Post-a-Quote Day 2

So here, people, is my quote for Day 2 of the Post-A-Quote challenge (which, once again, I was nominated for by Kate M. Colby and Zach Chopchinski. Thanks, guys!). To remind you, the rules are:

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
* Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Point #3, done; point #2, don’t wanna today; point #1, here goes:

Even if the world were to end tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.
(Martin Luther)

I haven’t planted me an apple tree yet, but I’m starting with edible flowers (calendula and nasturtiums, here).

Well, it’s supposedly by Martin Luther. This quote is actually somewhat apocryphal; it’s impossible to find the precise source for it. It’s also sometimes cited in its expanded version, where Luther states that in spite of the impending doom he would also still today pay off his debts and father a child. (Tradition is silent on what his wife Käthe’s opinion on the latter point was.)

I love this quote for its unabashed hopefulness; for its cheerful opposition to gloom-and-doom prophecies and the despair that follows in their wake. It blows a raspberry at the collective naysayers of the world. Yes, there’s darkness in the world – but in spite of it: Plant trees! Be honest with your neighbour! Make babies! And, as I’m sure Luther himself would have added (for that, we actually have documented sources), enjoy a good dinner with your friends and family in the meantime.

And that’s Life, the Universe, and Today’s Daily Quote. One more tomorrow.

Post-a-Quote Day 1

I was going to show you my dragonsbane plant, but it’s looking pathetic right now. So here’s a shot of the purple peavine which grows right next to it.

Happy Canada Day, and Happy First Day of Camp NaNoWriMo!

And on that note, Zach Chopchinski and Kate M. Colby , who just happen to be two of my Camp Nano cabin mates, have done it again: they’ve both nominated me for yet another blogger challenge. This one’s a bit easier: it’s the post-a-quote challenge. I can do that, yup, not a problem.  These are the rules:

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
* Thank the blogger who nominated you.

I think I’m going to rebel yet again and not actually follow rule #2 every single day – so there.
But for day one, here’s my round of nominations (more, ahem, cabin mates). Feel free to ignore them, bloggy friends (and pass the marshmallows).
E. L. Bates

And thanks, Zach and Kate! Esteemed readers, do hop over to their blogs and check out their posts and their books (Zach’s is out, Kate’s not yet – but what she’s been saying about it sure looks good!).

Anyway, on to quoting. Here’s one that I used to have as a signature line in my emails for the longest time. I have no idea who said it first (if you do, let me know so I can attribute it properly).

Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. (Anonymous)

I think this is very good advice; words of wisdom to live by. I have taken it to heart for many years now, and can assure you that it is an effective way to avoid draconian botherations. Of course, I usually don’t have too many problems with dragons anyway – I haven’t seen even one tiny little one in my garden since I planted dragonsbane (tarragon).

Life, the Universe, and Today’s Quote #1. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.

PS: There are still a couple of spots left in our Camp Nano cabin – if you want to participate, give me your username and I’ll send you an invitation. Writing is more fun with others to complain to!