Monday, May 21, 2018

Protecting or Serving?

During these splendid summer days, I often sit in Rice Park before I cross the street to the Ordway Center to watch the St Paul Chamber Orchestra perform on Friday mornings. There are always other people sitting and  enjoying the pleasant weather.  Often there are homeless or vagrant people sleeping on the benches. An inaudible exchange occurred between these two people, and trying to remain unobtrusive, I captured this moment.  After a few moments, the officer left and the woman remained upright rather than reclining as she previously had done. The newly remodelled Catholic Charities Dorothy Day Center is just a few blocks away so I wondered why she was not taking advantage of that facility. Our society seems to be trying to take care of homeless people yet I wonder if this social problem will ever be resolved?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Special Superior

I consider myself very lucky to have had two Great Lakes as a part of my life.  I was born in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan.  I recall the lullaby of the waves as I fell asleep and have a special feeling for the lonely sound of a fog horn.  As an adult, I settled in Saint Paul, an easy driving distance to the North Shore where my children, grandchildren, DH and I have spent many happy summer hours in Duluth and northern cities along Lake Superior, up to Canada. The autumn colours are spectacular, making any road trip breathtaking. Skiing at Duluth's Spirit Mountain in the winter is a challenge, especially when the wind made every effort to freeze one's eyelashes and eyebrows. Although I have an affinity for sea, sand and surf, I would not trade these experiences for permanent residence in a different, warmer place. Yet, on the other hand. . . . .

Friday, May 18, 2018

At long last!!

At long last our crabapple tree is blooming. I wonder if I will be able to recall this photo next January?

My recent long absence can be blamed on a nagging illness.  Recovering now, I hope! Good to be back!!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Neighbors "Garden House"

Whenever I look across the street and see this "garden house" at this time of year, I get a little excited because I know that spring has finally arrived and I can plant my pots of herbs.  The building has always appealed to me and definitely is a harbinger of spring.  It makes me a bit sad, also, because the owner is getting on in years with corresponding health issues so I wonder how much use she will make of it.  This building obviously gives me a whole range of feelings.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Theme Day, May 1, 2018 "Laugh"

Smiles, snicker, grins, or just a flicker of a smile are all fair game for this month's theme photo.  Whenever I am in Mazatlán I head for the market to see what kinds of macabre images I can find among the butchers' handiwork. I don't think this porky has much to smile about; perhaps he knows something we don't know!

To see what other images the CDP photographers around the world have found to smile about, click the link HERE .

Friday, April 27, 2018

Art in Bloom, 2018

I haven't returned yet to the MIA to see the full display of Art in Bloom creations I told you about yesterday, but hope to get there this afternoon.  It's pretty essential to see the art and corresponding bouquets during the first day (or two) before the flowers start to wilt. I took these photos as we walked by during our American Modern Art tour on Wednesday so I didn't have time to dawdle. Loved the florists' rendition of the painting of the three women in the flower of womanhood! Don't you agree in the way the three women are represented by the strong blossoms?!

 Painting: "Three Women" Fernand Léger,  Oil on Canvas
 Floral Arrangers: Bob and Barbara Scott and Kathleen Steiger

This painting represents a group of three reclining nudes drinking tea r coffee in a chic apartment. While the reclining nude is a common subject in art history, these women's bodies have been simplified into rounded and dislocated forms, their skin not soft but firm, buffed, and polished. The machinelike precision and solidity with which Léger renders human form relates to his faith in modern industry and to his hope that art and the machine age would together reverse the chaos unleashed by World War I.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Art in Bloom Set-up

 While taking a class yesterday on modern American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I was able to watch some of the participants in the annual Art in Bloom exhibit setting up some of their work.  A cooperative effort of many floral artists worked on the figure at the entrance outside the museum, a floral greeting to visitors anticipating the event that is much anticipated by the public.

What is Art in Bloom?Free and open to the public, Art in Bloom exhibits imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from Mia’s permanent collection, created by more than 100 commercial florists and individual artists.

Over the course of the four-day festival, everyone is invited to experience the floral fragrance throughout the museum, enjoy a lecture or demonstration, attend a party or free docent tour, and browse floral-inspired merchandise in the Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop.
Art in Bloom is the principal fundraiser of the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Friends organization is dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of Mia. (Credit: MIA)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Sharp Bargain

What a deal, right!? Chefs always exhort the necessity of good knives, and these sharp tools look like a real bargain for the average family cook! Hustle over to Cooks on Grand Avenue to take advantage of the sale and watch your meals improve!

Link to Signs, Signs

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cosmetic World

Skin care certainly has changed so I need to hustle over to a cosmetic counter to get the lastest remedies.  I ask you, what's a grandmother to do?!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Another beautiful quilt

 Because of the weather and some family illness, I haven't been able to get out and about to take some new photos to share. Another quilt from the Evergreen Quilters at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul is the latest selection for your viewing pleasure.

This yellow beauty made by Ellen Wold is called "Summer Lanterns" and measures 56"x 56"—wouldn't you love to have this beauty?! If you missed photos of previous quilts I have posted, go here and here and here. The quilt photos are so much better than those of snow and ice, right?!