Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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GRAFFITI ART

Abandoned buildings
on the riverfront
are getting painted,
and some are almost
beautiful.

Until this land is developed,
it's almost art.
(Almost.)

Who says downtown St. Louis
isn't colorful?


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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WHEN ART CLASHES

Styles in conflict.

St. Louis Art Museum,
modern art gallery.

Ouch.

Monday, August 19, 2019

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PAW PAW PATCH

As the song says
"Come on boys, let's go find her,
way down yonder in the Paw Paw patch."

You're looking at a healthy Paw Paw patch,
that surrounds the Spring, 
down at the cabin.

And now's the time to start picking them.
They're delicious.




The soft white flesh
tastes like banana custard.

Yum.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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THE ORANGES OF SPECIES

With all respect to Charles Darwin,
I love this one.

After all, have you every noticed
how orange our president looks?



Saturday, August 17, 2019

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MORNING DEW

Warm summer days,
cool evenings.

So many forest critters
count on a morning drink.

Heavy dews to the rescue.


Friday, August 16, 2019

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YOU USING PAPER STRAWS YET?

Always refuse plastic ones.

Spread the word.



Thursday, August 15, 2019

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WANT TO HOLD A MIRACLE?

Pick up a leaf.

Hold it to the light.
Look close.

See the veins,
the skeleton,
the design,
its intricate plumbing.

Plant life is amazing.

You are holding a miracle.



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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CHICKEN OF THE WOODS

This is one mushroom.
One monster find.

Found locally,
at the base of an old oak.
And 100% delicious.

And available at our
local farmers market.



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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TIME FOR RATATOUILLE

When the market is overflowing
with eggplants and tomatoes,
there's ratatouille
(French eggplant stew).

Slice and mix fresh eggplant,
ripe tomatoes, yellow zucchini,
garlic and olive oil.
Cover with foil, bake at 350˚
45 minutes.

You've done it.
Yum.

Monday, August 12, 2019

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PLAY GO AT KALDI'S

The game, GO, is an abstract
strategy board game for 2 players.
The aim is to surround more
territory than the opponent.

Invented in China more than
2500 years ago, GO is believed
to be the oldest board game
continuously played to the
present day.

Your move.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

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FORGET WHAT
CARROTS TASTE LIKE?

You still buying carrots
at the grocery store?
The orange ones in those
plastic bags?

Next time you find a local
farmers market,
stop in and try some 
locally grown ones.

Hint --  they come in 
different colors, too.

They are soooo delicious.
Loaded with vitamins, too.




Saturday, August 10, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

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2 GOOD REASONS
FOR A GARDEN

Home grown tomatoes.
And fresh basil.

Can't beat that
home grown taste.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

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RIGHT ON SCHEDULE

Now that August is here,
the pink blossoms of the
Resurrection Lily
(also called Surprise Lilies)
have sprouted up
all over town.

All stem, no leaves.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"

There never has been a better
Christmas-time movie.
Not ever.

Frank Capra made this movie in 1946
in black-and-white.
And it has survived the years
better than most.

Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart
survived the trials and tribulations
of the season.
(Thanks to Clarence, the angel.)

The song they sang together:
"Buffalo Girls can you come out tonight."

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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REMEMBER THIS SCENE?

1.  Name the movie.

2.  And the song they were singing.

(Such a classic.)



Monday, August 5, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

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TAPESTRY 
FROM DISCARDED 
LIQUOR BOTTLES

Hand sewn with wire,
and fashioned from
flattened liquor bottle tops,
this magnificent tapestry hangs
at the St. Louis Art Museum.

By El Anatsui, Ghana, 2005

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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BEHOLD A RARE PEACH
(Know why?)

It's got fuzz.


Peach fuzz has been systematically
bred-out of our popular peach varieties.

WTF


Keep an eye out for
Eckert's Peaches.

Favorite southern Illinois
peach grower.
Visit your local farmers market,
it's Saturday!

(What's the matter with fuzz?)



Friday, August 2, 2019

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THE LOST ART OF
ROOT CELLARS

Country folk know
the secret of root cellars.

Usually a mound of earth
in the back yard, 
with a door to swing open.

Keeps root vegetables 
and canned goods fresh all
season long . . .
fresh after harvest,
without electricity.

Ingenious!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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THEY'RE PLUM DELICIOUS

Nothing like a ripe,  juicy plum.

In season right now.

Yum.