Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I think this set of dinnerware would make a lovely setting for a Thanksgiving feast, don't you?  It is a set designed and made by a former colleague, a very talented potter and superb educator.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A favorite mural

I decided that rather than succumb to the weather and wallow in a deep funk, I would work around it. I have NO desire to wander my gray and grim Minnesota winter environment to find pleasing images for photography; I shall break the rules and find color in my archives, regardless of location.

In years past we spent many lovely winter months in Mazatlán, México.  A house that I admired had this mural on one of the walls.  Now this certainly can dispel gloom, can't it?! Now, just for the record I KNOW that a creative person can find subjects worthy of photography in any environment, and I am aware that Thanksgiving is approaching and I have a life for which I have much gratitude. But . . . I just don't feel like making the effort right now.  A funk it is!!

Linking to Monday Mural

Theme Day is approaching: December's theme is "worker."

Sunday, November 23, 2014


My Minnesota winter right now is a drab one of black, dark brown, gray, and dirty white.  Yearning for some color, I found this wonderful hand-dyed yarn that added some brightness to my world.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Italian Style

Trace the evolution of Italian design, from Gucci and Prada to Missoni, Versace and more. A major retrospective of the fashion that has defined a nation—and a rare chance to see Milan’s finest in Minneapolis.

An MIA first, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial verve that catapulted Italy from the ashes of World War II to the style powerhouse it is today. Immerse yourself in impeccable design, rare ingenuity, and the head-turning glamour of celebrity style. (Credit: Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

Toured this breathtaking exhibit on Friday.  Outstanding and quite extensive. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Irish Pub

We will not be going to Ireland 'til June, but I'm already doing research: reading poetry, doing some family genealogical sleuthing, finding contemporary authors, rereading classic Irish fiction and drama, watching Irish films and familiarizing myself with Irish lore and history.  Recently we saw a GREAT film (available on Amazon), The Irish Pub, directed by a Dubliner. I found a map that located the pubs in the film, some of which I know I will visit to lift a Guinness or two.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Teen space

Looking down from the second floor this is just a small detail of the space for teen-agers and young adults in the newly renovated Highland Park library.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Visiting City Politicians

Mayor Chris Coleman (left) and Councilman Chris Tolbert were on hand to help us celebrate the Grand Opening of the Highland Park Library, renamed the Highland Community Center.  Although it was a very different building, Tolbert recalled getting his first library card here after he learned how to print his name. Many good memories for Highland residents.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It Finally Opened!!

It finally happened!  
The library as well as the newly renovated community center had its Open House last Sunday from 1-5 pm.  It was a mad house with hundreds of people attending,  but I shall wait a little while before I return to start using it as I had before. People who helped raise money to fund the remodeling and addition plus the mayor and other dignitaries were there to celebrate the library's opening. Three young musicians, one of whom is pictured below, entertained the crowd.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Historical Gravestone

Recently because of Armistice Day there have been a number of war memorials on CDP.  While visiting a cemetery today I noticed the cannon and then the Civil War monument. It was too snowy and cold to get out of the car to investigate, but I am unaware of many cemetery headstones for this period of history.around here.

When I checked the Minnesota Historical site this is what I found:

The Civil War holds a pivotal place in the history of the United States. Citizens of the new state of Minnesota were a major part of the national story, from being the first state to offer troops through their dramatic role at Gettysburg to Appomattox and beyond -

December Theme Day is "Worker": Click here for full details.

ADDED LATER: Inquiring minds wanted to know, so I looked it up--
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the GAR became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, lobbying the US Congress to establish veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of Civil War commemorative ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), composed of male descendants of Union veterans.