13 December 2009


vanilla vodka , originally uploaded by McBeth.

None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.

-- Kathleen Norris

19 October 2009

standing out

birch, originally uploaded by McBeth.

It's odd how people waiting for you stand out far less clearly than people you are waiting for.

-- Jean Giraudoux

09 October 2009

social hour

gallery night, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Society is no comfort to one not sociable.

-- William Shakespeare

07 October 2009


work it out, originally uploaded by McBeth.

He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.

-- Jeremy Taylor

05 October 2009

the gift of glow

glowing gift, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Let us all bask in television's warm glowing warming glow.

-- Homer Simpson

01 October 2009

high heights

test: lab color, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths, and the natures which enjoy most keenly are those which also suffer most sharply.

-- Lucy Maud Montgomery

28 September 2009

tiny successes

sssshhh..., originally uploaded by McBeth.

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.

-- Norman Lear

24 September 2009

i am convinced

bubblemobile , originally uploaded by McBeth.

That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

-- Lyman Frank Baum

23 September 2009


three girls, originally uploaded by McBeth.

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

-- Tom Bodett

22 September 2009

of two minds

two wars, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

-- General George S. Patton

17 September 2009


blue leaf, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.

-- Gaston Bachelard

15 September 2009


once a month, originally uploaded by McBeth.

She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.

-- Louisa May Alcott

14 September 2009

flying solo

resting, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.

-- Karl Kraus

03 September 2009


hay rake, originally uploaded by McBeth.

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.

-- Herbert Prochnow

25 August 2009

drawing lines

this way out, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Never draw a line in the sand. Regardless of how irritated you are with your opponents, you have to leave an opening for them to find their way back.

-- Nancy Pelosi

24 August 2009


purple garlic, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.

Alice May Brock

20 August 2009


adobe, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Keep Ted Turner and his goddamned Crayolas away from my movies.

-- Orson Welles

18 August 2009


big gulp, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

-- Jawaharlal Nehru

16 August 2009


celebrate, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.

-- Paul "Bear" Bryant

15 August 2009

high heights

up yonder, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

-- Zig Ziglar

12 August 2009

checking out, checking in

vacancy, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.

-- HH the Dalai Lama

03 August 2009


cannonball, originally uploaded by McBeth.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

-- Plato

29 July 2009

dragon slaying

storm breathing dragon, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.

-- Alexandre Dumas Père

28 July 2009


slipstream, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.

-- Emil Ludwig

27 July 2009

relaxed fit

seventeen year old blues, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.

-- Yves Saint Laurent

26 July 2009


texaco tammy, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Ten men waiting for me at the door?
Send one of them home, I'm tired.

-- Mae West

24 July 2009


studebaker, originally uploaded by McBeth.

In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks.

-- Scott Adams

23 July 2009


humble servant, originally uploaded by McBeth.

True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.

-- Henry Miller

22 July 2009


brothers, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.

-- Stephen Wright

15 July 2009


blue star, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

-- Albert Einstein

14 July 2009


uh oh, she's down again, originally uploaded by McBeth.

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.

-- Martin Fraquhar Tupper

10 July 2009

you stuck your mudgeon in my cur

queen pricklehead, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Curmudgeon: Anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

09 July 2009


It's hard to argue against cynics - they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.

-- Molly Ivans

07 July 2009

magnetic attraction

Ella's fork holder, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.

-- Dave Barry

hear me out

hear me out, originally uploaded by McBeth.

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

-- Anthony Robbins

01 July 2009


above the market, originally uploaded by McBeth.

From what you would know and measure, you must take leave, at least for a time. Only after having left town, you see how high its towers rise above the houses.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

looking glass

looking glass, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.

-- Nicholas Boileau

23 June 2009


do you think he likes me, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.

-- Ambrose Bierce

18 June 2009

distractions make it easy to lose yourself

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.

-- Ani Difranco

losing fortunes

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

-- Eric Hoffer

15 June 2009

this is your child

this is your child, originally uploaded by McBeth.

She will spin like a dervish around you and around you and around you until one day, when you suddenly realize she has spun right out into her own life, a life without your supervision, a life of expectation and hope and fearlessness.

Love your child right now. You don't get do-overs.

11 June 2009

speaking in tongues

cheeky cactus, originally uploaded by McBeth.

And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

-- William Shakespeare

10 June 2009

play time

spidey peeker, originally uploaded by McBeth.

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

-- George Bernard Shaw

08 June 2009

I gave her my number once

evening lobby, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.

-- Lily Tomlin

05 June 2009

it is not over until it is over

Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

-- Aesop

25 May 2009

take the gesture

palomino's last laugh, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.

-- William Faulkner

21 May 2009


three, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Even in war moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

20 May 2009

one's duties

blessings, originally uploaded by McBeth.

To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy is to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it.

-- Horace Walpole

19 May 2009

spinning discs

coliseum, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.

-- Russell Baker

18 May 2009

an art form

DeGrazia, originally uploaded by McBeth.

When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you'll come to realize what you were dragging around with you. And for that, no one else other than you was responsible.

-- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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