Monday, January 31, 2011

jolie laide

National Geographic photo of Mouse Lemur by Mark Thiessen

Jolie Laide
[French: pretty ugly] not pretty in conventional terms, but nevertheless has a distinctive harmony or charm

Sunday, January 30, 2011

how to cut up a chicken

Friday, January 21, 2011


"Happy are the painters for they shall not be lonely."
- Winston Churchill 


"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."
- Bob Dylan

Saturday, January 15, 2011


"We came over in different ships, but we're all in the same boat."
- Jesse Jackson

Thursday, January 13, 2011


"I'd rather spend two days as a tiger than 200 years as a sheep."
- Tipu Sultan

Saturday, January 8, 2011

give up

"When one is alone and unarmed, surrender may be pardoned."
- Napoleon

Thursday, January 6, 2011

trying to put his troubled life back together

"I don't trust happiness. I never did; I never will."
- Robert Duvall as Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies

Sunday, January 2, 2011

On the importance of making mistakes

"If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying."
- Wynton Marsalis


"These fighters against capitalistic society are to be met in Greenwich Village ... they are the companions of the crafstman of the chisel, the brush, and the pen."
- Hippolyte Havel, 1915


"We heard the word 'beat' spoken on street corners in the village—it meant characters of special spirituality emphasizing a new style for American culture."
- Jack Kerouac, 1957