Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year 2011 to 2012





I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ~ Anaïs Nin #quote

Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time. ~ Jean Paul Richter #quote





Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. ~ Thomas Mann #quote







He who breaks a resolution is a weakling;
He who makes one is a fool.
~ F.M. Knowles #quote





 







I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. ~ Henry Moore #quote



It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets. ~ William Thomas #quote

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. ~ Joey Adams #quote





I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second. ~ Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary #quote



Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since. ~ Dave Beard #quote











One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs #quote



And ye, who have met with Adversity's blast,
And been bow'd to the earth by its fury;
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass'd
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -
Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.
~Thomas Hood #quote




People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~ Author Unknown #quote

But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits. ~ Andre Gide #quote








New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~ Mark Twain #quote






Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850 #quote #poetry




New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie #quote






Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~ Hal Borland #quote

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey #quote





A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~ Author Unknown #quote

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~ Bill Vaughan #quote







Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ~ Author Unknown #quote

















We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce #quote











All the above pictures 
taken around Cuenca during the last few weeks 
leading up to Christmas & the New Year.


Monday, 26 December 2011

Cuenca's Christmas Eve Parade 2011









Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote






If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn #quote










Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is. ~ Steve Martin #quote







The funniest line in English is "Get it?" When you say that, everyone chortles. ~ Garrison Keillor #quote







I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn #quote







Sometimes in the most tragic situation, something just profoundly funny happens. ~ David Hyde Pierce #quote










No good at life, but very funny sometimes with the commentary. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote









Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. ~ Michael Jordan #quote





It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave. ~ Tupac Shakur #quote
 






Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.  ~ Jimi Hendrix #quote

 






If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one. ~ Andy Rooney #quote







The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself. ~ James Thurber #quote






It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality. ~ Rick Riordan #quote





The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny... ~ Isaac Asimov #quote






It is fun to be in the same decade with you. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt #quote

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Monsters


A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren't so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction? ~ Wes Craven #quotes

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. ~ Mohandas Gandhi #quotes

Behind every tree there's a new monster. ~ Todd Rundgren #quotes

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster. ~ George Eliot #quotes

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quotes

Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence. ~ Wilfred Burchett #quotes

I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters. ~ George A. Romero #quotes

The real world is where the monsters are. ~ Rick Riordan #quotes

Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters. ~ Stephen King #quotes

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams. ~ Werner Herzog #quotes

I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies. ~ Craig Ferguson #quotes

What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters. ~ Charles Baudelaire #quotes

"Oh," the girl said, shaking her head. "Don't be so simple. People adore monsters. They fill their songs and stories with them. They define themselves in relation to them. You know what a monster is, young shade? Power. Power and choice. Monsters make choices. Monsters shape the world. Monsters force us to become stronger, smarter, better. They sift the weak from the strong and provide a forge for the steeling of souls. Even as we curse monsters, we admire them. Seek to become them, in some ways." Her eyes became distant. "There are far, far worse things to be that a monster." ~ Jim Butcher, Ghost Story #quotes

There are no heroes...in life, the monsters win. ~ George R.R. Martin #quotes

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Angels in Ecuador





Ecuador, being a Catholic country, has an abundant supply of angels; near or built into churches, on the road side in small shrines, decorating buildings and in artwork.







The theological study of angels is known as angelology. In art, angels are often depicted with wings; perhaps reflecting the descriptions in Revelation 4:6-8 and the descriptions in the Hebrew Bible -- of cherubim and seraphim (the chayot in Ezekiel's Merkabah vision and the Seraphim of Isaiah). However, while cherubim and seraphim have wings in the Bible, no angel is mentioned as having wings.










Early Christians inherited Jewish understandings of angels, which in turn may have been partly inherited from the Egyptians.  In the early stages, the Christian concept of an angel characterized the angel as a messenger of God. 

The earliest known Christian image of an angel—in the Cubicolo dell'Annunziazione in the Catacomb of Priscilla (mid-third century)—is without wings. In that same period, representations of angels on sarcophagi, lamps and reliquaries also show them without wings.  The earliest known representation of angels with wings is on the "Prince's Sarcophagus", discovered in the 1930s at Sarigüzel, near Istanbul, and attributed to the time of Theodosius I (379-395).  From that period on, Christian art has represented angels mostly with wings.



This whimsical picture of an angel riding behind a nun on a bicycle and (a bit lower) the angel contemplating itself in a mirror were both done by the Ecuadorian artist Catalina Carrasco.  We snapped the pictures at Cuenca's Museum of Modern Art.  



In terms of their clothing, angels, especially the Archangel Michael, were depicted as military-style agents of God and came to be shown wearing late antique military uniforms.  The basic military dress was shown in Western art into the Baroque period and beyond and up to the present day in Eastern Orthodox icons. Other angels came to be conventionally depicted in long robes, and in the later Middle Ages they often wear the vestments of a deacon.


A putto (plural putti) is a figure of a human baby or toddler, almost always male, often naked and having wings, found especially in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. The figure derives from ancient art but was rediscovered in the early Quattrocento. Putti are distinct from cherubim, but some English-speakers confuse them with each other, except that in the plural, "the Cherubim" refers to the biblical angels, while "cherubs" is used more often to refer to the child-like representations or in figurative senses.  Putti are allegorical, non-literal figures, and later in Christian art came to represent the omnipresence of God.

A cherub is a type of spiritual being mentioned in the Bible, usually associated with the presence of God.
Cherubim are also mentioned in the Torah.  The prophet Ezekiel describes cherubim as a tetrad of living creatures, each having four faces: of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. They are said to have the stature and hands of a man, feet of a calf, and four wings each. Two of the wings extended upward, meeting above and sustaining the throne of God; while the other two stretched downward and covered the creatures themselves.






This picture was snapped near the church at Turi (a small suburb just outside of Cuenca).  It was then put through an antiquing process.










 





Angels have appeared in works of art for millennia. Angel-shaped beings appear in ancient Mesopotamian and Greek art.  Angels remained a popular subject for Byzantine and European paintings and sculpture. Angels have also become an integral part of Anime culture, particularly in fan art and webcomics.

Here in Ecuador angels watch us constantly.





Click here to see more pictures of Ecuador's Angels & Crosses

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Time for Even More Time Quotes




Everything matters. Time is precious. ~ Jessica Hagedorn #quote

We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked at each other for the last time. ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road #quote




Any time you try to win everything, you must be willing to lose everything. ~ Larry Csonka #quote

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. ~ John Knox #quote





We tried not to age, but time had its rage. ~ Pete Townshend #quote

There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment. ~ P.D. James #quote

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling. ~ Paula Poundstone #quote


The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall. ~ Orville Wright #quote

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. ~ Barack Obama #quote






The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

My time coming, any day, don’t worry about me, no / It’s gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so ~ Grateful Dead #lyrics


Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. ~ John Lennon #quote

Nobody ever lays on their deathbed wishing they'd spent more time at the office or made more money. ~ Unknown #quote

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ~ Coco Chanel #quote

Disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases. ~ Stephen Hawking #quote
I said, Stop, old man!
You've got a nerve
'cos there's only one rule that I observe
Time is money, and money I serve
~ Peter Gabriel #lyrics

Sail on silvergirl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
~ Paul Simon #lyrics



We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. ~ John F Kennedy #quote

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away. ~ Elvis Presley #quote

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power & not truth ~ Nietzsche #quote

In time we hate that which we often fear. ~ William Shakespeare #quote




Time is an illusion. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. ~ Thomas Szasz #quote

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.  ~ Lee Segall #quote

Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate. ~ Charles M. Schultz #quote



An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

'Tis human actions paint the chart of time. ~ James Montgomery #quote

It always takes awfully long time to understand unbelievably simple things. ~ Joe Chung #quote

If I've to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I'll be all right as long as there's a lending library ~ S. King #quote