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The 12/04/13 Joy Jar

5 Dec

Moi was walking through Seattle Center tonight. The City of Seattle describes Seattle Center:

First built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 74 acre Seattle Center campus is located just north of downtown Seattle, and offers everyone a fairground, park, and arts and entertainment center all year round.
Journey skyward for a 360 degree view of Puget Sound from the Space Needle, hop on the Monorail for an elevated glide to downtown Seattle, or cavort in the shooting waters of the International Fountain.
Enjoy science and culture at the Pacific Science Center, sports and concerts at KeyArena, ballet and opera at McCaw Hall, world and classic film at SIFF Cinema, and exciting plays and events at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Other attractions include the shops and restaurants of the Center House, The Children’s Museum, the Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum, and the Intiman Playhouse. Seattle Center hosts hundreds of festivals each year, including the music festival Bumbershoot, the Northwest Folklife Festival,… https://www.seattle.gov/tour/center.htm

Like most of downtown Seattle, Seattle Center has Christmas lights everywhere and that gives the Center a magical feel. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the Christmas lights which herald the Christmas season.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

There has been only one Christmas – the rest are anniversaries.
W.J. Cameron

“The whole of Paris was lit up. The tiny dancing flames had bespangled the sea of darkness from end to end of the horizon, and now, like millions of stars, they burned with a steady light in the serene summer night. There was no breath of wind to make them flicker as they hung there in space. They made the unseen city seem as vast as a firmament, reaching out into infinity.”
Émile Zola, Une page d’amour

The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.
Giotto di Bondone

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
Charles Dickens

The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
William Butler Yeats

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
Earl Nightingale

I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.
Ashley Tisdale

We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark.
Wallace Stevens

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
Hamilton Wright Mabie

The 08/25/13 Joy Jar

25 Aug

The #8 bus winds through Seattle and tells one a lot about the evolution of Seattle. Depending upon your perspective, it either starts at Seattle Center where the Space Needle is located and ends at Rainier Beach or starts at Rainier Beach and ends at Seattle Center. Along the way it goes through Southeast Seattle which is probably one of the most diverse areas in the country through neighborhoods who are now gentrifying along the back of Capital Hill to Seattle Center. Young people tend to display what a culture thinks is beautiful or hip. It is interesting that one observes that there is a cultural perspective to what is seen as beautiful. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the many facets of beauty.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.
Khalil Gibran

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.
John Keats

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Beauty has a lot to do with character.
Kevyn Aucoin

Beauty is not caused. It is.
Emily Dickinson

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
Maria Mitchell

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
Saint Augustine

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
David Hume