Thursday, April 9, 2009

green eggs and ham

Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
Russian proverb

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) poet and novelist

We were children dangling happily from branches. The heavens above beckoned with treasures and we sharpened our wooden daggers to reach them. We fought bravely against invisible enemies, caught butterflies and little birds, in order to release them ceremoniously, we laughed at lovers kissing, chased strangers, brought kittens back to their mothers, cried bitterly, if only briefly.
Marjana Gaponenko (b. 1981) Ukrainian poet

There is an indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) poet

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
Maya Angelou (b.1928) poet, actor, activist

I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book. The recipes were to be the routine ones: how to make dry toast, instant coffee, hearts of lettuce and brownies. But as an added attraction, at no extra charge, my idea was to put a fried egg on the cover. I think a lot of people who hate literature but love fried eggs would buy it if the price was right.
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)comedian, actor, singer

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) essayist, poet and philosopher

with respect to good eggs - I would like to wish two extremely special people in my life a very hoppy birthday! today trent turns 15 (I'm so glad you hatched! you have brighten up my life, and it's so nice to have someone around that can give me some good leads on what's up in the worlds of rock 'n roll and graphic novels). today is also owlice's birthday, talk about good eggs! for the next four months we'll be the same age. I am counting the days till I see you in the land of our riotous youth! speaking of counting, can it be that we've been best buds for over 35 years - where has the time gone? but isn't it amazing how we still look exactly the same as we did when we first met?

notes on photos:
  1. richard lenoir market, paris march 2007
  2. pysanky demonstration by cleveland area artist nina kostryk at the ukrainian museum-archives. to see a slideshow of some of the photos I snapped last week when I visited, click here. april 2009
  3. some of the pysanky that nina has made
  4. sign in window of a local shop which for a brief time was selling fresh eggs. I haven't popped in yet to find out what happened, but expect that maybe it wasn't kosher for an upholstery shop to be selling eggs. march 2009
  5. more eggs for sale at the richard lenoir market. on tuesday ms. t and I dyed eggs, I learned a couple things, if you want nice vibrantly colorful eggs, do not use brown eggs - I always buy organic, cage-free, brown eggs to eat at home, well these eggs may be the healthiest eggs to consume, but they don't really make the prettiest dyed eggs. the second thing I learned is that after the eggs have been dyed, small children will delight in turning these colorful objects into toys. I had a great deal of fun watching and listening to ms t she gave life to our eggs as she used them as characters in one of her elaborate 'plays.'
  6. a typical sunday breakfast on avenue c. monday through saturday breakfast is always catch-as-catch-can, but on sunday f and I enjoy making a full breakfast, and nine times out of ten eggs are involved. the type of egg dish varies, most often we just make simple fried eggs, with runny yolks. the cats always ask that bacon accompany the eggs, since we like making the cats happy, most of the time there is bacon served up along side the eggs. and, of course, toast and marmite!
  7. a project waiting for the kids in the afterschool program, lakewood public library, 7 april 2009
unfortunately I couldn't find a vid of moxy früvous' performing their song green eggs and ham, a delightful infectious musical adaptation of the dr. seuss story with the same name, but I did find this vid which quite fun.

41 comments:

tut-tut said...

Psanky! Lovely quotes and magnificent photos, Kim! so beautiful.

Candie Bracci said...

Lovely post!!
Yes I agree love and eggs are best when they are fresh! :)

California Girl said...

Gorgeous images and so very Easter appropriate. Now, what to write what to write?

marianne said...

lovely as always! reminded me of many easter egg dying adventures. i admire the way you put the quotes and pics together. happy easter!

Mariane said...

Beautiful
Lovely
Like a dream.
T-h-a-n-k y-o-u
It's wonderful to see a person who see life with such a beautiful twist. Yes, I'm a fan !!!

Mrsupole said...

Loved the quotes, loved the pictures. They are always so beautiful. And is amazing how they go so well together. I love the art work on the eggs. It is fantastic. I wish I was artsy.

Thanks for sharing, God bless.

Roy said...

Good work once again, Kim. And I loved the video.

Brian Miller said...

great play once again. love the quotes. "live the questions", will ruminate on that one today!

Gary said...

Yippee! My first Theme Thursday. Now that I am seemingly on a blog roll maybe I will join in on more of these. I wasn't sure about the 'rules' so I first name my post "EGG". Then I saw that others took liberty with the title and changed it to "EGGS". The 's' made all the difference.

Can you imagine having the patience to paint an egg as beautifully as Nina? I consider myself patient but that is beyond the beyond (plus I have no artistic talent so this would be torture).

PERFECT placement for the Whitman quote. I was going to say something about that sign but you took care of it in a very loving manner.

Happy Theme Thursday and Happy Birthday to your two friends.

R.L. Bourges said...

Six eggs over here cost 50 centimes less than in Paris. They're not calibrated either, except Madame Salgado saves the bigger eggs for me (or the double yolked ones - how does she know? she checks them in front of a candle.)

the pysanky are gorgeous. So is the link and so are your photos (I really loved the first ones with just the wax tracing - subtle beauty).

Poetry links - can never get enough + Marjana Gaponenko is a discovery for me (the French translation is catch-in-the-throat beautiful)

finger painted eggs ! clever - a lot faster than pysanky... :-)

breakfast: I see most of the essential food groups are represented. If this were Québec, you'd have to add 'cretons' ( a kind of pork rillettes/pâté) and baked beans. After which you stare up helplessly and wait for someone to lift you out of your chair
:-)

Congrats to Johnny - now, does he get to do something wild and crazy like cracking a raw green egg on his own noggin?

Aw, c'mon....

(green eggs and ham - just can't help transferring the green onto the ham, too - blechhh)

Merle Sneed said...

Beautiful words, beautiful pix, beautiful works of art. Especially the little angel.

Holly Jolly said...

Beautiful......

Megan said...

Hi, Miss T! Happy Easter to you!

Wings said...

Great pics, love the colors! Thanks for sharing. :)

The Clever Pup said...

The pysanky are lovely. Thank you, thank you, Sam I am.

Colette Amelia said...

I don't know how you do it...you must have gazillions of photos...and the quotes are as usual wonderful!

Happy Easter!

ArtSparker said...

I like how the philosophy of advertising is subsumed in the Groucho Marx quote. The painted eggs are splendid - wondering if you just watched or if you participated? I have trouble with the Whitman quote, though.

willow said...

Those fabulous Russian eggs are such a work of art!

I'm so hungry now...

subtorp77 said...

Hi mouse! Got in at least one Green Eggs And ham pic( wasn't easy finding it ). And love the Ukrainian eggs or psyanky. See tut-tut's post (if you've not already ) You two must be on the same wave; it's psychic!

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a lovely blog! And beautiful pictures. But I particularly liked the Robert Frost poem. It reminded me of my former life.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I love this post! And the psanky brings back such charming memories of the wonderful art teacher in my son's elementary school, Miz Candy (Anderson), who always had kids make these in the early spring. Thanks for the memory-spark.

Ronda Laveen said...

All of the colors are so striking and invigorating, just like spring. Beautiful.

Tom said...

Good stuff...who knew there were so many egg quotes?

flawsnall said...

Beautiful post. So to the season...

Steve said...

That "fresh eggs" store intrigues me, because the window reflects a sign called "Murray Hill Fabrics" and it appears to be on Madison Avenue. I live in Murray Hill in NYC, which includes Madison Avenue. Funny!

I wrote an article about pysanky once. Fascinating stuff.

Salty Miss Jill said...

Ms. T!!!!
Great post, as usual, Mousie!

xoxoxoxoxo

Avid Reader said...

eggselento. quite an eggzibit
thanks for the link to the psanky ,,,

Baino said...

I so wish I'd taken the time to decorate some eggs now. There's even one with an aboriginal theme! Gorgeous pics as usual . .now . .off to eat nope, not eggs . . mocha hot cross buns! Have a great break!

WAT said...

Okay now, I'm loving all the colorful egg pics and egg-themed post in general.

Walt Whitman said that about illiterate people? Yes, how interesting, because I've met quite a few people like this in the past, that were really kind and gentle as opposed to knowledge-filled assholes like us! LOL!

lettuce said...

well fresh eggs are essential
(also marmite)
but old love is pretty good too

Coffee Messiah said...

Nothing like a farm fresh egg, 2 B sure ; )

Marianna said...

The drawings on those eggs are just beautiful! We put leaves on the eggs, tie them around with a stocking, then put the eggs in dye and...voila lol

Happy Easter
Take care
peace and love
xoxo

Barbara said...

I could eat eggs for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Another great post!

reyjr said...

Bacon!!! :D

Dot-Com said...

Those painted eggs are beautiful! And how nice of Johnny to write down why he's a good egg :-)

Cuppa Jo said...

Such colorful photos. Thank you.

Lover of Life said...

This was a lovely little Easter post. The pictures were beautiful. Thanks.

Kris said...

Marvellous eggs!

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Dang Girl,
This was the best egg post for theme thursday!
I love that russian proverb.
The photos are gorgeous.
*applause*

Dakota Bear said...

Great post!

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

Eggs have always played an important role in my life. Growing and into my college years, my family made ornaments and decorative assemblages from eggs. I still have a couple hundred of my own that have survive travels, moves and offsite storage.

I love that egg card. I always prefer blank or interactive cards like that to ones with a printed message by someone who doesn't know squat about me or the recipient.

And, of course, I have an egg in the middle of my name. I've always said my post-retirement gig will be running an omelette shop called Gregg's Eggs.