Thursday, December 3, 2009

kind and generous

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) scholar and novelist

What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)historian and essayist

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

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

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
Sitting Bull (ca 1831-1890)Lakota holy man

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) anthropologist

If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people.
Karel ńĆapek (1890-1938) writer

A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.

The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers.

Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) author & anthropologist

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Elisabeth Foley

notes on photos:
  1. mural on the side of the western reserve historical society, cleveland. january 2009
  2. new year's eve is a time of celebration and is often particularly marked by gatherings of friends. some of our cleveland friends have a tradition to call in the new year with a celebratory feast which is heavy on friendship, food, and fun.
  3. ms t holding the hand of a friend. july 2009
  4. a group of friends pose and share some smiles and attempt to teach me a little spanish. guaricano, dominican republic, november 2002
  5. neighbors and friends gather for a block party. although I moved the previous year, the draw of friendship drew me back. unfortunately, this was the last of the annual summertime block parties. shaker heights, september 2006
  6. dog friends at the lakewood dog park a wonderful community resource where both canine and human friends gather. even though I don't have a dog, I enjoy going to the dog park to socialize with my human and dog buddies. february 2009
  7. group hug among friends. new york city, march 2009
  8. my mother and I making some new friends on a family trip to japan. summer 1965
  9. alice, a friend of thirty-six years, pointing to wise and true expression about friends. austin, april 2009

missing above is a picture that captures all the friends I've made via the blogosphere; but to the right is a snap featuring a few of the faces from my bloggyhood (steve, lettuce and reya and the back of blissful gary) at a meeting in metro dc in may 2008. before I started blogging I would have never imagined how my circle of friends could expand through this activity, but over the last couple years of blogging, I've had the good fortune to meet some of my bloggyhood friends in the flesh. these meetings confirm that the connections forged in the blogosphere are just as real, kind, and generous as the friendships made in all the other spheres of my life. in the days, months, and years to come, I hope I will have more opportunities to meet bloggyhood friends. given my propensity to wandering, I know that this will happen - be it there, here, or anywhere. until then, real hugs to you!

natalie merchant's 1998 song 'kind and generous' a most wonderful thank you to the all friends in our lives.


Ronda Laveen said...

I loved all of the photos. I especially liked the one of you and your mother. Beautiful.

Alan Burnett said...

You merge the images and the quotations so well. Together they sum up the power of friendship. Happy TT my friend.

Tom said...

aww..these are all great...i miss my friends now! Happy TT!

Coffee Messiah said...

Life is nothing, without friends ; )


Anonymous said...

Dang! Coffee beat me on that one! great post kimy :)

Candie Bracci said...

Wonderful post!Happy Thursday!:)

willow said...

Ms. Mouse, your photos are always great, but today's are powerful! Love-love the mural. (I have those same Evesham plates as in the New Year's pic!)

Brian Miller said...

you summed it up so well...where would we be with out them...wonderful pics as always. and happy tt! smiles.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Tradition... we all need more of that.

A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.
Anonymouse... that Anonymouse, she knows about the important stuff! -J

tut-tut said...

hello, friend! hope to see you in 2010. This college business is v stressful . . .

Wonderful photos and inspiring words, as always.

Roy said...

Great shots, Kim! I really like the shot of the dogs greetingf in the dog park; that's a classic!

Skip Simpson said...

Wonderful post! Loved the quotations and pictures! Happy TT!

ArtSparker said...

You are rich in friends.

Leah said...

Oh so wonderful.

"don't walk in front of me" is set to a beautiful melody that we often sing in synagogue, in a round.

Wings said...

You could do a photo dictionary! You hit 'friend' on the head with every pic there.

Baino said...

Ah you blow me away with the emotion in your photos and quotes. Fabulous rendition of friendship in all it's amazing forms.

e said...

This is a great post...I love the images and quotes. I hope you're doing well, Mouse!

Betsy said...

kinda and generous...I'd like to be known for those qualities! Love all the pics of smiles and love.

Bee said...

That first C.S. Lewis quotations is one of my very favorites . . . but it was just the appetizer (or "starter," as the English so prosaicly call it) for this feast.

I felt quite touched by reading this lovely, lovely post.

The Silver Fox said...

Excellent, as always!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks everyone for your kind and generous comments!!

Diana said...

What a lovely mix of photos and makes my heart feel warm.

Nancy said...

What a wonderful post on friendship, especially your feelings on your experiences in blogland.

Salty Miss Jill said...

What a(nother) wonderful and inspiring post!
You know, you were the first freind to come visit me here in Ogreville? I don't know if I ever told you how much that, and you, mean to me. :)

lettuce said...

the CS Lewis quote is so true, isn't it?

happy to be your friend

Colette Amelia said...

Ms. Kim we really must get together...and I think you have not been up this way before and you know it is quite doable not even an ocean between us!

Loved your post as usual and you got some of my favourite quotes in it along with some wonderful pictures!