Saturday, 27 August 2011

Houses & Homes

All pictures taken in Cuenca, Ecuador

What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.  ~ Betty Bender #quote

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. ~ Erma Bombeck #quote

Sometimes you got to get away, to want to go back home again. ~ Sheryl Crow #quote

He who builds according to every man's advice will have a crooked house. ~ #Proverb from Denmark

When Johnny comes marching home again / Nobody understands it can happen again ~ Clash #lyrics

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you. ~ Christian Morgenstern #quote

I don't mind dying, I'll gladly do that, but not right now, I need to clean the house first. ~ Astrid Lindgren #quote

When you go to a donkey's house, don't talk about ears. ~ #Proverb from Jamaica

Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. ~ Gabriel Marcel #quote

But I believe above all that I wanted to build the palace of my memory, because my memory is my only homeland. ~ Anselm Kiefer #quote

As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. ~ Mother Teresa #quote

Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice. ~ Andreas Capellanus #quote

may came home with a smooth round stone / as small as a world and as large as alone ~ e.e. cummings #quote

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck ~ Immanuel Kant #quote

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in. ~ A.E. Housman #quote

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. ~ Bill Crosby #quote


How does it feel, how does it feel to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone. ~ Bob Dylan #lyrics

Often in a wooden house a golden room we find. ~ Henry Wordsworth Longfellow #quote

My home is where my books are. ~ Ellen Thompson #quote

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.  ~ J.W. von Goethe #quote

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. ~ Kahlil Gibran #quote

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Music V

When Sigred was a child her Father & Mother & Brother & Uncles & Aunts & Cousins & anybody else in the neighbour who wanted to, would stand and sit around the piano, some playing violin, some playing accordion, some singing, some just tapping their feet and nodding their heads.  These times, with her then extended family, were the best times; never forgotten in the worst times. 

There's three more of these music blogs to come (unless we remember more or others remind us).  It's been a fair amount of work, gathering all the artists & quotes, doing the graphics on the quotes and putting together the blogs for posting.  Worth it though... for the walk down memory lane. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Time for Quotes

They say time is the fire in which we burn ~ Soran, Star Trek Generations #linesfrommovies

Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now? ~ Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) #quote

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war. ~ E. B. White #quote

Stop living a day at a time and stop worrying about age. ~ Helen Reddy #quote

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. ~ George Orwell #quote

Every time I've built character, I've regretted it. ~ Bill Watterson #quote

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. ~ Charles Dickens #quote

There comes a time when silence is betrayal. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #quote

Never try to teach a goat to sing. It wastes your time, and it annoys the goat. ~ Yiddish #Proverb

If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected...every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. ~ O.S. Card #quote

Time: that which man is always trying to kill, ends in killing him. ~ Herbert Spencer #quote

Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ~ Norton Juster #quote

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

You may delay, but time will not. ~ Benjamin Franklin #quote
 As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. ~ Henry Thoreau #quote

The function of a genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time & mediocrity can resolve. ~ H. Trevor-Roper #quote

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. ~ Chinese #Proverb

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time. ~ Willem de Kooning #quote

Beethoven, Wagner, Bach & Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration. ~ E. Newman #quote

You can't buy time or save it, common idioms notwithstanding. You can only spend it. ~ Eric Zorn #quote

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~ Faith Baldwin #quote

Time in its irresistible & ceaseless flow carries along on its flood all created things & drowns them in the depths of obscurity. ~ Anna Comnena #quote

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ~ Frank Zappa #quote

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain #quote

'The time has come,' the Walrus said / 'To talk of many things / Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax -- / Of cabbages -- and kings -- / And why the sea is boiling hot -- / And whether pigs have wings.'. ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

Comedy is tragedy plus time. ~ Carol Burnett #quote

Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. ~ Giordano Bruno #quote

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. ~ Arthur Bryant #quote

How time files when you's doin' all the talking. ~ Harvey Fierstein #quote

 Depression, as far as I'm concerned, is just a waste of time. ~ Helen Reddy #quote

Time is the worst place, so to speak, to get lost in... ~ Douglas Adams #quote

You may delay, but time will not. ~ Benjamin Franklin #quote

Do I dare / Disturb the universe? / In a minute there is time / For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~ T.S. Eliot #quote

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube. ~ William Author Ward #quote

For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal. ~ Carl Bernstein #quote

I've been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn't require my presence. ~ G.B. Trudeau #quote

At the time of the Revolution, dogs howled day and night all over Russia. ~ Andrei Platonov #quote

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. ~ Ian Fleming #quote

When you get over the anxiety, you discover you should have been mad a long time ago. ~ Amy Clampitt #quote

There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones. ~ James A. Michener #quote

Honesty is the cruelest game...because not only can you hurt can feel self-righteous about it at the same time. ~ Dan Van Ronk #quote

There are moments of life that we never forget, which brighten and brighten as time steals away. ~ James Gates Percival #quote

Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present, called Truth the daughter of Time. ~ Aulus Gellius #quote

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality. ~ Judy Garland #quote

 A good artist has less time than ideas. ~ Martin Kippenberger #quote

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. ~ E. B. White #quote

All we have is to decide what to do with the time that is given to us.  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien #quote

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~ Betty Smith #quote

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. ~ Dion Boucicault #quote

Time is strange. A moment can be as short as a breath, or as long as eternity. ~ Ardel Wray #quote

The nature of time simply irritates / Our attempts to package and control it only adds to our irritation ~ Sigred Philipsen ~  #quote

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Bossy Reminisces

Bossy was reading a book the other day and came across the line:

"...and he guided it perfectly and effortlessly into dockside."

It conjured up a multitude of memories:

The 1,365 times the wind caught their boat Dowager and pulled her away from the dock, thus causing a landing requiring a great flinging of lines and a chorus of shouting to a myriad of souls willing to help.

The 537 times they saw someone else coming into dock less than perfect which required even more flinging of lines and the requisite chorus of shouting.

The 34 times they saw the above situation and watched some poor soul end up in the chuck (the ocean)  wet & embarrassed.

The 12 times they saw a fisherman of 147 years experience, coming into dock, high powered & confident, stopping on a dime, precisely 1 1/2 centimeters away from the finger, blithely stepping ashore and smugly securing his lines.

The 3 times, Bossy & Selfish came up to the dock, confident, clear & overpoweringly positive, when Bossy stepped off Dowager onto the dock (with a ballerinas' grace)  looking askance at those requesting to help, knowing all was well, before tying up with aplomb.

Etc. into quite miniscule fractions.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Portal to Another Dimension

In a world far far away in time and space Sigred despaired at the world around her.  It seemed at every turn there was no joy or love, only thankless work & drudgery.  Sigred put an ad in the paper and she & Fred met each other on the telephone.  They talked for hours and in the end finally determined that it seemed worth while to meet each other.  After a few visits that went remarkably well, where Fred had waxed poetic about his boat, it was determined that they needed to find out if Sigred had the stomach for it. 

Fred travelled 9 hours in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, down from where he was living in the cold cold north, to the city where Sigred was living at the coast.  He picked her and her 2 children up and then they travelled several more hours to a small fishing town.  This was where Fred kept his boat.  This was also where Fred kept his best friend and it was apparent that this was where Fred kept most of his heart.

Sigred & the children, having never been on a boat before, having in fact not left the city where they lived for several years, wandered around, gazing at the new things to see, getting a feel for walking on the jiggly dock and watched minnows & crabs scuttling under the fingers.  At one point Sigred took out her film camera and shot a picture of the sky "Because it was so beautiful" and eventually they went for a week long boat ride and once again, things went remarkably well.   The children were as perfect as children can be, the weather was glorious & clear and love & joy seemed in the air.  Nothing went wrong. 

Several weeks later, Sigred developed her film.  "Look, look at this picture!" Sigred commanded of many people, a twinkle in her eye.  "Look in the sky.  It's a portal to another dimension!"

People would scoff and smile at Sigred and explain it was a water drop on the lens or a flaw in the developing solution and then Sigred would ask them.  "If that's true then what was I taking a picture of?"

That question always put a stop to their scoffing and Sigred would walk away happy in the little bit of fun the picture was providing to her.

Many years later, after living on the boat for several years and having magical moments on a regular basis; after marrying off a couple of their 5 children and stoically marching through their jobs and life in general; after finally retiring and moving to the wonder that is Ecuador, Sigred still looks at the picture and smiles, that twinkle in her eye, sure now it was in fact: a portal to another dimension. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

In Praise of Crows

"When I was a child my brother brought home a baby Crow found at the bottom of an old tree. That baby Crow, he'd been pushed from the nest. Henry we called him, lived with us for a time."

Photographs & quote with permission from: Dangling on a Hook