Thursday, September 17, 2009

o is for over the hill

since I don't want to encourage thinking which associates aging to be related to being past one's prime - (the conventional understanding of what the phrase over the hill means) I decided this week to share a few snaps of some pretty hills I've gone over and match the hills up with a few quotes that I find to be good mouse medicine!

Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)physicist, philosopher, peace activist

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.
Black Elk (1863-1950) Lakota Medicine Man

Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) philosopher and writer

Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own.
Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–1870) poet, jockey and politician

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) essayist, poet and philosopher

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972) theologian and philosopher

I never feel age...If you have creative work, you don't have age or time.
Louise Nevelson (1900 - 1988) sculptor

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) minister, abolitionist, and writer


notes about photos:
  1. the climb up mount pisgah, oregon april 2006
  2. black hills south dakota 1999
  3. gordes - a picturesque hillside village in the luberon region of southern france october 2005
  4. the druids altar county cork ireland 2001
  5. cape breton nova scotia 1996
  6. me in front of some hills that have been raped and pillaged (in other words, strip-mined), northeastern pennsylvania july 2009
  7. vineyards in southern vermont, june 2007
  8. cemetery in simsbury connecticut june 2007


continuing yesterday's bit of beatlemania, paul's sweet and touching song the fool on the hill (1967)

23 comments:

Sandra Leigh said...

That photo of the Black Hills is haunting, and I love The Fool on the Hill. The video really is sweet, isn't it? Happy TT.

tony said...

Universally Beautiful.+Great Video Choice!

Tom said...

smack dab in the middle of flatland, I would drive 200 miles to find a decent hill to climb...great pics!

Alan Burnett said...

I have printed the Heschel quote and pinned it on the Lad's door. Loved the video - I've added it to my YouTube Favourites list.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

A great variety...Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness. There is a bit of naiveté in that, but positive, yes? -J

Roy said...

Nice approach to the theme, Kim. And I love the shot of the Cape Breton harbor.

In my own post I intend to address the other side of that cliché.

Betsy said...

Black Hills...my fav!

Brian Miller said...

and some beautiful hills you have gone over. great choice for the vid as well.

mum said...

beautiful. And Nevelson is right.

I'll definitely go visit those rocky places in Ireland, thanks to the link you provided.

cheers, kimy.

ArtSparker said...

Tom, Tom, he was a piper's son,
He learned to play when he was young.
And all the tune that he could play
Was over the hills and far away

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh yeah!!

Love the pic of you - hardly over the hill, indeed! You are vivid and lively. YES.

Love the Louise Nevelson quote, too. I was always so impressed with her false eyelashes that she wore until she was in her 80's, maybe forever.

And the Druid circle of course.

I am embracing the coming of old age. It will have its challenges of course, but so did youth.

L'chaim!

Steve said...

Beautiful, as usual! Dave really wants to go to France -- if I show him that third picture, he'll get even more enthusiastic!

Colette Amelia said...

Wow! fantastic photos! And of course wonderful quotes to go with them.

I am jealous of all your great journeying around the universe...and so grateful to you for sharing.

Wings said...

Wonderful, as always. Your pics have become a highlight of my Thursdays. Thank you.

willow said...

Enjoyed this hilly post. And especially like this quote:

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. :)

Baino said...

But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

Something we seem to have forgotten in the west that is so treasured in the east! Great shots and quotes.

Marmsk said...

Nice pictures, nice music, nice thought. It would be nice that "over the hill" did not mean people over a certain age, but people who have succeeded in climbing over a huge obstacle and gliding down the other side. I would be cast aside as one "over the hill" but I have overcome many of life's obstacles, and would like to be respected for that instead.

Skip Simpson said...

Excellent post! Wonderful pictures and a perfect song to go with it!
Loved it!

California Girl said...

I can relate to Thoreau and Nevelson the best.

You sure do get around!

C.M. Jackson said...

stunning photos combined with words and music---heaven! c

subtorp77 said...

mouse, great Black Elk quote, also the Heschel one. But fantastic photos! Happy TT :)

Megan said...

Tschuss! Have a lovely weekend, Kimy!

lettuce said...

good for you also ignoring the metaphorical interpretation!

i enjoyed your lovely pictures as usual. Have a good weekend.