Wednesday, June 30, 2010

the happiest days of our lives

Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death.
Lena Horne (b. 30 june 1917 - 9 may 2010)

wall wednesday continues.

the happiest days of our lives another selection from pink floyd's the wall

photo: exterior wall of the mars bar, east village nyc june 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

hey, hey

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (b. 28 june 1712 - 1778)

is anyone else other than me in shock that in a few days time it will be JULY?

yesterday I rode up to michigan (and back) with a friend who was dropping off her son for summer camp. trent will be spending the next few weeks at circle pines, a camp that has been around since 1938 - what a cool camp. the only sleepover summer camps I attended were two very exclusive camps run for me and my sibs at nana's house or grandpap and grandmam's home.

although summers with my extended family in pennsylvania were fun - we never had special musical guests. can you imagine being a kid at camp and have pete seeger and "big bill" broonzy singing for you and with you! not only that, but according to the camp website, "big bill" was part of the summer camp staff; what was that I was saying about circle pines being a cool camp!

the original photo was snapped in 1957 and the letter to the camp from pete is dated august 1, 1998. in the letter pete reflects on his visit to the camp and playing with blues great "big bill" broonzy. according to the letter, "big bill" had surgery the following day and never sang again. sadly, by august of the following year "big bill" was dead from "complications of cancer."

since time is doing a number on me (projects, deadlines) no time to rattle on.....but I am ecstatic that the heat wave we've been in the midst of for the last week seems to be dissipating - today's high along the north coast is low 80s and tomorrow low 70s - be still my heart!!

historical footage of "big bill" broonzy playing 'hey, hey'

here's a youtube vid with audio of pete and "big bill" playing "the lion is sleeping" - what do you want to bet that they played this tune at circle pines in 1957!

photo: road @ circle pines, delton michigan june 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

somewhere over the rainbow

did you know that in the united states june has two flag days? there is june 14th, the traditional flag day and also on june 25th, there is another often overlooked flag day.

on june 25th 1978, the rainbow flag (which was designed and created by gilbert baker and jomar teng) flew for the first time in the san francisco gay freedom day parade.

according to the portal of all knowledge (pak) the original flag had eight stripes instead of the six that we most often encounter now. when baker and teng created the flag they assigned a special meaning to each color :

hot pink: sexuality
red: life
orange: healing
yellow: sunlight
green: nature
turquoise: magic/art
indigo: serenity/harmony
violet: spirit

given the meanings, I think maybe we should return to an eight color flag!! afterall, what's life without sexuality, magic and art!

somewhere over the rainbow (click to view legendary clip, embedding disabled)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

watching the triangles go by

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) humorist, writer & lecturer

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Saint Augustine (254-430) philosopher & patron saint of brewers

Mr Hattersley strode up to the fire, and interposing his height and breadth between us and it, stood with arms akimbo, expanding his chest, and gazing round him as if the house and all its appurtenances and contents were his own undisputed possessions.
Anne Brontë (1820-1849) from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Look hard at what pleases you
and harder at what doesn't.
Colette (1873-1954) novelist

And I think all Nazis didn't see themselves as bad people. I've never met a racist yet who thought he was a racist. Or an anti-Semite who thought they were anti-Semitic.
Norman Jewison (b.1926) director, producer & actor

Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense!
Comte de Lautreamont (1846-1870) poet

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.

Yogi Berra (b. 1925) baseball player and manager

Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
Mary Oliver (p. 1935) poet

Every life should have nine cats.

notes on photos:
  1. what a coincidence that triangle is the theme for this week! turns out that I'm currently swimming in triangles. a client commissioned a kaleidoscope quilt as a gift for a baby expected next month - each block for this quilt pattern is composed of 12 triangles - go figure. on monday I was busy cutting triangles and now I'm busy sewing these triangles together. eventually the quilt which will look a bit like this (but with different fabrics). casa mouse, june 2010.
  2. parachute tower at coney island - check out all the triangles! nyc, march 2008.
  3. folk art at the smithsonian museum of american art - sorry I didn't jot down name nor artist of this arms akimbo piece., washington, dc, march 2010.
  4. viewing station by richard galpin, public art on view until may 2011, high line park, new york city. june 2010
  5. sign at the entrance to the memorial to the martyrs of the deportation a quiet garden memorial at the eastern end of ile de la cité. the sign provides a key to understanding the meaning of the colored triangles the nazis used for groups they targeted for deportation and elimination. if you have difficulty reading the key, go to the holocaust museum website to learn more about the colored triangular badges that the nazis used (faq#3). the mouse featured a triangular sculpture and discussed this memorial earlier this year. paris, october 2005 (by the way, norman jewison is not jewish, however, I do think the quote fits and offers some good mouse medicine)
  6. bridge crossing over the columbia river, portland oregon. april, 2010
  7. tasty triangles - a pie from totonno's pizzeria, new york city. march 2008
  8. mouse with reflected triangles from a bit of sharky street art, new york city. june 2010.
  9. tsuki laying on triangles - don't cats' ears look like sweet fuzzy triangles? casa mouse, june 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

comfortably numb

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.

in the never-ending quest to avoid blogger burnout and showcase my passion for snapping street art, wednesday will henceforth be declared wall wednesday on the mouse.

photo: nyc, june 2010

from the wall

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

true colors

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908 -1986) writer, philosopher, social theorist

in 2007 cyndi launched the first true colors music tour an annual musical event that comes to more and more cities in order to spread awareness and empowerment. earlier this year cyndi helped create the give a damn campaign in order to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the GLBT community as part of her true colors fund. this campaign encourages straight people to stand up with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community and stop the discrimination.

cyndi lauper (b. june 22 1953) singing her 1986 hit true colors - vid made in 2007 to kick-off the first true color tour.

as everyone may know june is gay pride month - educational programs, festivals and parades are happening everywhere - well maybe not everywhere - but they should be! locally, the cleveland pride festival takes place this saturday, june 26 at voinovich park and runs from noon to nine.

photo: bartender, east village, nyc. june 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

sun in shining

Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) author & educator

I returned home yesterday with the rising sun, safe and sound from my wonderful week + in new york. overall, it was a pretty perfect trip with only a couple bumps along the way - the first came on day one when my camera decided it was time to die - can you believe that! given the amount of photos I take, it isn't surprising that my camera gave up the ghost. what a time to choose to die; there's probably no better place to be than new york when it comes time to needing to replace one's camera - so by sunday afternoon I was all set.

the only other bumps was the disappointment that I didn't get a chance to see everyone I had hoped to see - angella and squirrel, I do hope we can connect next time! fortunately, I was able to see quite a few friends - bloggy and otherwise. on tuesday, I met up with blogging pal steve and we went off on a mega street art adventure. steve referred to our day as a marathon and has a wonderful account of the day here on his blog. after our marathon we met up with bud gary and wrapped up a wonderful day with a wonderful evening!

above is one of the many rodents I encountered on our tour of nyc street art. it's going to take me a while to organize all my photos from our wander - steve has inspired me to be better at using flickr. maybe I'll even take his lead and join one of the flickr groups for people that share a passion for street art - however, if I do I hope I don't fall down another cyber rabbit hole!

speaking of rabbit holes, how is it that I never knew about the incredible alice in wonderland statue in central park!! on friday julien turned my bff alice and I on to it! thanks julien - maybe next trip we will find the statue of alice and the red queen. turns out our theory about it being missing because of the renovation of the james michael levin playground is true.

thanks julien for snapping this portrait of me and the dormouse.

I went to new york with a manageable list of things to do/see. one destination was woodlawn cemetery in the bronx. to reach the cemetery all one needs to do is take the #4 to the end of the line. fitting, no?
needless to say I took many, many photos of grave markers - quite a few were of notable individuals such as jazz great miles davis. and as with my street art snaps, a flickr set will be forthcoming

another item on my list was to go to the rubin museum in order to check out their exhibit on how cultures approach death. even though I had expectations that the exhibit would be more cross-cultural than it actually was (the exhibit basically compared tibetan buddhism and western christian views), I was not in the least disappointed. since it is a special exhibit the only photo I took was that of the sign for the exhibit. I heartily recommend the exhibit should you find yourself in nyc between now and august 9th.

another special exhibit that really knocked my socks off is the one called tradition transformed, which highlights the work of nine contemporary tibetan artists. powerful - this exhibit will be up until mid october.

on another floor we encountered a statue of mooshika, the mouse deity who is the companion to ganesha, the elephant-headed god. ganesha is often found riding upon mooshika. mooshika naturally gnaws through any obstacles and as his names means "little hoarder," mooshika has riches to share which is illustrated in the statue below by the fruit in his outstretched hand. mighty good mouse medicine, if I must say!

but the real reason I timed my trip to nyc when I did was to check out another special exhibit - this was of the work and art of henri cartier-bresson, often considered the founder of modern photojournalism. my friend alice, who lives in washington state, also had the exhibit on her list of must sees, fortunately she had a business meeting which brought her to new jersey late last week. she arrive in nyc on thursday evening and alice treated me to an early birthday present by taking me as her date to see keith jarrett at carnegie hall. wow what a show!!

alice and I got to moma before the museum opened and there was already a respectable line waiting for the doors to open. the exhibit was exciting and inspiring. it will only be at moma for another week - I'm hoping it will be going on the road as quite truthfully, I would like to make another stroll through henri's eye.

I can't conclude this (inadequate) summation of my trip without thanking pam and katie, who once again graciously let me crash at their flat. besides being lifelong friends and some of the best fictive sisters one can have, p&k are simply the best guides in terms of helping me find the best ways to navigate around the city and I can always count on them to keep me abreast of what's new on the (affordable) foodie scene. I'm so grateful that they continue to share their lives and love with me and that they give me visitation rights to f & my 18 year old grandkitty noche - noche is doing quite well as last of the line that began with our cat, her grandmother lily - she might be spoiled rotten with daily treats of mister tasty or sour cream or yogurt, but hey it is as it should be!

seeing that today is the summer solstice and the first full day of summer, I thought I'd wrap up the post with a little bob, I don't know about you, but for me nothing feels more like summer than the songs of marley!

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet
Make you want to move your dancing feet

Friday, June 11, 2010

news flash: where's mouse?

kermit the frog here, with another fast breaking news flash. the mouse is off on another of her world famous wanders. she has left the big plum* and is making her way to the big apple. the mouse is utilizing one of her favorite modes of travel - the train!

while in the city that never sleeps, mouse looks forward to meeting with other denizens of the bloggyhood. she won't be blogging while on her wander. but, she will have access to the internet, so give a shout out if need be! the mouse returns june 20 and expects to stay put - well, for a couple weeks at least.

photos: I found another kermit wednesday night at unique thrift during fellow junk lover jane and my monthly visit to our local junk shop. unique thrift is definitely the best junk shop in the known universe, or at least in cleveland. this is the second stuffed kermit I found at unique, this kermit only cost me 99 cents! what a steal - but don't tell the folks at unique I said that, if they get another kermie they might price it for more than my pocketbook can afford! long time readers of the mouse may remember other kermit finds from unique.

the top photo was taken on the lorain avenue bridge heading east toward downtown cleveland. did you notice the cavaliers sweatband on the bridge figure on the left? to the left of the figure is the arena where the cavs play, which locals call the Q - because who in the hell wants to call the place by it's full name quicken loans arena.

unfortunately, cleveland like most places have renamed some of their best known landmarks after corporations - the home of the cleveland indians, is now progressive field (which incidentally is directly behind bridge figure). I hope this trend doesn't start extending to our cultural treasures. I don't think I could continue my membership at the cleveland museum of art for instance if they should change their name to something like the sherwin-williams museum! although I am not at all opposed to the sherwin-williams corporation investing some of their paint profits into the museum!

*during the 1970s some pr mavens got the idea to start a campaign by promoting cleveland as the big plum. the nickname never stuck, although occasionally one does still hear someone refer to cleveland as the big plum. while googling the origin of the nickname, I just learned that one local blogger, uses the nickname as the name for her blog. I think that is terrific! who knows maybe there will be plum revival!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

rock candy mountain

Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) poet & writer

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) writer and humorist

Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.

William Cowper (1731-1800) poet

Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971) poet, lyricist

Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933) author, educator, and clergyman.

Trick or treat, smell my feet.
Give me something good to eat.
If you don't, I won't be sad.
I'll just make you wish you had!

If you wish to make an impact for one year, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for an eternity, educate a child

Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start when memory plays an old tune on the heart!

Eliza Cook (1818-1889) author & social reformer

notes on photos:
  1. chocolate in window of some parisian chocolatier - eye candy for sure! march 2007
  2. aunt mary's candy dish, pennsylvania, july 2009
  3. local lakewood candy shop - they say everything is better with bacon. even chocolate? march 2010
  4. holiday centerpiece at laurie's home, cleveland. december 2007
  5. candy house from annual gingerbread competition at cleveland botanical garden. december 2007
  6. trick-or-treaters at casa mouse, october 2008
  7. I wonder if they use high fructose corn syrup when they make candy corn. avon lake, august, 2009
  8. a staple on many day of the dead altars is candy, including candy skulls, cleveland. november 2008

this recording of the folk classic big rock candy mountain was made in 1928 and features henry mcclintock. I may be wrong, I have a feeling roy may also post this song if he decides to play theme thursday this week, however maybe roy will post tom's version instead). it's such a great song and so fun to sing along with.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

put your hand in the hand

After the verb "to love," "to help" is the most beautiful verb in the world.

Bertha von Suttner (9 june 1843 -1914) novelist & activist
first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1905)

love. help. two beautiful action words. speaking of help - I recently finished the help by kathryn stockett. terrific read, I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. my bookgroup, like many others picked it and we will be discussing it at tonight's bookgroup. apparently the book has been plugged and praised by media mogul oprah winfrey. I was curious about whether oprah picked up the film rights. she didn't, however, I did learn that according to portal of all knowledge* (PAK), tate taylor, a friend of the author, optioned the film rights to the book before the book was even released. and according to PAK, taylor will write and direct the film.

gospel pop song, put your hand in the hand, was first recorded in 1970 by canadian singer anne murray; the song has been covered by a slew of recording artists - including ocean (vid below), joan baez, elvis presley and even the beastie boys

photo: detail of belmont mural - a community mural project first painted in 1996, the mural suffered extensive damage and was restored in 2004. portland, oregon, april 2010

*I hope everyone realizes when I use this expression, I do so only in the most cheeky, (or would that be tongue in cheek) fashion

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
Loren Eiseley (1907 -1977) anthropologist & nature writer

last year the united nations declared june 8th as world oceans day; according to the portal of all knowledge, the idea of a annual celebration of the oceans was first proposed on june 8th 1992 at the earth summit held in rio de janiero.

this year the theme for world oceans day is oceans of life. if interested you can learn more about world oceans day and see if there is a special event near you by visiting the ocean project website. not surprisingly, there are lots of happenings in ocean states - such as california, connecticut, massachusetts and florida - but even some land-locked states are holding special events. nothing in ohio, hey, what's with that didn't anyone get the memo!

there is something healing and centering about being near the ocean. I miss living near the seacoast; sometimes I fool myself by saying that living on the banks of a great lake is a good substitute. however, when I actually make it to the ocean I realize there is nothing like the real deal!

unfortunately because of human activity and thoughtlessness, the oceans and all the creatures that live in the oceans are constant in peril. forgiveness from mother ocean/mother earth only can go so far.

today's photos were taken in late april during a hike along the oregon coast at siuslaw national forest and show a spouting horn, which is a natural fountain driven by the power of the ocean.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.

e.e. cummings

pearl jam's song oceans. the song was performed first in 1991 and released in 1992.

Monday, June 7, 2010

you don't have to cry

Nature is what we know - Yet have not art to say - So impotent our wisdom is To her simplicity.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)poet

I was almost about to give up on blogger today - I tried several times this morning to post only to repeatedly receive the message that blogger is unavailable right now. tried again a bit after 3 pm, only to receive the same message -so, I went to the blogger help forum and learned that the problem started yesterday - someone claimed at least twenty states and four different countries have been having the problem I was having. the claim blogger gave that it was a temporary, isolated problem, was a tad of an understatement.

now blogger's back so no one has to to cry. as if we would. but it was frustrating, especially when I want to have a more respectable presence in june than I had last month. I do have a wander coming up at the end of the week; you know what that means!

anyway, now it's midday, I don't have time to prattle on, but I wanted to post a photo of this neat spiral herb garden I saw friday night when we were at the cleveland botanical garden for a wedding (terrific place to have a wedding, by the way!).

the little sign gives simple, concise directions about constructing a herb spiral - of course, there's a plethora of info out there on the web - this post from a blog called 'welcome to voluntary simplicity' is quite lovely with advice, for instance.

csn&y in 1970 performing on the tom jones show. oh my, look how young those boys are - and what about those sideburns! we just don't see sideburns like that anymore. can you believe this was filmed 40 years ago - eh, what FORTY YEARS AGO, it seems like just the other day. tempus fugit!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

back when I was 4

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.

Thomas Mann (6 june 1875 -1955) writer, social critic,
1929 Nobel Prize laureate

today is my daughter's birthday. it is so hard to believe that thirty-one years have passed. like most mothers, I remember the day of emma's birth as if it was yesterday. the morning em was born was surprisingly mild by fort worth, texas standards - the windows were open and bird song filled the room. a morning not that unlike the one here now, so many years and experiences later.

emma was born at home at (in)precisely eight-forty-five; in attendance was: my midwife; f, my husband & the future papa; alice, my lifelong best-friend; and patty, a friend who I asked to come in case we needed another set or hands and to document/photograph the event. one floor below was don, a friend who maybe because of this shared magical moment became another lifelong friend. later we learned don was calmly listening to all the activity going on above him waiting to join the group as soon as he heard the sound of an 'all clear' - which he determined would be the sound of the baby's first cry.

isn't it odd that a date can have such power to transport us back in time.

happy birthday emma - thank you for being the light of our lives!

continuing the tradition I started a few years ago; here's the cosmic word for june 6th:
If Your Birthday Is Today. You have a fine mind, however, you don't push your opinions on others. In fact, you're a visionary whose ideas are often beyond what most people can grasp. Some of you are eccentric; all of you are independent. You want to enlighten others about whatever you personally embrace. Your new year ahead is lighthearted, social, and excellent for partnerships.

photos: top - a rose for emma, cbg, june 2010; insert - em holding baby raccoon, back when she was four, litchfield, connecticut, 1983; me and emma modeling new t-shirts (each has particular animal significance to the wearer!), january 2010

back when I was 4, song written and performed by jeffrey lewis; short film created and directed by d.r. garrett and john densmore; for the vid, the role of jeffrey is played by john densmore.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

lullaby from the great mother

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) writer

june 5th is world environment day - so, have you ever heard of it? despite the fact that world environment day (WED) has been around since 1973,it gets little attention. world environment day is rooted in a 1972 united nations conference on the human environment; the conference established WED to be an annual event in order to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action. this year the theme is many species. one planet. one future.

we don't have to go much beyond thinking about what is going on in the gulf of mexico to realize the gravity of acting without taking into account the preciousness of our environment.

increasingly, the bp deepwater fiasco is being compared to the 1986 chernobyl catastrophe. the analogy is unfortunately spot on. russian writer and engineer dmitry orlov draws remarkable parallels between the two events - he writes: Translate "industrial accident" into Russian and back into English, and what you get is "technogenic catastrophe". an apt description indeed of the antecedent to this latest "accident." alejandro nadal's recent commentary for foreign policy in focus also explains how deregulation, deception, and destruction characterize both the man-made disasters of chernobyl and bp deepwater - nadal goes so far as to label deepwater as america's chernobyl.

wildlife affected by the deepwater spill include the critically endangered bluefin tuna, sea turtles (all of which are threatened and endangered), mottled ducks, snowy plover, sperm whales, brown pelicans and scores of other types of ocean and migratory birds. conservationists monitoring what is going in in the gulf are very alarmed.
The accident could also been seen as a warning for those wanting to drill for oil in the Arctic circle, around Alaska. "With decades of experience in drilling in the gulf, and response equipment nearby, the gulf is one of the 'safest' places to drill," said Mann (chris mann of the pew charitable trust). "If Deepwater Horizon can happen there, it can certainly happen in the Arctic Ocean, where bitter cold, ice, and extreme wind and wave conditions are everyday facts of life and response equipment would be days or even weeks away."
paul winter has long celebrated all the creatures of the earth with his music. his 1979 album callings includes this gorgeous song; in which paul is joined by a chorus of others

photo: squirrel at the cleveland botanical garden - doesn't it seem as if he is asking something of us? june 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

school's out

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

Robert Fulghum (b. 4 june 1937) writer

yesterday was ms. t's last day of preschool, this means she's officially a kindergartner. according to robert fulghum's personal philosophy, which he graciously shared with the world in his best-selling book, all I really need to know I learned in kindergarten, kindergarten can very well be her most important year of schooling!

alice cooper's 1972 hit school's out. there is something infectious about this song which perhaps explains why it made rolling stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time (#319). there have been dozens of covers of the song and it been used in an episode of the simpsons - which cements its immortality. sorry if I planted any earworms this morning!

photo: ms t with napkin headdress, 3 june 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

white room

Purity of heart is blooming the same colors in the middle of the wilderness when no one sees you.

Vanna Bonta (b. 1958) novelist, poet, actor

You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) poet, playwright and essayist,
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913

To assume a cat's asleep is a grave mistake.
He can close his eyes and keep both his ears awake.
Aileen Fisher (1906- 2002) poet & children's book author

The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry.
Marie-Antoine Carême (1783-1833) The King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.
Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) world's most famous mime;
creator of Bip, the white-faced clown.

The earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no manmade jewels to heighten her loveliness.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) philosophical essayist, novelist and poet

We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.
Paul Tsongas (1941-1997) RPCV, politician

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)philosopher, peace activist

May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.

The White House: I don't know whether it's the finest public housing in American or the crown jewel of the prison system.
Bill Clinton (b. 1946) 42nd US president (1993-2001)

notes on photos:
  1. white peony in mike's marvelous garden, cleveland heights, may 2010
  2. tents at the irish festival - we are counting the days until the 28th annual cleveland irish cultural festival! berea, july 2007
  3. white cat on stone ledge, cleveland september 2008
  4. dixie eyeing a pastry bag - yes, I did share, casa mouse, may 2010
  5. I read that most mimes paint their faces white both to accentuate their expressions and "create a more neutral character that is easier for everyone to identify with" - if the second reason is true, then why is it that so many people hate mimes???? hmmmm, I sense a deep psychological puzzle. paris, october, 2004
  6. my beautiful friend mary on her wedding day. transferred from film. cleveland (sorry, can't remember the date -just as long as her husband remembers; before 2005 and when I went digital!)
  7. all animals are sacred, but in many native traditions the white buffalo is the most sacred. the appearance of white buffalo signifies that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe is being honored, promises of prophecy are being fulfilled and that the time of abundance and plenty is at hand. procession of the species, olympia, washington, april 2010
  8. protest against the iraq invasion and war, washington dc, september 2005
  9. where land meets sea. somewhere along the oregon coast, april 2010
  10. with my sister-in-law in front of perhaps the most famous white house at the above mentioned protest demonstration. it is almost 5 years after this protest and over 7 years since the u.s. invaded iraq based on bushit, and we are still in iraq. kind of amazing the long lasting effects and devastating effects of being delivered a pack of lies; check out here and here if you are interested in seeing how many human lives lost and here for to staggering economic cost

the cream in 1968 performing their hit white room. who remembers this incredible song? talk about one incredible convergence of talent -- thankfully, eric, ginger, and jack are all out there rocking! although their are much better vids of this song, this vid shows the boys when they were oh so young!