Saturday, June 10, 2017

Baby Swing

Without planning a photo shoot, just walking around my neighbourhood gives me plenty of images to photograph and enjoy.  It's been a long time since I have seen an infant/baby swing suspended from a tree--even longer since I saw a child in one.  This model looks pretty sleek and very different from the swings my once-young children used and enjoyed.  A little bit of nostalgia!

Thursday, June 08, 2017


Wild Wendy and I got up early this morning and reveled in all the beautiful blossoms in our neighbours' yards. The peonies are gorgeous this year!! 

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Friends of Fitzgerald

 Since this is the last post in my Fitzgerald's series, it is fitting that I show the high regard our family has for F. Scott.  We cannot seem to be able to bypass him whenever we are in the vicinity of Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul. Rain or shine, we always have time to stop and greet him. Notice the slight smile on Fitzgerald's face when we stop to chat with him.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Rice Park

Several bloggers asked me to post a photo of the statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald located in Rice Park.

I posted these three photos on my blog in May of 2010, but here they are again per your request
He's my favorite Saint Paul fella (in addition to my DH)! My husband always loves to walk through the park with me because I invariably stop to chat with  F. Scott Fitzgerald to tell him how much I enjoyed teaching his books!  Or how much my students loved The Great Gatsby. Or how much my husband loved writing his college senior thesis on This Side of Paradise.  

Here is information on the artist who created the sculpture:
Artist Name: Michael Price 
Media: Bronze with warm brown patina on red granite base
Date Created: 1/1/1996
Location: Rice Park
History: Price created this sculpture, representing F. Scott Fitzgerald in his early thirties, to honor the renowned author on the centennial of his birthday.  Price said, “I found Fitzgerald to be an honest and generous person, and I wanted to express those qualities in the work.”  Price equated his work with the author’s—naturalism, as opposed to realism, characterizes the work of both.  “Fitzgerald said he didn’t have a large idea, but he had a large perception, and so developed content from the vantage point of immediate human experience.  I wanted to emulate that approach,” Price explained, “making this work immediately accessible and engaging.”

Monday, June 05, 2017

Fitzgerald Hangout

University Club, 420 Summit Avenue

Scott and Zelda were regulars at the well-heeled University Club, where they attended dances and spent evenings in the bar. Together, the Fitzgeralds once published a spoof newspaper poking fun at University Club regulars, which they distributed at a formal ball.  Credit:

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, undated letter to his daughter "Scottie"

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The Purple Iris

Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. 

Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, June 03, 2017

This Side of Paradise

Another Fitzgerald post: F.Ssott Fitzgerald wrote the novel, This Side of Paradise, while living in this brownstone apartment building on 593/599 Summit Avenue. He had met Zelda, his future wife, while serving in the army. Originally she had not wanted to marry Scott because of his uncertain financial future, but after the publication of the novel, she apparently changed her mind. They did not remain long in Minnesota and led a busy, often debt-ridden existence, as international icons of the Jazz Age. 

A year ago the house was up for sale.  Go to this link to see what the interior looked like when it was put on the market.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nature, June 1, 2017 Theme Day

You cannot get anything more natural than this!
Click here to see more delightful photos for this June 1, 2017 theme.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Seven Days of Information, Education, and Fun: Come Visit!!

At the book launch I attended Wednesday, I picked up this poster which announces a conference which occurs with some regularity in St. Paul. It is anticipated, attended and  appreciated by  educators, academics, students and Fitzgerald aficionados during this 7-day event. Scholars from all over the world will present papers and enjoy the " FitzFest," social activities and tours during this week-long event.

It get more complete information about the conference and activities click here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Launch for a New Fitzgerald Book

The Commodore Hotel that was recently renovated is a St. Paul historical icon where Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda once lived, partied, and waited for the birth of their child, Scottie. For this reason alone it was an appropriate place for the book launch of a new book, "F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota." Approximately 75 people crowded into the ballroom to buy the book and meet both the photographer, Jeff Krueger and the author Dave Page, who is photographed above as he explains his interest in Fitzgerald and research. I had intended to present my posts by chronologically presenting the events of F. Scott's life, but this book launch really illustrates the interest St. Paulites have in one of their favourite sons. I'll return to other aspects of his life shortly. To learn more about the Commodore Bar and Restaurant click here to read some fascinating facts about the era: prohibition, the 19th and 21st Amendments, and some gangsters plus some great black and white photos.