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.)






Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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    OH OH
RED SKY IN THE MORNING

Rain must be on the way.

   Remember the Sailors Warning. . .

"Red sky in morning,
  Sailors take warning.
Red sky at night,
 Sailors delight."

Usually true.

Monday, February 3, 2020

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TREES HAVE FINGERS

especially old ones.
Oaks and elms.

With tangled webs of roots
and surface feeders,
like fingers reaching out
to feed  and support 
its growth and health.


Sunday, February 2, 2020

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THE ULTIMATE INSULT

Reminds me of my first ad agency job.

The president would have the copywriters
come into his office and read their 
ideas out loud.

If he didn't like it, he would roll
the copy into a tight little ball,
and throw it out his window.

This always made me laugh out loud.
Words weren't necessary.



Saturday, February 1, 2020

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PIZZA FROM SCRATCH

The only thing better than
watching them make
     and throw a Dewey's pizza . . .

is eating a slice.

So glad they're just up the street.

Yum.