Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bad Religion

"Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven." -from Mark Twain's The Lowest Animal

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

That Grassy Area

"The tree lawn is the strip of land between the curb and the sidewalk." -from an article in the Baltimore Sun. Haven't you always wanted to know that?!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To Happiness

"I'd like this to be no weekend stay
Where a single change of clothes is sufficient.
Bring clothes for all seasons, enough to fill a closet;
And instead of a single book for the bedside table
Bring boxes of all your favorites." -Carl Dennis

Counting down to May.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Big Picture

"If you think of the story that you tell that's your favorite personal story, or funny story, it doesn't have flashy sentences. It doesn't have too much detail. It just tells the story. This isn't, for whatever reason, the way most people write books. But it seemed to me that there was no reason that it couldn't be the way at least one person writes books. I said: I'm going to stop writing the parts people skim." -novelist James Patterson
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012


"Hey... I got first place in the mortal division, right?" - the second place finisher in today's Perche Creek Gutbuster kayak race. He lost -- by a lot -- to Olympian Mike Herbert (pictured).
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Real Food

"My food is not sophisticated. My food is honest." -local chef (and soon-to-be reality TV star) Jina Yoo talks about her cuisine.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bathroom Creativity

"He wanted there to be mixing. He knew that the human friction makes the sparks, and that when you're talking about a creative endeavor that requires people from different cultures to come together, you have to force them to mix; that our natural tendency is to stay isolated, to talk to people who are just like us, who speak our private languages, who understand our problems. But that's a big mistake. And so his design was to force people to come together even if it was just going to be in the bathroom." -exerpt from Jonah Leer's new book, Imagine about Steve Jobs insisting there only be two centrally located bathrooms at the Pixar studios. Read more at
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day of Spring

"Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keeps us here
All simply in the springing of the year." -Robert Frost
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Monday, March 19, 2012

All Good Things

"I tried to find joy in my passion, and passion came out of my joy." -from Color Bind, the Tom Andes musical performed at Stephens last night.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012


"I don't know how they have time to make coffee -- they're too busy killing each other." -an old man comments to his wife as they read the Rwandan coffee label at Kaldi's.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Go Green

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanting time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." -Adrienne Cook
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Roll With It

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape." -a good line from Buck.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012


"The less conscious one is of being 'a writer,' the better the writing." -Pico Iyer
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Moving Along

"When something bad happens, there's no point in wishing it did not happen. The only option is to minimize the damage." -Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey
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Monday, March 12, 2012


"Writing is my dharma." -Raja Rao
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Sunday, March 11, 2012


"You will find my story is a lot like pie, a strawberry-rhubarb pie. It's bitter. It's messy. It's got some sweetness, too. Sometimes the ingredients get added in the wrong order, but it has substance, it will warm your insides, and, even though it isn't perfect, it still turns out okay in the end." -excerpt from Making Piece, out next month. Didn't have any strawberry-rhubarb, but I did have apple and blueberry from the farmers' market yesterday!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Receive Bacon?

I'm not sure how or why, but canned bacon arrived on our office yesterday.
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Friday, March 9, 2012


"Finally, a Swede loves the sun, hates queuing, gets a kick out of being first on the bus, detests winter, enjoys sex, can't stand gypsies...doesn't believe in God, worships Ingemar Stenmark, only gets drunk when he drinks, is patriotic (wears Swedish flag underwear), visits the off-licence twice a week, visits his parents at Christmas, goes to English classes, and, inevitably, is deeply offended by an article such as this." -from a blog post titled "What or Who is a Swede." Seems pretty accurate, I'd say. Read the rest here.

Photo taken in Berlin, Germany during the 2006 World Cup.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012


"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it." -Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Moooove Over

"Don't scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run." -one of many "Rules for Lady Bicyclists, 1895." Read the full list here.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012


"...but as the light lengthens, preacher of good news, evangelizing leaves and branches, his large gestures beckon green out of gray." -Luci Shaw. Read the rest of the poem here.
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Monday, March 5, 2012

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -Thoreau
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