April 15th is Read a Road Map Day……Cartography is the art and science of map making…….It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal someone else’s cow or put graffiti on someone else’s cow. In Galveston, Texas it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach.
"Winter garden,the moon thinned to a thread,insects singing."- Matsuo Basho
Portugal has the longest bridge in Europe; the Vasco de Gama Bridge over the Tagus River extends over 10 miles…Portugal’s most famous export is also their national drink- Port. The Portuguese have a tradition of “fado” meaning one cannot escape their fate…..
“The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity.” - Arthur Miller
In French you don’t say “I miss you” you say “tu me manques” or “you are missingfromme”…
World population is almost at 7.6 billion……..780 million people live without access to clean drinking water…..It is estimated that by 2025 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water shortages…and two thirds of the world’s population will live in water stressed areas…….
"April's rare capricious loveliness."- Julia Dorr
"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
“Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.” ― Rod Serling
“Most people are clever because they don't know how to be honest." William Gaddis, The Recognitions.” ― William Gaddis, The Recognitions
“We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” ― Henry James, The Middle Years
Litost-a state of agony created by sight of one’s own misery…..
April is Jazz Appreciation Month….Jazz draws from the largest number of musical influences which is why it is so appealing to so many people…….“If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.” ― Louis Armstrong“I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.” ― Etta James
Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our coming into this world and what will follow our departure. - Petrarch
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi
The astronomer Andronicus built the first weather vane for the Tower of the Winds in Athens.