“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

– John James Audubon


“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”

– Isaac Newton


“Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.”

– Alexander Pope

The Ambiguities of Advertising

A few days ago, my parents and I took a drive to go visit a somewhat local quilting convention being held further instate.  On the way there, we made a brief stop at a Starbucks in hopes of meeting our daily caffeine quotas.  While walking up to the Starbucks, I happened to notice that the coffee place was a part of a plaza, with a Verizon store and a Jimmy John’s right next door.  I also happened to notice this sign posted on what looked like one of Verizon’s front-of-store windows:

Sounds tempting, doesn't it?

So…they will not give out free phones, but free smells are okay?  What kind of smells are we talking about?  I could almost imagine the conversation I might have with one of my friends over this “new” feature (as I am the only Verizon user among them): “Did you hear?  My carrier gives out free smells to their customers.  How does your T-Mobile/Sprint/AT&T carriers compete with that?”

I later learned that “Free Smells” is actually a widely recognized Jimmy John’s slogan.  Ah well, it was amusing while it lasted!


“Nothing will work unless you do.”

– Maya Angelou


Taken from the poem, Economy

                                  “These days
only a word can earn overtime.
Economy: once a net, now a handful of holes.
Economy: what a man moves with
when, even in sleep, he is trying to save
all there is left to save.”

–Sandra Beasley

To Gaze Through A Looking Glass

This week’s photo challenge is titled, “Through“, and features a beautiful shot of an archway taken by Sarah Russo of the Daily Blog.  In the crafting of my response to this challenge, I have been tossing ideas on my definition of “through” back and forth all weekend, trying to decide what image would best capture my interpretation.  In the end, I decided to go with the following picture:

Some of the telescopes on display at the Adler Planetarium date back to the eighteenth century and earlier!

On Thursday I and two friends of mine decided to take a day trip into the city.  Our very first stop was to one of my favorite museums: the Adler Planetarium.  Unfortunately, our timing was rather poor – evidently, at least four other schools shared our desire to visit the Planetarium on that particular day and sent out their students en masse.  Despite being jostled through every exhibit by younger, curious learners it was still a very enjoyable experience, and I was able to take a fair amount of photos – including the one shown above.  I took this picture while perusing the various telescopes on display in the Through The Looking Glass exhibit.  The beauty of these telescopes arrested my attention immediately.  It is fascinating to imagine the makers of these eighteenth century telescopes at work, each striving to ensure that the aesthetic quality of their telescopes’ exteriors matches that of what could be seen while looking through them toward the heavens.  They are transformed into a type of portal when used, allowing the viewer to look through a “lens of discovery” from our world into another.


(Photo challenge response will be posted tomorrow.)

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

– Jane Austen


“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

– Albert Einstein


“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”

– James A. Lovell

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