Thursday, September 3, 2009

b is for beginning

The Big Bang has made Idealists out of almost anybody who thinks. First there was absolutely nothing, then Bang! Something. This is beyond weird. Out of sheerest Emptiness, manifestation arises.
Ken Wilber (b. 1949) writer, integral theorist

Courage is like -- it's a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It's like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging
Mary Daly (b. 1928) feminist philosopher and theologian

Truth, like the burgeoning of a bulb under the soil, however deeply sown, will make its way to the light.
Edith Pargeter (1913-1995) writer specializing in history and historical fiction

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) polymath (aka Renaissance man)

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!
Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)writer and cartoonist

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)historian, poet and novelist

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) novelist, essayist and playwright

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Og Mandino (1923-1996) essayist and pop psychologist

notes on photos:
  1. a photo collage which was part of the big bang exhibit at the centre georges pompidou. since I wasn't around for THE big bang, this was the best I could do. this big bang (exhibit) remains one of the most exciting displays of modern art I have experienced. alas, I did not write down either the artist or the name of the piece. anyone know? paris, october 2005
  2. judy chicago's dinner party. I wanted to feature the place setting that judy did for the primordial goddess, but the picture (evidenced right) isn't the best in terms of composition, etc. click here in case you missed last year's slide show celebration of the dinner party on the mouse. the brooklyn museum, april 2008.
  3. bulbs busting forth - signifying a beginning of spring! lakewood, march 2008
  4. years ago I remember learning that the oldest recipe discovered was one for beer, as someone who finds recipes the beginning for much bliss, I thought well, a recipe for beer is a great beginning and hey, beer starts with the letter b and ol' ben, considered beer proof that god wants us happy! great lakes brewery, cleveland spring 2009
  5. sign language alphabet in gary's classroom. nyc, april 2008
  6. eli 2 days old, cleveland, march 2004
  7. a vineyard in provence - close to the home town of albert. october 2005
  8. party where I met many new and old friends. manhattan, march 2009

Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A-B-C
When you sing you begin with do-re-mi




p.s. check jayne's blog for an amazing piece of performance art featuring this song.... it started off my morning on a high note!!

30 comments:

Sandra Leigh said...

It's hard to choose a favourite, but I just had to read the Dr. Seuss quotation aloud to my husband, so that's the official winner. What a delightful post!

subtorp77 said...

kimy, I like the Wilber and Mandino quotes the best. And sorry, can't help you on the art I.D. but very interesting work..Too,no way I'm viewing the vid( I got an earworm just from the title )-LOL! Great stuff here, as only you can put to-gether :)

Colette Amelia said...

I love your alphabet posts! And I have to say your courage quotation hit the mark...been thinking about courage a lot lately...

and here's hoping that those who have the power have the courage to bring universal healthcare to all of your in your Country! And here is to those who agree have the courage to stand up and offer their support to see that it happens!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Set the table, set the theme, put out the food, the vibes. The guests will arrive

Coffee Messiah said...

Bee-you-tea-full ; )

Candie Bracci said...

Claps!This was great!

Alan Burnett said...

Kimy : that is a terrific assemblage of images and quotes. It constitutes almost the final word on the theme. Most enjoyable.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Hey, GREAT images, as always.
I posted a S of M tune too, in Antwerp...
-Jayne

Harnett-Hargrove said...

...oops, punched that. The photo installation style looks familiar, but no-mane comes to mind.
Chicago's work is awe. -Jayne

Baino said...

Your photos are stunning, your quotes amazing and the clip . .er . .annoying . . but God I love that film! Do go check out Jayne's it's fantstically feel-good.

Roy said...

Another marvelous collection of pictures and quotes. And I absolutely agree with Ben Franklin! Heh, heh!

willow said...

That first image is amazing!! My favorite quote would have to be the Og Mandino.

mum said...

the 'oh wow' started on the first photo. and then I got to the link under the music vid . discombobulation now reigns supreme in Graulhet.

:-)

Leah said...

Wow, that last quote? It resonates SO strongly with me. I wish I could remember and practice that--I guess I can try!

Brian Miller said...

wow. this one was a visual delight...really quite beautiful

Skip Simpson said...

These would all make great wall posters with the quotes. My favorite one of course, was by old Ben! Whadda guy!

Betsy said...

Very nice...as always! Love the quotes!

Reya Mellicker said...

Fabulous as always. Wow.

You know now the big dudes in physics think that our big bang was just one among many, a situation in which two membranes of reality bang into each other, creating multiverses. Those guys are smoking something really good, I suspect.

e said...

Awesome, Kimy!!! Just like you! Have a good one!

nonamedufus said...

That Benjamin Franklin was one smart guy! Kinda the Homer Simpson of his time, almost.

Cinnamon said...

I love the picture of the bulbs- it fits the quote so well. I also love the picture of the baby- but then, I just love babies :) I love the uncorrupted innocence of them- they are true beginnings.

Tom said...

that last one was a fine idea...is it bad that some of the people i meet are already dead? oh, just kidding, i just wish some of the people i meet were dead! oh, just kidding again! Great quotes and pics...Again!

Marianna said...

Oh the little one is just adorable! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pics with us!!

Happy TT
xoxo

Wings said...

Wonderful as always. Fun stuff.

rosedale's 4head said...

oh this has got to be one of my favorites! love the baby, but love the gathering with some's faces caught in movement and some not. the buddings from the ground are way too much to handle....it's a speechless post for me!!!

Dreamhaven said...

A picture is worth a thousand words. When you put both together, Kapow

Megan said...

Coffee stole my comment! :)

Meri said...

I thought that was the Judy Chicago dinner party piece. Saw it years ago at one of the Smithsonians. . . the portrait gallery, I think, though it seems an odd fit in some ways. Loved it. Have a book about her art, so I may take it off the shelf and refresh my memory. The piece in the exhibit I liked best was a cabinet with a mannequin of a woman cut up and arranged on the shelves, head on the top shelf, neck and shoulders below. Amazing image! I assume it was hers, but perhaps the exhibit included other feminist artists.

lettuce said...

i like the Daly quote, i think she's spot on

tony said...

Brilliant as Usual Kim.A Feast.Thank You.