Friday, September 30, 2011

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A FISH RESTAURANT
WHERE THE FISH LOOK BACK AT YOU

There's a fish restaurant on the Mississippi River
where you can enjoy a fresh fish meal
while some really big fish come to your table
and watch you eat!

Welcome to the Fin Inn in Grafton, Illinois,
on the banks of the muddy Mississippi,
where each table has a window on
an 8,000-gallon aquarium . . .

stocked with local river fish who love
to watch you eat your fish dinner.
(Kinda spooky, kinda fun!)

Among the fish stocked in the Fin Inn aquarium
are huge catfish (including a rare albino cat),
aligator gar, 100 pound bass,
and a 100-year-old snapping turtle.

A most unusual "fish restaurant."


Thursday, September 29, 2011

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IT'S APPLE PICKIN' TIME

Red Delicious, Golden Delicious,
Jonathans, McIntosh, Cortland, Honey Crisp.
They're all ripe for the pickin' . . .
for pies, apple sauce, cider, apple butter
or just eating right out of your hand.

Better hurry.
They're falling off the trees!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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FALL FLOWERS,
AUTUMN COLORS

Final flowers of the season
make their last stand,
as the days get shorter
and the nights get colder.

Water lilies will soon be moved inside.
Golden blooms give their final pollen to busy bees.
Dogwood fruit and beauty berries show color of their own.

Then there's the changing shades of autumn leaves.
It's show time, folks.

"Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower."

-- Albert Camus



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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DAWN BY THE RIVER

Dawn's first light,
A chill in the air.

Fresh brewed coffee,
A quiet moment.

Before a misty hike,
Down to the river.

The world's in a cloud,
Before the sun cuts through.

Foot steps on the gravel bar,
And wild birds calling out.

The only sounds.
Alone.


Monday, September 26, 2011

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TAJ MAHAL AT WILDWOOD SPRINGS

A "dream concert" come true.

Legendary blues aritst, Taj Mahal,
played the Missouri Ozarks this past weekend
at the rustic Wildwood Springs Lodge
in Steeleville, Missouri.

The 90-year-old historic lodge
booked Taj to play their intimate "living room"
which seats only 200+ guests,
many with cushioned arm chairs
for his 2-hour show.

Wildwood Springs Lodge may be
tucked away in the Ozark wilderness,
in the middle of the "you can't get there from here"
Show Me State, but is quickly gaining fame
as THE place to see legendary musicians
in intimate splendor!

www.wildwoodspringslodge.com

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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SCENES FROM ACROSS
"THE WIDE MISSOURI"

River scenes from "across the wide Missouri"
as trees turn . . . hay is brought in for the winter . . .
"Indian corn" and pumpkins are harvested . . .
and winter wheat is planted along the flood plain.

The river runs calm
as the nights turn cool, and the days get shorter.

Roadside stands are open along small river towns,
selling new crop cider and fire cooked apple butter.

Time for fresh baked cornbread and hot mulled cider.
Yum!








Saturday, September 24, 2011

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HERE'S HOPING
OUR BIG SATELLITE
DOESN'T LAND ON TOP OF YOU

A large* retired NASA satellite is due
to crash into our planet sometime today.

(*This satellite is really large, too . . .
at 6.5-tons, the size of a school bus.)

Most of it will burn upon re-entering the atmosphere,
but some very sizable chunks are predicted to hit.
Just where they hit is uncertain.

Irish book makers are taking bets
on where the big pieces land.
Here are the latest odds:

Africa - 9 to 4
South America - 11 to 4
North America & Asia - 3 to 1
Ireland - 66 to 1
Pacific Ocean - likely

Here's hoping all the pieces
miss you and yours!

(Photos/Illustrations: Courtesy of NASA)

Friday, September 23, 2011

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL

It's official . . . today is the first day of fall.

The autumnal equinox* occurs precisely
at 09:05 GMT, September 23, 2011.

*Autumnal equinox is defined
when there are exactly 12-hours of daytime
and 12-hours of nighttime,
even though the angle of the sun is lessened.
(Please consult the above chart.)

For those of you in the southern hemisphere,
it's the vernal equinox.
Happy First Day of Spring!

Any questions?

(Never mind the chart.
The leaves are pretty, aren't they?)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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SASSAFRAS:
THE AUTUMN TREE OF COLOR & FLAVOR

The Missouri sassafras tree has an important place in history.
Its bark and roots have long been used by Indian tribes
in medicinal teas and salves; and its boiled roots
used by modern man as the original flavoring of root beer.

Sassafras leaves are the first to show fall colors in the woods,
and a sure sign that autumn weather is "around the corner."

Sassafras leaves are easy to identify with their "mitten" lobes,
which have one, two or three "fingers."

Rub green sassafras leaves between your fingers
and you smell the sweet fragrance of lemons.

There are still several brands of natural root beers
that use sassafras roots as their natural flavoring.