Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

AmeriCamera Recording Session: Paul’s Magic Dragon
January 18, 2010

photo by T.R. Hummer

Fortunately, Paul’s magic dragon translates scored music and hums it into Paul’s navel, simultaneously removing all lint.


And if you go chasing rabbits/And you know you’re going to fall
January 17, 2010

photo by T.R. Hummer

Psychoanalysis: a rabbit that was swallowed by a boa constrictor that just wanted to see what it was like in there.

—Karl Kraus

The Monster a Child Knows Best
January 16, 2010

Portrait of Jasmine--photo by T.R. Hummer

The monster a child knows best and is most concerned with [is] the monster he feels or fears himself to be.

—Bruno Bettelheim

The Machine in the Snowbank; or How Do Desert People Dance in the Snow?
January 16, 2010

Zoolights, Phoenix -- photo by T.R. Hummer

His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

—James Joyce

the kingdom where nobody dies
January 3, 2010

Josephine Settoon, my grandmother, @1905

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.

—Edna St. Vincent Millay

the last romance
December 3, 2009

Julius Randolph Slocum, Louisiana, 1921

The romance of your child’s childhood may be the last romance you can give up.
— Adam Gopnik

or else alone
November 30, 2009

photo by T.R. Hummer

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

the foremost civilized nation
November 30, 2009

Tom Greene Davidson, Mar. 29, 1873 - Sept. 22, 1876

“The country which first recognizes its responsibilities to the child,” S. W. Newmayer wrote in 1911, “will receive the recognition of the world as being the foremost civilized nation.” Newmayer had just been asked to guide Philadelphia’s child health and welfare efforts, and as he surveyed indicators of child healthfrom around the world, he found that the United States lagged behind. The most telling sign was a list of the infant mortality rate (IMR) in 30 countries; the United States ranked 18th with an IMR of 135 deaths per 1000 live births. Newmayer then noted that some American cities had recently initiated a variety ofprograms to improve child health. “The United States,” he concluded hopefully, “is awakening to such realization.”

Jeffrey P. Brosco

Today, the US is statistically ranked just behind Cuba in infant mortality.

in varying proportions
November 29, 2009

photo by T.R. Hummer

Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.

~D.H. Lawrence

November 27, 2009

photo by T.R. Hummer


Without haste, but without rest.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe