Thursday, February 18, 2010

how happy's the man!

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends,
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) mythologist, writer, lecturer

The Circle has healing power. In the Circle, we are all equal. When in the Circle, no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity. The Hoop of Life is also a circle. On this hoop there is a place for every species, every race, every tree and every plant. It is this completeness of Life that must be respected in order to bring about health on this planet.
Dave Chief (1930-2005) Oglala Lakota Elder

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) writer, philosopher, social theorist

Peace must first be developed within an individual. And I believe that love, compassion, and altruism are the fundamental basis for peace. Once these qualities are developed within an individual, he or she is then able to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. This atmosphere can be expanded and extended from the individual to his family, from the family to the community and eventually to the whole world.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935)

We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939) poet, novelist, social activist

All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne (1572-1631) poet, priest, lawyer

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) poet

We morris with the bells, and we morris in the socks,
Some of you have noticed we are morrissing in frocks,
The cloggs are very heavy, ah, but let me make it clear,
They seem a little lighter when you're drinking loads of beer.

Gid Taylor from Lets Morris
notes on photos:
  1. shop bell, lakewood, ohio february 2010
  2. powwow at edgewater park, cleveland june 2000 (?) - transferred from film
  3. outside bonnie bell headquarters, lakewood, ohio february 2010
  4. taos pueblo, new mexico november 1987 - transferred from film
  5. hare on bell on portland stone piers,by barry flanagan at the walker art center, minneapolis, mn - transferred from film
  6. reflecting on this week's theme led me to think about this classic film, which I haven't seen for decades! I understand that the female lead was the inspiration for my name, although not because of her role in this film given that it came out after I was born, more likely for her role in this; hmmm, I'll have to ask my ma. bell, book and candle tableau at casa mouse, february 2010
  7. have you ever noticed how many flowers have a bell shape? lily of the valley are without a doubt my absolute favorite bell shaped flower - the scent absolutely intoxicating! casa mouse, may 2009
  8. back in the early 1980s when we lived in new haven, quite a few of our friends were passionate morris dancers. we never missed an opportunity to go watch them dance. I still love encountering a morris dancing troupe or more accurately a morris side. as for me, I have two left feet so could never join a side, however, I have been accused of being a fool for quite some time.... if anyone know where marty or paul is from this side, let them know kim is thinking and looking for them! somewhere in the new haven area, circa 1983 transferred from film
today's theme thursday is in honor of barry - barry's friends in the bloggyhood stand in solidarity and celebration today and we are ringing our bells for him as he completes his last treatment of chemo.

today's tune is how happy's the man! a morris favorite the vid promises plenty of bell action; barry, all these bells are for you! we all are sending you powerful healing energy and wishes that you will always be a most happy man! xxxxxx


Unknown said...

Really awesome pictures and
wonderful quotations.


Anonymous said...

I thought that old mission church looks familiar! And like the Dave Chief quote the most (which reminded me the Nipmuc tribe just lost thier chief...alas! )

tony said...

A Fine Selection.Personally, I Always Had A soft Spot For The late-great Joseph Campbell.
Regards Tony.

Alan Burnett said...

As always, a seamless mixture of words and images.

Brian Miller said...

the shot at taos pueblos sticks out to very nice though...ringing that bell!

Tess Kincaid said...

We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups. Love-love Atwood!

Best wishes for a happy, happy man.

Glorious post, Ms. Mouse.

Betsy Brock said...

Love the Hare on Bell! :)

Ring, Ring for Barry!

tut-tut said...

I love love love the Morris.

And those quotes: espec. Basho.

Kim, your post brings up so much that it will all resonate long after this day is rung.

Roy said...

I have news for Ms. Atwood - I have no intention of becoming a grown-up!

Love Morris dancing; I used to do some years ago.

Great collection!

Nanc Twop said...

Nice snaps - enjoyed the whole post!

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Great bells all around. Ringing here in the west as well even though the sound scares Bow

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Enjoyed those photographs.

Bells in many shapes and sizes.

California Girl said...

I laugh with the Atwood quote but John Donne stops me in my tracks. Happy TT!

JeffScape said...

That cat bell is creepily awesome.

e said...

Lovely, Mouse, as always!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

nice meander, as always! -jayne

Meri said...

Love the Basho quote. Each quote goes so nicely with its partner photograph. Well done, as usual.

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Very nice post, kimy. The photos and accompanying words really work well. Always good to read Joseph Campbell.

Thanks for your contribution to making this belling ringing day work.

Unknown said...


Baino said...

Lovely bells as ever although I'm amazed that Americans are embracing Morris dancing? I actually visited another blog recently where they were dancing in her town, way over there in the US, it's such an English silly thing.

lettuce said...

aaaah morris dancers

love that home-made plug-bell