Thursday, April 22, 2010

pastures of plenty

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) writer

the mouse is off on a wander and will return early may. okay so the road above in no where near where I am - in fact, I'm on the other side of the country in the pacific northwest, but you get the picture.

by the way, wednesday was the centennial of mark twain's death. jonathan zimmerman, a history professor at new york university, has an interesting column on how travel contributed to twain's personal growth, "with important lessons for our own day. From the scornful, often bigoted cynic of Innocents Abroad, Twain evolved into a passionate defender of diversity. Foreigners were not automatically worse than Americans, he decided; indeed, sometimes they were better."

pete singing woodie's classic.

photo: I-80 somewhere in northeastern pennsylvania, july 2009

rough draft

The first draft reveals the art, revision reveals the artist.

Michael Lee

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) writer, teacher, historian

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) writer & historian

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

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

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) historian, poet and novelist

who knows if the moon's
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky--filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should

get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we'd go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody's ever visited,where

Spring)and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves

ee cummings (1894-1962) poet
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
John Muir (1838-1914) naturalist & writer

Draft beer, not people!

well, perhaps if the draft of people wasn't for warfare, it might be acceptable.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) writer and humorist

notes on photos:
  1. a sculpture (untitled) at the musée rodin, unfortunately I did not take note of the name of this piece - anyone know it's name? paris, october 2005
  2. bicyclists who may start drafting or may not. rocky river reservation, cleveland. october 2009
  3. window draft. avenue c, lakewood
  4. melvin rose at his drafting table. rose iron works, photo courtesy of em. cleveland. august 2005
  5. nah, it's not an eagle but a buzzard. this was the only decent snap I had of a bird catching an up-draft. cleveland, september 2008.
  6. hot air balloon in central park, new york. august 2008
  7. clancy the draft horse from hale farm, photo taken by em (first published here). thanks em!
  8. draft beers at the beer engine, lakewood. july 2009
  9. browns stadium. I'm pretty sure cleveland hopes they will do well in the nfl draft which will be taking place at 7:30 pm eastern time on april 22nd. now, as far as I'm concerned other than hometown pride, I don't really care seeing that when it comes to football gladwell's article pretty much sums up my views on the sport. june 2009
yellowcard's song rough draft

april 22nd is EARTH DAY..... our planet is the real deal and not a draft, please be a good steward! HAPPY EARTH DAY -the mouse would like to suggest that we each make every day earth day! thank you, namaste!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

for the roses

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) poet & playwright

rose marie kravitz lopo
21 september 1928 - 19 april 2010

on monday, my mother's sister rose died. auntie rose was a wonderful woman who led a more than adequate life. for more than ten years aunt rose stoically and bravely faced a number of serious health problems and many times over the years, death came calling, but aunt rose always chased death away. the grace, humor and strength auntie rose exhibited in light of her health challenges was inspiring and quite remarkable. aunt rose did not fear death, she was simply not ready, her work was not done; she had her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren to love and nourish. nourish she did - with the exception of her mother, no one cooks slovak traditional dishes like my aunt rose -- aunt rose's pierogi and nut rolls could make me moan with pleasure.

but the other day when death came calling, this time aunt rose did not chase death away. I expect when death knocked on monday morning she may have welcomed death in, for only death could end the increasing pain and suffering that characterized her final months - pain and suffering than no one should have to endure. auntie rose leaves a legacy of strength, faith, humor and love and she will live on in the hearts of all that knew her.

auntie rose is not the only rose in the family that passed this week. yesterday our beloved cat rosie crossed the rainbow bridge. rosie was almost 18 years old, which would be almost 89 in human years, rosie was a complete love bug of a cat with the most remarkable ability to carry on conversations with humans and other cats. she mewed answers to questions or mewed questions expecting answers. rosie was predeceased by her sisters merlin (1/2008) and cocoa (8/09) and is survived by her sister noche.

joni first released her song for the roses in 1972 on an album with the same name.

photos: roses and other flowers on a grave at cimetière du père-lachaise; uncle andy and auntie rose, pennsylvania july 2009; rosie, february 2008

Monday, April 19, 2010

kind and generous

a new week and a beautiful new day! I hope everyone had a good weekend, mine I'm happy to report was mighty fine. on friday and saturday I took advantage of being 'home alone' and tackled some spring cleaning projects - always gratifying. but it wasn't all time alone purging and cleaning - friday and saturday evenings I spent with friends eating good food, visiting and getting in 'some culture.' sunday I was off to oberlin to spend the day visiting old college friends and also friends from the bloggyhood - what a kick to merge friend circles - people I've known for over thirty years and friends, met over the last few years through this wonderful world of blogging.

before I get back to my monday (read and work) I thought I'd mention a couple other highlights of the weekend. on friday I watched departures, a japanese film which I enthusiastically recommend - it is a poignant and beautifully life affirming film that focuses on the unlikely activity of preparing the dead. I don't generally watch the extras that accompany dvds but I was so taken by this film, I watched them all! the film is loosely based on the memoir coffinman: the journal of a buddhist mortician, and according to the filmmaker, the project was 'in the works' for fifteen years. incidentally, the film won an oscar last year for best foreign film - an award it richly deserved. the music accompanying the film is amazing, I need to see if is available as a soundtrack album.

other highlights of the weekend included after dinner on saturday night, anne & I stumbling on a rebroadcast of last week's debut episode of the new hbo series treme. as anne doesn't get hbo, I expect we will have to make regular dates to get together to watch the series as it unfolds (thank goodness for dvrs!!) - we were both instantly hooked, not surprising.

however, as alluded to above, the biggest and best highlight of the weekend was spending a few hours visiting with blogging buddy tut-tut and her husband who are in the area while their daughter attends the all roads lead to oberlin program the college holds for the incoming class - L spent the night in a dorm with a 'host' and next morning attended a couple classes at the college.

one last thing before I move on with the day -- for the natalie merchant fans who may not have heard, the songstress and enchantress is back after a seven year hiatus from recording. natalie's new album leave your sleep breathes new life in some old poems. I first heard of the album when it was profiled last week on npr's morning edition. you can watch natalie and her band perform an assortment of songs from this project - as the vid is from, if you click to watch, you will also hear some interesting backstory to the songs/poems - the vid is 27 minutes long, if you don't have time now, be sure to come back when you have some time to click, sit back and enjoy a lovely concert.

today's song is 'kind and generous' which natalie wrote and was released in 1998 on her second solo album, ophelia - if you watched the vid it's déjà vu all over again!

photo: detail of mural, oberlin, mural located on side of building off east lorain st, near the oberlin iga. april 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

sepia saturday: little rascals

I don't have time today for a proper sepia saturday post, so I thought I'd just post one of my favorite photos from the family treasure box. the photo includes a lot of children too young for school, so perhaps it is just a group portrait of some of the children living in harwood mines, pennsylvania at the time. one of the kids in the photo is rita, my mom (front row, 5th child from the left - girl with pageboy haircut). she was probably around four or five which means the photo was taken in 1929 or 1930.

during the 1920s and 1930s the little rascals (also known as our gang) was a popular film series. the series featured a group of poor neighborhood kids and all of the adventures they had together. missing from the harwood snap above is the presence pete the pup, or some might mistake the picture as the cast of the little rascals.

go here for more sepia saturday posts.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

mid august lunch

I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) writer and humorist

One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.
from Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin (1944-1992)

Universal Chopstick Etiquette
  • Chopsticks are not used to make noise, to draw attention, or to gesticulate. Playing with chopsticks is considered bad mannered and vulgar (just as playing with cutlery in a Western environment would be deemed crass).
  • Chopsticks are not used to move bowls or plates.
  • Chopsticks are not used to toy with one's food or with dishes in common.
  • Chopsticks are not used to pierce food, save in rare instances. Exceptions include tearing larger items apart such as vegetables and kimchi. In informal use, small, difficult-to-pick-up items such as cherry tomatoes or fishballs may be stabbed, but this use is frowned upon by traditionalists.
  • Chopsticks should not be left standing vertically in a bowl of rice or other food. Any stick-like object pointed upward resembles the incense sticks that some Asians use as offerings to deceased family members; certain funerary rites designate offerings of food to the dead using standing chopsticks.
from the portal of all knowledge, by the way, there are more pointers on chopstick etiquette for specific cultures

To be tempted and indulged by the city's most brilliant chefs. It's the dream of every one of us in love with food.
Gael Greene (b. 1935) food writer and food advocate

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.*
Mike Royko (1932-1997) columnist, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) writer

Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) writer and philosopher

Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the corks fly and there is talk, laughter and merriment, and perfect freedom, for the universe is their drawing room and the sun their lamp. Besides, they have appetite, Nature's special gift, which lends to such a meal a vivacity unknown indoors, however beautiful the surroundings.

Hunger is the best sauce in the world.

Cervantes (1547-1616) poet and novelist

notes on photos:
  1. my favorite on the go lunch in cleveland is to pick up a falafel from maha's at the west side market. they recently opened a sit down cafe which I still need to check out but reports are the falafels are just as good. without a doubt maha's makes the best falafels in town and I am not alone in making this claim. july 2008
  2. another favorite lunch is going to cap'n taco with the fam - especially on tuesdays when the tacos are discounted from their already bargain price! cleveland, june 2009
  3. however, aside from #7 and #8 below, my all time favorite "special" lunch is sushi - well actually sashimi. locally, ohashi in north olmsted is my destination of choice. in case you are curious, hashi is japanese for chopstick and ohashi is the honorific. december 2008
  4. in new york city there is an explosion of food trucks that serve up almost every conceivable type of cuisine. in fact, the food that food trucks are serving up is gaining increasing favor among foodies (and I expect nyc is not alone with gourmet level food trucks). there is a website where you can go to locate just the perfect lunch (or breakfast, dinner, snack, etc) - not surprisingly, the site is called find nyc food trucks fancy that! this particular truck was seen in washington heights and specializes in dominican cuisine. yum!! september 2008
  5. ms t enjoying one of her favorite types of food -- pepperoni pizza from guys pizza on coventry in cleveland heights. although not as good as our homemade saturday night specials, the pizza at guys was pretty darned good! looks as if ms t and I weren't alone in thinking this just look at the celebrity endorsements on the wall. one could consider pizza is the perfect food, when done right it does contain all the major food groups! april 2010
  6. lunch counter at john's diner. last week I posted a better picture of the counter on the lakewood daily snap, this one isn't as hopperesque as the one on the snap, but we can see the guy eating his lunch a bit better. april 2010
  7. people enjoying lunch on a sidewalk cafe in paris. at the time I took this photo I had just finished my own al fresco lunch at le caveau du palais, . october 2005
  8. if you are in paris and don't have the time or want to spend the euros at some fancy cafe sipping on red wine and eating escargot, you can always pick up some food to go on the street or at a market. the paella at bob's at the richard lenoir market has always been particularly scrumptious. october 2005.
  9. detail of a mural in new york city. for some folks you can't have lunch without catsup! september 2008
instead of a song, I'll continue with the recent film theme and post the trailer from a delightful film shown at this year's cleveland international film festival. mid-august lunch (pranzo di ferragosto) is downright delicious!

*afterall, today is april 15th - how could I possibly pass up this royko quote!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

death by scrabble

SCRABBLE,” a real word which means “to grope frantically.”

on april 13, 1899 alfred mosher butts was born. so you might be asking, just who is alfred mosher butts? mr. butts is none other than the inventor of scrabble, one of humankind's most popular and enduring modern word games -- to date more than one hundred fifty million scrabble sets have been sold world wide. for all the scrabble aficionados out there, you may be interested in these bits of scrabble history. if these links whet your appetite, check out the daily telegraph's 60 bits of trivia tribute to mark scrabble's 60th anniversary -- although there should be 70 bits since 2008 was the 70th anniversary of butts 1938 patent on 'criss-cross words' - and cris-cross words is, to all extents, the game we know as scrabble - but why be picky?

oh, for those curious about alfred - alfred lived a long life, playing scrabble to the very end of with family and friends. he passed away in april 1993, just days shy of his 94th birthday.

last week there was a story aired and shared that stated that beginning in july the rules of scrabble were going to change and that proper nouns were going to be allowed. relax scrabble lovers, this claim is utterly false! scrabble remains what it is; however, beginning this summer there will be new spin-off of scrabble available in the u.k. (and probably some other places) called scrabble trickster which will allow proper nouns; the rules to the scrabble that we know and love will remain the same - no proper nouns! whew!!

in looking for just the right vid to celebrate alfred's wonderful creation, I stumbled upon this delightfully dark, demented short, directed and animated by katie steed, based on a short story by charlie fish. sit back and enjoy!!

okay gotta end this I'm sure I have several fb scrabble words to play!

photo: scrabble game mouse vs. owl, played at rita and zed's house. december 2007

Monday, April 12, 2010

monday, monday

I am coming off what seems like a particularly full and wonderful weekend. the weekend was so full that I didn't get a chance to make my rounds reading all the sepia saturday posts or begin to respond to all the nice comments on my own sepia saturday post! and theme thursday players were probably thrown off their game when sunday came and went a no new theme was posted; me thinks the rest of the tt committee was also having a particularly full weekend - I just hope it was equally wonderful.

so what made the weekend wonderful? well, to begin with beautiful springlike weather returned; last thursday and friday it felt as if winter might be coming back. but 'twas but a tease. and we had the extra pleasure of having a dog around the house - since em was away this weekend, f and I got to have our 'grandpup' over from friday morning until sunday evening. the cats don't mind sharing the house with dixie - with the exception of tsuki, who doesn't mind hanging with dixie, the cats stay on the second floor and let dixie have the run of the first floor.

along with dixie I also got some extra time with ms. t on friday and saturday - which is always fun. ms t liked having a canine playmate around. however, saturday ms t and I left dixie with f and we took off to spend a good part of the day at the cleveland museum of natural history. I was interested in checking out the exhibit on balto before it leaves. there was also a very interesting interactive exhibit on aging which even 4-1/2 year old ms t enjoyed! along with the usual collection of stuffed animals and dinosaur bones the natural history museum also houses a small collection of live animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated from various injuries and accidents - and you can get very close to most of these critters.

we were thinking sunday was going to be a rainy and cloudy day, so f and I made arrangements to leave dixie with lin and her dog matilda for a few hours so we could head off to a matinee. on friday the girl with dragon tattoo opened. both f and I read the book and we were anxious to see the movie; we were not disappointed - the film was terrific and it stayed very faithful to the book. even though the movie clocks in at just over 2-1/2 hours it never dragged. in fact, the film moved along at quick pace - the filmmakers did an amazing job creating a work which brings the viewer into the hunt right alongside lisbeth and mikael.

I understand from the portal of all knowledge that all three of larsson's books have been adapted to movies. in many parts of europe all three films have already been released. I wonder how long we are going to have to wait for the second film? not to mention the third! f and I have read the first two books and are eagerly waiting for the release of number three. although the girl who kicked the hornets nest came out in sweden in 2007, it isn't scheduled to be released here until may 25th - what's with that!! I don't know what the politics of the international movie or book industries are, but wouldn't it be lovely if we were all on the same schedule?

well speaking of schedule. it is monday and I do have a schedule to keep, so I best get on with the day!

the mamas and the papas mega hit from 1966

photos: top-one of the many crocheted trees and other objects around cleveland and cleveland heights; insert - balto beer! although no longer available, akron's thirsty dog brewing company did once make a lager named in honor of this heroic dog. april 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

sepia saturday: easter parade

although easter is over, I thought I'd still celebrate the holiday this week for sepia saturday - afterall easter is a movable feast and it can happen on any date which falls between march 23 and april 25! today's first image isn't a photo, but a postcard, since it comes from my treasure box of family keepsakes I think it qualifies for sepia saturday. the card is signed with the simple inscription "Wishing you a happy Easter From Geo" -- the george is my paternal grandfather, george kravitz.

my grandmother, mary, held on to this card for her whole life so I expect it was very special to her. without a postal mark, dating the card is just conjecture, maybe she held on to it because it was the first card george gave her before they married in 1924. I don't think it is common for spouses to give each other greeting cards for easter, but certainly while courting, any and every holiday could be an occasion to spread cheer and good tidings.

the following picture is of my other grandmother mary magdalene urinchak (on right) and her future sister-in-law and great friend, sue yanoshik. there is no inscription on the back dating the photograph, but it looks as if mary and sue are in their easter bonnets.
although they are much more modern, I thought I'd add a couple photos that also capture a bygone time, even though that bygone time is my own.

with the help this website, I can pinpoint the exact date this photo - april 17, 1960, not quite a half a century ago.

when I was a young girl, my mother made sure we dressed up extra special for easter. for my mother and I 'dressing up' meant hats, gloves, and a fancy dress (with petticoats!!); for my father and brother jackets and some type of tie were required items. I only remember my dad wearing a traditional long necktie; however, I remember my mom experimented with my brother and he tried out all sorts of different types of ties through the years - long ties, bow ties, and even those cheater clip ons. in this photo my brother is wearing a bolo tie. since in 1960 we were living in california, I expect my mother's fashion sense was inspired where we were!

the following photo was taken on easter the following year we had moved to memphis tennessee and it seems our fashions changed with the region, although my 'bonnet' remained the same. in 1961 easter fell on april 2nd - it must have been a cold spring in 1961 as the trees are still quite bare. is that a chocolate bunny cradled so lovingly in my arms? maybe it was in 1961 that I developed my attraction to bunny ears?

over time my family became much more causal about dressing up for easter sunday - by the time I was in high school I remember even wearing a pant suit to church! this photo wasn't actually taken on easter sunday, but it was the pantsuit I wore to church that in 1973. yes, I hate to admit it that pantsuit was made out of polyester! but it was very comfortable and as was with most all my clothes it was designed and made by my creative mother.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

little boxes

The past is never dead, it is not even past.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) writer, 1949 nobel laureate

Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) writer 1925 nobel laureate

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) poet, lecturer and essayist

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) patron saint of animals & the environment

It's for her own good that the cat purrs.

Irish Sayings

There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there.
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) humorist

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)writer and cartoonist

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.

Robert C. Gallagher

According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) actor and comedian

notes about photos:
  1. among my favorite types of boxes are shaker boxes; I have a few of these treasured boxes in which I store personal keepsakes - two of my boxes were made by craftsmen at hancock shaker village, and one was made at canterbury, new hampshire - both locations are 'living museums' that seek to educate people about this almost extinct religious community. looking for a link to provide a bit of background on shaker boxes I found this informative one - I never knew there are 18 steps in making a shaker box! hancock shaker village, massachusetts. june 2007
  2. newspaper boxes outside union station, washington dc. march 2010
  3. beehives at kentucky community garden, cleveland. june 2007
  4. planet aid has more than 11,000 donation boxes in major metropolitan areas throughout the united states. click here to learn about planet aid's program of sustainable development. lakewood, ohio. april 2010
  5. store cat playing among the books and boxes, loganberry books, cleveland. august 2008
  6. just a few of the myriad of boxes at stagecoach antiques, akron. march 2010
  7. a box for toys, commissioned from a local artist by friends celebrating their first grandchild. (hey, if you don't want to give your grandkid a handmade quilt a handmade toy chest is the next best thing ) cleveland. september 2010
  8. a dvd vending machine, apparently one more nail in the local video shop coffin. cleveland. april 2010
  9. while thinking about boxes, coffins and caskets came to mind. yes, I do take photos of everything, here's one I've taken that probably won't freak anyone out. did you know that during the early days of photography taking photographs of loved ones in caskets was a common practice? I've read there are still some regions and cultures where this practice is still a form of remembrance. my nephews carrying the casket of the earthly remains of my dear departed mother-in-law. upon death her body may have been boxed and buried, but for all of us who knew her, her spirit and memory will live forevermore. fort worth, july 2007

of course! what other song did you expect this mouse to play today? well, if you didn't guess this song written by malvina reynolds and performed by pete, perhaps you thought I'd post this!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

a blues for buddha

By stimulating and directing positive, joyous feelings we can change the essence of our inner patterns and experience. When positive or joyous feelings and attitudes pass through each organ and circulate throughout our whole system, our physical and chemical energies are transformed and balanced.

Tarthang Tulku (b. 1934) from Gesture of Balance

just want to give a shout out about the buddha, a documentary airing tomorrow on pbs. for those who miss out, no worries there is a dvd of the program available via the pbs store.

okay, that's it. back to trying to be productive! but, geez is it hard spring is singing soooooo damned loudly around here these days!

in 1988 the scottish group the silencers released the album a blues for buddha , unfortunately youtube doesn't have vid of the title song (but you might be able to hear it here). it does have a couple other tunes from the same albumn, today's song is the real mccoy, although it's no blues for buddha, I do think jimme o'neill looks a bit like a singing buddha?

photo: medicine buddha (bhaishajyaguru) from the rubin museum of art, new york. october 2009

Sunday, April 4, 2010

begin the begin

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make and end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
from t.s. eliot's 1942 poem little gidding

'tis the season to celebrate birth and rebirth.

happy easter to all!

spring is the season of new beginnings. yesterday I met baby k. after years of waiting for a child to adopt some friends of ours got the joyous call that there is a baby needing a special home! baby k has had a rough start in life. he spent the first ten weeks of his life in the hospital. baby k is now in a new life surrounded by loving parents, a big brother, and a whole "village" of family and friends which welcome him into their hearts and arms. welcome home little k!

there is an end and there is a beginning.

birth and rebirth.

r.e.m. begin the begin (released 1986)

photos: top - pysanky (ukrainian easter eggs) april 2009; bottom - is there anything as sweet as a sleeping baby? baby k, 3 april 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

double yellow lines

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) poet

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.

Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782 - 1857) mystic and writer

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

Lao Tzu (600 BC-531 BC) taoist philosopher

Today, the yellow rose is used to embrace a new beginning, apologize or express sympathy, and to say, "remember me" , "I am sorry', or "I care." Yellow roses are appropriate for marking the beginning of a new life together or for starting all over again.

Wisdom and virtue are like the two wheels of a cart.

Japanese Proverb

If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch, give him a smile.


There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) artist

Legitimate revolution must be led by, made by those who have been most oppressed: black, brown, yellow, red, and white women-with men relating to that the best they can.
Robin Morgan (b. 1941) writer & activist

The person whose problems are all behind them is probably a school bus driver.


notes on photos:
  1. daffodils in full bloom, washington state. april 2006
  2. lake farmpark, kirtland, oh. march 2010
  3. adventures in yellow, cleveland. 2009
  4. have you noticed so many flowers have yellow centers. lotus at kenilworth aquatic gardens, washington, dc. august 2006
  5. lakewood, oh. summer 2009
  6. lakewood, oh. spring 2008
  7. smiley face balls at tower city, cleveland. march 2010
  8. hector castellanos lara, cleveland artist at the 2009 cma chalk festival. september 2009.
  9. yellow car with vanity plate for a yllagal, akron, oh. march 2010
  10. a sea of school buses, coney island, nyc. march 2008