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
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
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:
- 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
- buddy connolly performing with eileen ivers and immigrant soul, cleveland irish festival. 25 july 2009
- street crossing button on euclid avenue, cleveland. july 2009
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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