Today’s Quotable Friday comes from Kurt Vonnegut. It was inspired by another famous quote. Poet John Greenleaf Whittier said “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been”. When that quote came up on NPR, it reminded me of something Kurt Vonnegut once said, and I knew it had to be a Quotable Friday poster.
Kurt Vonnegut was one of my favorite authors, I’ve read nearly everything he ever wrote with Sirens of Titan being one of my favorite books of all time. Like his hero Mark Twain, he was full of wit and wisdom.
This Vonnegut quote speaks to me as a reminder of being present, of living fully in each moment, and cherishing the people and the beauty around me. I am so fortunate to be living where I do amongst the friends and family that I have. As one of my teachers, Vinny Ferraro says, to have been born in the US, where it is unlikely that we will suffer famine or war on our soil, we have hit the karmic jackpot. So it’s important to be grateful for even that. The rest, folks is gravy and frosting. I, for the record. Love both.
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
So, if you’re loving this poster, click the picture to download the high-res version. Also, please pin-it if you dig it! Oh, and … get the recipe
I wouldn’t be a good ER doctor if I didn’t ask, “Are you safe at home?” I chuckled & winced a little. Of course, physical abuse is far from funny, but this is not the first time I’ve been asked.
Long before I knew my husband, a doctor asked me if I was safe from my parents. I guess the story that my baby brother had broken my foot with a hammer seemed a little improbable. My chart may have had some red flags, especially considering that the year before I’d sprained my ankle and broken my pinkie in the span of one week. My story? I was tackled while playing flag football (the pinkie) and I fell off a curb while walking home from school (the ankle).
As I had all those years ago, I assured the doctor that I was, indeed, safe. I told the handsome young doc that Joshua actually rushed home from work when I called in hysterics to tell him I’d broken my foot. I reassured him that the marks on my chest were actually burn scars from hot butter, not bruises. He smiled, gave a little wink, and said, “I figured, he seems really great.”.
Handsome young doc, had no idea how great. There, in the ER, it was well-past midnight, and not the kind of place I’d like to ring in my 40th birthday, but Joshua never complained. He smiled and joked and took good care of me.
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It’s another Quotable Friday and today actually marks one month that I’ve been creating free downloadable high resolution posters with (hopefully) cool and inspiring quotes. I love everything about these and creating them is really a highlight of my week.
Today’s quote comes from Henri Matisse a French painter whose work I particularly love. If you are fuzzy on Matisse, he was a contemporary of Picasso their work is even confused at times. I am mad for Matisse’s cut outs particularly the Blue Nudes which look like this.
Today’s Quote Is:
“Creativity Takes Courage”
Creativity is a funny thing, sometimes it’s a little scary to be true to oneself- to tap into that part of us that is wildly and uninhibitedly creative. Even deciding to use this quote was a bit of a process- was it too simple? Would people like it? In the end, it speaks to me, and hopefully, it speaks to someone else.
Sometime back, I wrote about writer’s block and this quote reminded me about how amazing it felt to break free from that block, to find my creativity again and break past trying to live up to constraints I was only placing on myself. I hope you find the courage to be creative today whether it’s in the kitchen, on an easel, behind the lens, on the dance floor, or while singing at the top of your lungs while heading down the freeway.
Have a great weekend!
Today’s Quotable Friday is a very special one, it is dedicated to my friend Eric Trifilo whose life was tragically cut short on Sunday.
When I think of Eric, I always see an enormous smile and I think of the fabulous food he made and his big booming voice and great laughter. Eric was the first person to teach me knife skills in the kitchen and the first person who ever told me about a Canon Rebel. He had a passion for life and music and dancing. He loved his sister Beth more than I can possibly tell you, and I am so grateful that he brought her into my life.
So, today’s quote comes from Melody Carstaire
If you can’t find anything to dance about, find a reason to sing.
Have a good, safe, and happy weekend.
Oooh, I love Fridays. Most of us who work regular 9-5’s do. I look forward to my weekends at home with Joshua and the dogs and time to cook, write, and make photographs. Fridays bring with them the promise of Saturdays and Sundays- friends, a glass of wine (or two?), farmers markets, flea markets, walks in the park or on the beach, and sleeping in.
Now, I’m also really loving the last day of the work week for a new reason. Quotable Fridays. I choose a quote, I make a poster, if you like it (and you will, right?) you can download it for free! Or simply share it with everyone you dig on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the like, because everyone loves a good quote, and who couldn’t use a little inspiration?
Today’s quote is from Thomas Keller of French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc Fame. I think you may have heard of the guy.
“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. “
Have a fantastic weekend, and happy cooking.
When I think about the things I love (aside from my friends and family) I can list them like this:
Playing in Ocean…
Well that last one doesn’t fit in this list… but.
I’m introducing something new and I think, pretty cool. It’s Quotable Fridays. I’m going to choose a cool quote, which may or may not be food-related and I’m gonna make an awesome poster for you to download and put on your walls, in your cube, your locker, or your car (that would be crazy-cool!)
Anyway, everyone loves Freebies! I love printables, and I love people who say awesome and witty things that are worth quoting. If you have a quote you’d like turned into a poster, let me know in the comments.
This first one is from Robert Farrar Capon, a pretty interesting guy. A priest turned food writer, cookbook author, and Columnist for the New York Times. I love what he had to say here.
“I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work”
What a delightful image. I’ll leave you with that, and the poster, for the weekend.
Have a great one
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