Thursday, May 14, 2009

everything is broken

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
Henri de Lubac (1896-1991) theologian

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Amelia Earhart (b.1897 – declared dead 1939), aviator, author, adventurer

Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - Ah! there is the sting of life.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)poet, novelist, dramatist and critic

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
Albert Camus (1913-1960)novelist, essayist and playwright

Those with the greatest awareness have the greatest nightmares.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) philosopher, peace activist

Life doesn't give you all the practice races you need.
Jesse Owens (1913-1980) athlete, Olymic Gold Medalist (1936)

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

before I go into the notes on the photos a couple "disclaimers" - first of all, regular readers of the mouse may have deduced that I am a visual being and I will be the first to admit that this week's theme of (wh)oops has presented a challenge - my own biggest whoops stories have never been documented and that leads me to the next disclaimer; second, although I am no longer traveling, I am in a manner of speaking still 'away' (e.g. I'm currently on jury duty) so I'm still not in my usual blogging groove.... what you have here is the best I can conjure up with my very limited 'window' but that said I do hope I've offered up a few good does of mouse medicine....

okay, that's it for the disclaimers, now here are the notes:
  1. a caution written on some road in london. very helpful for visitors coming from countries where traffic comes at you from the opposite direction!
  2. so what is it! is it the left or the right lane that is closed ahead? cleveland 12 may 2009
  3. 'one too many guinnesses' somewhere along the southeast coast of ireland during a wander, may 2001
  4. broken fiestaware outside the fiestaware factory, newell, west virginia september 2008
  5. the type of road that is sometimes an element in one of my recurring nightmares, somewhere on the ring of kerry, ireland may 2001
  6. jesse owens statue outside the cuyahoga county courthouse, cleveland 12 may 2009
  7. a very beautiful elderly gentleman, new york city, september 2008

bob dylan's everything is broken - bobby, you ain't jiving!

26 comments:

Jaime said...

that picture of the statue with the hose is great

Merle Sneed said...

I love the picture of the old man.

R.L. Bourges said...

nothing broken in the guitar work on that Dylan vid, kimy. Nor in the great selection of quotes and pics.

Good luck with your civic duty. Amitiés from Graulhet

Ronda Laveen said...

Well done, Kim. It does not show that you are otherwise involved. I noticed that it was you that posted the theme Wh(oops). Nice save on many levels. Hope jury duty is kind to you:)

All of the photos are great but the resonance of ol' man is so clear.

Brian Miller said...

great stuff as always. love the camus quote. happy TT!

Candie Bracci said...

The last picture along with the quote..this is it!Beautiful!

Poetikat said...

The shot of the Fiestaware is startling! It is refuse, but oh, what you could do with the pieces! Infinite possibility.
Guinness may be "good", but too much is "bad".

Kat

Wings said...

Very good and beautiful pics, as usual! Love them.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I'll have to think about the Camus quote, but loved this post. It's quirky and outside the norm, even though it's your usual format.

Roy said...

Everything is broken? Nah! Nothing a little Superglue™ won't fix up good as new.

The Jesse Owens statue shot is a classic!

Steve said...

That Fiestaware mountain is pretty incredible! Love the photo of the guy at the end, too. Great stuff, as always! :)

ArtSparker said...

Sort of a road-to-ruin theme in this post...with uplift at the end. The broken fiestaware is a mosaicist's dream.

Leah said...

I love the Gandhi quote, and have to second what Kat said.

Thanks for posting the Dylan.

I think this Whoops post is great!

VE said...

Nice. I like how the rock's falling sign has the hillside on the left, not the right. Wonder how many people glance left when they see that...

Cathy said...

amazing photos--gives me a lot to think about

Liza said...

I especially love Ghandi's quote...great post!

subtorp77 said...

Hi mouse! The explanation for the London road, LOL!

Lover of Life said...

The picture of the old man is really great with your caption.

Baino said...

Well Kim we'd never know you'd been away. Fantastic as usual. The pile of paper plates is very disturbing. Good luck with the rest of your jury duty!

Tom said...

love all the pictures and quotes as usual...what's that old man thinking?

Sandra Leigh said...

I'm so confused, mouse. Because they drive on the left in England, cars come at you from the right, not the left. What is this town trying to do, kill the tourists? (Some English roads, on the other hand, are so narrow that only one car can get through, so there's no way to know which way they'll be coming.)

Wait a minute. This must be a one-way street.

The Silver Fox said...

Great shots, all!

Mrsupole said...

I am still trying to figure out the road sign to the left, is it in the middle of the road? But the pile of plates shows how waste can just pile up and I was wondering why they are not recycling them. Great pictures and quotes as usual.

God bless.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for all the wonderful and affirming comments.

just a couple follow-ups

roy - love your superglue remark!

re the look left pic, I snapped this pic while in the middle of two way street - I have another shot that says 'look right' but of course I choose the left!!

baino - those are ceramic plates not paper....

and to everyone concerned about the plates I'm hopeful that they are reused/recycled considering how there is no other waste with the fiestaware I expect they are - considering that I had to trespass (but just for a second!) to get the shot I expect the mound is considered a valuable resource! afterall, as artsparkle remarks it is a mosaicist's dream!

Nan said...

That kind of road scares me tremendously. I think accidents on them are under-reported. :<) And I have a young friend who was hit by a car in London in that very situation. She is fine now, but was quite injured.

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

Number 5 could pass for Highway 1 between SF and Big Sur.