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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Ocean

This busy, puzzling stirrer-up of doubt, That frames deep mysteries,
then finds "em out.
~John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
"A satire Against Mankind"

Friday, October 22, 2010


Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
~ Cathy Allen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Whatever you feel

Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.
~T. S. Eliot
British (US-born) critic, dramatist & poet (1888 - 1965)

Friday, October 8, 2010

View from the side of the road

And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams,
Are where thy dark eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams
In what ethereal dances
By what eternal streams.

E.A. Poe, To One in Paradise

Monday, September 27, 2010


Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.

~William H. Sheldon

Monday, September 20, 2010


If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through
the dust no matter how thick.

Bob Dylan (1941 - )

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dune grass

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints
his own nature into his pictures.

~Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887), Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887

Monday, September 6, 2010


Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren't things to think about any more. All that matters is value - the ultimate value of what one does.

~James Hilton (1900 - 1954)

Monday, August 30, 2010


He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity's sunrise.
~William Blake

Monday, August 23, 2010


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
~Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)

Monday, August 16, 2010


Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
~Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tree Frog

You've got to be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for?

~Bernadette Peters, Inside the Actors Studio

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mare and foal

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

~Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Wonder is what sets us apart from other life forms. No other species wonders about the meaning of existence or the complexity of the universe or themselves.

~Herbert W. Boyer, co-founder of Genentech, Inc.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I like living

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

~Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

~George Sand (1804 - 1876)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Growing older

It is a sadness of growing older that we lose our ardent appreciation
of what is new and different and difficult.
~Elizabeth Aston
The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Red-shouldered Hawk

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.
~Edgar Allan Poe, Berenice
US short story author, editor, & poet (1809 - 1849)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Little by little, one travels far.
~J. R. R. Tolkien
British scholar & fantasy novelist (1892 - 1973)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Even with the best of maps and instruments,
we can never fully chart our journeys.
~Gail Pool

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Lady Washington

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.

~John De Paola

Friday, June 4, 2010

Great Horned Owls

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindnesses, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
~Sir Humphry Davy

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sunset walk

He not busy being born is busy dying.

~Bob Dylan (1941 - )

Monday, May 31, 2010

Bushtit Nest

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.

~Albert Schweitzer

Friday, May 28, 2010

Eastern Grey Squirrel

I don't know what I am thinking
I don't know what I am drinking
I don't know what pills I swallow
I don't know that inside I'm hollow
I don't know that I am speaking
I don't know that my brain is leaking
I don't know that they cant see
I don't know, especially me

~Tim Burton

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rufus Hummingbird

If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something,
I can neither give nor receive.
~Dorothee Solle

Monday, May 24, 2010


Because you are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.
~Barbara Hall,
A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

Friday, May 21, 2010


Nobody can tell you if what you're doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is.

~Hugh Macleod,
How To Be Creative: 5, 08-22-04

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Golden-crowned Sparrow

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a
journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
~Marcel Proust
French novelist (1871 - 1922)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
~Abraham Lincoln
16th president of US (1809 - 1865)

Friday, May 14, 2010


The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction
when it could be turned into momentum.
~Frances Willard (1839 - 1898)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tule Elk

You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.

~Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

Monday, May 10, 2010


It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.

Friday, May 7, 2010


You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

~John Wooden (1910 - )

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Washington Coast

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...
But I am too busy thinking about myself.
~Edith Sitwell, As quoted in The Observer (30 April 1950)
English biographer, critic, novelist, & poet (1887 - 1964)

Friday, April 30, 2010


As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
~Josh Billings, 'Affurisms from Josh Billings: His Sayings,' 1865
US Humorist (1818 - 1885)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
~Anatole France
French novelist (1844 - 1924)

Monday, April 26, 2010


Friends are born, not made.
~Henry Adams
US author, autobiographer, & historian (1838 - 1918)

Friday, April 23, 2010


“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and
life stands explained.”
~Mark Twain

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
~Walt Whitman

Monday, April 19, 2010

Gulls on the Oregon Coast

It's always been about the experience of life and of not being passive. If something so excites my curiosity, I want to go there, be a part of whatever it is that's either pushing me or pulling me toward it. That desire for experience has made me very rich in life experience.
~Tish Grier, love and hope and sex and dreams, 04-12-2006

Friday, April 16, 2010


You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
~Vernon Howard

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling,
dawdling and puttering.
~Brenda Ueland

Monday, April 12, 2010


The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
~Jane Goodall
English ethologist & zoologist (1934 - )

Friday, April 9, 2010

Garter Snake eating slug

Little by little, one travels far.
~J. R. R. Tolkien
British scholar & fantasy novelist (1892 - 1973)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sea anemone

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
~Oprah Winfrey

Monday, April 5, 2010


When you build bridges you can keep crossing them.
~Rick Pitino
Lead to Success

Friday, April 2, 2010

Red-legged Frog

When I'm not doing something that comes deeply from me, I get bored. When I get bored I get distracted and when I get distracted, I become depressed. It's a natural resistance, and it insures your integrity.
~Maria Irene Fornes

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bald Eagle

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.
~Edgar Allan Poe, Berenice
US short story author, editor, & poet (1809 - 1849)