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!

22 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

Wonderful. Wonderful. I once saw Malvina Reynolds in concert in Berkeley. My fav song of hers? Magic Penny.

Baino said...

You have a photo for EVERYTHING you're amazing. I just wish I had your eye for the ordinary because you really do make it look extraordinary. Fantastic stuff as always. (Love the cat!)

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Great photographs and quotes to accompany them, Kimy. And thanks for the Pete Seeger, always a treat

tony said...

Ha! I worry about the speech I want to give at my own funeral!

Brian Miller said...

yeah, what baino said. smiles. really wonderful pics...and i have lost a fair bit of change to cokemachines. smiles.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dan g - welcome to the mouse. what a wonderful memory to have see malvina in concert. i will have to check out magic penny, don't know if i'm familiar with it - not always sharp when it comes to song titles!

baino - there are some things i might not have a photo of - YET!! i like that, 'making the ordinary look extraordinary' it somewhat sums up my perspective on life! afterall while in graduate school, one of the most influential theoretical texts was dorothy smith book 'the everyday world as problematic' and i guess one try to bring that academic orientation to my own everyday life.

lorenzo - ;) pete's the man! eh??

tony - if this is the case, i want to make sure i attend - hopefully i can come, whether i'm living or dead! just make sure you send me an invitation.

brian - change eating machines are always good reason to engage in the long lived battle of human against machine!

okay - off to read some theme thursday posts before i have to go off for the day!! hope to make some progress, but as we know i'm easy to get distracted and go off on tangents!

Angella Lister said...

fabulous photos and interpretations of boxes, and as always, the quotes are food for my day! Thanks!

Now I, too,am caught up! (It must be spring outside.)

Roy said...

I love Shaker boxes! Actually, I love Shaker craftsmanship in general; my ideal house would be and Arts & Crafts design with all those niftly little Shaker cabinets built in everywhere.

I have a CD with Malvina Reynolds singing her own tunes, which includes "Little Boxes". Pete does a good job with it, too.

ArtSparker said...

The song has forever immortalized those houses you pass on the way to the San Francisco Airport.

Barbara said...

Great post! Everything about it- the photos, the quotes, the perfect music!

California Girl said...

Love the Emerson quote. I may steal it for WomenofACertainAge "Food for Thought" today. It's about a Palin/Bachmann ticket.

Yeah, I know. I didn't have time to do the TT but when I saw the video of those two I had to post to my other blog.

Dumdad said...

Excellent photos and quotes. Comme d'habitude.

PattiKen said...

This is such a delightful post. I especially liked the Erma Bombeck quote.

When I finished reading, I had to scroll up to your profile and see if we were neighbors. I live about 10 minutes from Hancock Shaker Village. And I just love their boxes! In fact, I pretty much love their everything.

Nanc Twop said...

Great pics!

And I love my Shaker box too. ;-)

Tom said...

we sang this in gradeschool, i believe. The houses today are just as ticky tacky as ever, but mostly beige.

Dot-Com said...

Holy moly, that's a lot of boxes! Happy Theme Thursday :)

Gary said...

I am loving the Cat in the Hat toy chest!

AngelMay said...

LOVE the simplicity of the Shaker boxes. There is such elegance in simplicity.

Dreamhaven said...

Wonderful photos. So many uses for boxes. Great choice for a song. Happy TT

e said...

That cat is adorable! Happy weekend, Mouse!

Daisy said...

Thoughtful post "Mouse". The boxes are beautiful and remind me of our coastal First Nations "bent wood boxes".
http://www.davidboxley.com/boxes.asp

But, no matter how beautiful the box, if we become confined inside it, it's still a prison, isn't it.

Barbara and Daisy

lettuce said...

love the first two esp.
i have some ikea imitation shaker boxes, the closest i'm likely to get! but they are pretty nice