Monday, 31 August 2015

A Foreboding of Some Destined Change


Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. ~ Edgar Allan Poe #poetryquotes

She was demure and dimly appealing #literaryExpression

THINK before you ACT #bumperstickers
The Germans tried to copy Coca-Cola and came up with the drink Fanta. #factoid

Where would you travel, if you could go anywhere? #JournalWritingIdeas

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. ~ Michael Caine #quote




How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~ Maya Angelou #quote

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

The easy-going indolence of a sedentary life #literaryExpression

The piquancy of the pageant of life  [piquancy = tart spiciness] #literaryExpression
Yielding to a wave of pity #literaryExpression

Great:      wonderful, marvelous, fantastic #alternativesToOverusedWords

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. ~ Maya Angelou #quote


Cock and Bull Story: An unbelievable tale. #ENGidiom

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties. #IwantToGoBackInTime

ECCENTRICITY, n. A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Her eyes dilated with pain and fear #literaryExpression

What is your most prized possession? #JournalWritingIdeas

Palpitating with rage and wounded sensibility #literaryExpression

Imagine you are attending your dream concert—what songs would you want to be played? What does the stage look like? #JournalWritingIdeas

Recalcitant: resistant, obstinate #ExquisiteAdjectives

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford #quote

A dandified, pretty-boy-looking sort of figure #literaryExpression

Marching down to posterity with divine honors #literaryExpression

What is your greatest athletic achievement? #JournalWritingIdeas

What extinct animal would you bring back, if you could? #JournalWritingIdeas
A foreboding of some destined change #literaryExpression

If you suddenly gained the ability to tell whether someone was lying, would you use it? #JournalWritingIdeas

It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying. #ThingsYouWishYouCouldSay
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, "His name is Mudd". #factoid

An equal degree of well-bred worldly cynicism #literaryExpression

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~ Jane Howard #quote

What would you say to your loved ones if you could tell them absolutely anything? #JournalWritingIdeas

Fitful tumults of noble passion #literaryExpression

People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life. ~  Faith Resnick #quotes #cats

Being strong means rejoicing in who you are, complete with imperfections. ~ Margaret Woodhouse #quote

In parts of Malaya, the women keep harems of men. #factoid

A quiet evening with friends is the best tonic for a long day. #fortunecookiesayings

Desperation = A Rope Ends It #anagram

Is speech always free? When and where might it not be free? #JournalWritingIdeas


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Strange Compound of Contradictory Elements

Her voice was full of temper, hard-held #literaryExpression

Tears of outraged vanity blurred her vision #literaryExpression

The question drummed in head and heart day and night #literaryExpression

If I could run out to any restaurant right now with more than enough money where would I go? #JournalWritingIdeas
If you had to choose between having a personal chef, a housekeeper, or a personal trainer, which would you pick and why? #JournalWritingIdeas

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy #bumperstickers

Struck dumb with strange surprise #literaryExpression

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? #JournalWritingIdeas

I felt a qualm of apprehension #literaryExpression

Should people be prohibited from smoking in certain places? #JournalWritingIdeas 


Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat. ~ Mark Twain #sarcastic #quote

The day sang itself into evening #literaryExpression

When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D.  Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying "R2D2". George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on. #factoid

In a sky stained with purple, the moon slowly rose #literaryExpression

A glassy stare of deprecating horror #literaryExpression



If you found a suitcase full of money in the middle of the street, what would you do? #JournalWritingIdeas

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. #aDogsAdvice

Boorish: crude, insensitive  #ExquisiteAdjectives

Don't pick that scab, it'll get infected. #Momism

How have credit card affected your life? #JournalWritingIdeas

A strange compound of contradictory elements #literaryExpression


What are some examples of prejudice? #JournalWritingIdeas

AMNESTY, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote 



A Dime A Dozen:  Anything that is common and easy to get. #ENGidiom

Pale and vague desolation #literaryExpression

Pick that up before somebody trips on it and breaks their neck! #Momism

A fever of enthusiasm #literaryExpression

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~ Timothy Leary #quote

The stillness of a forced composure #literaryExpression

If you eat lots of carrots, you'll start to turn orange. #factoid

Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is. #truefactsoflife


Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled. ~ Wu Ting-Fang #quote

Wagner's music is better than it sounds. ~ Mark Twain #quote



No, my powers can only be used for good. #ThingsYouWishYouCouldSay

Her voice, with a tentative question in it, rested in air #literaryExpression

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. ~ Ambrose Bierce #sarcastic #quote

FRIENDSHIP, n. A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Describe your favorite toy. Why do you like it best? #JournalWritingIdeas

They who wonder discover that this in itself is wonder. ~  M.C. Escher #quote


Friday, 21 August 2015

Bossy Thinks They Look Fabulous

Parque Calderon in downtown Cuenca had one of these "Your Face Here" displays for a few weeks.  Of course Bossy, Selfish & Princess had to try it out. 


In the Oriente


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Sky was a Relentless, Changeless Blue




It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes #quote

Are you deaf or something? #Momism

Everything you do prepares you for the next thing. ~ John Abel #quote

He was utterly detached from life #literaryExpression

Like a chicken with its head cut off: To act in a frenzied manner. #ENGidiom

How sweet and reasonable the pale shadows of those #literaryExpression

The veneer of a spurious civilization #literaryExpression

The sky was a relentless, changeless blue #literaryExpression





As if smitten by a sudden spasm #literaryExpression

A smile of exquisite urbanity #literaryExpression

Lapped in soft music of adulation #literaryExpression

Only humans shed emotional tears. #factoid

A murmur of complacency #literaryExpression

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

INSURRECTION, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote



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

He could do absolutely naught #literaryExpression

I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. #ThingsYouWishYouCouldSay

Down the steep of disenchantment #literaryExpression

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. ~ H. H. Munro #quote

God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time. ~ Robin Williams, commenting on the Clinton/Lewinsky affair

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. ~ Anais Nin #quote

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. ~ Winston Churchill #quote


What are you afraid of? Why? #JournalWritingIdeas

The subtle emanation of other influences seemed to arrest and chill him #literaryExpression

You are right where you belong, behind me #bumperstickers


Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

Does it bother you to be around someone who has bad manners? #JournalWritingIdeas

How do you think eating junk food affects you? #JournalWritingIdeas

Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever. #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar



Dawn had broken #literaryExpression

Flesh and Blood: This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone's family. #ENGidiom

Dyslexics Have More Fnu #bumperstickers

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. ~ Heywood Broun #quote

I can always tell when you're lying. #Momism

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic. ~ Dave Barry #quote

IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. ~ Roy Goodman #quote


Construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933. #factoid

Bartering the higher aspirations of life #literaryExpression

The vast and shadowy stream of time #literaryExpression

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. ~ Vincent Van Gogh #quote


Friday, 14 August 2015

The Greatest Hindrance to Living is Expectancy

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy ~ Robert Half #quote

You live and learn. At any rate, you live. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. ~ George Eliot #quote




Don't be so open-minded your brains fall out. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

Be who you are and say what you think because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind. ~ Unknown #quote




Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith #quote

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

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs. ~ Unknown #quote

What shapes our lives are the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never think to ask ~ Sam Keen #quote

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground. ~ Unknown #quote

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.~ Sarah Bernhardt #quote

Sloths only leave their tree once a week, to pee and poo. #factoid

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. ~ Vincent van Gogh #quote

The miles travelled by the Apollo 11 crew to the moon were greater than every single exploration mission to the New World combined. #factoid

Be honest with yourself, diplomatic with others.  #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience. ~ Henry Miller #quote

Why should my happiness depend on the thoughts going on in someone else's head? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.~ William Ellery Channing #quote

I think miracles exist in part as gifts and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see. ~ PEGGY NOONAN in What I Saw at the Revolution #quote

If you make the world a little better, then you have accomplished a great deal. ~ Unknown #quote

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. ~ Samuel Butler #quote

Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. ~ Richard Hamming #quote

If you feel tired, rest. #HowToBePerfect by Ron Padgett

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. ~ Milton Friedman #quote

Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~ Rumi #quote

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. #cleverquotes


Our greatest pretences are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything.~ Thich Nhat Hanh #quote

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~ Jimmy Johnson #quote

Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.~ Christopher Reeve #quote

All computers wait at the same speed. ~ #PearlsOfWisdom

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair. ~ Douglas Adams #quote

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. ~ Unknown #quote


After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done. ~ Unknown #quote


In our age there is no such thing as keeping out of politics. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. ~ George Orwell #quote


Juggernaut, Sanskrit for a giant carriage used to transport an image of the god Krishna. ~ #ENGwordorigins

If you have three hundred coupons you want to run, warn the people behind you in the checkout line. #thingsthatshouldberules

I'm in favour of separation of church and state. These two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. ~ George Carlin #quote



If it's wrong when they do it, it's wrong when we do it. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

It's never too late to be obnoxious. ~ John Jantos #quote

Life has no rehearsals, only performances. ~ Unknown #quote

Love is staying up all night with a sick child, or a healthy adult. #cleverquotes.


Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote

When I can't sleep, I count the number of buckles on my straightjacket. ~ Unknown #quote

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources #cleverquotes

The greatest hindrance to living is expectancy, which depends upon tomorrow and wastes today ~ Seneca #quote

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. ~ Vince Lombardi #quote

Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting. ~ Eric Hoffer #quote

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote



Wednesday, 12 August 2015

I Get Enough Exercise Just By Pushing My Luck


One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests. ~ Peter Marshall #quotes

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand. #factoid

Don't find fault, find a remedy. ~ Henry Ford #quotes

Innumerable starlings clove the air [clove = split] #literaryExpression

We can't control the wind, but we have the power to adjust the sails. #oneliners

I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it. ~ John F. Kennedy when asked what is his favourite song #quote



A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself. ~ E. M. Forster #poetryquotes

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. ~ Aristotle #quote

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. ~ #BumperSticker



Wag the Dog: A diversion away from something of greater importance. #ENGidiom

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. #IwantToGoBackInTime

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. ~ Plato #quotes

Smokers are Productive, but Death Cuts Efficiency #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines



Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken. #humanNature

WEATHER, n.The climate of the hour. A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

You heart will pump about 400 litres or about 800 quarts in its lifetime. #factoid

Good luck is the result of good planning. #fortunecookiesayings

Disappointments should be cremated, not embalmed. #oneliners



LITIGATION, n. A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

The best time to plant an oak tree is 20 years ago, the next best time is right now! #oneliners

Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will. ~ Nelson Mandela #quote

You can't test courage cautiously. #oneliners

Fear can hold you prisoner. #oneliners

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. ~ John F. Kennedy #quote

Nothing is as soft as water, yet who can withstand the raging flood?  ~ Lao Ma #quote


Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age. ~ John Dryden #quote

I think I've found the trouble with our economy; there are far more ways to get into debt, than there are to get out of it. #oneliners



This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country. ~ Clint Eastwood #quote

A childish belief in his own impeccability #literaryExpression

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power. ~ Ninon de l’Enclos #quote

I can teach my cat any trick he wants to do! #oneliner

Man cries, his tears dry up and run out. So he becomes a devil, reduced to a monster. ~ Kohta Hirano #quote

I get enough exercise just pushing my luck #bumperstickers

Graveyard Shift: Working hours from about 12: 00 am to 8: 00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping. #ENGidiom

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~ Harold Wilson #quote

Love and Time: The only two things in all of life and all the world that cannot be bought, but spent. #oneliners

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Gustav Jung #quote

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right. ~ #BumperSticker

When you start off by telling those who disagree with you that they are not merely in error but in sin, how much of a dialogue do you expect? ~ Thomas Sowell #quote