as happy as it should have!

Oliag said...

...a wonderful group of photos!...and I thank you for introducing me to Sweet Honey in the Rock...loved it

laughingwolf said...

firsttime visitor, now a fan, kimy :D

Dakota Bear said...

A great selection of pictures and sayings to represent this weeks theme.

In answer to your question in Mrsupole's comments; I got the Abre Minerals at the WillowBend Mall in Plano, TX.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Dang Girl,
You went off!
Thank you for assembling a work of art.

lettuce said...

hi kim, I've been missing so much here in blogland!

wonderful photos (of course) and quotes.
more important than ever to remember some of these truths at the moment (similar thoughts to steve)

tony said...

Yes.The Detail is Vast.Thank You.Another Gem of A Post.