Thursday, November 5, 2009

castles made of sand

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) draftsman, painter, sculptor, architect and engineer

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) essayist, poet and philosopher

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) writer

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Sean O'Casey (1880-1964) dramatist & memoirist

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) novelist & short story writer

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) poet and playwright

From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) poet

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun

Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894) poet

The journey of a thousand pounds begins with a single burger.
Chris O'Brien
notes about photos:
  1. the castle keep at castell caerdydd (aka cardiff castle). the keep of a castle provided safe shelter for the lord and his household in the time of trouble. surrounding the keep of the cardiff castle is an amazing complex of buildings that were built during the victorian era in the 19th century. march, 2003
  2. side view of a smithsonian building which is known as the castle. the castle was the first smithsonian building, the castle was designed by architect james renrick in 1847 to be a focal point of the picturesque landscape on the mall. the castle now houses all of the administrative offices of the smithsonian institution and also serves as the smithsonian information center. any visit to the museums should start at the castle where one can get up to date information about what is happening in all of the 17 washington based smithsonian museums. july 2008.
  3. to celebrate the cleveland museum of art exhibit on "arms and armor from imperial austria" that was soon to open, one talented artist created a gingerbread replica of an austro-hungarian castle. december 2007
  4. detail of wall surrounding dublin castle not a castle in the traditional sense but the home of british power. today britain retains control of northern ireland, dublin and the lower five-sixths of the island are independent ....but independence hasn't been easy and it's not fully realized - yet!
  5. detail of wall surrounding cardiff castle (see link above) which features a collection of interesting animals. it was only when I visited wales, and cardiff in particular, that I realized one of my favorite children's authors, roald dahl was welsh. this photo was transferred from film. march 2003
  6. the ruin of swansea castle. one of the highlights of our visit to swansea was visiting the dylan thomas centre. for all you dylan thomas fans check out this virtual movie of thomas reading his poem do not go gentle into that good night - I really get a kick out of these poetry animations, if memory serves me well, one or two have appeared before on the mouse.
  7. cleveland is home to franklin castle, reputed to be the most haunted house in ohio. here's a link to its strange and bloody history. according to this, the house is being meticulously restored however, based on what I saw this week when I went by to snap this pic, the club has a long way to go before it is restored to its former glory and splendor. cleveland, 4 november 2009
  8. squire's castle on the north chagrin reservation. built at the turn of the 20th century by f.b. squire, this building was to serve as the gatehouse of his country estate, but plans for the remainder of the estate never materialized. according to local lore, franklin castle isn't the only haunted castle in the greater cleveland area! willoughby hills, november 2008
  9. several years ago I tried a couple of the famous white castle burgers. can't say they were bad, but then again, can't say they were good either. I am biased I'm not really one for fast food. according to the portal of all knowledge, white castle is the country's first hamburger fast food chain. maybe one of these days I'll check out the 2004 flick harold and kumar go to white castle. then again life is short .... this castle is located quite close to where I live and is located on 117th street in cleveland should I ever get a desire to start on those thousand pounds, 4 november 2009
alas I couldn't find a youtube version of the traditional scottish ballad castles in the air, I thought about don mcclean's hit castles in the air but then how settled on jimi


e said...


The quotes in this post so resonate with me as I am at a sort of crossroads now...particularly Kafka's. As for White Castle burgers and pounds, I can happily admit to being a vegetarian and never touching them. I do hope you are over the flu?
Great post.

JeffScape said...

Hah! I was diving deep into the transcendental and philosphical thought here, so the White Castle pic totally caught me by surprise.

K. said...

I'm not sure who I liked more: Hendrix or Thoreau! Seriously, we should all live according to Henry David's counsel.

Ronda Laveen said...

Great castle images and quotes. Especially liked Kafka, O'Casey and the unexpected White Castle at the end. I like Harold and Kumar. It was kind of dumb and fun.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

e thankfully I did not have the flu! I was out of sorts physically (well, more than usual) last week for two days. I'm crossing my fingers and lighting some candles that that I will be spared a full blown case of the flu.

jeff - happy I could provide a little surprise!

k - ah yes....

rhonda - maybe I will check it out on your recommendation, dumb fun is sometimes just what one needs at certain times

Kate Hanley said...

I right with e, the quotes really resonated with me as well. For me it was Thoreau's for some reason.

Brian Miller said...

the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places...too tru! i think the first is actualy my fav of the pics...happy tt!

willow said...

Love the Dylan Thomas. And all the photos are amazing. I'm still giggling over the White Castle!

Roy said...

Great shots, Kim. The White Castle one cracked me up.

I considered Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand", but I decided to go with his version of "All Along the Watchtower" instead.

Poetikat said...

You have outdone yourself with these photographs and the quotes/poetry, Mouse. I thoroughly enjoyed it all!

John Hayes said...

Really well done! Special faves: the Kafka quote & the Rosetti quote, & the pic of White Castle. That's a beautiful Hendrix song.

ArtSparker said...

What strange structures we would see if we could view what is inside peoples' minds.

R.J. Edwards said...

Ha, I love White Castle thrown in there. lol

Was that one made of gingerbread? Amazing.

Dot-Com said...

What a surprise to find the White Castle right there between all the others. Made me smile :)

pink dogwood said...

I can look at your pictures and read your chosen words all day - just great :)

Colette Amelia said...

ahhh haven't had the coffee today and this has taken its really know how to satisfy! Wonderful!

Wings said...

Awesomeness! Glad you added the White Castle pic. ;)

CatLadyLarew said...

Ah, a great collection. The first picture brought back memories, as I've had dinner at Cardiff Castle... although that seems like a lifetime ago!

Props for adding White Castle to the mix!

Megan said...

Well, now I know where Alcott got the idea from. Her dad was a friend of ol' Henry's...

That pic of the stone cat?lion? on the wall is so cool!

Jasmine said...

Dylan Thomas is amazing. As is Hendrix :)

Marianna said...

These castles look amazing! Thanks for reminding me Dylan Thomas :)


Alan Burnett said...

Fantastic collection, done with all the style and and intelligence I have come to expect from you mouse.

Jaime said...

great pics and quotes, as always. the white castle pic was unexpected

WAT said...

Interestingly enough, I hear the most beautiful and abundant castles are in Spain, the old region of Castile of course, hence the name.