Saturday, August 31, 2019

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THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE

After being diagnosed with stage 4
pancreatic cancer, Jeopardy host
Alex Trebek has been aggressively
fighting it with chemotherapy,
which he has now completed.

At 79 years old, Trebek is in high spirits
and just begun taping a new season
of this 39 year running game show.

He remains positive and says his
cancer is in "near remission."

I can't imagine my daily fix
of Jeopardy without him
at the helm.

Here's today's answer . . .


Who's the famous author?


Friday, August 30, 2019

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MEET WALT

Friend, neighbor,
amazing man.

Walt is our river neighbor
down at the cabin,
who lives up the hill year round
in a house he built himself.

He designed and built our deck,
fixes most of what breaks,
and is totally indispensable.


So grateful you and Carolyn
are our friends.

Lucky us.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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BLACK EYED SUSAN
INVASION

They're everywhere,
especially on our riverbanks.

Happy yellow black eyed Susans.

Smiling as the summer ends.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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MY OLD JEEP

It was the perfect medium
for increasing awareness
to stop the Meramec Dam.

But it was nothing
compared to the tenacity
and dedication of one man.
It was Jerry Sugerman,
more than anyone else,
responsible for stopping this
"crime against Mother Nature."

Jerry has left us this past weekend.
And we will never forget him.


The Meramec River flows freely,
because of you.

Thank you.
And God bless.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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FAREWELL
JERRY SUGERMAN

Activist, environmentalist,
conservationist, teacher
and friend.

Singlehandedly and unselfishly
responsible for preventing
the building and completion
of the Meramec Dam.

Officially deauthorized in 1980.

He just never gave up,
and was responsible for saving
one of Missouri's most beautiful
free-flowing streams.

I was proud to contribute 2-years
of volunteer work to this effort,
and learned so much about
determination and perseverance.

So many people will miss you.
Especially me.

Monday, August 26, 2019

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SUNDAY RETREAT
TO THE CABIN

Nestled on the riverbank.

Almost invisible.

Location, location, location.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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GREAT SUMMERTIME READ

Being the science geek
that I am, this is easily
one of my favorite
nonfiction books
of all time.

"Ebullient . . . a nonstop parade
of lively science stories."
                            -- New York Times

Highly recommend this fun work.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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FARMERS MARKET
FAVORITES

As the seasons change,
so do the local specialties
available at your local
Farmers Market.

Late August, brings
sweet Fredonia grapes
and beautiful Pluots
(a cross between a
plum and an apricot.)

Yum.

Friday, August 23, 2019

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THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
IS ON FIRE

The largest rainforest on earth is burning
out of control.

Most of earths oxygen comes from
this precious resource, not to mention
the rare plants and animals,
and the undiscovered medicines
from this huge jungle.

And Brazil's president Bolsonaro,
who denies climate change to begin with,
blames his critics responsible
for setting the fire.


Let's see now,
who does he remind me of.

Hmmmm.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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LOOK WHAT I FOUND
AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Beautiful heirloom tomatoes
and the sweetest cherry tomatoes.

Have you ever noticed
how delicious
beautiful food is?

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.