Things of useless interest

This is a category of the things I have read that interest me. I may read them in waiting room magazines. Oh, fantastic, must write that one down and scribble on pieces of paper. Information gathered – never actually used for anything other than inspiration but when does one keep track of those scraps of writing? Down the back of the cupboard or lying in some obscure place, how they make their way there is quite a mystery. Some lie around in full view hoping to be used in the inspirational way I thought of  in the first place. What does happen though, is that my eyes trip over them so often they become clutter and ultimately I end up throwing them out.

So this brings me to here. I have decided to record those little pieces of useless pieces of interest for my own records and if anyone happens past them and enjoys them I would love to hear from you about your own findings.

I take no responsibility for their correctness etc. I simply like them.

Shakespeare said “If you don’t have a phrase or a word at hand – make one up.

From artist Peter Clayton: Making pictures isn’t just about making aesthetic commodities (although at the end of the day that’s how they end up). It’s about getting responses to experiences and musings and ideas out into the world.

I don’t pre-draw my paintings but let them grow organically. When they start I don’t know how they will specifically look.

Of Poetry:    A line is a unit of poetry that stands all by itself for a moment, before the reader goes on to the next line.

Quote from Eudora Welty (1909-2001 American author – Mississipi:                                                                                                       Children like animals use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.

Anon: If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.

Margaret Drabble (1939 English novelist):  When nothing is sure – everything is possible.

Have no idea who said this:       The openness to begin is all the openness required to have each day. We start today and, tomorrow we start again, and the day after we start again as we will the day after that.  In this way our journey comes to us – we begin. The rest unfolds through us.

Valerie Parv: Australian author of Romance Novels:   The word ‘amateur’ means a lover of something.  It is only comparatively recently that we have turned the description ‘amateur’ into something resembling criticism. The word comes from the Latin ‘amator’ meaning ‘Lover of something’ and really describes one who does something for the love of it rather than for payment. Perhaps ‘laywriter’ instead? ‘One who writes for enjoyment instead of amateur as it has negative connotations now! Therefore no connotations of failure or rejection. All artist endeavors.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calender got 12 months

Imaginary Criticism/Negative thinking:            Late one night two motorists ran out of fuel on a lonely road and decided to walk to a garage. One left – one stayed with the car.    As he walked he worried. It was late. The garage owner wouldn’t like being woken up. He might become angry and abusive and refuse to help.

By the time the motorist reached the garage he was convinced the owner would abuse him and result in a fight. It would be terrible.

When the sleepy garage owner opened the door in answer to the knock and, before he could say a word the motorist threw the petrol can at him and said:   “You know what you can do with your petrol!” 

Another quote from Shakespeare:   (by the way, he was a Taurean)        “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

When smog lifts in Los Anglese, U.C.L.A

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist got married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead give-away.

If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I will show you a flat minor

You are stuck with you debt if you can’t budge it.

A boiled egg is heard to beat.

When you have seen one shopping centre you have seen a mall.

Police were called to the day centre when a three year old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He is all right now.

If you take your laptop for a run, you could jog your memory.

A bicycle can’t stand alone. It’s two tired

To be continued……..