Thursday, March 19, 2009

salad days

The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.
Frances Moore Lappé (b. 1944) author, activist

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) writer

When a poor man goes to the market, often he comes home with only tears.
African Proverb

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)writer and poet

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
George Eliot ~ pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880)novelist, humanist & freethinker

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)novelist and essayist

With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)(1850-1919) poet and writer

It's all I have to bring to-day,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count, should I forget, --
Someone the sum could tell, --
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) poet

History as a discipline can be characterized as having a collective forgetfulness about women.
Clarice Stasz (birthdate unknown) emerita historian from Sonoma State University

notes on photos:
1) festooned prayer flags, kentucky community garden, cleveland, june 2007

2) flowering artichoke in the queen's hamlet, france, october 2005

3) peppers and oranges on a sidewalk market, reminiscent of the colors in some of bonnard's paintings viewed a couple days earlier, new york city, 15 march 2009

4) a friend's garden in mid-may, oberlin 2008

5) having fun with brussel sprouts, new york city, 15 march 2009

6) having fun with citrus fruit. by the way, soon after I snapped this picture I was told that photography inside of wegmans is verboten. what's with that! pennsylvania, may 2008

7) sign for the liberty, new york farmer's market, june 2008

8) berries at the lakewood farmer's market, july 2009

9) taken at e's 3rd birthday party. seems that we have a long history of having playing with our vegetables. for the life of me I can't remember the name of the woman who's lap e is sitting on! I remember a great deal about her - she was a nun, she taught math at albertus magnus, and she was living next door with her elderly mother who had serious emphysema and was on oxygen. her mother died soon after e's birthday and her daughter, our friend and neighbor, whose name I can not remember, moved back to where she lived before her mom took ill. new haven, june 1982

and now for something completely different monty python's salad days (1971)


Megan said...

Why yes, that was something completely different!

Love your veggie animals.

Sandra Leigh said...

Your photo essay is beautiful, and the accompanying quotations are a great fit. The Python, now - that was just funny.

Squirrel said...

Wow! I love veggies! I like the look of that lady who is holding e. Love the veggie dolls.

Ronda Laveen said...

I am glad I'm not the only one that's into food art. I was very pleased to see the picture of the flowering artichoke. I love them and tried to find one to use but couldn't. My mother, before her Alzheimer's got too bad, had a huge plant in her back yard that came back every summer. What chokes we coudln't eat we savored for the flowers.

Lover of Life said...

Beautiful thoughts and beautiful pictures.

R.L. Bourges said...

food art, hey? (that 'hey' is the Canadian surfacing in me). Well, today I'm playing too and I will also provide some serious vegetable art, you'll see. Sam Peckinpah's piano player better sit up and take notice (well, sit up as best he can, under the circumstances...)

The Gertrude Stein quote is very funny. (You showed her wrong, didn't you, with all those luscious berries?) As for poor Virginia Woolf - oh, Virginia, I SO disagree.

The broccoli guy looks a bit like Carlos Santana, si?

Eat your veggies, kimy. Or...go ahead, play with them, see if I care! :-)

Edward Yablonsky said...

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) writer

This quote brings to mind that if we never blossom we are going through the motions and not truly "alive". To be truly quickened , we must move from our comfort zone at will. Danger at the end of the branch ,acts of heroism enables the world and ourselves to grow. Actually the world would stagnate without heroes.

Mrsupole said...

The photos were great, I especially liked the blooming artichoke, that is something that we rarely see.

But the berries make me want to get some to eat and make a smoothie with.

I love the garden pictures, so wonderful to have a garden. I miss having them. I need to do another sometime soon.

Thank you. God bless.

Baino said...

My brother well one of them and now slightly estranged once bought me prayer flags, they're long gone and I miss them, they're strangely tranquil and lovely to touch. As for brussels . .bleagh. How do you find time to take such wonderful photographs? We pride ourselves on our fabulous fresh produce out here but I can honestly say, I've never seen brussels sprouts on the stalk . .ever

Candie Bracci said...

Great post and nice pictures.
Love the sweet peppers one.
But I saw you add some fruits,hey?

Have a nice day


kathi said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing!

Mariane said...

Great post ... Always !

Love the tibet picture. :o)

tut-tut said...

Lovely quotes, too! and that artichoke.

Roy said...

Hmmm... I seem to be seeing an awful lot of gardens online today! Heh, heh! Including on my own blog. Great collection of shots and matching quotes. And a loud, hearty Feh! to Gertrude Stein; nothing but vegetables indeed!

Anonymous said...

Just such a good post! But I dunno; $3.99lb for sprouts on the stalk? Ouch! Then again, it is NYC. Oh great, now I'm hungry, again!

willow said...

Those Python guys always make me laugh! Fun twist on vegetable, Ms. Mouse!

Cathy said...

gorgeous!! I can't wait to plant our vegetable garden--we got seeds in the mail yesterday!

Wings said...

Great pictures, I loved them! Thanks for sharing.

reyjr said...

i almost put a caterpillar in my mouth (it was in my salad). how's that for direct interaction with the earth. haha!

Marianna said...

Love the pics!

I miss those days when greengrocrs ruled the market. Now most people buy their veggies from the supermarket and...the fun is gone. One of your pics reminded me those days lol

Take care

Colette Amelia said...

Great ensemble of photos and quotes. The one about realizing our emotions from the post really sunk in and made me think...

dam fine job!

California Girl said...

That was super nice. I'm always struck by your accompanying quotes and how well they fit. You must spend some bit of time researching or are you just extremely well read with an incredible memory?

thanks for the note on my blog. I finally posted after I read around a bit. mine is about my children eating their vegetables and how I taught them to like it.

Steve said...

OMG. One of my all-time favorite Monty Python skits!!!

Leah said...

As always, I just loved your theme thursday post.

Gertrude Stein quote-my favorite. I love that woman and her whole take on things.

Dakota Bear said...

Love you posts as always.

Liked the picture of the blossoming artichoke, had never seen it that way before.

Brussels sprouts taste a lot better when you take them off the stalk just before cooking them.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

who know vegetables could be so much fun and so inspirational! am enjoying touring about the cyberhood reading everyone's posts....and thanks for the loverly comments!!

rlb - do you think carlos lives in nyc? maybe it is he?!

baino - you raised a question about time to take the may note the photos in this group go all the way back to 1982! although most were taken within the last few years.... I almost always have my camera with me...thank goodness for digital, 'film' is now cheap!

subtorp - there's a lot of brussel sprouts on those stalks! had I not had to walk around all day and take the train home the next day, I might have picked up a stalk myself!

thanks everyone for taking the time to put up a comment!

Betty said...

Yumm! Brussels. I love them. And the globe artichoke is just beautiful. And the peppers are so shiny they look like they've been poished.

Michael Rawluk said...

You have to love someone who plays with her food.

Reya Mellicker said...

LOVE the garden with the prayer flags! Did you see that the Obamas are planting veggies on the White House lawn?

VERY cool!

Jaime said...

great post. love the pics

Evening Light Writer said...

Yay, you posted a quote from one of my favorite all time authors Anais Nin! Thank you, that was really beautiful.

Kris said...

Very nice.

John Hayes said...

Wonderful post-- I like all the posts & pix, but I have to say the Gertude Stein quote is just fantastic-- she had such an incredible wit.

tony said...

Giving brussel sprouts serious street-cred in The Big Apple!!!!