Saturday, January 31, 2015

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HOME SWEET HOME

Discovering these two homes
in very remote parts of rural Missouri
helped me realize
"a man's home"
is indeed his "castle,"
no matter how old or 
in what state of disrepair.

Both homes are very much occupied,
at the end of the road,
in very beautiful parts of our state.

In need of repairs, yes,
but very livable and comfortable.
And both are over 100 years old!

Friday, January 30, 2015

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CACTUS IN A
WINTER GREENHOUSE

Cold outside,
hot inside.

Perfect for these thorny beauties.

Fun to shoot their
colors and patterns
close up!

But watch out.
(Ouch.)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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FLOOD WALL GRAFFITI 

The St. Louis Riverfront
is going through some major rehab,
some of it planned,
some of it "volunteered". . .

with some dramatic river art ! !

All along the flood wall,
there's some fantastic graffiti
painted by some very serious artists.

Most of the graffiti is done at night,
with tell tale paint buckets left half full
by morning's light.

There's no charge
for visiting this riverfront art exhibit.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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WHERE THE BUFFALOS ROAM

A warm winter day
at Lone Elk Park
(St. Louis County),
and the buffalo were enjoying
a beautiful day.

(Me too.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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LOVE THE WINTER SUN

Especially
on winter's coldest days

find the sun,
face it squarely.
Close your eyes
and feel the warmth.

Soon, my friend.
Soon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

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READY TO FEEL SMALL?

NASA has just released it biggest
hi-resolution photo 
of the Andromeda Galaxy.

It took the Hubble Telescope
3 years to photograph this image,
section by section.
The 4.3-gigabyte photo
is composed of 1.5 billion pixels.
The finished image is
60,000 x 22,000 pixels
and requires 600 HD TV displays
to view it all.

When you view this YouTube video
(just released)
keep in mind each pixel is a star
with its own unique universe.
Ready to feel really, really insignificant?
View this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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MY AFFAIR WITH SIMONE

I confess
I'm in love with Simone.

She moved here from Paris, France
to open a pâtisserie,
La Pâtisserie Chouquette,
a very special French bakery.

As the pâtissière,
she brought with her the
very special baking skills
for fantastic, authentic pastries
and heavenly croissants.

I visit Simone early Saturday mornings
just to have her amazing, flakey croissants.

She bags one up for me,
and I drive straight back to Kaldi's coffee
for a perfect Colombian espresso.

Merci, Simone.
xoxo

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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MYSTICAL WILDNESS

Oil on canvas, 1878 (Louis Breton, French)

This is a painting I frequently visit 
to see at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Jules Breton regularly visited the coastal
region of Brittany to paint the
"mystical wildness" of Breton women.

Here he painted a coastal peasant girl
showing compassion for a wounded sea gull.

Interestingly, this was one of the first paintings
to be exhibited at the newly founded
St. Louis Art Museum in 1881.

Friday, January 23, 2015

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CHEERS!

Here's to starting 
  and ending each day . . .

early morning latte,
and a glass of Bordeaux
at night.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

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NO ORDINARY MUSEUM

Is that a school bus
falling off the roof?

jet airplane hanging in the trees?

giant lizard slithering down the light pole?

pit of rubber balls to run through?

a giant slinky to climb down?

a giant snake fence surrounding us?

and we're not even in the front door yet ! ! !

Must be the City Museum,
in downtown St. Louis.

(This place is crazy fun.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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KING OF PRANKS

Local home gets hit.
Probably a 12-roll job!

(Getting TP'd is still an honor.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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PHOTOGRAPHER
DEVOTES HIS LIFE
TO FANCY HAIRSTYLES

Self-taught Nigerian photographer, 
J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
(1930-2014)
followed his passion for photography
and the extreme hair styles of
Nigerian women.

When he died last year at 83,
he left over 1,000 black-and-white
photographs of extreme hairstyles
throughout the years.

The fleeting aspect of culture
is shown in his hair style photo exhibits
which are now traveling around the world.

Monday, January 19, 2015

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ST. LOUIS' NEWEST CONCERT VENUE
IS ALSO ITS SMALLEST

The "Demo Room" (in The Grove)
is billed as the "finest music experience"
a small room concert venue can offer.

Attracting progressive, national bands
and "sold out" audiences,
Demo has no chairs, no tables, 
a killer sound system, just standing room only
for rock, punk, indie, hip hop, garage,
funk, soul groups.

Last night, Foster McGinty rocked the house.

Foster (and his legendary Fender Stratocaster guitar)
made national news several years ago
after he left his guitar on a New York subway train;
but offered an award ($1,500) which 
resulted in its return.

Foster McGinty grew up in southern Missouri,
but now lives in Nashville, TN.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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THIS IS THE SPOT
WHERE LEWIS AND CLARK
STARTED THEIR EXPEDITION

. . . on the Missouri River
   in St. Charles, Missouri.

They took 33 men 1,850 miles,
against the current,
departing May 21, 1804.

It took 2 years to reach their destination
in the Pacific Northwest.

Their primary vessel was a 55-foot keel boat,
with 2 smaller boats to carry their supplies.

Today's river is much deeper and wider
than when they started.
(The Missouri River was 18-inches deep,
propelled by sails and long poles
pushed by boat personnel.)

The entire trip was accomplished
against the stream.
They averaged 10-15 miles a day.