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The 08/16/13 Joy Jar

15 Aug

Moi walks in downtown Seattle a lot and she has been noticing the buildings with marble exteriors and quite often marble interiors. Moi guesses it is to make the buildings seem grand and impressive. When one walks in neighborhoods, not so much marble, there. The marble is in a variety of shades and conditions. Obviously, the well-tended marble belongs to the affluent for whom, image is important. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the beautiful stone marble.

“The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.”
Persian Proverb

“Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.”
Alexis Carrel

“Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.”
Aldous Huxley

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.”
Joseph Addison

“An artist that works in marble or colors has them all to himself and his tribe, but the man who molds his thoughts in verse has to employ the materials vulgarized by everybody’s use, and glorify them by his handling”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
Victor Hugo

The court is like a palace of marble; it’s composed of people very hard and very polished.
Jean de la Bruyere

“Guido the plumber and Michelangelo obtained their marble from the same quarry, but what each saw in the marble made the difference between a nobleman’s sink and a brilliant sculpture.”
Bob Kall

The 03/19/13 Joy Jar

19 Mar

Not every ceiling is the Sistine Chapel, but writers in a dry spell and others with plenty to do, but little inclination often study the ceiling. There are patterns of light and sometimes for little children in the dark there are monsters. During a slow period, watching a ceiling can help one pass the time. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are ceilings.


Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
Gilbert K. Chesterton




Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?

M. C. Escher



When you have to study, even the ceiling looks more interesting.   

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Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.

Bill Shankly


The 01/18/13 Joy Jar

17 Jan

Moi is fairly old school. She will buy her first smart phone tomorrow so she can tweet constantly at the ALA Midwinter Meeting which is the weekend of the 25th. There is nothing like having a nice piece of paper and writing on it with your pen. Although, moi uses a computer, she feels more secure with a jar of pens on her desk. She even has that favorite leopard pen and pens in different colors. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the pen.


To hold a pen is to be at war.


You want to be a writer, don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
Paul Simon


Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Writers are people who put pen to paper every day.
Richard Russo

A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
Michael Ondaatje


The pen is the tongue of the mind.