“I roll the window down

And then begin to breathe in
The darkest country road
And the strong scent of evergreen
From the passenger seat as you are driving me home.

Then looking upwards
I strain my eyes and try
To tell the difference between shooting stars and satellites
From the passenger seat as you are driving me home.

"do they collide?"
I ask and you smile.
With my feet on the dash
The world doesn't matter.

When you feel embarrassed then i'll be your pride
When you need directions then i'll be the guide
For all time.
For all time.

― Death Cab for Cutie
Passenger Seat"


“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 Gaiman

Some advice for 2018

A man who was fond of wine

was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. 'Much obliged,' said he, pushing the dish away from him, 'but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.'

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French gastronome, (1755-1826), "The Physiology of Taste".

Inappropriate banana

Jeremiah was a bull frog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him a-drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine.

Hoyt Axton, in Joy to the World (1971).

"Foo Dogs" - sacred guardians

For thousands of years, a twelve-year cycle named after various real or mythological animals has been used in Southeast Asia. This twelve-year cycle, sometimes referred to as the "Chinese zodiac," associates each year in turn with a certain creature, in a fixed order of twelve animals, after which it returns to the first in the order, the Rat. The eleventh in the cycle is the Dog.

One account is that the order of the beings-of-the-year is due to their order in a racing contest involving swimming across a river, in the so-called Great Race. The reason for the Dog finishing the race second from last despite generally being a talented swimmer is explained as being due to its playful nature: the Dog played and frolicked along the way, thus delaying completing the course and reaching the finishing line.

The next Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar is February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019 (Year of the Yang Earth Dog). The personalities of people born in Dog years are popularly supposed to share certain attributes associated with Dogs, such as loyalty or exuberance; however, this would be modified according to other considerations of Chinese astrology, such as the influences of the month, day and hour of birth, according to the traditional system of Earthly Branches, in which the zodiacal animals are also associated with the months and times of the day (and night), in twelve two-hour increments.

The Hour of the Dog is 7 to 9 p.m., and the Dog is associated with the ninth lunar month.

Toni Hamel Expresses Environmental Concerns in Subdued Illustrations

Toni Hamel is an  Italian born, Ontario based artist describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties”.  

I'm gonna just slide all day :)

All the possibilities!. How about: let's mitigate climate change because we are the only ones who can..

“All life is rife with possibilities. Seeds have possibilities, but all their tomorrows are caught by the patterning of their life cycle. Animals have possibilities that are greater than that of a fir tree or a blade of grass. Still, though, for most animals, the pattern of instinct, the patterns of their lives, are very strong. Humanity has a far greater range of possibilities, especially the very young. Who will children grow up to be? Who will they marry, what will they believe, what will they create? Creation is a very powerful seed of possibility.” 

― Patricia Briggs, River Marked

 Florian Ledoux - National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photograph by Olaf Otto Becker

Frozen wave - Anarctica

Polar bear mother Vilma and her cub Anori

Calvin (& Hobbes) wonder about Christmas and God

Ice skating is therapeutic

When I get bored, or get stuck on an equation, I like to go ice skating. It makes you forget your problem. Then you can tackle the problem with a fresh new insight. Einstein liked to play the violin to relax. Every physicist likes to have a past time. Mine is ice skating.    /  Michio Kaku

“Dreaming is a dangerous business, but it never hurts anyone, it's their fright does.”

Angel G., 
A Street Dream: The Evergreen Architecture

spring-skiing-prints by Sarah Eisenlohr
more at Urban Outfitter's "Artist of the Week".

It's really, really cold, though

Funny kids

The moon knows