Saturday, December 31, 2016

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POP THE BUBBLY,
SAVE THE CAP

Tonight we celebrate
the New Year.

More sparkling beverage consumed
than ever before.
With millions of wire caps twisted off
and thrown away.

So whether you're serving Champagne,
 Prosecco or Sparkling Apple Juice ...

Here's a way to save the cap,
and twist the wire
into a miniature ice cream parlor chair.

Voila!

And Happy New Year.
 

Friday, December 30, 2016

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MISSOURI FARM
WINTER SPACE

The best part of living and growing
on a Missouri farm

is space and perspective.

Wide expanses, with views
of the horizon.
And lots of room
to think, to see, to take it all in.

Especially in the winter months.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

Lone Elk Park (St. Louis County)
offers visitors a drive-through
opportunity to see bison and elk
up close, and year round.

Herds of bison were first introduced
to this park in 1948.
(Elk several years later.) 

They've acclimated nicely
and reproduced to increase 
the population.

As the weather turns cold and wet,
they roam actively and
sometimes approach vehicles
very close.

(Hi boys.)
 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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LIMESTONE RIVER BANK

Big River, Washington County, Missouri.

Tributary feeding the Meramec River,
with some solid limestone river banks,
like this one.

Beautiful.  And very old.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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DECEMBER THAW

Warm days
break the ice hold
on lakes and ponds,
these final days of the year.

"It's not what you look at that matters.
It's what you see."
                                          -- Henry David Thoreau  

Monday, December 26, 2016

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CHRISTMAS GET AWAY

A quiet, foggy Christmas day
was the perfect time to escape the city,
and drive down to horse country.

Unseasonably warm weather
for this time of the year.
The rivers were running calm,
and the horses so happy and relaxed.

Such a peaceful day.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

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 CHRISTMAS CAKE
DISASTER

My only menu assignment
for the family Christmas Eve dinner
was to bring the dessert.

I chose a coconut cake
with coconut meringue frosting.

Followed the directions --
schredded fresh coconut, coconut milk,
coconut flour, egg whites, cake flour --
things fell apart at the frosting stage.

Ingredient separated, and never returned.
Looked more like a cottage cheese cake! 

Nathaniel Reed Pastries to the rescue.
Picked up 6 beautiful pastries
and everyone was happy.

Especially the children.

(Merry Christmas everyone.)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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HOW JOY STINGER
KEEPS CHRISTMAS 

When Joy Stinger isn't keeping bees,
bottling honey, tending her chickens and ducks,
raising her rabbits, her tropical birds,
the fish in her ponds and aquariums,
her Portuguese water dogs,
and caring for her rare orchids in her
3rd floor greenhouse . . .

she transforms the inside of her house
into a Christmas celebration.
Every square inch is covered with
her collection of hand-made antique
Christmas ornaments.

It always puts me in the Christmas spirit
to visit Joy during the holidays.


Friday, December 23, 2016

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A SIGN OF CHRISTMAS

Look who I found, hiding outside
behind a local junk shop.

Hi Santa.

(It's a sign!)

Christmas is almost here.

🎄

Thursday, December 22, 2016

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WINTER SKY

First day of winter.

 Balmy 60˚ weather,
following extreme cold temps.

Thoroughly welcome,
with wonderful light.

Enjoy this weather
for the Christmas weekend
  (while you can.) 

😊 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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WARMING UP
FOR CHRISTMAS

Following our below-zero 
icy weekend,
the weather has suddenly warmed
with balmy temperatures
to melt the ice 

and make our holidays
safe and pleasant.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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JUST ENOUGH SNOW

to trim the holly bush,
and dress it up for the holidays.

A perfect Christmas bouquet!

Monday, December 19, 2016

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TWELVE BELOW ZERO

That includes wind chill,
but we had a very cold weekend.
Icy streets and walks,
and bone chilling temperatures.

Everything frozen.
With the "first day of winter"
two days away.

Brrrrrr!
 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

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POMEGRANATES FOR CHRISTMAS

Four good reasons to put pomegranates
on your shopping list:

1.  They're in season right now.
       And they're fresh, ripe and plump. 
   Very nutritious and delicious.

2.  Peel several pomegranates and place
them around the dinner table.
Your guests will delight at picking
the seeds right from the fruit.

3.  Add them to your fresh cooked cranberries,
      1-minute before you take them off the stove. 
You won't believe how delicious your
cranberry sauce will be this year.

4.  They're festive, delicious and
       RED !!!
 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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GOING ALL OUT
FOR CHRISTMAS

Neighbors are decorating
their yards, their homes,
with fantastic Christmas
lights and decorations.

They really have the
"Christmas spirit"
this year.

(Cause maybe we need it.)

The children love it.
(So do I.) 

Friday, December 16, 2016

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CANOE CLASS
LESSON LEARNED

Fundamentals of canoeing
taught in swimming class
included the dangers
of overcrowding and tipping.

The inevitable happens.

(Better in the pool
than in a river or stream.)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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FRESH FROM THE KILN

It was 3 weeks ago,
when my autistic art student, John,
coiled clay and hand pressed
a bowl and spoon
(for his morning cereal),

dried them, glazed them,
and baked them in a kiln.

Now it's finished.  
Shiny and ready for his
morning Cheerios.

He's so proud.

(I think it's beautiful.) 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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HOW CLARENCE GOT HIS WINGS

It's a classic Christmas movie
how George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart)
gets help from his guardian angel,
Clarence, who helps him discover
the true meaning of Christmas.

"It's A Wonderful Life" was
  Frank Capra's favorite film (1946)
and continues to be shown each year
by virtually every TV station 
around the world.

And don't forget . . .
"every time a Christmas bell rings,
an angel gets his wings!"

(If you haven't seen it in a while,
it's certainly worth tracking down.)

🔔

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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JOHN'S LATEST WORK

I'm always amazed at the art
and mind of my autistic art student,
John.

His capacity for seeing 
and remembering
every detail, every word
of what he sees is remarkable.

Take these two recent pieces, 
for example:

1)  An impression of Van Gogh's
      "Starry Night", in oil pastels. 
      (He loves and recalls the details.) 

2)  The FBI copyright warning,
       at the start of a recent video. 
      (Each word in a different color.) 

He rarely speaks, 
but draws and paints with
  lightning speed. 

What a mind.


Monday, December 12, 2016

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BEST TREE DESIGN
THIS CHRISTMAS

Sometimes the simplest idea
is so striking, so powerful.

One neighbor wrapped 
a front yard tree
in red lights.

Somehow RED is the perfect color
for Christmas and the holidays.
So festive.   So simple.
Such great design.

Good job, friend.

That's a wrap!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

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THE FROST FLOWERS
ARE BLOOMING

It's days like this,
after a hard freeze,
with water in stems
   still holding to the soil . . . 

when water continues
to flow from within,
but meets the frozen air outside.

Frost flowers are born.
Delicate sheets of ice
in fanciful shapes.

Just beautiful. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

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WASHING THE DEMONS AWAY

Meet Dominic, a young teen,
and my special needs "charge" at school.

He has Fragile X Syndrome,
a genetic disorder that presents
a hyperactive mix of behavior disorders.
High IQ, over stimulation, anxiety,
theatrics, perseverative speech.

He's a handful.

One of his favorite classes is swimming.
The therapeutic value of water
is amazing to behold.

To watch him splash and push the water
is to watch him drive the demons away.
It's quite a battle.
 
 (He is so relaxed and cleansed afterwards.)

The remarkable benefits of bathing.

(I respectfully present these photos,
digitally converted to protect his privacy,
which portray the battles he fights
to remove the demons.)