Jan 30 2012

#275 Less is More (30)

From Megan in Chattanooga, Tennessee

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”

~ Henry David Thoreau


Jan 27 2012

#272 Less is More (27)

From Jenn (?) in Hertfordshire, England

Enjoy these nice thoughts about hugs courtesy of poofcat.com. And don’t forget to hug the ones you love today!


Hugging is natural, organic, naturally sweet, free of pesticides and

preservatives. Hugging contains no artificial ingredients. It’s

100% wholesome. No calories, no caffeine, no nicotine.

Hugging is nearly perfect. There are no removable parts, batteries to wear

out, no periodic checkups. It consumes little energy, while yielding a lot.

It’s inflation-proof. It’s nonfattening. There are no monthly payments.

No insurance requirements.

It’s theft-proof, nontaxable, nonpolluting,

and fully refundable. And it costs very little.

Hugging is healthy. It assists the body’s immune system, it cures depression,

it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it invigorates, it rejuvenates,

and it has no unpleasant side-effects.

Hugging is no less than a miracle drug.

Nov 28 2011

#212 “Wolf!”

From a stranger in Charlotte, North Carolina

Today we’re getting back to basics with this classically cartoonish wolf illustration from the foothills of North Carolina. No gimmicks, no frills, no ulterior motives- what you see is what you get in this simple but inspiring rendition of a playful lobo with a toothy grin. What better time to share a few pearls of wolf wisdom? Feast upon the wolf-related quotes below and take from them what you will. And as always, a special thanks to this stranger for this special illustration. Every one counts!

“Throughout the centuries we have projected on to the wolf the qualities we most despise and fear in ourselves.” -Barry Lopez

“Wolves may feature in our myths, our history, and our dreams, but they have their own future, their own loves, their own dreams to fulfill.” -Anthony Miles

“The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.” -Keewation (Inuit) Proverb

“We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be..the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer..which is, in reality no more than a reflexed images of ourself.” -Farley Mowat

“We humans fear the beast within the wolf because we do not understand the beast within ourselves” -Gerald Hausman

“Only a mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf.” -Aldo Leopold

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch the fierce green fire dying in her eyes. . . .There was something new to me in those eyes— something known only to her and the mountains. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch. I thought that because fewer wolves more deer that no wolves would mean hunter’s paradise, but after seeing the green fire dire, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” -Aldo Leopold

“Wolves are not our brothers; they are not our subordinates, either. They are another nation, caught up just like us in the complex web of time and life.” -Henry Beston

“The wolf is neither man’s competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared.” -L. David Mech

Aug 10 2011

#102 “Henrik de Wolf” (Frank)

From Olivier

28 days…6 hours…42 minutes…12 seconds…

That is when the world will end.

I’m not sure if there is any way to fully explain this, but as soon as I saw this illustration by Olivier (which he calls Henrik de Wolf), my mind was instantly drawn to remember the film Donnie Darko. I have not seen the movie in years, and in fact I have not thought about it months… and yet whenever I lay eyes on this picture, it’s all I can think about. I suppose it has something to do with the stoic nature of the wolf. Simply put, he reminds me of the character of Frank from the film. The eyes are cold and blank, but there is also a sinister knowledge behind them. There is a sense of danger associated with the picture, but at the same the wolf does not appear to pose and immediate threat. He is simply creepy…ominous. The news the creature delivers is certainly frightening and foreboding, but it is unclear if the animal is “warning” the recipient and is therefore a blessing, or if he is somehow connected to the message in a much more malicious manner.

I remember that the first time I watched the film, my brain had a difficult time understanding the nature of exactly what had happened during the final scenes. The time traveling, the alternate realities existing on various planes- it was all so surreal, but so believable as well. Ultimately, I chose to do away with trying to understand the logic of it. After all, that was not what had intrigued me most about the film. No, it was just the opposite that drew me in. It was the pathos, the emotion. I felt for Donnie. I really felt for him. So much so that when I watched that final scene, I was both saddened and relieved beyond words. In many ways that complex emotional soup of positives and negatives has never left me, and I suppose it never will. Sure, it’s just a movie. But if we don’t watch movies in hopes that they will impact our lives, why do we view them at all?

A picture of Frank from the film is provided below, along with Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” which appeared in the film and is included on its official soundtrack.

Jun 25 2011

#56 “Winston Wolfe”

I made the video myself, but the illustration at the end was submitted by a stranger in Poway, California.

I believe that the last name is actually spelled without the “e” on the end, but ultimately I just chose to go with the illustrator’s spelling for the sake of unity.