Me · Quotes

“It’s not National Geographic. Or The New York Times.”

In one of our regular before-school conversations at Mozart’s Coffee, my daughter and I were talking Instagram.

I told her I keep pretty high standards on what I post. “Each post has to be unique and interesting. Something nobody has seen before. And preferable well-composed.”

My daughter, who is 17 and posts anime edits regularly, caught onto a hint of perfectionism creeping in and encouraged me to post more and just archive what I don’t love.

“Dad, it’s not National Geographic,” she said. And then after a little pause, “Or The New York Times.”

My daughter speaks wisely, and she knows me better than I know myself.

In another life, I may be a jet-setting New York Times photographer or even a reporter tracking down warm criminals. But in this life, I’ll be happy with posting some cool and not always perfect photos around town.

I love it when people I know tell me wise and useful things.

The view of Lake Austin from Mozart’s on a foggy morning. Deemed not Instagram-worthy. πŸ€”
creativity · Quotes

A good blog is like this item of clothing πŸ‘—

The best quotes are both funny and true, and therefore memorable. At the end of this talk good on conversations, Celeste Headlee credits her sister with this quote.

A good conversation is like a miniskirt; short enough to retain interest, but long enough to cover the subject.

It seems the sister may have borrowed the idea from Winston Churchill. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I think the idea generalizes to writing too, so I’m going to adapt the spirit of this quote for my own purposes.

A good conversation blog is like a miniskirt; short enough to retain interest, but long enough to cover the subject.

And it’s working. I already deleted three sentences from this post – and added this one. πŸ€”

Before I forget, here’s a salacious photo – as required – to catch your attention.

Via Pinterest (I don’t think miniskirts existed in Winston Churchill’s time πŸ˜†)

See also

Don’t Be Like Uncle Colm

β€œI didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Here’s another great quote from this great illustrated Confucius series.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.


I almost stole this quote for the tag line on my Instagram account since it lines up with the kinds of photos I like to take. But for now I’m sticking with “It’s a strange and interesting world” since it’s my own. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ


“You have to have a direction before you can get movement.”

A wise man told me this recently in regards to a specific problem, but I think it applies more generally.

You have to have a direction before you can get movement.

Unlike most of quotes I post, this one didn’t even come from a famous person, just a wise friend. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸš€πŸ™

I would love to be able to illustrate like this myself some day, but for now I’ll borrow from Alex Mathers. #goals