Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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King Cake is a sweet tasty cake
eaten on "Kings Day" 
or Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras),
with 3 important colored icings.

According to tradition, a small
plastic baby (symbolizing baby Jesus)
is hidden inside the cake.
And whoever finds it receives good luck,
and is also responsible for buying
next year's cake.

It is customarily adorned with
purple, green and gold icing.
Purple for justice,
green for faith and
gold for power.

Mardi Gras is always the last day
of the Carnival season,
the day before Ash Wednesday,
the first day of Lent.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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This oil on canvas 1962 work,
"Red, Orange, Orange on Red".

A floating field of tangerine orange
is bounded at the bottom by an area
of acidic orange, and at the top by 
a line of red.   

Mark Rothko stained the canvas 
with several layers of thin pigment,
creating an effect that evokes the
shimmering luminosity of
dawn or sunset.

(On view without distraction
at the St. Louis Art Museum.)

Monday, February 17, 2020

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Pets got in their steps Sunday afternoon
for a good cause.  The Purina Pet Parade is
part of the annual Mardi Gras celebration
in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.

This is the 27th annual event, and now
the largest costume pet parade 
in the entire world.

But the event hasn't all gone to the dogs,
as many other animals get dressed up
and show their costumes or floats
along the parade route.

Organizers asked human participants
to donate $10 to the Open Door
Animal Sanctuary.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Thermometers don't lie.

With wind chill temps
well below zero,
it has been soooo cold.

Forecast for the weekend
calls for warmer weather.

In the 50s by Sunday.
Just in time for the
Mardi Gras Pet Parade.