Monday, November 30, 2015

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CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

Downtown St. Louis
looks great at night,
all dressed up for the holidays.

(Even in the rain.)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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TACOS AND GAME NIGHT

. . . while the relatives are still in town,
and bringing the Thanksgiving
weekend to an end.

(Let Sunday be a day of rest.)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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SOMETHING NEW IN
ADVENT CALENDARS

November is coming to a close.

Time for the day-by-day December
"Advent Countdown."

With all due respect and reverence
to the Christmas season,
there's a whole new twist
to Advent calendars.

 Introducing . . .
The Ginvent Calendar!

Each day reveals a mini-bottle
of hand crafted gin.
24 days of botanically unique GIN.

Getting us ready for Christmas morning!

(My sister already received the GinVent,
and says she can't wait to open Door #1.)

Friday, November 27, 2015

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RECORD TURNOUT FOR
KIRKWOOD-WEBSTER TURKEY DAY RUN 

As the sun rose Thanksgiving morning,
thousands were already registered for the
annual Kirkwood Turkey Day Run.

The weather was perfect as an estimated
5-thousand runners prepared to run
this now famous marathon through
Kirkwood, Missouri.

Runners showed up from all parts of the country,
and some from Ireland and the U.K.

Amateur running teams,
moms and dads with strollers,
and runners out for a fun run
on a beautiful day.

(And some with turkey hats
for the occasion!)


Thursday, November 26, 2015

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THANKSGIVING:
WHAT IT IS (AND ISN'T) 

Today is Thanksgiving,
in America (Canada, too.)

We all grew up
learning what they taught us
 about Thanksgiving . . . 
Pilgrims surviving their first winter
(thanks to the Wampanoag Indians),
sharing a successful harvest
with their native American friends,
and feasting together.

But for me,
Thanksgiving is when we
come together, friends and family,
prepare a grand feast
and toast our blessings.

And have lots of fun,
like my friend, Pattie (last pic).

(Nice costume, Pattie.
Love the feathers.)
 
Where ever you are,
enjoy this peaceful day,
and count your blessings.
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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THE BEST PART
OF THANKSGIVING

Family.
Friends.
Together.

Favorite recipes.
Cooking, preparing.

And then,
sharing.

However grand,
or small.
Be thankful.
For your gathering.

For the love.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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WINTER RIVER

Looking down
on the Meramec River.
(The cabin is just below.)

  Just one view is more beautiful . . .

Dawn's early light
reflected on the water.
 

Monday, November 23, 2015

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BRAHMS
FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Going to Powell Symphony Hall
to hear the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
is something I do each holiday season.

It puts me in the holiday spirit,
and is always an uplifting experience.

This year, it was a performance of
Brahm's Symphony No. 1,
under the baton of maestro David Robertson.

We are fortunate indeed to have
such a superb symphony orchestra.

Thank you Johannes Brahms.
Bravo! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

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WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

There's a park preserve
just west of town
where the buffalo do roam,
as do a herd of elk.

But the park rangers warn
visitors to stay in their cars,
as it's mating season
for the elk.

(And we most certainly
don't want to get in the way!)
 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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LAST BLAST
OF AUTUMN RED

The Japanese maple
stands alone in autumn.

The final foliage of the season
in 100% fire engine red!

The only way to shoot her . . .
climb under her boughs,
and look through her leaves.

This tree's on fire!
 

Friday, November 20, 2015

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FIBERS INTO ART

Paris-based American artist Sheila Hicks
(b. 1934, Hastings, Nebraska)
has been creating hand-spun and woven
fiber installations and sculptures
for nearly 60 years.

Her current show features current works from
private collections and the St. Louis Art Museum,
and is on display at the CAM Museum
(3750 Washington Avenue, St. Louis)
through December 27.

She works in natural and synthetic fibers
in a riot of colors and breathtaking forms.

She has exhibited at major museums
around the world.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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TWO GRAND HOUSES

Two distinctive homes,
  each 150 years old . . 

one Victorian gem,
just down the street,
   in Kirkwood, Missouri . . 

the other a solid, rock house
on the banks of the
Mississippi River,
north of St. Louis
(built to survive frequent floods.)

Oh the stories they could tell,
the lives they've sheltered.

(Beautiful survivors.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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"RAINING CATS AND DOGS"
  
Everyone's familiar with this expression.
Appropriate when it's raining hard.
Really hard!
(Like yesterday, in St. Louis.)

The expression is not attributed to any one person,
but is likely born in 17th/18th century England
when very heavy rains would occasionally
carry dead animals (dogs and cats)
through the filthy streets of London.

... thus causing the coining of this 
now popular and colorful phrase. 

(No animals floating down our streets,
but it sure has been raining hard!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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THERE'S A FUNGUS
AMONG US

As the song says,
"the fungus is definitely among us."

(Especially on these cool, moist autumn days.) 

After all, fungi are a huge part of nature . . .

mushrooms, lichen, dandruff,
athlete's foot, diaper rash, ringworm,
mold, sinusitis, yeast infections,
indoors, outdoors, every size and color.

I found these in the woods,
down by the cabin.

(Some delicious, some quite poisonous,
so I don't even touch.)