Monday, September 20, 2010


Things do not change; we change.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) essayist, poet and philosopher

I'm not going to argue with henry, after all he's dead, but I believe things change and we change.

speaking of change, doesn't it seem as though this time of the year is the changeyist?

hey, so what if changeyist isn't in the dictionary, in college my professor for the course language and culture was fond of saying that "language is an open system" - changeyist might not be in today's dictionary, but who knows, it may be one day!

think of the word 'google' according to my 1985 2nd college edition american heritage dictionary there is nothing for google - words go from goofy to googol - which if you think about it is a bit prescient
goofy: slang. Silly; ridiculous
googol: the number 10 raised to the power 100; the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
today if you go to we learn google is both a noun and a verb - the noun means an internet search engine; the verb means to search for something using a search engine.

ironically (or would it be coincidentally) lore has it that google was derived from googol!

along with being the time of year of change, in cleveland with the changing season and leaf color, it is also the time of year of the cleveland museum of art's fall chalk festival.

the chalk festival is one of my absolute favorite community events. following up on a well established mouse tradition, I offer a slide show from this year's chalk festival just in case you couldn't make it (by the way, you can make the turn the slide show into a full screen extravaganza, after clicking play in the flickr box, click on the four arrows going outwards in the lower right hand corner of the flickr box - it will be almost like being there!):

change this song was released on blind melon's debut album in 1992 - to me the colors in this vid seemed quite chalk-like.

did you know that according to the portal, there are 26 songs that are titled "change" - hmmm, maybe it's true the more things change, the more they stay the same.

photo: self portrait with public art along euclid avenue, cleveland. september 2010


ArtSparker said...

I do like the word "Fall" for the time of year, because it feels to me like an inward panic at the change, followed by a landing, followed by a settling in, re-nesting.

Roy said...

What a great festival! And that's some interesting chalk work.

It's changing here, too. The weather has been noticeably cooler and drier lately.

Tess Kincaid said...

I adore changeyist.

Gary said...

I love the fact that all living languages change and grow. It is interesting to me then that when people are learning ASL they want one right way to sign something and become flustered when they learn that one sign is an old sign and has been replaced by a newer one.

As for chalk, Lauren just showed me a book today called Chalk by Bill Thompson. How timely!

California Girl said...

I like the quote "change is inevitable" because I believe it is.

Megan said...

I'm using changeyist in a sentence tomorrow. Because "that's how it always begins - very small."

Off to look at chalk!

Megan said...

I really liked the frog! And the bridge. And the waterfall on the stairs - great!

Alan Burnett said...

In a world that changes, I suppose one changes even if you stay the same. We are defined by our relationships with people, things and thoughts. So if the relationships change, we change. That is a statement of Changeyist theology.

Watson said...

Great photos kimy! I liked the ones of people as much as the chalk art. They seemed to be having so much fun.

I've got a long sidewalk! Hmmmmm!

karen said...

I liked the Blind Melon video. We're having the changeyist weather day 85 and the next 65. I love the word changeyist. I think if we all continue to use it here in blogland it will be the changeyisted word in the dictionary. Power to the people!!

After my kids father passed I read them a book called The Fall of Freddie the Leaf.I'm sure you've heard of it...but for those who haven't it's a story of life even though it looks like a story about Fall. It a great book for all ages. ms t came to mind when I thought of it. Hopefully this book intro can be my thank you for your intro to elizabeth mitchell. My granddaughter loves her music.

more hugs coming your way with love attached....