Thursday, April 2, 2009

one in ten

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) philosopher, spiritual & political leader

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) novelist and essayist

That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.
Chinese Proverb

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Epicurus (BC 341-270)Greek philosopher

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) poet, playwright, philosopher

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much a heart can hold.
Zelda Fitgerald (1900-1948) writer, artist, muse

Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term 'we' or 'us' and at the same time decreases those labeled 'you' or 'them' until that category has no one left in it.
Howard Winters (1923-1994) archeologist

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Michael Jordan (b. 17 february 1963) retired basketball player

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.
Pearl Buck (1892-1973) writer

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
George Santayana (1863-1952) philosopher, poet, novelist

the theme for today's theme thursday is ten - ten was chosen to celebrate the 10th week of the theme thursday blog. at first I was stymied - my mind instantly started making 10 favorite books, my 10 favorite cities, the top ten blah, blah, blahs....all of which present serious difficulties not to mention being boring to construct. afterall, who cares what my 10 favorite books or my 10 favorite cities are; and today, these lists will be different than what they will be next week. however, I did find this; if you are as easily amused as I, it is quite entertaining.....

it didn't take me long to realize that ten is a magic number; if I look close, ten is everywhere.... geez, here I thought that three that was the magic number?

notes on photos:
  1. 10 prayer flags flying on the lower east side, new york city april 2008
  2. 10 chalky fingers, cleveland museum of art chalk art festival, september 2007
  3. 10 baskets in market,somewhere in provence october 2005
  4. 10 pigeons on a wire, february 2009
  5. 10 trees in the garden of versailles, france 2005
  6. 10 flowering violets - a living memorial of aunt eleanor (who nurtured most, if not all, of these plants)
  7. let it be that the 10% of the population who are gay and lesbian achieve 100% of the benefits, opportunities and respect that each human deserves. rainbow flag flying in front of cleveland city hall.
  8. go uconn! this year the uconn women huskies will be going to the final four for the 10th time! pitt in pink (this pic was taken during the period when the college women's basketball teams were playing and raising awareness about breast cancer; incidently, according to the cdc, breast cancer is included in the top ten causes of death for women in the united states.) by the way there are 10 basketball players in this photo. uconn 90, pitt 64. 17 february 2008;
  9. did you know pasta is numbered? no. 10 is fedelini pasta, a very fine spaghetti. fedelini means "little faithful ones" - isn't that sweet. gallucci's market, cleveland march 2009
  10. me at age 10, with my sister, 1965

ub40 one in ten (1981)

I am the one in ten
A number on a list
I am the one in ten
Even though I don't exist
Nobody knows me
Even though I'm always there
A statistic, a reminder
Of a world that doesn't care


Colette Amelia said...

most awesome again. You had me counting to see if there were ten things in the photos! I was wondering about that pasta though.

love the quotes as usual!

I used the Z in scrabble and that is worth 10...but then I was able to find a triple word score so it was turned into 30!

flawsnall said...

oh kimy, these are beautiful, poignant photos. when i look at the first one, i think of my student who did, recently, a presentation in her speech class on 'the state rose'---but the photo features a picture (not as charming as your photo), but of trees with plastic bags trapped all over them, hung in the leaves and branches--she was presenting a need to ban plastic bags in the stores. The problems they cause.

Your second picture delights me beyond expression: hope, possibility, an Artist, the health of our future...

The baskets remind me of one I have in my tutoring office. Handmade, from Chiuaua

R.L. Bourges said...

Loved the pics, and the concept behind them. Particularly liked the Virginia Woolf quote (which is a verifiable fact) and the Howard Winters one (but it gets trickier and trickier to apply in real life, in my experience).

Interesting link to Zelda Fitzgerald. I didn't even know she had been published. I guess the Muse is not supposed to do the writing. A sad story.

Next time I buy pasta, I'll check the number. I faithfully buy fine spaghetti: it cooks faster :-)

As for the link to the lists, I haven't read it yet but laughed at the title of the Highest Grossing Movies followed by same adjusted for inflation - I wonder if there's anything that hasn't been listed yet?

Thanks for interesting take on something as abstract as a number.

Cheers to Lakewood.

Ronda Laveen said...

A lovely set of 10's. The arrangement of the birds on the wire really intrigued me.

Edward Yablonsky said...

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) poet, playwright, philosopher
Your quotes are so poignant,full of beauty and that is synonymous with truth on a high level. Trees,the handiwork of G-d, all nature reflects the higher intelligence of what we fashion as deity,even in our diffwering perspectives, in ways we are evolving and obtaining the knowledge of.

Coffee Messiah said...

was kinda stymied on this one, being under the weather for the first time in over a year and 3 months.

Nicely done.... ; )

tut-tut said...

brilliant! Where do you find such succinct quotes? Wonderful photography. When is your book coming out?

WV: inhal! which I did, quite deeply, looking at this post.

Mariane said...

HOw amazing. My mother have a shelf with violet exactly like the pic you put. And the prayer, I have a boudism temple near my house. I love passing by and look at the prayers. And Virginia Woolf and the Chinese Proverb...And you have a very nice post. :o)

Candie Bracci said...

Oh what a beautiful post!
Amazing pictures along with beautiful words.Great work.

willow said...

I'm taking the Pearl Buck quote back to WM! Another fabulous theme post, Ms. Mouse. Happy Ten!

Anonymous said...

great fun photos! and some quotes i had not read before.


Marianna said...

I wanted to give you a 10+ out of ten for this post but instead...well I give it a 12 (out of 10 lol)! Great post (again)!!

Happy Theme Thursday

Cathy said...

love it!! really enjoyed this contemplation on 10!

Brian Miller said...

amazing post. love the pics. the ghando quote...well worth a 10. and the pic of the girl with paint on her hand...nice.

Wings said...

Great photos and quotes. My favorite:

That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.

Chinese Proverb

The Clever Pup said...

Ah, you are so clever. I like today's images and quotes very much. I had completely forgotten the UB40 song. We used to play it at the clothing store I worked in in 1984. ALL THE TIME.

Holly Jolly said...

Nice the photos...Thanks

Lover of Life said...

Your pictures and quotes continue to amaze and enlighten me. Loved the prayer flags one, especially.

Michael Rawluk said...

The fact about pasta is filed away in my brain full of interesting facts. Of course that fills the spot reserved for other facts like what I was supposed to purchase at the grocery store.

Steve said...

I love the violets!

That quote from Harold Winters is so moving -- I may steal it for my own blog. :)

Steve said...

Sorry -- HOWARD. Howard Winters. :)

Roy said...

Heh, heh! I'm trying to figure out what you used to bribe 10 birds to sit still on a telephone wire, and all in frame!

Great shots and quotes once again.

Dot-Com said...

Wonderful photo blog again. Lovely :-)

lettuce said...

kim i can't help wondering how long it took you looking through your photos to find these?

or were they all labelled '10'? are you THAT organised??

what a great collection of 10s

Tom said...

great pics and quotes. the painted hands and birds...great

Merle Sneed said...

How many of us can saw we've lived in Guam? You and me. Eight more and we would have ten.

Dakota Bear said...

A nice selection a groupings of ten. I never heard the song before, but I like it.

Megan said...

Great job again, Kimy!

Evening Light Writer said...

I love seeing birds do that..I always imagine they are sitting around talking about things like which house in the neighborhood has the best bird seed. I love your photos and your amazing quotes.

Baino said...

Bang on! Done it again, I swear it's the big pictures that give your posts so much drama. Just fab. Tanks for the code by the way. I'm not quite brave enough to go there yet but will give it a try. I want at least three of those baskets, what for? I cannot say but they're so pretty! And my spaghetti choice is Zafferelli No 4! Have a fab weekend TGIF! Three hours to go!

Mrsupole said...

Always the most amazing pictures, I love the birds all sitting in their little groups, just like people sitting on a wall.

The quotes were great. Living in Guam had to be different. I wonder what you still remember. I can hardly remember being 10 let alone where we lived.

Thank you.

God bless.

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice, and we have an 82 yr old friend who had to leave the US in order to teach back in the 50s, as he had been blacklisted ; (

He has many fond memories of Guam and the people there ; )

mouse (aka kimy) said...

so many wonderful comments, thanks...I didn't know if I could tackle ten in my usual photo/quote fashion, but then the magic of ten happened and it was a snap.

re lettuce's remark, surprisingly it didn't take me long to find the photos I wanted to use - plain luck that some had 10 items (like the trees) and with judicious cropping (birds on wire) I fit the photo to the cause.... other photos illustrated something 10 - the flag, uconn bb, me at 10

speaking of me at 10, merle, I thought of you when I picked that one with our shared history of being kids on guam!

oh, mrs, I remember a lot about living on guam - it was a great place to be a kid... I had a lot of freedom to roam, and there were lots of adventures to be had in the 'jungles' of the island (at least that is how we looked at the wild lands that were there to explore).... it is interesting to think about how we differ in terms what we each remember....memory is a funny thing...

I'm still working my way around the cyberhood checking out everyone's take on ten!

as always, thanks for dropping in at the mouse! have a great weekend!

ArtSparker said...

Great series, the view from the kitchen with the african violets is eerily familiar, I aprticularly like the Howard Winters quote.

Betty said...

Such wise words, as always, from Gandhi. Beautiful, beautiful photos. The african violets made me smile. My Mum always had pots of them around the house. Thank you for such a thoughtful post.

Kris said...

Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant post. I am a little late getting here, but enjoyed it very much. I especially like the Santayana quote.

California Girl said...

really good stuff. my husband and I are oohing and ahing over the photos. you set the bar really high.