'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 2 January 2009


A dove coos sweetly on a wire down at the park as the sun lightens the sky on the first day of the year. I wish this was all it took to create a year in which there was no violent human conflict in any part of our amazing world.

"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death". - Ann Frank (and me).


  1. I wish I had such optimism for humanity.

    How are V & A?

  2. Happy New year Katherine,
    I hope it is a safe & prosperous one for you & your family

  3. Thanks for the post, Katherine.

    If we want peace, it's a good idea to go out and make some.

    That's what we're doing here in Sebastopol, "Peace Town, USA".

    (We in the USA have a whole lot of work to do in learning to to be a more peaceful nation.)

  4. lovely quote from Ann Frank! thanks x

  5. I believe you're right. There is a great deal of good in humanity. Sadly, as Edmund Burke said - 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing..'

    Let's hope that in 2009, good men everywhere will stand up and say 'Enough!'

  6. A belated Happy New Year to you, Katherine. Wishing you peace and prosperity.