Friday, 28 October 2011


Above graphic produced with the assistance of Add Letters

Manto [dreaming within].
From horse-hoofs bounding
The sacred stairs are resounding;
Demigods are drawing near.

Chiron. Quite right!
Raise your eyes; behold who's here!

Manto [awakening]. Welcome! I see you do not fail to come.

Chiron. Likewise for you still stands your temple-home.

Manto. Are you still roaming, never weary?

Chiron. Well, you abide in stillness eerie,
The while I circle joyously.

Manto. I wait here, time encircles me.
And this man?

Chiron. Him hath this ill-fated night
Caught in its whirl and brought here to your sight.
Helena, go his wits a-spinning,
Helena he has dreams of winning,
But knows no way to make beginning,
Most worthy, Aesculapian cure to prove.

Manto. Who yearns for the impossible I love.

[CHIRON is already far away.]

Manto. Enter, audacious one, glad shall you be;
The gloomy way leads to Persephone.
Within Olympus' cavern foot
She lists in secret for prescribed salute.
Here did I smuggle Orpheus in of old.
Use your turn better! Quick! be bold!

[They descend.]

Excerpt from Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German novelist, dramatist, poet, humanist, scientist, philosopher, and for ten years chief minister of state at Weimar.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Time is an Illusion

Wall Mural Near a Church
Time is the only critic without ambition. ~ John Steinbeck #quote

First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable. Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time. ~ Doug Horton #quote

If two men on a job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless. ~ Darryl F. Zanuck #quote
Wall Murals Near a Public Market

It's high time you were shown / That you really don't know / All there is to be known. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ~ Elie Wiesel #quote

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. ~ Dune, Frank Herbert #quote

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it.  Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.  ~ Richard Lamm #quote

One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others. ~ Moliere #quote

You cannot prevent and prepare for war at the same time.  ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.  ~ Thomas Szasz #quote

The truth is... I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart... and I never really got it back ~ Sweet Home Alabama #linesfrommovies

You can't make footprints in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt. ~ Bob Moawad #quote

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre #quote

FORD: Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #linesfromTV

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol #quote

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time. ~ Karl Marx #quote
Cuenca Craft Fair

Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this by...the time they spend on personal grooming.  A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish. ~ James Gorman #quote

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. ~ Edwin Percy Whipple #quote

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity. ~ Robertson Davies #quote

The reason lightening doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time.  ~  Willie Tyler #quote
It takes a long time to become young. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes "Awww!” ~ Jack Kerouac #quote

Cuenca Art Fair

If you are killing time, it's not murder. It's suicide. ~ Lou Holtz #quote

Don't waste your time on Social Questions.  What's the matter with the poor is Poverty; what's the matter with the rich is Uselessness ~ G.B. Shaw #quote

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.  ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo, #quote

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sigred Muses on the Cycle of Life

For one thousand four hundred and fifty seven years (maybe more), Mondays were a trial for Sigred.    

In the beginning, after several hundred years of simply existing & waking up & discovering & enjoying, Monday's turned into an ongoing difficult chore.  The chore of waking up, getting up, getting ready and trudging off to school or to work or to whatever obligation faced her that day.  Venturing out into the simple thing called life... 

At the beginning of the difficult Mondays, there was a place called "education", where...for unknown reasons, young boys would throw snowballs with rocks in them at her head and fully grown adults would chastise her for dreaming the dreams that should be & need to be dreamed. 

Later on, Mondays represented a more difficult awakening but with somewhat similar results after leaving home.  Young men, with squeaky voices & awkward legs would make it difficult for her to simply walk down the hall and young women with silky hair and spotty faces would laugh & giggle & tease & point. 

Mondays required a steeling of something called wherewithal and a stiff legged walk, pointing one straight to one's destination.

Later on still, Mondays required a further stiffening of resolve not to push the snooze button yet one more time and a magic ability to wake up on the city bus one stop before it was required to disembark.

And later on still, Mondays involved waking cranky children up & frantic breakfasts & lost shoes and homework & hurried picking-ups & tearful goodbyes & a pushing of boundaries & a deep wishing for something simpler and a basic need to persevere.

And those most difficult of Monday's continued on for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Later on still (there is a world called Hope) we come to Sigred's present day Mondays.

"Can you believe it!?  Now Monday is my favourite day!" Sigred chatters to Fred knowing she'd told him this meaningless fact several times before.

Fred nods & acknowledges & with kindness lets her continue.  

"We go grocery shopping & then we come home and then you take Princess for a walk while I put the groceries away and then I cook something & do my computer stuff".   Sigred continues to blather.  "It's not too much & not too little...and then there's good TV in the evening. It's just about a perfect day for me!"

Sigred reflects a bit and finishes with: "I'm pretty simple, aren't I?"

Fred, loving Sigred, only smiles, a twinkle in his eye.

It's a fairly straightforward thing; endure & continue.

The cycle of life.  

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

All of Life is a Foreign Country

Rotary Market, Cuenca Ecuador
In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love.  ~ Diego Marchi #quote

When life gets you down, just remember these three words of wisdom. "Bonk!", "Zap!", and "Yowsers!" ~ Tyler Webb #quote

Life isn't a science. We make it up as we go. ~ Al Hirschfeld #quote

We've created an impression that life is risk-free, and it's not. ~ Alastair Wood #quote

Life is one of those things that most of us find very difficult to avoid. ~ Rowan Atkinson #quote

This is my principal objection to life, I think:  It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick #quote

We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean. ~ Anna Freud #quote

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise. ~ George Gershwin #quote

Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it. ~ Greta Garbo #quote

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? ~ Ernest Hemingway #quote

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. ~ Ann Landers #quote

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. ~ Amelia Earhart #quote

The Four Rules of Life:  1. Show Up   2. Pay Attention   3. Tell the Truth   4. Don't be upset at the results. ~ Joan Borysenko #quote 

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. ~ Immanuel Kant #quote

Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice ~ Cherokee #Proverb

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. ~ Henry Thoreau #quote

Do you know that the ready concession of minor points is a part of the grace of life? ~ Henry Harland #quote

Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult. ~ Hippocrates #quote

Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations. ~ Herbert Spencer #quote

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions. ~ Cornelia Otis Skinner #quote

All of life is a foreign country. ~ Jack Kerouac #quote

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

If We Couldn't Laugh II

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. ~ Bill Nye #quote

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can. ~ Will Rogers #quote

Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died. ~ Peter Ustinov #quote

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. ~ Lord Byron #quote

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~ Mark Twain #quote

Soap is to the body what laughter is to the soul ~ Yiddish proverb #quote

An optimist laughs to forget. A pessimist forgets to laugh. ~ Unknown #quote

A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. ~ Carlos Castaneda #quote

And moody madness laughing wild / Amid severest woe. ~ Thomas Gray #quote

For me, painting is a way to forget life.  It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.  ~ Georges Rouault #quote

They lived and laughed and loved and left. ~ James Joyce #quote

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~ Bob Newhart #quote

You laugh at me because I'm different. I laugh because you are all the same! ~ Daniel Knode #quote

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~ Irish #Proverb 

I was strongest when I laughed at my weakness. ~ Elmer Diktonius #quote

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much a master of the world as he who is ready to die. ~ Giacomo Leopardi #quote

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

Now if the harvest is over / And the world cold / Give me the bonus of laughter / As I lose hold. ~ John Betjeman #quote

If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. ~ Jimmy Buffett #quote

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~ Woody Allen #quote

Tell me what you're laughing at and I shall tell you who you are. ~ Goethe #quote

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.  ~ Jean Houston #quote

He who laughs most, learns best. ~ John Cleese #quote

Never laugh at live dragons ~ J.R.R. Tolkien #quote

He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much. ~ Elbert Hubbard #quote

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~ Stephen King #quote

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter. ~ Francoise Sagan #quote

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away ~ Benjamin Franklin #quote

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About


'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here. ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. ~ Maximilien Robespierre #quote

People are either born hosts or born guests. ~ Max Beerbohm #quote

During Carnival Feb/2011

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. ~ P.G. Wodehouse #quote

As long as you have capital punishment there is no guarantee that innocent people won't be put to death. ~ Paul Simon #quote

God save us from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half. ~ Paddy Chayefsky #quote

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do. ~ Olin Miller #quote

The people who make art their business are mostly imposters. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

You're neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you're as much a part of what people call nature as anyone else. ~ Radclyffe Hall #quote

We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people's lives. ~ Robert M. Pirsig #quote

I can't believe what I have seen people do. ~ Robert Lewis #quote

One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time. ~ Robert Kennedy #quote

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. ~ Robert J. Ringer #quote

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. ~ Roger Miller #quote

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. ~ Sam Brown #quote

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. ~ Susan Sontag #quote

Street Performers

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for. ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) #quote

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ~ Thomas Jefferson #quote

People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them ~ Louis-Ferdinand Céline #quote

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Theresa #quote

When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Drummers are common in Cuenca

We are the people our parents warned us about. ~ Jimmy Buffett #quote

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. ~ John Lennon #lyrics

You can't win arguments with people who don't deal in facts. ~ Rachel Maddow #quote

People are not like Tupperware, with their lids on securely. ~ Wally Lamb, I Know this Much is True #quote