Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
One of several murals on the outside wall of a tienda on the west side of St. Paul that has a large and thriving Mexican and Central American population.
Added Later: Several people expressed surprise that St. Paul has a sizable Mexican and Spanish- speaking community. Here is what I found re. its history:
The West Side continues to be home to third and fourth-generation Mexican immigrants, as well as 21st-century first-generation Mexican immigrants. The Neighborhood House continues to serve the needs on the residents of the lower West Side. Since the lock and dam system on the Upper Mississippi River was completed in the 1950s, flooding on the West Side flats has become a rarity, and quality housing for low- and middle-income families has been built there. Much of the activity is now geared toward preserving Mexican traditions, with programs to celebrate music, ballet, and history of the Mexican immigrants in Saint Paul. The West Side bustles each year to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, El Grito, and Día de la Independencia.
Linking to Monday Murals
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Our sweet Maggie being treated at the University of Minnesota Vet Clinic. We are having a highly emotional family debate regarding her future. Despite (or because of) my love for her, I am in favor of "putting her down" but I have been strongly outvoted. It is amazing what modern medicine can do even for animals and she has rallied somewhat with the help of drugs and treatment. Perhaps Mother Nature will be the one that ultimately determines her fate.
Friday, October 24, 2014
These look good, but they are an unwelcome sight. The Green Bay side of the Door County Peninsula has already been overbuilt by developers that entice the tourist trade, and, unfortunately, it is an increasing trend on the Lake Michigan side. The County has lost much of its charm from the area I knew as a kid. I still prefer the quaint, small cottage-like buildings and old-fashioned resorts in the villages that line the peninsula. Progress? Sigh!!