“On the other hand, you have different fingers – Stephen Wright


“The hand is the visible part of the brain.”
Immanuel Kant

Hands are possibly the most amazing part of our body.  Hands are my somewhat secret obsession.  I talk with my hands, eat with them, build with them and use them for nearly every aspect of every waking part of my day.  My hands are my verbs, nouns, adjectives and exclamation points all rolled into one, or I should say two, tiny little compact parts on my body.

Hands-on projects for kids are the most engaging and our hands are our little sensors that bring information into our mind, make sense of objects for our eyes, bring things closer to our ears and our mouths.  Hands express sometimes what we are not able to verbally say.  Hands are in fact one of our most taken for granted assets.

Am I solitary in this conviction?  I don’t think so.

The human hand is a miracle of biomechanics, one of the most remarkable adaptations in the history of evolution. The hands of a concert pianist can elicit glorious sound and stir emotion; those of a surgeon can perform the most delicate operations; those of a rock climber allow him to scale a vertical mountain wall. Neurologist Frank R. Wilson makes the striking claim that it is because of the unique structure of the hand and its evolution in cooperation with the brain that Homo sapiens became the most intelligent, preeminent animal on the earth. “The Hand” by Frank R. Wilson

Such beautiful, beautiful hands!
They’re neither white nor small;
And you, I know, would scarcely think
That they are fair at all.
I’ve looked on hands whose form and hue
A sculptor’s dream might be;
Yet are those aged, wrinkled hands
More beautiful to me.

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

We are all the same person trying to shake hands with our self.
Wavy Gravy

“I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.”
Samuel Osgood

“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
Carl Jung

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
Swami Vivekananda

I’m not even sure if this is really sign language.. but I like the expressiveness

Alison Skeat, a 44 year old single mum, living on an East London council estate, dreamt up The Dirty Hands Project in March 2008. She wanted to grow organic fruit and vegetables for her and her four year old daughter. However, with no food growing skills, she wondered how on earth this would fit in with full time work…

The human hand has 27 bones, 14 of which are the phalanges (proximal, medial, and distal) of the fingers. The metacarpal is the bone that connects the fingers and the wrist. Each human hand has 5 metacarpals.

His hand glides down my arm, folds over my hand. His fingers lace with mine, palms kissing. I can feel the fast thud of his heart through this single touch. Sophie Jordan

Her Hands

© Maggie Pittman
Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.

Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn’t always show.
Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harms way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.

Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work,
Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
Her hands are the reason I am me.

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.”
Colin Wilson

Songs about Hands

  • Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap), The – Shirley Ellis (1965)
  • Come Take My Hand – Slim Whitman (1970)
  • Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn (1986)
  • Hand in My Pocket – Alanis Morissette (1995)
  • Hand to Hold on to – John Mellencamp (1982)
  • Hands – Jewel (1998)
  • Hands Across the Table – Fats Domino (1962)
  • Hands Can Say a Lot – Johnny Bush (1978)
  • Hands Clean – Alanis Morissette (2002)
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands – Raffi (1982)
  • Hands of a Working Man – Ty Herndon (1999)
  • Hard and Calloused Hands – Slim Dusty (1992)
  • Healing Hands – Sonny Isaacs and Dolly Parton (2000)
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Boston Pops Orchestra (1971)
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles (1964)
  • I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water – Stonewall Jackson (1965)
  • Mama’s Hand – The Lynn Morris Band (1996)
  • Man’s Hands, A – Victor Lundberg (1967)
  • My Mother’s Beautiful Hands – Bradley Kincaid (1933)
  • On the Other Hand – Randy Travis (1986)
  • Put Your Hand in Mine – Tracy Byrd (2000)
  • Put Your Hand in the Hand – The Lewis Family (1971)
  • Shake a Hand – The Four Lovers (1957)
  • Let’s Shake Hands and Come Out Lovin’ – Kenny O’Dell (1978)
  • Shake Hands and Come Out Crying – The Newbeats (1966)
  • Shake Hands and Come Out Dancing – Dennis Edwards (1984)
  • Shake Hands with a Loser – Don Winters (1961)
  • Touch of Her Hand, The – Don McLean (1989)
  • Touch of Your Hand, The – Gordon Jenkins (1952)
  • Touch the Hand – Conway Twitty (1975)
  • Wait Til I Get My Hands on You – Wynn Stewart (1985)

31-days-of-randomness-personal-inspiration-30/31 – My Hands


In continuation of my 31 days of randomness  – Day 30 & 31 – Do what you can..with your own 2 hands.

I AM actually combining day 30 and 31 because I’ll be going deep for the next 3 days and I am in fact a day behind.  When I say deep I mean vacationing.. I was going to leave it a mystery but decided that might not be a good idea.

My hands in the world

My inspiration today and actually for most of my life has been to understand what I can do and do it.  As a child I used to worry about everything.  I was hyper-tense at 13 to the point my parents took me to a doctor and had me evaluated.  The evaluation produced no conclusive results about my health and I stayed in this super agitated stated until about my mid-20s when it dawned on me that I tended to put 100% of everything I was into every situation presented.

Over the years I have found inspiration in understanding that there is only so much one can do.  I often seek words and music that reinforce that concept.  The following are some of my favorites.  Some are recently found and others I have been listening to and reading for quite some time.  I hope you enjoy.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley

Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself. Think one customer at a time and take care of each one the best way you can.  – Gary Comer, founder of Land’s End

Nothing would be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.  -Cardinal Newman

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012.  In 30 days I have re-posted only 800 of the over 1200 bloggers who have participated in this 31 day commitment.  It would be worth a click to go check out the ones I have missed.  I hope you have enjoyed my posts.. and in fairness I’m really glad these 31 days are over.  It was a fun challenge but wow.. 31 (or 30) days on one topic was a super challenge.

31-days-of-randomness-personal-inspiration-29 – Little Things


Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh

In continuation of my 31 days of randomness  – Day 29 – Always going for the big picture..

Everyone is always saying that you need to take a step back and look at the big picture.  We are a results oriented society and for the most part I agree with this philosophy.  It’s true that when you are caught up in a certain situation, all you can sometimes see are these little unconnected parts that are hard to separate from and  grasp.  In those cases it’s a good idea to get guidance from a friend who can see the “whole” and not get bogged down with all of the little things that you can’t seem to break away from.

However today my inspiration is to take some time and really analyze a few things in my life.  Break my end-game into minute and miniscule pieces in order to try to jig-saw it back into a finished picture.  While others get caught up in the tiny pieces I’m so focused on the end result that I sometimes forget how important each of those little, tiny pieces are.  The little things are sometimes more important than the giant ones and if you forget to take care of those things, the end result, the big picture is just not going to have a solid foundation.

Today I’m going to start pulling in these tiny pieces to such a degree I will no longer recognize what they are.  I will analyze them until I can “get it” then slowly expand my focus until I can see the little things more clearly and figure out how they connect with each other correctly.  Stop rushing, slow it down, figure it out.  Wish me luck.

Don’t forget about the little things.. they are good.. they are bad.. they are what makes you break down and what makes you grow into who you are..

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012