Friday, December 31, 2010

see you all again next year!

"A new year...a fresh clean start !It's like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on! A day full of possibilities! It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy...let's go exploring!" 
-Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."

-Neil Gaman

take note:
I don't know if I imagined these superstitions but I like them nonetheless. Who you're with and what you do as the New Year is rung in, is to foreshadow the coming year. 
Kiss the person you love at midnight-the idea is that this monumental moment echoes the affectionate embrace for the next 365 days to come, ensuring the steadfastness of your love. 
Call those far away who are dear to you within the first hour of midnight-i think this is an amendment traditionally made in honor of our military darlings. 
The doors must be flung open to let the old year escape unimpeded. 
Don't pay bills, cry or work on January first, otherwise you'll be doing these things incessantly throughout 2011.
 For good luck dance in the open air, wear something that glitters, eat black eyed peas and surround yourself with loved ones.

Happy New Year's Eve loverlies!

human voice

"She sat stirring her drink and feeling unclose to me. She worries over the way her love for me comes and goes, appears and disappears. She doubts its reality simply because it isn’t as steadily pleasurable as a kitten. God knows it is sad. The human voice conspires to desecrate everything on earth." 
-J.D. Salinger

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paris, Je t'aime

borrowed from the amazing blog 'Una Bella Vita'

no, thanks.

Last night was lovely. I couldn't help but feel like Cinderella, dancing the evening to the first light of morning. But I left no glass slipper, because I simply don't want to be found. Nope, nope, I think I'll be needing both of my size seven shoes thank you very much. 

"I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that?"


le coeur

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."
-Le Petit Prince

Legend of the Guardians

I watched 'Legend of the Guardians' this afternoon and thought it was wonderful. Owls are such mystical creatures to begin with, so add a little personification and technology, well you get a great picture. Although less realistic, it is always much easier when the issue is black and white, a dynamic this plot-line provided. The conflict unfolds when Seron and his brother Kludd are kidnapped by the Pure ones. A group of owls that believe they are superior to all others, enslaving those not of the biological classification: genus Tyto. I couldn't help but draw a parallel  to the Nazi Holocaust and the claim of Aryan supremacy. The movie moves the viewer with bravery, honor and of course love to overcome evil. I simply adored one of the major taglines of the film "flying by faith and not by sight." Remind you of something? I'd highly recommend it and bet you're a tad better in the soul for seeing it by the closing credits. 

 “Words were the only proof I’ve ever had that the Guardians were real, and still I believed,” 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010


"I've got nothing to do today but smile." 
-Simon and Garfunkel 

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I do not fear pain or death.

What do you fear, Éowyn?

A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.



I have to say, I've always loved the Marvel and DC comics. I think they can go a little overboard on the sex appeal when it comes to their female leads. But I like the power the girls command and the crazy story lines people have created for them. I somehow had never heard of Harley Quinn but I think the comic bit I included at the end is rather funny, and I like couples thing, it's nice that joker has a person to match his crazy.

Batman: "How did you know that Robin and I might be in trouble at this glue factory?"
Batgirl: "Through the one thing you couldn't possibly have in your utility belt, Batman. A woman's intuition."

“Be young. For youth is your greatest weapon, your greatest tool. Use it wisely.”
-Wonder Woman

"I sensed your presence earlier because I thought I heard your heartbeat. I was wrong. You have no heart."

and then there are the villainesses

Saturday, December 25, 2010


"And he began to journey from planet to planet, in order to complete the development of "his mind and his heart," as people say. Those who travel only in post-chaise or coach will doubtless be amazed at the conveyances in the planet above, for we, on our little mud pile, cannot imagine anything other than what we use. Our traveler knew remarkably well the laws of gravitation, and all the forces of attraction and repulsion. He used them so skillfully that, at times with the help of a sunbeam, and at other times with the help of a comet, he and those with him went from globe to globe, as a bird flits from branch to branch."
-Micromegas, by Voltaire

Happy Birthday Jesus

‎"Hallelujah, the King is here, given for all men. For today the Holy Son of God was born in Bethlehem!"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Teen Idol

I used to walk around my house in reebok warm up pants [sometimes with the skirt on top] and a sports bra because that's what Chilli did. 10 years later... And now she has a television show!? "What Chilli Wants" Which apparently I've missed the whole first half of the season... what better way to spend my winter break? 
note: usher is an idiot.

haha, okay, just started watching the first episode dubbed "Checklist" and she lists off things she wants in a man: "he can't drink or smoke, has to love God, has to be superfine, and oh he can't eat pork..."

and missy elliot goes: 'date Jesus'


"There was never a right time to say it.
It was always unnecessary.
The books in my father's shed were sighing.
The sheets were rising and falling around me with Anna's breathing.
I thought about waking her.
but it was unnecessary.
There would be other nights.
And how can you say I love you to someone you love?
I rolled onto my side and fell asleep next to her.
Here is the point of everything I have been trying to tell you...
It's always necessary.
I love you..."
-Jonathan Safran Foer


"their weeping was meant to be an unspoken rebuke to God"
-The Collector of Treasures, pg. 23 Bessie Head

Monday, December 20, 2010

the Bovidae family

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
-Luke 15:3-6

Si quelqu'un veut un mouton, c'est la preuve qu'il en existe un.
If somebody wants a sheep, that is a proof that one exists.
-Le Petit Prince

Sean: So what do you really want to do?
Will: I wanna be a shepard
Sean: really.
Will: I wanna move up to nashua, get a nice little spread, get some sheep and tend to them.
Sean: Maybe you should go do that.
 -Good Will Hunting

"can you row?" the Sheep asked, handing her a pair of knitting needles as she spoke. "yes, a little--but not on land--and not with needles--" Alice was beginning to say.
-Lewis Caroll

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Letters to Words to Paragraphs to Pages to Books to

I watched Amelie for the first time in a very long while. I decided to find the French script and follow along as the movie progressed-in hopes of improving my français. I want to quote the entire thing here, that is how wonderful the word arrangements are, if you have not yet seen Amelie, then I implore you to do so. As I was google-ing the French script I found a site listing similar movies, and I've found myself a to-do list for the break.
I can go ahead and check off Paris, Je t'aime but left is Jeux d'Enfants (Love me if you dare), Une longue dimanche de fiançailles (A very long engagement), and one I'm especially excited to watch is La science de rêves (the science of dreams).

Words, such heavy things
perhaps one day someone might invent a scale that could weigh each word. Now, being plain as they are in the dictionary I suppose they would all come out about even. But the differences in grams would come as they are mouthed. The weight is added or sliced as they are spoken. And then someone could lift them off the ground they had tumbled upon and weigh each one. how lovely would that be for forensic science if every word spoken wrote itself on the air and then drifted on the wind like tiny dust particles. The font would have to be tiny, one would have to use a lens to make out the 'o's from the 'a's. Angry words would be sharp, when a scientist picks it up for inspection he is likely to prick himself. The heaviest of all the words are the ones arranged into bad news. To lift that off the ground requires more than one man or woman. There would also be the unspoken words, everyone pretends not to see them, but they are usually the grandest words of all, formed in italics and of modest weight. Happy words like 'baby' or 'balloon' would never hit the floor as they frolicked in the air, almost weightless as they rode the laughter surrounding them. Ah, words. Building blocks of magic, one might say.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Annie Leibovitz

I wrote a post about Disney stories come to life in a photo shoot many moons ago. The photographer was Annie Leiboitz.She has a portfolio of some of the most fanciful and lovely photographs I've ever seen. She has an eye for art, with each one of her photos telling a story. She's most well-known for her portrait picture of naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The French government has declared her a Commander des orde des Arts et des Lettres. A prestigious recognition of significant contributions to the world of art. On her snapshots of celebrities she says she never liked the word 'celebrity' "I've always been more interested in what they do than who they are, I hope that my photographs reflect that."
I would absolutely keel over with happiness if I ever got the opportunity to do a photo shoot with her.
I'll count my lucky stars til then...

"If I didn't have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist."

"My hope is that we continue to nurture the places that we 
love, but that we also look outside our immediate worlds."

"Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I
 think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter."

"The work which is manipulated looks a little boring to me.
 I think life is pretty strange anyway. It is wooo, wooo, wooo!"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Survival of the Studious

How to survive exams:
  • hot chocolate packets
  • hot water
  • marshmellows
  • Landon Pigg
  • coca-cola or other caffeine enriched products
  • scarf [it gets cold when you study]
  • the go-to person to call when you start going insane

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"She wished she had a little yellow house of her own, with a flower box full of real flowers and herbs – pansies and rosemary – and a lover who would swing dance with her in the evenings and cook pasta and read poetry aloud."
-Francesca Lia Block

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

don't act like you don't know

i promise i will give you real words when i'm not caught in the insanity of exams. two down and three more to go. holla hollaaa

Monday, December 13, 2010

All the beauty

"Think of all the beauty left around you and be happy."
-Anne Frank

"Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is."
-Samuel Bellow

"What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful."
-Scott Westerfeld

"Her face looked ugly in attempt to avoid the tears; it was an ugliness which bound him to her more than any beauty could have done. "
-Graham Greene

"He was like someone sleeping who woke suddenly and found the world . . . all the beauty of it, and the sadness too."
-Daphne Du Maurier
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