Saturday, 28 July 2012

Princess is Confused Again

Bossy was in the kitchen tidying up in the morning.  She was emptying the dish rack and putting the plates away and the silverware into the drawer.  Princess was actively watching her, as Princess always does to anyone who is in the kitchen.  Selfish was in the adjacent front room watching the morning news.

"Princess?!" Bossy asked.  "Did you put away the silverware last time?"

The knives & forks & spoons were hilly nilly in the lovely plastic silverware container.  They were not stacked neatly, held by the plastic shape of a fork or spoon, but merely near or crosswise the appropriate slot. 

Unsurprisingly Princess didn't answer, but Selfish popped his head up from the TV and said "Huh?"

"Oh nothing" Bossy told him and again accused Princess of not doing a very good job of putting away the silverware the last time. 

Everyone's day went on.  Princess got several walks, chores were done, perhaps purchases were made, perhaps people were visited.  Certainly the television was watched and the computer & internet consulted several times, certainly Selfish had a nap and the whole family had a couple of cozies and by-and-by it was time for dinner.

Bossy & Selfish & Princess were all in the kitchen.  Bossy was annoyed with Selfish.  It doesn't matter what Bossy was annoyed about.  It wasn't serious and wouldn't be remembered in an hour or a day but at the time Bossy was expressing her annoyance.  Princess looked on, aghast that anyone would have the audacity to express annoyance with the Alpha-Male. 

Selfish took his scolding with good humour until he had had enough.  At that point, he walked over to the silverware drawer, opened it and proceeded to make a loud mess out of the placement of the knives & forks & spoons.

Bossy laughed a huge, cleansing, hearty, loving laugh.

Princess got even more confused.

Graphic inspired by:  Angelo Plessas

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Happy is the Person Who Can Laugh at Himself

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. ~ Mark Twain #quote

Happy nations have no history. ~ Belgian #Proverb

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. ~ Burton Hills #quote

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead. ~ Scottish #Proverb

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill. ~ Johnny Carson #quote

Happy the man who has been able to know the reasons for things. ~ Virgil #quote

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious. ~ Horace #quote

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. ~ Honore de Balzac #quote

One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them. ~ Ira Gershwin #quote

The more refined one is, the more unhappy. ~ Anton Chekhov #quote

When a man forgets his ideals he may hope for happiness, but not till then.  ~ John Oliver Hobbes #quote

The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you. ~ Bette Midler #quote


One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "Creation." ~ Sigmund Freud #quote

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. ~ George Eliot #quote
Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again. ~ Frances Rodman #quote

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. ~ Kin Hubbard #quote

It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace. ~ Anna Akhmatova #quote
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ~ Freya Stark #quote

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness. ~ Chanakya #quote

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it. ~ Helen Keller #quote

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

There is an alchemy in sorrow.  It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness ~ P.S. Buck #quote

The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn. ~ Agatha Christie #quote

If it makes you happy
It can't be that bad
If it makes you happy
Then why the hell are you so sad ~
Sheryl Crow #lyrics

Happy is the person who can laugh at himself. He will never cease to be amused. ~ Habib Bourguiba #quote

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Anger is One Letter Short of Danger

All photos taken at Cuenca's Modern Art Museum

Anger is one letter short of danger. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #quote

It's a dangerous business going out your front door. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien #quote

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart, concealing it, will break. ~ Shakespeare #quote

Ideas are indeed the most dangerous weapons in the world. ~ William O. Douglas #quote

All remaining paintings done by Catalina Carrasco
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 Anger without power is folly. ~ German #Proverb

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. ~ Helen Keller #quote

Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien #quote

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. ~ Mark Twain #quote


A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. ~ Marshall McLuhan #quote

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. ~ Chinese #Proverb

There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place. ~ Banksy #quote

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. ~ James Thurber #quote

I wanted movement & not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement & danger & the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

He who angers you conquers you.  ~ Elizabeth Kenny #quote

Wise men say nothing in dangerous times. ~ John Selden #quote

Anger as soon as fed is dead / 'Tis starving makes it fat. ~ Emily Dickinson #quote

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. ~ Voltaire #quote

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. ~ John Dryden #quote

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. ~ Alexandre Dumas #quote

The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough. ~ Bede Jarrett #quote

There is nothing more dangerous than security. ~ Francis Walsingham #quote

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Love Them Anyway

Busker in downtown Cuenca

Waiting for the Vice-President


The first way to answer the questions in the song is by asking them. But lots of people have to first find the wind. ~ Bob Dylan #quote

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway. ~ D. Kent M. Keith #quote

The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know. ~ Joe Moore #quote

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. ~ H. Aiken #quote

People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. ~ Ray Bradbury #quote

The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race. ~ Charles Bradlaugh #quote

Concert outside the main Cathedral downtown Cuenca

Nice Girls Posing for the Camera

Telling the truth to people who misunderstand you is generally promoting a falsehood, isn't it? ~ Anthony Hope #quote

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them. ~ Ann Landers #quote

Few people have the imagination for reality.  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

Marathon Day

The worst-tempered people I've ever met were people who knew they were wrong.  ~ Wilson Mizner #quote

Most people are awaiting Virtual Reality; I'm awaiting virtuous reality.  ~ Eli Khamarov #quote

Finish Line at Marathon

The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.  ~ Foster's Law #quote

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.  ~ J.L .von Neumann #quote

Having a Nap

Poets are like magicians, searching for magical phrases to pull rabbits out of people's souls.  ~ Glade Byron Addams #quote

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops.  ~ Kelvin Throop #quote

More Nice Girls

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it. ~ Gordon R. Dickson #quote

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat...The people who give you their food give you their heart. ~ C. Chavez #quote

He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich & that they in turn will care for the laboring poor ~ Grover Cleveland #quote

People don't start wars, governments do. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote

If the rich could hire people to die for them, the poor could make a nice living. ~ Yiddish #Proverb

All the lonely people / Where do they all come from? / All the lonely people / Where do they all belong? ~ Lennon/McCartney #lyrics

The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people. ~ Harvey S. Firestone #quote

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Not a Chance

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