Monday, May 30, 2016


Fort Snelling Cemetery

The heroes of Flight 93 won the first battle in the War on Terror, and they should never be forgotten. 
Jim Ramstad

Taking care of the family gravesite for Memorial Day

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Busy Young Woman

When she is not busy selling Deena's brand of hummus at the downtown St. Paul Farmer's Market, Danielle helps her brother take care of his child plus she also attends Concordia college, majoring in physical education. Although Danielle enjoys her time here in St. Paul, she misses her home town of Rossville, Georgia. Incidentally of all the varieties she is selling, my top choice is Lemon Thyme Feta Spread.  Excellent--both the product and Danielle's smile!!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sleepy Sloth

Whenever I go to  Como Park I visit a tropical centre at the zoo to visit my favourite sloth.  Usually he is sleeping,  but I still am able to photograph him; however, this time his face was pretty well hidden.  If you look closely you can see his nose tucked up against the trunk of the tree on the left. 
Sweet little thing!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Flowers and Fences

I don't see many, if any, of those wonderful ranch fences and gates in this area, but my city streets have yards that are sporting lots of wrought iron black fences.  Now that flowers and shrubs are in bloom, the fences are enhanced by floral beauty.

Link to Good Fences

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Humane Economy

Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States spoke last night at Common Good Books at Snelling and Grand Avenues about progress and work needed to protect animals. Get his book, titled The Humane Economy and read it!

Summary of the Book: From the leader of the nation's most powerful animal-protection organization comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in American business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, philanthropists, and a new class of political leaders are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the "humane economy."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gordon Parks Photographic images

Because of the lights and the glare from the large picture windows in the three rooms of the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, it was impossible to get really good photos of the recent Gordon Parks exhibit.  It was a wonderful show of some of his photographic work, and even though the exhibit is over and my photos are not of good quality,  I feel that I need to mention it. One room had a collection entitled "Invisible Man," which had a number of extraordinary black and white images of men. The other two rooms were coloured photos of black people in Southern, mostly rural, communities. Many of the pieces were "untitled" and captions were unneeded as many of the images clearly showed the segregation and discrimination of the period.
Linking to Signs, Signs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Terrific Summer Sight

Isn't summer grand?!
A Lovely spiraea!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Little Free Library Festival

Last Saturday there were large crowds throughout the day at the Little Free Library festival in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.  Volunteers built libraries during  the day to demonstrate their construction and some were raffled in the afternoon. Many books were available for free, and other activities included strolling musicians,  poetry readings and puppet shows.  To see what you missed, go here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Saluting Women #10 Meet Laurie Hertzl

Laurie Hertzel is one busy woman! Yes, I have selected another writer to introduce to you for this Sunday series on special women.  Laurie Hertzel is not only the books editor for the Star Tribune newspaper where she has worked since 1996,  but she is also the author of three books, including "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," which won a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Laurie has been a fellow at Duke University, a writer-in-residence at the James Thurber house in Columbus, Ohio and a faculty member and speaker at the Nieman Conferences on Narrative Writing and Editing at Harvard and at Boston University.  Laurie lives in St Paul, and, if you are lucky you might meet her sometime when she is walking her dogs around Como Park. If you want to know more about Laurie, check her bio here.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Unidentified Statue

Statue on a neighbour's lawn.  Not quite sure what it is! Looks a bit like our friendly squirrels.