Thursday, March 11, 2010

the man in the hat

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything. You’ve got to get out and pray to the sky to appreciate the sunshine otherwise you’re just a lizard standing there with the sun shining on you.
Ken Kesey (1935-2001) author

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) humorist, writer and lecturer

The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London, because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast, is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love... death is not hidden away ... The ancient, original source is the grave, not a womb.
Octavio Paz (1914-1998) writer, poet, diplomat

Believe in yourself. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face… You must do that which you think you cannot do. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) diplomat, humanitarian and first lady

We cannot create observers by saying "observe," but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
Maria Montessori (1870-1952), educator & philosopher

While you have a thing it can be taken from you... but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.
James Joyce (1882-1941) writer

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea,
Drink the wild air's salubrity...

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) poet, lecturer and essayist

My old man
He's a singer in the park
He's a walker in the rain
He's a dancer in the dark
We don't need no piece of paper
From the city hall
Keeping us tied and true
My old man
Keeping away my blues

Joni Mitchell (b. 1943) singer, songwriter, painter
from My Old Man

They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cooks' own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men's Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women's chats
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats

Robert Browning (1812-1889) poet
except from The Pied Piper of Hamelin

notes on photos:
  1. monks from namgyal monastery in cleveland during final ritual for kalachakra mandala, 2005
  2. historical reenactment, paris october 2005
  3. hat at a day of the dead celebration, cleveland, november 2008
  4. obama hats on metro riders, inauguration day, washington, dc january 2009
  5. ms t in rainbow knit hat, december 2009
  6. fancy hats at bloomsday celebration, cleveland, june 2008
  7. smiling alice in austin, april 2009
  8. my man in one of his many hats - and perhaps my favorite of his many hats. on the paris metro, october 2005
  9. leader of the rat pack, created by billy nainiger, in celebration of the year of the rat. june 2008
let me add that my much loved uconn women basketball team just won the big east championship, given this fact, I feel compelled to post this very silly picture of me - I have the hat but not the head! if geno's team wins the next six games they will take the whole enchilada! go huskies!!

tom burlinson singing his song the man in the hat - a love song and tribute to his idol, frank sinatra. burlinson is an australian actor and singer. in 1998 he created a frank - a life in song


Unknown said...

Your man looks great.
The tibetan monk too.
Great pics.

Happy Thursday!





Dumdad said...

Another excellent selection of photos and quotes. Of course, I especially like the Jasmin metro one!

Brian Miller said...

i knew i would get a kick out of whatever you put together today...wonderful shots...i like the banana headed monk...

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

A great collection. I especially like the last two.

Roy said...

Nice collection of hats! And I'd never heard of Tom Burlinson before; not a bad take on old Blue Eyes at all, although I think Harry Connick Jr. really nails it as far as sounding like Frank.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Great shots. Some folks look at the shoes first, I always go for whats on top of the head. -J

Unknown said...

That first one looks like a big crescent moon!

Love your man and his hat!

Go huskies! Congrats!

Tess Kincaid said...

Your hats made me smile.

Betsy Brock said...

I knew you would do something great with this! What a handsome hubby in his hat! ;)

Baino said...

I knew you'd do justice to this one. Gorgeous hats but of course Miss T takes the cake! Gotta love a Tibetan in a fancy hat .. almost as spectacular as the Pakistani border guards who do their border closing pagentry every night with a tip of a very interesting hat!

Tom said...

good lookin' family in those hats, go huskies.

Christine H. said...

Wonderful hats...and people

Alan Burnett said...

Nobody does these collections like you, every week I just look forward to seeing how you are going to interpret the theme and to seeing yet more quotations I can copy down.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know how the bald monk keeps that hat on his head?
Could not see a hat pin.
Cheers Jan

Anonymous said...

love you too -- ali

rosedale's 4head said...

this are so much fun to stare at. love them all...

rosedale's 4head said...

oh and Ms. T is always my favorite - she's a beauty!

lettuce said...

what excellent hattage