Thursday, July 30, 2009

hardest button to button

The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)philosopher and writer

Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests. In the minds of politicians, perhaps more than anywhere, the notion of a million dollars has this accordion-like ability to expand or contract; if they are disposing of it, the million is a pleasing sum, reflecting warmly upon themselves; if somebody else wants it, it becomes a figure of inordinate size, not to be compassed by the rational mind.
Robertson Davies (1913-1995) playwright, novelist, and educator

I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) educator and poet

Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.
Naomi Klein (b. 1970) journalist, writer, and activist


Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.
Natalie Goldberg (b. 1948) writer

America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
Ringo Starr (b. 1940) musician

Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971) poet and humorist

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926) monk, activist and writer

notes on photos:
  1. buttons from paula's button box. I'm happy to finally have an excuse to share this photo! there is something about this photo that I find very comforting (yes, I do take photos of everything!) december 2006
  2. buddy connolly performing with eileen ivers and immigrant soul, cleveland irish festival. 25 july 2009
  3. street crossing button on euclid avenue, cleveland. july 2009
  4. social issue buttons - want to make some of your own buttons? how about this site it has some good slogans to get you started. don't want to make your own, then go here instead - the syracuse cultural workers has long been my favorite purveyor of tools to promote social change! my office just is not complete unless it has one of these hanging in it.
  5. emergency call box on the case campus. did you notice the box is missing a Y? I wonder if a missing y would constitute an emergency? maybe I should push the call button and ask.
  6. I don't know what kind of buttons ringo was referring to, but it is a good quote to go with this snap from obama's inauguration.
  7. speaking of obama's inauguration, I ran across this telephone sitting on the grounds of the mall in front of the capitol. very curious. did you know that on november 18, 1963 bell telephone introduced the push button telephone? so the 64,000 dollar question is were you born before or after button?! we've all heard about the baby boomer generation, exactly when it ends has always been a point of controversy. technological inventions often define when generations begin (and end) - at least in our cultural consciousness. I think there maybe something to ending the baby-boomer generation in 1963 and starting the push-button generation in 1963 - doesn't it sound a tad more spot-on than generation x? hmmm, I think I'm on to something.
  8. and speaking of generations, I really wanted end the post with an old family photo showing shoes with buttons, but I ran out of time. so instead I will share this charming photo of my great aunt emma which features some very lovely vintage buttons. the photo taken by her brother, my grandpap. lofty pennsylvania, 1910s

white stripes with their song hardest button to button

32 comments:

Megan said...

My mother had a button box. I loved to play with it when I was small. I wonder if she still has it?

That phone on the ground is a strangely powerful image, Kim. I'm an after button!

R.J. Edwards said...

I just LOVE the White Stripes. Excellent song, great post.

subtorp77 said...

kimy, love the Longfellow quote and I'm an "after button baby"('67), so didn't know of this. And don't mind a White Stripes song, every now and then( i mean how many two piece bands have made it big, wot? ) Cool video and great photos :)

Bobbie said...

I enjoyed this! Wonderful photos (very nice take on this prompt), and I love how fitting the quotes are :)

K. said...

"the 64,000 dollar question is were you born before or after button?!"

Before. Way before.

Your Aunt Emma was a beauty!

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice family photo and do miss the radical buttons that came out in the 60s ; (

I posted this on a previous post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKmAb1gNN74

In case you haven't seen it ; )

Candie Bracci said...

Well done,you've done very well with the theme!

Alan Burnett said...

Was a great collection of buttons. Enjoyed my visit.

J A Harnett-Hargrove said...

Thanks for the eclectic post! -J

Baino said...

It's true what Ringo said (God I hope Kurt doesn't visit here) . .Americans love their buttons. Fantastic shots as always. Meg White can't drum. Trust me on that! Jack's the one with the talent.

willow said...

Great pics, as always, Mouse, but my favorite would have to be the wonderful vintage photo of Emma.

pink dogwood said...

Your aunt Emma is so beautiful and I love the Thich Nhat Hanh quote that goes with it.

Roy said...

That first shot is great; it puts my paltry button collection to shame. And yes, I was born before the button, but I don't actually remember seeing a push-button phone until the '70s.

Heh, heh! I looked at that White Stripes video yesterday, but decided to go a different route.

Good job on the theme as usual!

ArtSparker said...

What a lovely collection of buttons in the first panel - My grandmother collected buttons and we called her "Buttons". Your great aunt is a sharmer.

Brian Miller said...

loved the goldman quote...too true. with megan on the phone on the ground...it begs questions and stories...

VE said...

Nice collage of immages and quotes. I have to agree about the middle age one...

Poetikat said...

I have definitely reached middle age because when the phone rings, I always hope it's not for me. Come to think of it, I reached middle age about 10 years ago!

Wonderful photos! Who is the lovely lady in the sepia one?

Kat

Wings said...

Love it, you pretty much hit all the major "buttons" there. And I have a pic, somewhere (or my mom does) of my grandmother with a line of buttons down a dress. Too cool.

mum said...

Please tell Michel Montaigne I'm working hard on the suppleness aspect.

Great link to Robertson Davies materials. I'll come back from Naomi Klein and Natalie Goldberg.

Beautiful pics, as always, kimy.

Betsy said...

I'd love to dig through that huge collection of lapel buttons!

This is last year for those funky glasses with the year on them. Next year, our left eye will be covered with a 1. LOL

Dakota Bear said...

I like your collection of pictures, especially the first one of the box of buttons.

Angella Lister said...

Love the button pic. Yes, it's comforting, though I'm not sure exactly why. Something from childhood? And I love the vintage pic, too. All of these photos are wonderful, as always. Great post.

Dot-Com said...

Oh wow a lot of buttons!

Colette Amelia said...

totally cool, totally awesome, totally fantastic!

Holly said...

Fabulous photos....nice post and great quote....!!!!

The Silver Fox said...

Loved the photo of Great Aunt Emma!

After having read Wings' TT post earlier, and Betsy's comment here, I can't shake the thought of seeing Snake Plissken wearing glasses that say "2010" on them...

Jaime said...

great pics and quotes as always

Kris said...

One or two buttons there...

lettuce said...

well the top picture is, of course, my favourite
though i also love that of great aunt emma.

I have some boot buttons in my collection, they are among my faves.

tony said...

Hey, White Stripes are one of the best bands I 've seen Live!
& those glasses are Are Groovy!
'Sorry to miss this week's Theme,'Be Back Next Week!

dreamhaven said...

Wonderful photos, excellent post.
Thanks for sharing

rosedale's 4head said...

the pictures of your great aunt is just out of this world beautiful!! loving that one all the way!