30 December 2010


domesticum, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville

27 December 2010


reflection, originally uploaded by McBeth.

For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.

-- Peace Pilgrim

21 December 2010

Age does not protect you from love.  But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
-- Jeanne Moreau

13 December 2010

friendly fields

jo , originally uploaded by McBeth.

As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.

-- Sri Guru Granth Sahib

10 December 2010

go knit

knit, originally uploaded by McBeth.

If some sissy chick tried to kick my ass I would say hey, missy, go knit me a sweater before I slap you in the face!

-- Eric Cartman

09 December 2010

rest your head for just five minutes

weep, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?

-- Ernest Hemingway

06 December 2010

cinnamon toast

holiday, originally uploaded by McBeth.

This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.

-- Dorothy Parker

03 December 2010

rebel with cause

give me a sign, originally uploaded by McBeth.

If you hate your parents, the man or the establishment, don't show them up by getting wasted and wrapping your car around a tree. If you really want to rebel against your parents: outearn them, outlive them, and know more than they do.

-- Henry Rollins

01 December 2010

the lookout

carmel corn, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.

-- Mae West

30 November 2010


Grandpa's ring , originally uploaded by McBeth.

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

-- Martin Luther

25 November 2010

just sit down

ring of flowers, originally uploaded by McBeth.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

-- Ernest Hemingway

22 November 2010

pigs, primarily

pigs, primarily, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The defense budget is more than a piggy bank for people who want to get busy beating swords into pork barrels.

-- George Bush, Sr.

in dignity

memorial, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.

-- Luigi Pierandello

20 November 2010


'49 desoto, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.

-- Robert H. Stoddard

19 November 2010

waiting for what's next

woman at bus stop, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.

-- Ovid

18 November 2010

holiday onslaught

merry christmas, retail style, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.

-- David Barry

15 November 2010

uno dos tres

analogous, originally uploaded by McBeth.

We can comprehend every single life phenomenon, as if the past, the present, and the future together with a superordinate, guiding idea were present in it in traces.

-- Alfred Adler

14 November 2010

dig your well

badger liquor shop, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Thatch your roof before rainy weather; dig your well before you become parched with thirst.

-- Chinese Proverb

11 November 2010


blue cap @ yellow jersey, originally uploaded by McBeth.

If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable...

-- Mitch Hedberg

10 November 2010

fabulous yellow

once we went to a mall, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"

-- Jack Kerouac

08 November 2010


To my mind, the only possible pet is a cow. Cows love you. . . . They will listen to your problems and never ask a thing in return. They will be your friends forever. And when you get tired of them, you can kill and eat them. Perfect.

-- Bill Bryson

07 November 2010


No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

-- Buddha

05 November 2010

where'd it go?

surprise part II: here i am, originally uploaded by McBeth.

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

-- Robin Williams

04 November 2010

four parts

four shots, originally uploaded by McBeth.

BRANDY, n. A cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the- grave and four parts clarified Satan. Dose, a headful all the time. Brandy is said by Dr. Johnson to be the drink of heroes. Only a hero will venture to drink it.

-- Ambrose Bierce

31 October 2010

spectral evidence

holy wisdom monastary, originally uploaded by McBeth.

We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.

-- Susan Sontag

30 October 2010

seasonal shades

autumn in wisconsin, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

-- Adlai E. Stevenson

29 October 2010

that new lens smell

new eyes, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.

-- e.e. cummings

27 October 2010


over the hill, originally uploaded by McBeth.

The need for devotion to something outside ourselves is even more profound than the need for companionship. If we are not to go to pieces or wither away, we must have some purpose in life; for no man can live for himself alone.

-- Ross Parmenter

21 October 2010

note to self

Yashica-C, originally uploaded by McBeth.

To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying.

-- David Viscott

19 October 2010

18 October 2010

Meal Ready to Eat

buick, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I began to ration my writing, for fear I would dream through life as my father had done. I was afraid I had inherited a poisoned gene from him, a vocation without a gift.

-- Mavis Gallant

14 October 2010

cost of living

no longer registers, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Nothing is more likely to destroy a species or a nation than a determination to survive at all costs.

-- C.S. Lewis

04 October 2010

three strings, electrified

Gallery Night music, Boho style, originally uploaded by McBeth.

We all like people who do things, even if we only see their faces on a cigar-box lid.

-- Willa Sibert Cather

01 October 2010

little bird

red wings, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Self-revelation is a cruel process. The real picture, the real you never emerges. Looking for it is as bewildering as trying to know how you really look. Ten different mirrors show you ten different faces.

-- Shashi Deshpande

30 September 2010

swizzle glub

swizzlers, originally uploaded by McBeth.

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too?

-- Stephen Wright

27 September 2010

instinctual appeal

what's that I smell?, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts and his higher nature - and another woman to help him forget them.

-- Helen Rowland

24 September 2010

maintaining order

alphabet chart, originally uploaded by McBeth.

An encyclopedia is a system for collecting dust in alphabetical order.

-- Mike Barfield

20 September 2010

stirring up trouble

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.

-- Sydney Smith

17 September 2010

Bohemian Bauble

Bohemian Bauble 5th anniversary, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Beginning today my photography will be available at The Bohemian Bauble, 404 Lakeside Street, Madison WI.

(golly jeepers but this is exciting!)

05 September 2010

have a little faith

do with me as you will, originally uploaded by McBeth.

If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.

-- Jacques Cousteau

30 August 2010

the reality

a side of pickles, to go, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.

-- Marilyn Monroe

27 August 2010

feeling big

miss at mo, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.

-- Robert Frost

24 August 2010

here when it isn't

road trip journal, day 2: um., originally uploaded by McBeth.

I think that a particle must have a separate reality independent of the measurements. That is an electron has spin, location and so forth even when it is not being measured. I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.

-- Albert Einstein

21 August 2010


waterfront dining, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other

-- Rainer Maria Wilke

19 August 2010

breaker breaker one niner

southern illinois, originally uploaded by McBeth.

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.

-- Woodrow T. Wilson

12 August 2010

shake it off

flapface horse, originally uploaded by McBeth.

I want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town. I want to explore the world. I want to watch TV in a different time zone. I want to visit strange, exotic malls...I want to live, Marge! Won't you let me live?

-- Homer Simpson

02 August 2010

needs calculations

north woods, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.

-- Dorothy Parker

01 August 2010

help yourself

tom says 'help yourself', originally uploaded by McBeth.

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

-- Oscar Wilde

29 July 2010

making music

saw her there, originally uploaded by McBeth.

Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.

-- Oscar Wilde

28 July 2010

on task

truth in advertising, originally uploaded by McBeth.

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.

-- Ansel Adams

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