Thursday, March 4, 2010

little green

When law can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow,
An' when the leaves in summer time their color dare not show,
Then I will change the color, too, I wear in my caubeen;
But till that day, plaise God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green.


To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Hindu Prince Gautama Siddhartha (563-483 B.C.) the founder of Buddhism

Cabbages catch at the moon.
It is late summer, no rain, the pack of the soil cracks open, it is hard summer.
In the night the cabbages catch at the moon, the leaves drip silver, the rows of cabbages are series of little silver waterfalls in the moon.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) poet, writer, editor
(the poem Nocturne Cabbage)

If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.

Chinese Proverb

The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby - how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown.
Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967) cookbook author, partner of gertrude stein,
and creator of wickedly good brownies

I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519) draftsman, painter, sculptor, architect and engineer

Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an adornment to those who have filled their lives with great deeds: they might be compared to some beauty carelessly dressed and thereby all the more attractive.
Jean de la Bruyere (1645-1696) essayist & satirist

For 'tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray,
And it's green, green, green, all the happy night and day;
Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall,
And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all.

Mary Elizabeth Blake (dates unknown) 19th century poet
(from her poem The Dawning 'o the Year)

It's not easy being green.

Kermit the Frog (b. 1955)

notes on photos:
  1. a wee lass celebrating her irish-ness. rumor has it that on march 17th any one who is interested can be irish for a day! cleveland irish festival, july 2007
  2. detail of green tara, the green tara is venerated as the bodhisattva of enlightened activity. detail of thangka of green tara (13th century, tibet) cleveland museum of art, may 2008
  3. tiny little cabbages, well actually brussel spouts, but for me brussel spouts will always be small cabbage pearls. nyc grocery, march 2009
  4. the vertical garden at the musée du quai branly, paris, march 2007
  5. uncle george's vegetable garden, harwood mines, pennsylvania, july 2009
  6. that is one visible green coat!! oberlin, ohio, 27 february 2010
  7. green beads at bead paradise II - if you love beads, it truly is paradise! oberlin, ohio, 27 february 2010
  8. a view of the emerald island from the graveyard outside the ruins of the rock of cashel, ireland (transferred from film). may 2001
  9. me and kermit in front of the free stamp (decorated with anti-war banners), cleveland. september 2008

no mm regular will be surprised about today's theme song. if it didn't sound creepy, I'd claim to be joni's biggest fan.


JeffScape said...

Sandburg again!

And you'd better return Kermit before I report a frognapping to the Feds!

Life is good...except for sometimes. said...


Kris McCracken said...

Is àrd ceann an fhèidh sa chreachann.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the da Vinci thought :)

And that building...!

Brian Miller said...

you never disappoint...the pic of the graves jumped out at me today. very remarkable...cute pic of you and kermit...

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

It is hard (and I guess there is no need) to pick out what I like the best about this post, the da Vinci quote, the photos, the proverb ...

but the photo of you and kermit is impossible to top

Unknown said...

Ah, the GREEN TARA, most compassionate.
Lovely pictures!

Happy TT!
Happy WW!
Happy AT!
Happy March!






Leah said...

Such soul-enlivening images! The beads especially resonate with me.

And I must add, "Little Green" always always makes me cry. My sis and I have been known to sing along to the entirety of the album "Blue." Yes, I know every last word to all the songs...although probably as her biggest fan you've got me beat! ; )

Betsy Brock said...

You are kermit...too, too cute!

That snowy pic is what it looks like green outside yet unless it's a coat.

Tess Kincaid said...

That opening pic was just amazing. I had to stop and gaze at her lovely face for a long while. Love the mossy wall AND your Kermie!

JGH said...

Your blog is always so stunning. I really need to come here more often.

I heard "Little Green" for the fist time this year. Did you know it was written for a baby Joni gave up for adoption?

Roy said...

A nice collection of green, and Joni at the end. That made this a good morning! Thanks, Kim.

pink dogwood said...

Love all the pictures and quotes, but the last picture is just adorable :)

Nanc Twop said...

You and Kermit looked like you were having a blast... must've been a good day to be green. ;-)

tut-tut said...

Have fun today! Lovely green-ness, so many different takes. And I hadn't thought about the J. Mitchell song in a very long time.

Jasmine said...

Love the eco landscaped wall. I've seen a few of these buildings about in archetecture pictures.

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful to be reminded of the vertical garden. Hundertwasser's apartment building in Vienna is also remarkable green architeccture, my recollection is that it has 17 roof terraces.

37paddington said...

love the vertical garden! and kermit! I always appreciate seeing pictures of you. you have light coming off you.

Eberle said...

Nocturne Cabbage, delightful! I love walking in my garden at night, especially when there's moonlight, it's another world. I agree with you about brussel sprouts - I see them as miniature cabbages. And that photo of Oberlin really brought back the winters I spent there! I liked the landscape a great deal, but it had its harsh aspects.

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

Great post and amazing photos as always. I almost posted "Little Green" too, a favorite song about the color but opted for the lesser known "Green Up Time" sung by Lotte Lenya.

Tom said...

all great shots...especially the graves...and Kermit's smile is infectious.

Unknown said...

Just great--particularly like the shot of the brussels sprouts & the Chines proverb & Toklas quote.

California Girl said...

I love brussel sprouts and Joni Mitchell.

tony said...

Great photos.The Graveyard Especially.Happy T.T.

Baino said...

Haha .. fun and a little poignant! Love the last shot . . Enjoy your moviefest!

RobinB said...

I loved seeing the pic of you at the end...also enjoyed seeing the green tara--I was looking at Thankas yesterday so it especially spoke to me. Also the vertical garden at Branley--wonderful!!

lettuce said...

i love the vertical garden

have seen a few buildings green-ed like this, wonderful concept

Dot-Com said...

A lot of green - and one of my favorite songs. Gotta love the fact that there was a Paddy's Day photo included :)