Monday, March 31, 2014

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CORNELL UNIVERSITY CHORUS
PERFORMS IN ST. LOUIS

47 Cornell co-eds are spending their
Spring Break touring the East Coast,
performing in 8 cities
with their Western-most stop in St. Louis.

The acoustics and setting at the famous
St. Margaret of Scotland Church
added to the beauty of this performance.

These female students lived out of suitcases,
rehearsed and performed in churches,
and will return to Ithaca, New York,
for an on-campus end-of-tour concert on April 8.

Our Sunday concert
included choral voice arrangements
from Renaissance to modern,
including some Cornell traditional songs.

(As an alumnus, it brought back fond memories.)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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INSIDE BLUEBERRY HILL

Blueberry Hill has become a famous
local landmark and national destination,
especially for first time visitors to St. Louis.

Located in the heart of "the Loop,"
there are so many reasons to spend time here:

There are 4 bars, 5 party rooms, tournament dart area,
and the famous "Duck Room", a nationally known
performance stage for touring bands and recording artists.
(Chuck Berry plays here once a month.)

Plus, Blueberry Hill is a virtual museum for displays
of nationally known collections of rock-and-roll
memorabilia, vintage lunch boxes, baseball cards,
album covers, juke boxes, and collectable dolls.

The food is excellent, but you never mind
waiting for a table because there's so much to see.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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HERE COMES SPRING

Spring is busting out all over.

Warm and rainy days in the forecast.
  We all know what that means . . .

  KABOOM ! ! !

Friday, March 28, 2014

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TINY BLOSSOMS

"Each leaf,
each blade of grass
vies for attention
in Spring.
Even weeds
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us."

              -- Marianne Poloskey

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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COULDN'T RESIST

Stopped by my favorite patisserie,
and tasted 2 new pastries:

Pear Danish
and
Freshly filled Chouquette

Thank you, Simone.

Indescribably
yummy!

La Patisserie Chouquette
Tower Grove, St. Louis

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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RARE WINES,
EXPENSIVE WINES

The world's best wines, the rarest vintages,
 are always packed in wooden cases...

Bordeaux, Burgundy, Port.

Romanée-Conti,
Chateau Lafite, Chateau Latour.
La Tache, Richebourg,
Dow's, Fonseca.

Some of these bottles sell for $1,000 and more.

Even the EMPTY cases are valuable, collectable.

So when a famous wine distributor announced
it was being purchased by a larger firm,
the wine was sold,
but not the old empty cases.

So off I went to grab some wine history.
(It's as close as I'll get to having the wines!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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PRETTY ROCKS

These brilliant iridescent beauties
caught my eye at the gem & mineral show.
And no, there's no batteries or lights
inside them.

They just catch the light
and reflect a rainbow of colors.

 Shown here are . . .

Ethiopian Opalina Nodule

Labradorite

Mezezo Opalized Wood

Australian Black Opal

(Prettier than diamonds, don't you think?)

Monday, March 24, 2014

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CRYSTAL POWER

This year's Gem & Mineral Show featured
collector interest and dealers in "healing crystals,"
particularly Lemurian quartz crystals.

These natural crystals are found individually
(not in mines with traditional quartz)
and are believed by many to have
emotional and spiritual properties,
which when carried or worn,
soothe, nurture and heal.

I'm interested enough in these beautiful stones
to do more reading and research.

In the meantime, I am most impressed
with collector and owner enthusiasm for
Lemurian Quartz Crystals.

(Why not, I say.)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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BARGING DOWN THE
MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI

While at a friend's house last evening
on the banks of the Mississippi River,
I watched tug boats push their barge loads
slowly but surely downstream.

The ice is now gone,
with traffic free to flow.
Some 500-million tons of grain
are shipped to New Orleans annually
by barge on the Mississippi.
(Nearly 75% of U.S. exports
to the rest of the world.)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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THE STAMP SHOW
IS IN TOWN

Stamp collecting (or philately)
is called "the hobby of kings."
This is the weekend to learn more
about stamps, or add to your collection.

Dealers from around the world
are at the St. Louis Renaissance Hotel
to showcase and exhibit their rarities.

It's a great way to learn about postal history,
geography, famous national figures
and specialized subjects, 
like the mushrooms of the Falkland Islands.

Experts are on hand to teach youngsters
about the history, variety and value of postal stamps.

Royalty, czars, emperors, and U.S. presidents have
all collected stamps.   In fact, 
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is an avid collector.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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FIRST FLOWERS
OF SPRING

The first day of Spring
    did NOT disappoint . . .

with reliable "first bloomers"
pushing up to reach a warm sunny day:

Snow Crocus and Snow Drops
reminding us of warm days ahead.

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WHEN TREES
HAVE KNEES

There are trees
who send their roots
up through the soil
to breath, for a drink,
for the sun.

These are tree's "knees."

Cypress . . . red maple . . .
especially trees that live by the water.

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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HAND SPLINTS 
AS ART

At the Milliken Hand Center
(Barnes Hospital, St. Louis)
hand rehabilitation is all about
customizing the best splint for the injury
while each patient's wrist heals.

What happens to the splint,
you ask?

It may just end up in an art display
at their clinic.

And to think it all started with
a tendon, a ligament, a sprain, 
or some hand trauma.

(Personalized treatment and rehab,
one hand at a time.)