Saturday, February 29, 2020

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CAHOKIA MOUNDS

Directly across the Mississippi River
from downtown St. Louis, MO
was once the most extensive urban center
in prehistoric America.

A community of man made earthen structures,
covering 6 square miles, 120 mounds in all.
Built by ancient mound builders 
from A.D. 700 to 1400.

The largest structure, Monks Mound,
still offers the best views,
and can be climbed by visitors.


Occupied until 1400
with a population of 20,000.

It may have collapsed because
of changing climate.

The visitors center is full of historic relics, carvings,
tools and arrow points.

cahokiamounds.org

Friday, February 28, 2020

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THERE'S NOT A BEACH ON OUR PLANET
THAT'S NOT FREE FROM OUR PLASTICS

Sad fact -- our plastic waste all ends up
in our rivers and oceans.

Single-use plastic soda and water bottles,
shopping bags, cups, bottle caps,
flip-flops,  cigarette butts, sunglasses.

Scientists estimate 8-million metric tons
ends up in the oceans each year.
And micro plastics end up in all sea life,
and in every turtle still living.
So we're poisoning ourselves.

4OCEAN volunteers are actively cleaning
up beaches in the U.S., Haiti, Guatemala.

Here's 2 things you can do, to help:

1.  Support Ocean Conservancy and
     visit "4ocean.com" to learn more.

2.  Stop buying beverages in single use
        plastic bottles.  Get and use your own bottle.
        Refuse plastic grocery bags and containers.

Spread the word, not the trash.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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SUDDEN SNOW

The view out my window
yesterday morning.

Recent mild weather
made the ground to warm
for any accumulation,
but the snow held fast
to branches and windshields.

March must be near.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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WHERE THE GENIUS RESIDES

And if you think my office 
is cluttered,

You should visit my mind!



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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MEET GINNETTE

Well behaved, sitting in
her high chair,
at the antique shoppe.

Don't know any Ginnettes.
Do you?



Monday, February 24, 2020

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HOW WAS YOUR DAY?

Some of us aren't so good
at reading the situation,
you know?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

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CALL OF THE BEADS

10-million strands
thrown from 100 parade floats
at yesterday's Mardi Gras parade
in Soulard town, St. Louis.

Perfect sunny weather.

Any wonder if the crowds gathered?

Here's a visual hint . . .


For beads?

Saturday, February 22, 2020

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TODAY'S THE DAY

The Mardi Gras grand parade
in the Soulard neighborhood
of St. Louis.

This event is the crown jewel of the
Soulard Mardi Gras season,
and is the biggest parade outside
of the Big Easy.

10-million strands of beads will be
thrown from parade floats.

Parade starts at 11:00am.

P.S.  Leave your car at home.



Friday, February 21, 2020

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HOME MADE PIES
BY THE SLICE

40 miles from St. Louis,
and so worth the drive.

Cowan's Restaurant
in historic Washington, MO.
On the banks of the Missouri River.

Home of the "mile high pie."

Made from scratch daily.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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WE'RE POISONING OUR OCEANS
WITH PLASTIC

Plastic water bottles, trash bags,
single-use containers.

There's not a beach on this planet
that's free of this forever trash.

Besides not buying water or 
beverages in plastic bottles,
there's finally something
you can do.

Join www.4ocean.com

A volunteer organization that is
cleaning up our rivers and oceans,
and saving marine life,
beach by beach.

Learn how each bracelet you buy
funds the removal of 1 pound of
trash and plastic from our coastlines.



Thank you!





Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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GOT YOUR "KING CAKE" YET?

King Cake is a sweet tasty cake
eaten on "Kings Day" 
or Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras),
with 3 important colored icings.

According to tradition, a small
plastic baby (symbolizing baby Jesus)
is hidden inside the cake.
And whoever finds it receives good luck,
and is also responsible for buying
next year's cake.


It is customarily adorned with
purple, green and gold icing.
Purple for justice,
green for faith and
gold for power.

Mardi Gras is always the last day
of the Carnival season,
the day before Ash Wednesday,
the first day of Lent.



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT
A ROTHKO

This oil on canvas 1962 work,
"Red, Orange, Orange on Red".

A floating field of tangerine orange
is bounded at the bottom by an area
of acidic orange, and at the top by 
a line of red.   

Mark Rothko stained the canvas 
with several layers of thin pigment,
creating an effect that evokes the
shimmering luminosity of
dawn or sunset.

(On view without distraction
at the St. Louis Art Museum.)



Monday, February 17, 2020

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MARDI GRAS PET PARADE

Pets got in their steps Sunday afternoon
for a good cause.  The Purina Pet Parade is
part of the annual Mardi Gras celebration
in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.

This is the 27th annual event, and now
the largest costume pet parade 
in the entire world.

But the event hasn't all gone to the dogs,
as many other animals get dressed up
and show their costumes or floats
along the parade route.

Organizers asked human participants
to donate $10 to the Open Door
Animal Sanctuary.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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DEEP FREEZE DAYS

Thermometers don't lie.

With wind chill temps
well below zero,
it has been soooo cold.

Forecast for the weekend
calls for warmer weather.

In the 50s by Sunday.
Just in time for the
Mardi Gras Pet Parade.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN
2ND CENTURY

Large almond shaped eyes
dominate this striking portrait 
of a well-to-do Egyptian woman.

Painted on wood, the portrait was
likely commissioned while she 
was still alive, capturing her in
middle age with gray streaked hair,
gold and pearl earrings, red lips
and heavy eye make up.

At her death, this wooden likeness
would have been placed on her mummy.

(Roman, Imperial Period, St. Louis Art Museum)


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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STONE HOVERING

Striking image, oil on canvass,
by surrealist René Magritte
(1951, St. Louis Art Museum).

With no other objects to reference
for scale, it's impossible to know
whether this rock is a 
tiny pebble or a massive boulder.

Impressive nonetheless.



Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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GOT YOUR KING CAKE?

It's time.

Mardi Gras is close.
Festivities start this weekend.

This pre-Lenten festive cake
is associated with Carnival and
all the Mardi Gras celebrations.

And whoever finds the hidden
Baby Jesus has to host next
year's  party.




Monday, February 10, 2020

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MY KIDS

Annie on top,
Maggie on bottom.

When we first got the cabin.

Playing on the Meramec.
So much fun.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

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VOYAGER 2 IS BACK

NASA brings Voyager 2 
fully back on line
11.5 billion miles from Earth.

An incredible feat of remote engineering,
NASA has fixed one of the 
most intrepid explorers in human history.

Back on line and resuming its mission
to collect scientific data on the solar system
and the interstellar space beyond.

Voyager 1 and 2 have been traveling
for the last 4 decades.
It takes 17 hours, 1 way, to transmit
or receive data from Voyager 2.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

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MARDI GRAS PET PARADE
NEXT WEEKEND

Time to dress up your pooch,
for Mardi Gras 2020.

The annual pet parade
takes place next weekend,
In Soulard, of course.

Decide how you will dress up
your Party Pooch.

(Soulard St. Louis,
the 2nd biggest Mardi Gras
celebration in the U.S.)


Friday, February 7, 2020

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HEART CANDY IS BACK

Ever since Necco Candy stopped
making those little candy hearts,
they've been hard to find.

In fact, they weren't available
at all last year.

But good news. . .
Spangler Candy has been making
these little message hearts
starting in 2019, 
and they're back in stores for 2020.


Go get a bag.
Valentines Day is next Friday.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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SOUPY RAINY DAY

Soft pleasant light,
gentle rains.

Which is all a preamble to
today's winter storm warning.
Big snow fall coming.

(Not venturing out today.
Just taking pics.)