Saturday, January 2, 2010

you've changed

That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) poet, lecturer and essayist

a new year, a time we, at least I, inevitably think about change. dot-com's recent post reviewing her past year by counting up a variety of things, including the number of posts she put up in 2009, got me thinking about my own posting numbers. I kind of felt that my posting habits have changed, but I never actually did a count. this morning I decided to take a look and see what the numbers say. compared to my previous two years it appears that I am becoming quite a slacker - I started mouse medicine on february 19th 2007 - in 2007, I posted 281 times; in 2008, 306; and in 2009 216 posts.

I don't know if I should make anything of these numbers; after all, don't they* say it's quality that counts not quantity. so let the numbers fall as they will; in 2010 I aspire to focus on quality, not quantity. but if I fall short, I take comfort in artsparker's wise remark in one of her recent posts- "aspiration is a good thing as long as it does not get made into a stick to spank yourself with."

the statue featured today is a statue that I've been featuring on my other blog, the lakewood daily snap. starting in may of 2009, I've began posting a monthly photo of this statue. it has been fun and oddly centering to see the changes this little nook in a garden undergoes. I don't know if the people who live in the house with this garden are aware of my activities; when the year is complete, I plan to drop by and let them know what I've been up to. as for telling them now, I don't want to risk their ire; after all, sometimes isn't it better to ask for forgiveness than for permission!

over the nearly seventy years since bill carey and carl fischer wrote you've changed, the song has become a jazz standard and has been covered by scores of artists. I had hoped to find a vid of joni performing the song (the song is on her album both sides now) but alas, youtube is not yet the portal of all music. instead I offer the song as song by the great lady day. it doesn't take a musicologist to hear the influence of billie holiday's on joni.

*does any one know who exactly are the 'they' in the 'they say'?

photo: lakewood; 22 december 2009


ArtSparker said...

The statue looks as if contemplating changes. Thanks for the shoutout, I would like to be as wise as the words...another aspiration?

Anonymous said...

Ponderous question at the end, there...does anyone really know who "they" are? Hmmm....and you might find Joni's recording on playlist( but alas no video )...

K. said...

My posting this year fell off some because of the wrist and a couple of other things. And then there's the nature of the blogosphere itself: As you attract followers, you begin reading and commenting on their blogs, which affords less time to write your own.

Roy said...

Heh, heh! Dot's post made me look at my own count for 2009 - 274. Since that was the first year I actually concentrated on the blog, I really have nothing to compare it to. But I also realize that I don't have something to say or pictures to show every day, and I'm not gonna post if that's so. So I'm with you on the quality over quantity.

As for change, did you see the post I did last month with the video showing Gooseneck Cove through a year? Baino put me up to that one!

Colette Amelia said...

Ahh yes sometimes I feel I have said it all before and at other times I wonder if not everything should be let out...less can be more.

One thing is for sure you always inspire and always enlighten and always delite with the visual stimulation of you wonderful photos!

Happy new year!

Baino said...

Definitely in the quality rather than quantity bracket for the latter part of this year. I just don't have time to post anything 'thoughtful' these days. K's right, so many good blogs to visit, I actually prefer that to writing my own actually. Not sure what my tally is but I know I've dropped back to about three or four posts a week lately. Love your little statue. If our seasons changed more noticeably I'd be tempted. I was thinking of just doing backyard shots. Ours has gone from a dustbowl to sprouting green in a matter of days! Amazing.

Betsy Brock said...

Wonderful post, Kimmie...I think we are all pondering similar thoughts as the new year starts! I love the idea of photographing the statue as the year and seasons move along. Brilliant. Happy New Year to you!

California Girl said...

no resolutions, don't want to count my posts. life is all about change and we all have to deal with it. as a young person I didn't deal well with change but I've had so much in my lie, I do now and it is a very good thing.

Tom said... don't know who 'they' are, but i think They are are watching, so be careful what you say.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

as - it is a most contemplative statue.

subby - I have yet to explore playlist, kind of hooked on vids - like the added element of visuals

k - hope the wrist is doing better. I know what you mean about other blogs - I find I read more than I comment on, only because of the problem with not enough time in a day.

roy - I remember that gooseneck cove series of yours, thought it brilliant

ca - I fear I am forever repeating myself. I do subscribe to the thought that most times less is in fact more!

baino - isn't it funny how we start thinking 3 or 4 posts a week is few - when in the big pic that's quite significant!

betsy - thanks. the new year does bring a big convergence of thought! if only we could harness that power of that!

cg - our relationship to change is complicated as we change and age....being accepting of change when one ages is a very adaptive way of being! good for you...definitely something for us all to aspire towards

tom - thanks. I will take your advice under advisement!

Ronda Laveen said...

Is that Qwan Yin? The world has come to a time of balancing the over loaded male energy with the female energy. The goddesses, in all their forms, are being called front and center.

You have made a wonderful and timely choice for your subject.

Megan said...

I have yet to see a post here that is without quality!

lettuce said...

i like the quote - its a good one for starting a new year.

hoping to see more statue pictures