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Katelyn and Sisters At Her Graduation   Leave a comment

Re Ann, Justice, and Katelyn after Katelyn’s Graduation on May 28, 2022 — Image by kenne

“Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.”

— from Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young by Mary Schmich 

Churches Are Businesses, So Tax Them   1 comment

George Carlin — Source: The Milwaukee Independent

“I don’t know how you feel, but I’m pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.”

— George Carlin

A Secure Landing   1 comment

Brown Pelican Landing — HDR Image by kenne

“To put it still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing.
To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing
but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.”

— from The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts

A Rose By Any Other Name . . .   Leave a comment

A Rose By Any Other Name . . . — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
           Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
           Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
           And I’ll no longer be a Capulet…
           ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
           Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
           What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
           Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
           Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
           
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
           By any other name would smell as sweet;
           So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
           Retain that dear perfection which he owes
           Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
           And for that name which is no part of thee
           Take all myself.”

— from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Plains Coreopsis Wildflowers   1 comment

Plains Coreopsis Wildflowers (East End Park, Kingwood, Texas) — HDR Image by kenne

“Wildflowers aren’t meant to be cut & tamed.

They’re meant to be loved & admired.”

— Anthony T. Hincks.

Perched Above The Feeder   1 comment

Perched Above The Feeder (Female House Finch) — Image by kenne

If a bird could talk, we would not understand her.

— kenne

Taliesin West   Leave a comment

Taliesin West, Home of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona — Panorama by kenne

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything.
It should be of the hill. Belonging to it.
Hill and house should live together with each the happier for the other.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

Red (Flame) Skimmer   2 comments

Red (Flame) skimmer (Libellula saturata) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock:
each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing,
only when everything is in place does the door open.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly   2 comments

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly On Mexican Bird of Paradise — Image by kenne

“There is nothing in a caterpillar

that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

— Buckminster Fuller 

Mother’s Boy   5 comments

Mother’s Boy (August 26, 2006) — Image by Joy

In the summer of 2006, we spent three months trying to get rid of a systemic infection that resulted from hip surgery.
Mother passed away on September 8, 2006, only a couple of weeks after Joy took this picture.
Everyone had convinced me that she was ready to stop fighting —
the pain was too much.

— kenne

*****

Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.

— C. S. Lewis

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument   1 comment

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument — Images by kenne 

“I think the American West really attracts me because it’s romantic.

The desert, the empty space, the drama.”

— Ang Lee

Scrivere Sempre — Always Write   1 comment

Scrivere Sempre (Always Write) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and
even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated
to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of
them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer,
someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

— from The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger

Cactus Blossom Art   Leave a comment

Cactus Blossom Art by kenne

I feel that a real living form is the natural result
of the individual’s effort to create the living thing
out of the adventure of his spirit into the unknown
— where it has experienced something — felt something —
it has not understood — and from that experience
comes the desire to make the unknown — known —

Making the unknown — known — in terms of one’s medium
is all absorbing — if you stop to think of form — as form
you are lost — The artist’s form must be inevitable — 
You mustn’t think you won’t succeed —

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Eastern Bluebird   Leave a comment

Eastern Bluebird (Kingwood, Texas) — HDR Images by kenne

“If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why can’t I?”

— kenne

Bonsai Tree   Leave a comment

Bonsai Tree (The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens) — Image by kenne

There are no borders in bonsai,

the dove of peace flies to palace

as to a humble house,

to young as to old,

to rich and poor.”

— John Naka

 
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