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C = Cove: One of My 2012 Calendar Photographs and a Related Quotation I Like


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)



B = Blossom : One of my 2012 Calendar Photographs and Related Song Lyrics I Like


Amazingly I heard this song on the online folk radio station FOLKALLEY.COM  just this morning shortly after I decided to post the lyrics of this song which has been a favorite of mine for years.


by James Taylor

from his Sweet Baby James album

Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I’ve been lonesome
Blossom, it’s been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away

Send the sunshine down my way whenever you call my name
I know what you mean to say to me, girl, it’s all the same

Blossom, there’s any empty road behind
Sit you down beside me
Blossom, there’s a sweet dream on my mind
There’s a song inside me
Take these chains away

Now, send the sunshine down my way whenever you call my name
I know what you mean to say to me, girl, it’s all the same

Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I’ve been lonesome
Blossom, it’s been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away

A = Apple : One of my photographs and a Related Quotation I Like + Thing #5

One of My Peruvian APPLE Cactus Blossoms 2008

“I’m not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”       found on

Bernard M. Baruch quotes (American Economist and adviser to US presidents, 1870-1965)

As a way to organize (and we who work in libraries love to organize information) how I present photographs I’ve taken and quotations I like, I’ve decided to start by going through the alphabet.

I also thought the quotation I picked related to the 23cpd Reflection assignment.  It’s one thing to learn about and try new tools.  It’s something completely different to take time to reflect on why I’m doing this, what it says about me and the numerous other questions.  But as I believe the Baruch quotation so aptly illustrates, the ones willing to take time to ask meaningful questions and then integrate what they’ve learned are the ones more likely to achieve clarity and then make valuable contributions in their fields rather than just barely keeping up and feeling like hamsters running on wheels in their cages.

As for me, it’s very obvious that I’m unwilling to bite off too much at a time.  I have appreciated reading how other 23cpders have also had resistance to using twitter and how some have stuck their toes in and found how to make it work for them.  At least I’m more open to looking into it at a later date now.  Maybe when the course is over as a way to keep in contact with other like minded individuals, I’ll check it out.

Emerson Quotation About Having Made “Acquaintance with the Sea” in Rockport, MA in 1857

Quotation Waves

When I saw this Emerson quotation on the wall at the Emerson Inn I wrote it down because I too was feeling the restorative power of the sea for the first time in a very long time.  The quotation led me to read the Heart of Emerson’s Journals and a seed was planted for my 2012 calendar.  The photograph in this post and the quotation below were included on the inside of the 2012 back cover.

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson after his visit to Rockport, MA in 1857

“Returned from Pigeon Cove, where we have made acquaintance with the sea, for seven days. ‘Tis a noble friendly power, and seemed to say to me, ‘Why so late and slow to come to me? Am I not here always thy proper summer home? Is not my voice thy needful music: my breath, thy healthful climate in the heats; my touch, thy cure? Was ever building like my terraces: was ever couch so magnificent as mine? Lie down on my warm ledges and learn that a very little hut is all you need. I have made thy architecture superfluous, and it is paltry beside mine.’ …And behold the sea, the opaline, plentifold and strong, yet beautiful as the rose or rainbow, full of food, nourisher of men, purger  of the world, creating a sweet climate, and, in its unchangeable ebb and flow, and in its beauty at a few furlongs, giving a hint of that which changes not, and is perfect.”

R. W. Emerson from The Heart of Emerson’s Journals

Another Favorite Photograph and Quotation from my 2012 Calendar Plus an Apology


Apologies for the commercial nature of most of these early posts.  Since calls to the technical support staff at Earthlink were fruitless and they haven’t gotten back to me as they said they would, I’ll be creating an entirely new website eventually.  However, until I make that happen, this blog is my online means of communicating about my calendar and sharing images I took in Rockport, MA and any other new photographs.

Here’s the quotation that is paired with the Fence image in the calendar.

“I would have my book read as I have read my favorite books, …[with] a friendly and agreeable influence stealing like the scent of a flower, or the sight of a new landscape on a traveler.“     R. W. Emerson  Oct 9, 1841

Photograph and Quotation from my 2012 Photo Calendar

“ I am sure of this, that by going much along
a man will get more of a noble courage
in thought and word
than from all the wisdom that is in books.”
R.W. Emerson    Oct 21, 1833