Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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FROZEN FOUNTAINS

Even when our weather
goes "below zero",
our park fountains
keep flowing.*

*(Tower Grove Park, St. Louis)

 . . . although the water
      doesn't keep flowing
     very long!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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PETE SEEGER
1919-2014

Farewell great American folk artist!

What a long, wonderful life
 full of important music and causes . . .

A worthy protege of Woody Guthrie.
Champion of the common man,
and worthy opponent of corrupt politics.
Environmentalist and war protestor.

2 Grammy award winner.
Rock-and-roll hall of fame inductee.
National Medal of Arts recipient.

Writer and performer of
unforgettable, universal songs of our times:

If I Had A Hammer
Turn, Turn, Turn
Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Farewell dear friend.


(Photo by Jon Sievert)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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HORRIFIC IMAGES
FROM KIEV

Tragic scenes from Ukraine's
capital city . . . the riots,
the violence, the demonstrations.

We pray for peace, restraint,
and understanding.

(Photos: Courtesy of Getty Images)

Monday, January 27, 2014

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TIME UNDOES ALL THINGS

"O time, swift robber of all
we build, consumer of all things.
O envious age! thou dost devour
all things with the relentless
teeth of years.
Age transforms all, in a slow
disassembled death."

-- From the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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GOURMET RAMEN NOODLES

Ramen noodles have a bad name.

(I think of them as cheap, dehydrated
instant Asian lunch.)

Hiro Asian Kitchen (St. Louis)
proved me wrong.

Their beautiful restaurant serves
amazing Ramen and traditional dishes
from scratch . . .

 including Hiro Ramen . . .
fresh wheat noodles
with 5-spice pork & fragrant vegetables.

Amazing!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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ENOUGH, ALREADY

Too many days
this winter,
when the temperature
reached zero.

(47 days till Spring!)

Friday, January 24, 2014

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VENI, VIDI, VICI

"I came, I saw, I conquered."

During the holidays, I was given 
a Pancake House gift card,
which a friend had carried around
in his wallet for FIVE YEARS.

Not knowing if they'd still honor
a gift card that old,
I stopped in for "a stack"
of blueberry pancakes!

It worked.   
(These are the pancakes.)

The final photo is
proof of the conquest!

Oh my!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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NORWAY'S FASHION SPLASH
AT THE OLYMPICS

The Norwegian curling team
is already making headlines,
and they're not even in Sochi yet!

Who says Olympic team uniforms
have to be dull, in Russia?
(Not Norway!)

Their curling team
(ranked 4th worldwide)
hired California designer LOUDMOUTH
to come up with some attention-getting
uniforms for the winter Olympics.

On a recent visit to Las Vegas,
their geometric patterned suits
attracted non-stop attention and crowds.

"Wait till you see our pants in Sochi,"
they said.

No doubt, the world will learn about CURLING
when they watch these Norwegian sensations.

(Photos: courtesy of New York Times)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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WINTER
STORMS BACK

Winter can't make up it's mind.

Sunday, it's in the 50's.
Monday, mild temps continue.
Monday night, the snow returns.

Then the wind and bitter cold
make the snow fall sideways.

5˚ wind chill Tuesday.

This is a changing, back-and-forth
winter season.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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PIG IN A TRUCK

Perfect fit!

(Can you imagine driving behind
this guy?)

Monday, January 20, 2014

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SWEET HONEYBELLS
TO THE RESCUE

Once a year,
each January when it's cold,
fabulous Florida honeybell oranges
are picked and shipped, up north.

They're here!
Sweet honeybells.
So plump, so juicy, so sweet.

They take my mind off winter.
(Just when we need it.)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

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THE LAKES GIVE WAY

. . . as winter thaws.

Gradual winter changes
move the lake ice from 
side to side.

Opening gradual paths
to Spring.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

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WINTER'S LOVELY FACE

An inch of overnight snow
covered our world with 
soft morning powder.

Not cold enough to last,
just a beautiful side of winter.

A warm, lovely morning dusting
and completely gone by noon.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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COUNTRY GRAVESTONES:
SHADOWS OF OUR PAST

Hillside cemetery plots . . .
solitary gravestones in the woods . . .
forgotten names fading in the stone . . .

These are the brave pioneers
that founded our country,
and gave birth to generations
that have moved to cities
giving birth to hundreds of families.

We must always remember,
and pay homage to our roots.

Each of us creates his own shadow.
A destiny to be fulfilled.
We are the future ancestors.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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HOUSE OF CLUTTER

Scenes from a kitchen.

Organization, of sorts.
And not an inch of space.

(No, this is NOT my house.)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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BROTHER EDWARD
TAKES HIS SOLEMN VOWS

Following 3 years as a novitiate monk
at the St. Louis Abbey monastic community,
Brother Edward Mazuski, O.S.B.
professed his solemn vows at the Abbey Church,
before the Abbot and abbey monks.

The candidate stands before the Abbot,
professes his vows and lies prostrate 
before the altar and is covered
by a funeral pall.

Antiphons and blessings
are sung by the Schola Cantorum
until finally, Brother Edward is led
to his place in the monastic choir.

He is now a member of the St. Louis Abbey
Benedictine monastic community, where he will
dedicate his life to education and service.

(It's time to enjoy the first piece of celebration cake.)

Monday, January 13, 2014

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ROGUE 36

One could say 
Rogue Underground Dining
  has gone "to the dogs" . . .

but not really.
We just held our 36th gourmet dining event
in a VETERINARY CLINIC.

(This proves it's not the venue
that makes an amazing Rogue event.)

It's the gathering, the menu, the energy,
the chefs and staff, the creativity, the passion.

Where will the next Rogue dinner be held?
(The possibilities are endless.)