Saturday, July 31, 2010

sepia saturday: hey good lookin

weeks ago I thought it would be easy to jump back on the sepia saturday train by posting beach photos - then my intention went the way so many of my intention do - good, but unrealized. who said life slows down in the summer!

then I ran across these two snaps of my lovely mother rita so maybe I can redeem myself.

like so many of the photos in the family treasure box these have no date. however, given my mother's hair in the top pic, I'm safe in assuming the photo was taken before my mother got married. in the late 1940s, in my mom's bachelorette days she supplemented her income as a hair model. the do in the top photo definitely looks as if it comes from that chapter of my mother's life.

I love this photo - there is simply so much happening in it. based on what I know about my mother's beach habits, the photo was probably taken in atlantic city, new jersey. I'll have to ask my mother if the fellow sitting on the sand to the right of her was her fella at the time - or just some random guy who was admiring the model - doesn't he have a delightful expression on his face?

again, I don't know where or when the second photo was taken. but the location looks like florida where my parents lived in the early 1950s. based on the original print I have, I'm fairly certain the photographer was my dad - he was in photo school during the time they lived in florida and developed and printed much of his work.

go here for more sepia saturday posts.

one of the top songs in 1951 was hank williams hey good lookin' my folks were married in 1951, which means god willing, next march they will celebrate their 60th anniversary!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

blinded by the light

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
John Muir (1838 – 1914) naturalist, writer, engineer

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
Irish Blessing

Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) poet, novelist, dramatist

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home.

Anonymouse

The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.
Doris Kearns Goodwin (b. 1943) biographer & historian

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) reformer, freethinker & orator

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Carl Jung (1875-1961) psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology

I believe talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that. I believe every person is born with talent.
Maya Angelou (b. 1928) poet, activist, author

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Anne Frank (1929-1945) writer & wise child

notes on photos:
  1. cleveland at sunrise as seen from edgewater park, june 2010
  2. eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on purple coneflower (aka echinacea purpurea) annandale, virginia, july 2010
  3. group portrait - 28th annual cleveland irish cultural festival. can you identify which shadow is mine?
  4. I had to find some reason to post this pic of my friend dan and his cool t-shirt - not to mention, dan's smile is guaranteed to lighten anyone's heart!
  5. among other things, the national museum of the american indian - is an architectural celebration of native american culture. for example the building reflects the importance of the sun which is the main symbol of life for many native people. light enters the roof of the main dome of the museum through an opening which represents the smoke hole of many traditional dwellings; the building also traces the path of the sun throughout the year with a glass prism window that faces directly south. the prism projects the colors of light into the museum. it is quite fun to see what playfulness these colors of light play on objects and people. washington dc, may 2007
  6. light clouds sometimes bring heavy rain - august 2009
  7. we can definitely see this bike coming! cleveland, july 2010
  8. library at p & t's home, hastings-on-hudson, october 2009
  9. sunset over lake erie, august 2009
continuing tuesday's celebration of bruce

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

don't leave me now

All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. . . . Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.
Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 1943) author, illustrator & conservationist

wall wednesday continues

as does pink floyd's the wall - today's selection don't leave me now



photo: another mural from when steve and I were wandering around the williamsburg neighborhood of brooklyn. june 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

glory days

Memory is a paradise out of which fate cannot drive us.

Alexandre Dumas, fils (27 july 1824 – 1895) novelist & playwright


the mouse has been silent for the last few days as we've been having a wonderful, busy time what with family visiting from texas and wisconsin. one of f's sibs is as passionate about the cleveland irish festival as we which is great.

the only kink in the fun was the panic we had yesterday when we woke up to discover that tsuki (an indoor cat) snuck out of the house. I forgot to remind folks to make sure tsuki doesn't sneak out and also to make sure that the back screen door latches securely if going out on the back porch. all's well that ends well, after papering the neighborhood with lost cat fliers, calling the animal warden for the city, and doing everything else a panicked cat's human will do, tsuki found his own way home around 5 yesterday afternoon. it's a shame cats can't talk as I would love to know what tsuki was up to on his big adventure. he looked no worse for wear - and the way he ate one would have thought he was gone days and not just 18 or 19 hours.

in addition to the irish festival - which we attended saturday evening and all day/night sunday, saturday we hit the west side market for falafel (no trip to cleveland is complete unless it contains a visit to the west side market) and hitting the rock and roll hall of fame and museum as one of the nephews hasn't been there before -- we were able to catch the springsteen exhibit before it leaves.

the last of our visitors will be leaving this afternoon, so perhaps life will return to normal.



photo: michigan, june 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

multiparker

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.

John Wanamaker (1838-1922) merchant and politician

Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.
Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) architect

Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) historian & writer

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) journalist, essayist, & novelist

As we change our consciousness, so will we change the world. Fully engaging in the creative process of self expression awakens spontaneity and gives us fresh perspectives on personal problems and world issues.
Natalie Rogers (b. 1928) artist, therapist and educator (daughter of Carl Rogers (1902-1987)

You don’t see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it.
Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) philosopher, physicist and historian of science

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) writer; 1st woman awarded the Nobel prize in literature (1938)

Games lubricate the body and the mind.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 -1790) polymath (aka Renaissance man)

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
Edward Hoagland (b. 1932) essayist & novelist

notes on photos:
  1. east river state park, williamsburg neighborhood of brooklyn, new york city, june 2010
  2. parc güell, designed by antonio gaudi, designated as a unesco world heritage sites. last week I started a new novel called the gaudi key; the book is reminiscent of the da vinci code however, features gaudi as the 'key' to the mystery. I'm look forward to seeing whether parc güell figures in the story. this park is simply amazing, it is one of the most wondrous parks I've ever had the good fortune of to wander around. barcelona, march 2007.
  3. when I recently visited the national building museum, one of the exhibits was entitled house of cars:innovation and the parking garage. the exhibit was quite fascinating; oddly two of the parking garages featured were in places where we have lived. the temple street garage (as seen above) in new haven and cleveland's euclid square garage - which in the 1920s was the largest parking garage in the world! the temple street garage is still operating, however over time the euclid square garage was converted into office space.
  4. when I was in nyc last month steve turned me on to an incredible park - the high line park. the park opened last year and is still 'in construction' it is already amazing, but given all that is planned it is going to be even more so - visiting high line reminded me of a children's book I ran across a few months ago that left a deep impression. the book is called the curious garden by peter brown. turns out the high line inspired brown's book! the story is about how a little boy decides to become a gardener and plants an urban garden and transforms the dark, gray city, it into a lush, green world. check out the nytimes review of the book for more information.
  5. parking meters, cleveland heights, ohio, august 2009
  6. a young woman exploring the alice statue in central park, nyc. june 2010
  7. parc monceau, paris, october 2005
  8. park in lower manhattan, nyc, april 2008
  9. lakewood dog park, february 2009
today's post is part of theme thursday - to see other blogger playing in the park today go here.

budapest's multiparker. when i was in dc waxing on about the parking exhibit at the national building museum, my mom turned me on to this video. I hope you take a few minutes to check out this truly mindblowing park(ing) experience! here's one parking garage that can actually help develop more urban parks!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

another brick in the wall, part 1

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.
Marshall McLuhan (b. 21 july 1911 - 1980)


wall wednesday continues

as does pink floyd's the wall today's selection is another brick in the wall, part 1



photo: williamsburg neighborhood of brooklyn. I just discovered that this building, which is referred to as the secret project robot, appears on the portal's entry for williamsburg! note how much has been added to the wall since the wiki photo was posted! new york city, june 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

you've got a friend

Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don't worry...I'm here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.
Charlie Brown to Snoopy

did you know that july 20th is día del amigo - friend's day for all us non-spanish speakers. I didn't know - the holiday is celebrated primarily in south america, wouldn't it be nice if it was celebrated everywhere! however, then again, when I think of friends day, it should be like earth day - and every day should be friends day as every day should be earth day!

according to the portal the celebration is not an official holiday in argentina (where it originated) or in any of the countries where it is celebrated, rather people in these places make a special point to use the day's designation to gather with friends. also, according to the portal in 2005 the day became so popular that:
In 2005, too many well-wishing friends led to a temporary breakdown of the mobile phone network in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba and Rosario.... In the case of Rosario, La Capital newspaper reported that seats in most restaurants, bars and other establishments were already booked out completely a week before the celebration.

sending hugs to each and every one of you on this día del amigo and to the spirit of making everyday friend day!

as for now, ms t just arrived so we'll be off to go meet some friends around town! see you later!

james taylor with carole king performing you've got a friend - unfortunately the song ends a bit abruptly, but i love this vid all the same - it looks like it was made around the time I first went to a james taylor concert. one of my major musical memories was seeing james perform at the kennedy center when it first opened in the early 1970s and going to go to a taylor concert. if I had time this morning, I'd see if with the power of the internet I could pinpoint the exact date. at one time I still had the ticket stub, but I remember several years ago I went on a purge and old ticket stubs were among the victims of that campaign! too bad - now I wish I held held on to all those stubs.


photo: my friend abbey with her friend mia - if you want to read the story of how these two got together, check out today's snap.

Monday, July 19, 2010

everywhere i go

The society which projects and undertakes the technological transformation of nature alters the base of domination by gradually replacing personal dependence with dependence on the "objective order of things".
Herbert Marcuse(b. 19 july 1898 - 1979) sociologist and philosopher
from one-dimensional man: studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society


mother nature has given the mouse a wonderful birthday gift - after a week of beastly hot temperatures, this morning the air is sweet and cool - the high of for today and tomorrow is only supposed to be in the low 80s! be still my heart!

this weekend seemed like one giant party - in fact, we did hold a giant party this weekend. saturday night we had a dual purpose backyard gathering - a kind of hello-goodbye party. the hello part was to help f welcome a brand next decade and chapter to his book of life. since 60 is the new 40, no worries! I know my f will stay forever young.

the goodbye part was not so much saying goodbye, but saying 'so long and see you later' to our dear neighbor and housemate lin who will be leaving avenue c tomorrow to embark on the next chapter in her book of life she's off on her next work assignment - three years in new york city. we will miss lin and her wonderful canine companion matilda terribly. sunday family dinners will be greatly diminished without the presence of our fictive 'sister' lin. poor dixie, she will be very confused to find matilda, her bff gone when she comes over for a visit.


it is always fun to see who shares one's birthday. those with a july 19th birthday include edgar degas, one of the founders of impressionism who preferred to be regarded as a realist, and herbert marcuse a member of the frankfurt school of critical theory & regarded as "the father of the new left.' my own sociological imagination was greatly influenced by marcuse's critique of modern society and demystification of 'reality' .

a list of people born on any particular date always includes a few infamous individuals. for july 19, there is lizzie (did she or didn't she) borden and ilie năstase whose tennis playing was predictably brilliant but temperament was anything but predictable.

everywhere i go by the oysterband from their album the shouting end of life (1995). in my opinion the oysterband is perhaps one of the most unrecognized great bands around! alas by looking at their website, it looks like we're gonna have to head over to the other side of the pond to see them again! actually that sounds mighty fine.



photos: top - cat on porch somewhere in tremont; middle - ms t @ saturday's party; bottom -detail from bd card mouse's mother sent to mouse

Friday, July 16, 2010

say it ain't so

The dreams of the left are always beautiful - the imagining of a better world, the damnation of the present one. This faith, this luminescent anger - these are worthy of being called human. These are the Beautiful that an age produces.
Tony Kushner (b. 16 july 1956) playwright,
1993 winner of pulitzer for drama for angels in america

I got back last night from spending a week with my folks, it was a very lovely visit. most of the time I hung out with the folks and tried to be the resident handymouse - I'm pleased that only one item on the 'honey do' list was left undone. but, no worries, if my sibs don't take care of that prickly bush in front of the house, I'll be back next month, with f and e, to celebrate my dad's 88th birthday!

speaking of birthdays, today is a BIG one for f - this morning I checked out the portal to see who shares the birthday with my honey. turns out he's in very esteemed company - others who have birthdays on july 16th include: st. clare of assisi, ida b. wells, camille corot, shoeless joe jackson, ginger rogers, ruben blades, and tony kushner. in choosing today's quote, I thought the above was perfect - f's nickname back in the 1970s was 'left' and he is a beautiful dreamer!

back to my trip, on the day I arrived I did treat myself to a little wander. as someone who still likes to play with blocks, didn't want to miss the exhibit lego architecture: towering ambition at the national building museum. the exhibit was fantastic and it will be around through early september; in case you don't find yourself in dc between now and then and are interested in all things lego, you can check out my flickr set here and see some highlights from the exhibit. did you know that lego is derived from two danish words leg and godt and translates basically as play well!


say it ain't so joe written by murray head, performed by roger daltrey


photo: prayer flags outside a buddhist temple in fairfax, virginia. july 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

thin ice

As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!
woody guthrie (14 july 1912 - 1967)

today is woody guthrie's 98th birthday!

in 1954, when woody was just 42 years old he was diagnosed with huntington's disease. before it was diagnosed, woody was hospitalized and treated for everything from alcoholism to schizophrenia. woody spent the last dozen years of his life hospitalized, ravaged by a most cruel and incurable disease - woody never gave up and his family and friends never gave up. to woody "a human being is just a hoping machine."

in his lifetime woody wrote more than 3,000 songs, published two novels, created artwork, and authored an incredible number of poems, prose, and plays. woody's impact on american culture is remarkable and over the years has been widely recognized. woody's influence continues.

to learn more about woody and his legacy, visit the woody guthrie foundation website; the portal's entry on woody is pretty good by the way if you want a concise overview.


wall wednesday continues

thin ice another selection from pink floyd's the wall


photo: graffiti and sticker 'tags' nyc, june 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

what's in a name?


Harvey Pekar
October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010

early monday morning cleveland's native son and unique literay genius harvey pekar died. long time collaborator r. crumb once described harvey as "the soul of cleveland."

last week's announcement of the departure of basketball savant lebron james focused attention on cleveland, but harvey's departure is the departure that truly breaks our hearts.

for more see: joanna conners of the pd tribute; the la times book critic david ulin's piece

in 2003 the film american splendor starring paul giamatti was released. the filmmakers did well with their adaption of harvey's award winning american splendor anthology - like harvey the film is hilarious, cutting, cantankerous, and deeply affecting.




rest in peace harvey, we will miss you!

top image 'borrowed' from here

Saturday, July 10, 2010

squirrels!

regulars may notice the mouse is silent of late. am off visiting the folks will return mid july.

in the meantime, a bit of squirrel silliness

or is it love?


if anyone calls you 'squirrely' don't get upset, thank them. according to a recent article in the new york times, there are few beings as resilient and adaptive as the ubiquitous squirrel!

photos taken during the mouse's june wander in woodlawn cemetery in the bronx.

squirrels by dr. demento (photo montage by aurora)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

the world's 1st street art disaster movie*

continuing wall wednesday the snap above was taken in nyc on my street art wander with steve. if one looks closely at the red wallpaper design you will notice the word 'obey' - obey is used often in the work of shepard fairey, who incidentally has gone on to HUGE things after his emergence as a skateboarding street artist. I don't know if fairey had a hand on this wall or if someone was simply borrowing and building on fairey's recurring themes. after all, according to banksy in his recent film (see below) "there are no rules" when it comes to street art.

the rat appears to be the product of someone with the tag "qrst" - of course ratty stole the mouse's heart.

on monday f and I went to see banksy's film exit through the gift shop - we give it two enthusiastic thumbs up.... here's a sneak peek:



the film is currently showing across the country, click here to see if it's playing near you!

*the film's 'official' tag line!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

loving kindness

Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (b. 6 july 1935)
quote from Kindness, Clarity and Insight

today is the dalai lama's 75th birthday! the mouse would like to take this moment to thank his holiness for all the light, wisdom and guidance that he shares with the world!

In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.
from the Path to Tranquility - Daily Wisdom


the chant of metta (universal love or loving kindness) by imee ooi


photos: top-lighthouse at inland seas maritime museum, vermilion, oh, july 2010; bottom - mouse and e with HH, taken september 2003 in bloomington, indiana

Sunday, July 4, 2010

liberty song


Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

an occasional 4th of july tradition at casa mouse is listening to norman corwin's amazing radio play our lady of the freedoms, and some of her friends -f and I happened to catch it on our local npr station friday evening. the program first aired in 1997. although it centers around the statue of liberty it's so much more than just that story - that's not to say that that story isn't enough. if you haven't listened to the program, I hope you will run across it - there are ways to download the program or order cassettes, but for some reason I can't seem to find an easy to access podcast.

you may not recognize the name norman corwin, but unless you have been living under a rock for the last 75 years, you have most certainly run across some of his work if you live in the united states. mr. corwin is a legendary radio playwright who has created inspiring, educational and entertaining radio programs since the 1930s. corwin, who incidently turned 100 in may, has been called the poet laureate of the radio.

in 2005, corwin participated in the radio program this I believe, his essay, which you can read or listen to (5 minutes) by clicking here, gives a glimpse of his worldview, I believe it offers a key to understanding his oeuvre and his rich body of work - and, I might add, some mighty good mouse medicine; after all, the essay is entitled "can good be as communicable as evil?"

liberty song from the 1957 disney movie johnny tremain based on the 1943 novel of the same name by pulitzer prize and newberry award winning author esther forbes



another liberty song this one is by british celtic-folk-punk-rock group the levellers - f and I saw the boys almost twenty years ago when they actually did a u.s.tour - we haven't see sight of them since, some how after that concert, an anonymouse kind soul sent me a wonderful video, which collected a bunch of their tunes, hmmm wonder where that vid is? the levellers reminds me a bit of another british band that I've longed enjoyed, the oysterband, who incidently also has seemingly abandoned coming to tour the other side of the pond. hmmmmm.....




photo: monument in vermilion, ohio - a charming little lakeside town not too far from where we live. f and visited the town for the first time yesterday afternoon I can't wait to return. there is a museum that looks worthy of a wander, a czech resturant that em says he's heard great reviews of, not to mention, the an annual festival called the festival of the fish - the name alone makes me want to check it out! unfortunately we just missed the festival.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

sepia saturday: summertime blues

it's been ages since I've put up a sepia saturday post. I noticed that lettuce is celebrating the season and sepia saturday by putting up wonderful old beach photos of her family. what a terrific idea!

as it were, my mom and dad were real beach bunnies. I have tons of beach shots in my treasure chest of family photos.

the photo above shows my parents hanging out with some friends at the beach in pensacola, florida in 1953. all of the men are navy men. my dad was stationed at pensacola and in addition to flight training he attended the naval photography school. needless to say, along with beach photos, I have lots of old photos of airplanes and aerial views of various parts of the world in my stash of old photos. if anyone is interested in snaps of old planes, I can probably supply some good ones!

my father is the fellow on right with a cigar in his mouth and a can of pabst blue ribbon beer in his hand; he is using my mother as a headrest - you can just make out rita's legs, but not much more.

the wee lad in the background is my brother paul - at this time, he may have been the the first kid in my parents circle of friends, I joined the scene a couple years later. I was born in pensacola but soon after that my family moved on to san diego and a whole new collection of beaches!

go here for more sepia saturday posts.

eddie cochran singing his 1958 hit summertime blues.

Friday, July 2, 2010

ain't nobody's business

There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.
Hermann Hesse (2 july 1877-1962)novelist and poet 1962 nobel prize for literature

it has been a while since I've thought about hermann hesse and his books and even longer since I read any. I wonder if I would have the same reactions today as I did when I first read them as a young person in my late teens and throughout my twenties. gosh, how I loved hesse's books; at one time my goal was to read all of his books - I don't think I succeeded, but I did read quite a few. in college, my best friend and I were so smitten with hesse's books we named various cats we had after characters from hesse's novels. I had a marvelous grey cat who I named hermine (steppenwolf); alice called her tortoiseshell cat goldmund (narcissus and goldmund); and my very first calico I named gertrude - who I named in honor of both hesse's character (gertrud) and gertrude stein.

hmmm, I wonder if I can talk my book group in to revisiting hesse for our next year of reading. although what book should I propose. have you read hesse's books - if so what is your favorite? a couple years ago my bookgroup read robert heinlien's stranger in a strange land - it was funny, all of us who had read stranger in our youth, had such a different reaction to the story and characters this time around than we had when we first encountered it. of course, that isn't that surprising, not only do we age (and hopefully grow) but the times and society we live in is also constantly changing.


regarding the photo above - the henri cartier-bresson exhibit left nyc the end of june but it's touring the usa! future stops include the art institute of chicago, the san francisco museum of modern art (SFMOMA), and the high museum of art in atlanta. catch it if you can! even though I saw it in at ny's moma I find myself still thinking of henri's oeuvre -maybe f and I can make it to chicago sometime between the end of july and early october! it would be nice to see it again and share the experience with my honey.



yesterday my memory was tweaked about the chanteuse mary coughlan;one of my all time favorite albums is her first album tired and emotional , that album contained a cover of alan's featured song meet me where they play the blues. mary is masterful in her impassioned covers of other people's songs. here is a 1986 vid of mary singing the blues standard from the 1920s ain't nobody's business.



photo: nyc, june 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

blue

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)monk, writer, photographer

I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.
Yves Saint Laurent (1938-2008) fashion designer

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) novelist & scholar

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)author & educator

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.

Edward Abbey (1927-1989) environmentalist, author, activist


If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.

Eleanora Duse (1858-1924) actress, known simply as Duse

There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

Toni Morrison (b. 1931) novelist, author of The Bluest Eye

Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
Josephine Baker (1906-1975) singer, dancer, actor

Fat Blue: [angrily] Do you think you can bring me a meal *without* dropping it on the floor?

Grover: Where there is life, there is hope.
notes about photos:
  1. been a a few weeks since I posted a photo of ms. t - she sure is growing and this month she turns 5! yesterday when she was over I snapped this pic, it contains a couple elements which fit nicely with july's thematic color: blue sky reflected in sunglasses, and, ms t. is wearing a lovely blue denim dress. casa mouse, june 2010
  2. speaking of denim, blue jeans are ubiquitous are they not? jeans for sale on the streets of washington heights, nyc. october 2008
  3. my friend's dog is named "blue," for his blue eyes or maybe because his "blue merle" coat. "blue" is a miniature australian shepherd. he and his friend "tipper" are among the softest, sweetest critters around, annandale, virginia. march 2010
  4. according to many cultural traditions, blue doors and windows keep evil spirits out and good spirits in. this belief apparently is not confined to the american southwest or the pueblo and hopi peoples. new york, october 2008
  5. bluebonnets with sculpture in the lady bird johnson wildflower center, austin. april 2009
  6. the first thing to come to mind when I think of blue are blue skies and how my heart and spirits soar when they are overhead! we are currently having a spell of marvelous summer weather. yesterday the sky was deep blue, clear and sweet! unfortunately, when I see a jet streaming across a brilliant blue sky, my associative mind often starts humming 'off we go into the wild blue yonder' - don't you just hate those earworms. sky above 29 june 2010
  7. I wonder how it is that something so blue can brighten and lighten mousy gray hair ? casa mouse 29 june 2010
  8. 1958 baby blue chevrolet impala convertible with blue dice - run into while strolling around my hood, 29 june 2010
  9. grover, my favorite furry blue monster, with a few of his friends from sesame street, brooklyn public library. december 2009


a short clip of a documentary about joni mitchell played over the title track to her album, blue.