Sunday, 31 July 2011

Princess Has a Problem

Bossy & Selfish had been putting the "back of the neck" flea treatment on Princess on a regular basis but it only seemed to last a couple of weeks instead of a full month as advertised.  Now Princess, despite her name, is a real trooper.  She's not just an indoor fifi apartment dog.  She's out pounding the pavement on a long human walk every day and to the park in the neighbourhood a couple of times a day to play with the young children and neighbourhood dogs.  She's an egalitarian Princess.  Ecuador is a dusty country and Princess has truly beautiful long hair but it gets pretty dirty by the end of the week, so she regularly gets a bath every weekend.  Perhaps this is why the treatment didn't work; perhaps Ecuador simply has super fleas. 

In any case, Bossy & Selfish were worried about over treating Princess and asked the Veterinarian what they could do.  The Vet advised they try this "super" treatment that purportedly would last 3 to 5 months. 

Her skin had to have its natural oils present for the treatment to work, so Bossy & Selfish had to wait for about 4 days after Princess' weekly bath.  Then, they had to wait another 4 days before her next bath.  They were all hopeful, Bossy, Selfish & Princess, that the treatment would be something that worked.  The night of the fourth day they went to bed expecting to give Princess her bath the next morning. 

Princess, dirty dog that she was at that point, could not leave herself alone.  She was scratching & biting & itching & rolling over & getting up & coming back to bed & scratching & biting & itching.  (Hmm...bitching?)

Bossy said to herself, "Huh" knowing Princess didn't have any fleas and rolled over and went to sleep.

At 3:30 in the morning, Selfish shook Bossy awake. 

"I think Princess needs a bath"  Selfish told her.

Bossy once again thought "Huh" and tried to drift off again.

Selfish spoke a bit louder:  "I think the treatment is making her itchy.  I think she needs a bath."

Bossy thought "Huh" once again in that wanton sleep filled way and rolled over towards Selfish and forced 11 slurred words out of her mouth:  "I don't really feel like getting out of bed right now." 

Selfish grunted & groaned & grumbled, sat up in bed and grabbed Princess.  The next thing Bossy heard was the blow dryer blowing in the kitchen. 

The next morning, Princess was all soft & fluffy & a happy dog and Selfish was grumpy & unrepentant & tired. 

Bossy laughed at his grumping & jollied him through the day, telling everyone who would listen the story. 

Selfish merely smiled & false grumped some more.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Some People Feel the Rain

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. ~ Van Goethe #quote

The more people who believe in something, the more apt it is to be wrong. The person who's right often has to stand alone. ~ Kierkegaard #quote

It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning. ~ Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) #quote

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns #quote

There are two kinds of people in this world, and I am one of them. ~ Dave Barry #quote

All pictures from the April 1, 2011 Cuenca's Foundation Parade

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will always find a way around the law. ~ Plato #quote

Things turn out best for the people that make the best out of the way that things turn out. ~ Lea McIntosh #quote

Whenever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people. ~ Heinrich Heine #quote

Join the Army!  Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people, and kill them. ~ Full Metal Jacket #linesfrommovies

Beauty is only skin deep, and the world is full of thin skinned people. ~ Richard Armour #quote

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them. ~ Ray Bradbury #quote

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. ~ John Cage #quote

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~ Albert Camus #quote

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people. ~ Edmund Burke #quote

People sometimes forget that a rat race can be won only by a rat. ~ Paul Palmer #quote

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.  ~ Tommy Smothers #quote

A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk. ~ O.A. Battista #quote

Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics. ~ Susan Sontag #quote

Depression scares people off. It makes me laugh that it has that kind of effect. ~ Sibhan Fahey #quote

I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. ~ Susan B. Anthony #quote

People who think dying is the worst thing don't know a thing about life. ~ Sue Monk Kidd #quote

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. ~ Tecumseh #quote

What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible. ~ Theodore Roethke #quote

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. ~ Anatole France #quote

The only people who say worse things about politicians than reporters do are other politicians. ~ Andy Rooney #quote

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. ~ T.S. Eliot #quote

One way to stop people from jumping down your throat is to keep your mouth shut. ~ Unknown #quote

Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright . . . until you hear them speak?  ~ Steven Wright #quote

Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.  ~ Japanese #Proverb

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die" ~ a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.  ~ Mark Twain #quote

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it. ~ Dick Cavett #quote

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. ~ Jerry Seinfeld #quote

Traveling there was really boring so I headed for the ditch. It was a rough ride but I met more interesting people ~ Neil Young #quote

Some people feel the rain. Other just get wet. ~ Bob Dylan #quote

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry & been widely regarded as a bad move ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little. ~ Lee Iacocca #quote

Yes, I sell people things they don't need. I can't, however, sell them something they don't want. Even with advertising.  ~ John O'Toole #quote

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

The biggest problem is not to let people accept new ideas, but to let them forget the old ones. ~ John Maynard Keynes #quote

Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth. ~ Joan of Arc #quote

Guns are neat little things, aren't they? They can kill extraordinary people with very little effort. ~ John W. Hinckley, Jr. #quote

There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them. ~ Louis Armstrong #quote

People who matter are most aware that everyone else does too. ~ Malcolm Forbes #quote

It's easy to identify people who can't count to ten. They're in front of you in the supermarket express lane. ~ M. Grundler #quote

You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change ~ John Cleese #quote

Friday, 22 July 2011

I Get By with a LIttle Help from my Friends

I get by with a little help from my friends. ~ John Lennon #lyrics

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. ~ Alice Walker #quote

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. ~ Samuel Butler #quote

Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that. ~ Robert C. Edwards #quote

Trouble is a sieve through which we sift all our acquaintances. Those too big to go through are our real friends. ~ Yaniv Loran #quote

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. ~ E.M. Forster #quote

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for. ~ Homer #quote

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway. ~ Elbert Hubbard #quote

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend ~ Albert Camus #quote

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. ~ Stephen King #quote

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. ~ Aristotle #quote

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. ~ Moshe Dayan #quote

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. ~ Charles Dickens #quote

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. ~ Carl Sandburg #quote

Books are the quietest...most constant of friends...the most accessible & wisest of counselors & the most patient of teachers. ~ C.W. Eliot #quote

You never know who's going to become your friend. Friends are always chance meetings. ~ Steve Guttenberg #quote

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~ Paul Sweeney #quote

An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse. ~ John Gay #quote

To find a friend one must close one eye - to keep him, two. ~ Norman Douglas #quote

You got nothing to lose. You don't lose when you lose fake friends. ~ Joan Jett #quote

You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks. ~ Eskimo #Proverb

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. ~ Author Unknown #quote

The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. ~ Doug Larson #quote

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

A friend you have to buy won't be worth what you pay for him. ~ George Dennison Prentice #quote

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day. ~ Albert Camus #quote

Friends are not made, but recognized. ~ Carl Rakosi #quote

Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again ~ Simon & Garfunkel #lyrics

Friendless: Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense. ~ Ambrose Bierce #quote

If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, don't disclose it to your friend. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol #quote

I have lost friends, some by death...others by sheer inability to cross the street. ~ Virginia Woolf #quote

Chaos is a friend of mine. ~ Bob Dylan #quote

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Free as the Flowers

All water colours from Cuenca's Modern Art Museum.

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun. ~ Nikkid #quote

I'd rather be a free man in my grave / Than living as a puppet or a slave ~ Jimmy Cliff #quote

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. ~ Bob Marley #quote

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ~ John F. Kennedy #quote

Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. ~ Howard Nemerov #quote

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty. ~ Frank Herbert, Dune #quote

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. ~ Gloria Steinem #quote

The worst enemy of life, freedom & the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency. ~ A.Huxley #quote

I'll tell you about the magic and it'll free your soul / But it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock and roll ~ Lovin Spoonful #lyrics

You want 21 percent risk free? Pay off your credit cards. ~ Andrew Tobias #quote

A mother who is really a mother is never free. ~ Honore de Balzac #quote

Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground / Mother Earth will swallow you / Lay your body down ~ Stephen Stills #lyrics

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. ~ Malcom X #quote

For what is man without desires, without free will, and without the power of choice but a stop in an organ pipe? ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky #quote

You sell your waking life for minimum wage; but your dreams they get for free. ~ Waking Life #linesfrommovies

Just slip out the back, Jack / Make a new plan, Stan / You don’t need to be coy, Roy / Just get yourself free / Hop on the bus, Gus / You don’t need to discuss much / Just drop off the key, Lee / And get yourself free ~ Paul Simon #lyrics

Freedom is something that dies unless it's used. ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

I am free and that is why I am lost. ~ Franz Kafka #quote

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. ~ Charles Evans Hughes #quote

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. ~ Janis Joplin #lyrics

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. ~ Voltaire #quote

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice. ~ Richard Bach #quote

You should never have your best trousers on when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. ~ Henrik Ibsen #quote

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. ~ Voltaire #quote

Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom. ~ Herbert Spencer #quote

The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds. ~ Isaiah Berlin #quote

In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom! ~ J.G. Ballard #quote

"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. ~ Dag Hammarskjold #quote

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting. ~ Alan Dean Foster #quote

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson #quote

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. ~ Geronimo #quote

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. ~ Charles Evans Hughes #quote

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Random Things & Things Quotes

Fruit on the street ready to take into the Public Market
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant. ~ Don Herold #quote

I'd rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven't. ~ Lucille Ball #quote

I don't care if they eat me alive, I've got better things to do then survive. ~ Ani DiFranco #quote

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own. ~ Doug Larson #quote

What is right and what is practicable are two different things. ~ James Buchanan #quote

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~ Seneca #quote is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to [grown-ups].  ~ Saint~Exupéry #quote

The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius.  ~ Rebecca Pepper Sinkler #quote

The existence of forgetting has never been proved:  We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them. ~ Nietzsche #quote

There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.  ~ Lou Reed #quote

Cow's head on the street
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours  ~ #Proverb

Oh the things you can find / If you don't stay behind! ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~ Seneca #quote

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ~ Eden Philpotts #quote

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.  #quote

Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words. ~ Alexander Solzehnitsyn #quote

Some things you'll never know, and some things you'll wish you never knew. ~ Eric Williams #quote

There are many things we do not want about the world. Let us not just mourn them. Let us change them. ~ Ferdinand Marcos #quote

Cow's stomach on the street
Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear & not bothering ~ Winnie the Pooh #quote

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. ~ Adam Smith #quote

Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one. ~ #Proverb from Turkey

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.  Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.  ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

In the end / these things matter most: / How well did you love? / How fully did you live? / How deeply did you let go? ~ S. Gautama #quote

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are. ~ Zen #Proverb

History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history. ~ Clarence Darrow #quote

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ~ Eden Phillpots #quote

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

Ceiling in a Church
If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

'Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.' ~ A.A. Milne #quote

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~ Edgar Allan Poe #quote

Such a muddy line between / The things you want / And the things you have to do ~ Sheryl Crow #lyrics

The Crows Tell Me Things / Expecting someone with an opposable Thumb / Can do something about "It" ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. ~ Benjamin Jowett #quote

To him that waits all things reveal themselves.  Provided he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light ~ C. Patmore #quote

I am always doing things I can't do; that's how I get to do them. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. ~ Lucille Ball #quote

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are. ~ Thoreau #quote

Cool Truck
A fearful man is always hearing things. ~ Sophocles #quote

There are things children should get from their parents: roots & wings. ~ J. W. von Goethe #quote

Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most. ~ Mark Twain #quote

Those who shun the whimsy of things will experience rigor mortis before death. ~ Tom Robbins #quote

I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim. ~ Frida Kahlo #quote

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle #quote

Bad things are not the worst things that an happen to us. NOTHING is the worst thing that can happen to us. ~ Richard Bach #quote

To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. ~ Laozi #quote

You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come. ~ C.S. Lewis #quote

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

April 1, 2011 Cuenca Foundation Parade
HAL: I honestly think you ought to calm down; take a stress pill and think things over. ~ 2001: A Space Odyssey #linesfrommovies

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he's the only animal that's struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be ~ Hazlitt #quote

Historically, the most terrible things -  war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience. ~ Howard Zinn #quote

In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats. ~ English #Proverb

Forget them, Wendy. Forget them all. Come with me where you'll never, never have to worry about grown up things again. ~ Peter Pan #quote

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. ~ C.S. Lewis #quote

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason. ~ Andre Gide #quote

If a cat spoke, it would say things like "Hey, I don't see the problem here. ~ Roy Blount, Jr. #quote

Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way. ~ Isaac Goldberg #quote

Mr. Pharmacy advertising for a drug store

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

See simplicity in the complicated / Achieve greatness in little things. ~ Lao-Tzu #quote

We may disagree on some things, but we can do so without being disagreeable. ~ Christine Gregoire #quote

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Coco Chanel #quote

It's the little things that count, hundreds of 'em. ~ Cliff Shaw #quote

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky #quote

I have a hot memory, but I know I've forgotten many things, too, just squashed things in favor of survival. ~ Iggy Pop #quote

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence. ~ Buddha #quote

It's an unceasing push to be made to want the things / Others want / Survival of your species / your class structures...your packs ~ Sigred Philipsen #quote

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Faces III allows you to participate in short online psychology experiments looking at the traits people find attractive in faces and voices. 

Supposedly, given enough data, they'll be able to provide the world with information on the following:
Being not quite sure how this will benefit the world, we do acknowledge that a fascination for faces is deeply felt by just about everyone.

One gazes into the face of a loved one and pretty much sees what they want to see.   Often loved ones are a mirror reflecting back on ourselves.  In their eyes we see the best in ourselves.

Looking up the history of portraiture, it was interesting to find out that early man did not draw pictures of themselves.  "Before recorded history, the notion of leaving behind a visual record of one’s own life for the purposes of posterity was quite remote."  Ancient drawings were of animals and "the first humans to be represented in art as the central subject of a work were pregnant women, or fertility Goddesses."  It wasn't until Egypt flourished with "monarchs who controlled vast regions of land" that the face of art changed.  "In most ancient cultures, the only human figures depicted in art were heavenly bodies, entities to be worshiped and revered. It wasn't until there were living Pharaohs in Egypt that were given God-like status, that historic portraiture began."

In 1900 the Kodak Brownie box roll-film camera was introduced and it then became possible for the "masses" to keep memories of their lives and loved ones. 

Latin America "has a long and rich tradition of portraiture. In its countries, as elsewhere, portraits have preserved the likenesses of individuals both living and dead, bolstered the social standing of the aristocracy, marked the deeds of the mighty, recorded rites of passage, and established and preserved the historical record."

The ancients with their great need simply to cope with survival, had no thoughts of preserving memories of themselves.  It took humongous egos to come up with that thought.  

Portraiture, once only for the well-to-do, then became available to all through photography, as a natural leveler. 

Classic monsters were written about and displayed in art as allegories for the very real monsters that individuals and societies face.   They are also intended as warnings of the need for constant vigilance against menaces that attack individuals and societies. 

Faces therefore remind us of things loved and things feared. 


We keep pictures of loved ones and look at them from time to time and remember more clearly past lives; the faces of people who formed us and filled our lives, the good and the bad, the beautiful, the sublime and the ugly. 

Plugging "memories through photography" into Google brought up only sites that offered photography services.  

Nothing on page 1 that spoke to the fragility of memory and the great comfort of bringing a face to the forefront that perhaps had been fading. 


Counselors and teachers sometimes use 42 Feeling Faces Cards like emotional flash cards to help individuals identify emotions and to share important thoughts about feelings.

These cards, originally intended for children, visually display the emotions that even adults continue to have trouble spotting.  


Methinks the ego of the pharaohs has not necessarily continued to the portraiture and remembrances we hold dear now.  The comfort provided in looking back at loved ones forever gone is not the same as delusional egos likening themselves to gods and forces of nature. 


It's important to remember the monsters and caricatures that we can so easily turn into and these are helpfully displayed in graffiti, fashion photography, films, magazines and on the web.  


But it's also important to remember the faces that formed us and mean something to us; that give us stability and provided love. 

 These "good" faces are the faces that keep us safe.