Thursday, January 29, 2015

Student Kate



Kate is a junior who came to our retirement luncheon as an "official photographer" for the group picture for the school newspaper. She is very excited about the new Center for the Performing Arts, currently under construction.  She mentioned that her class will be the first one to graduate after the structure has been built.  Since the building should be completed by the opening of school next fall, she and her classmates will have many opportunities to enjoy and use the new Center.  On the wall behind Kate are photos of former Headmasters who have run the school.  The one behind  Kate on the right side of the photo is the man who initially hired me, and my favorite of them all.


City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
from which you usually post, what would you miss most?  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Construction-ABC WEDNESDAY "C"


A few weeks ago I told you about our neighborhood's unhappiness with the closing of Barnes and Noble to be replaced by a small Target store.  The space is now empty. I'm not a betting woman, yet wanna bet that the bookstore poster will be abandoned during the renovation?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Construction Boss Lady!!

 Shannon, who interestingly graduated from the school in 1974, is a project manager of the Huss Center for the Performing Arts, which is currently under construction by the McGough firm. She gave former faculty and staff whom I featured yesterday a tour of the future 30,000 sq. ft. multiple-use building.  It doesn't look like much now but it is going to be a beautiful and useful space that will be a super addition to the student body for creative activity.




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Monday, January 26, 2015

Former Colleagues

Last Friday the school where I used to teach treated former faculty and staff to their annual luncheon, but before we started to socialize, we were given a tour of the Huss Center for Performing Arts, which is under construction. Below are two English department former colleagues (Kate and Dutton) getting ready to tour the facility.



The trio are Lower School friends and former colleagues. The dynamic duo kept the Middle and Upper School working on schedule.  Great folks!

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All retired now!
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gypsy Moon




Gypsy Moon is a small shop on Randolph Avenue located across from St. Kate's campus.  It has an eclectic inventory of pillows, women's frocks, sweaters, pictures, signs of all kind, jewelry, scarves, vintage furniture and many other irresistible items. Bronwyn who was in charge of the store while I was browsing told she is went to Webster Elementary School (now named the Michelle and Barack Obama School),  Ramsey Junior and Highland Park High School.  An entire educational career in St. Paul.


City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
from which you usually post, what would you miss most?  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pastry Chefs at Turtle


 On Mondays a friend and I pick up donated bread, rolls, and pastries from Turtle Bakery on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis to take to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, which uses it as part of their free Monday night supper for homeless street people.  While enjoying a cup of coffee at the restaurant, I like to watch Gabriella (on the left) and Angelica work their magic,.  It is hard to resist buying their delectable creations to take home!


City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Sun, Sea, and Sand


I DID IT!!  
I found a condo to rent, booked a flight, and in three weeks I'll be posting from 
my Mazatlán, México blog.

City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meet Alex . . . Again!


Last week I showed you three Minnesota workers who are in the process of repairing our fireplaces both inside and outside.  In the earlier photo, Alex was wearing a stocking hat but a few days later he appeared without it, and I was impressed with his shock of curly hair.  He is as nice as he is good-lookin'!!  Guess you can't escape "Minnesota Nice!"  Incidentally, the exterior chimney has been successfully repaired as well as the living room fireplace, but the basement fireplace chimney gave them problems so we have to wait on an ordered smaller lining.  I guess it's okay since I'll be able to see these nice guys again!

City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ABC WEDNESDAY="B"


Repost: Another photo from my archives, 2007 in Mazatlán.  I miss the cultural differences and the wonderful people in that country; we have not been back there for about 4 or 5 years.  Perhaps a brief escape this winter might chase away my doldrums?

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City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
from which you usually post, what would you miss most?  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ABC Wednesday-"B": Blocks of Ice


It is Winter Carnival Time again, which is a big deal and an annual fun fest in the city of St Paul. Workers are constructing the Royal Courtyard in downtown Rice Park from more than 1,000 blocks of ice, weighing from 500 to 700 lbs—actually a small structure when compared to former Winter Carnival Ice Palaces.  Read about the construction here.

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History
In 1885, a New York Times Reporter wrote that Saint Paul was the "Siberia of America" and questioned whether it was fit for human habitation. Offended by this attack on their Capital City, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided not only to prove that Saint Paul was habitable, but that its citizens were very much alive during winter, the most dominant season. Thus was born the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

In 1886, King Boreas I was crowned at the first Winter Carnival. This festival also featured an ice castle -- an elaborate creation made from ice from Minnesota lakes . The Saint Paul Winter Carnival, also known as "The Coolest Celebration on Earth," is the nation's oldest and largest winter festival. With many events -- including the breathtaking ice sculptures and parades  -- the Carnival has become a trademark of history, community spirit and togetherness, turning Saint Paul into a winter wonderland in late January.



City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
from which you usually post, what would you miss most?