Thursday, December 18, 2014
Since Cuba is very much in the news, I thought you might like to see some of the children who may benefit from the recent political changes between their country and ours. I refrain from making any political judgments, but I hope that their lives will change for the better! This is one of the schools our group visited a few years ago while I was in that beautiful country.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Yesterday a friend and I stopped at "Junket" on Minnehaha Blvd in Minneapolis, which is a a shop that probably has more junk than I have ever seen in one store. While poking around in the basement I saw this "person" who looked a great deal like Charlie McCarthy. Remember Charlie?
At the request of Edgar Bergen--who was a ventriloquist--a carpenter carved a dummy based on a kid Bergen knew. Charlie and Bergen had a very successful career in show business beginning on the stage, moving to radio, movies, and, eventually, television.
In some ways, Charlie was almost real. When Bergen's real life daughter appeared on his show, she was introduced as Charlie's little sister. Because he was heard on the radio, many people did not know that Charlie was a ventriloquist dummy and not a real person. His personality was so vibrant, it is like he was a completely separate person.
You can find recordings of Charlie and his human, Bergen, on Old Time Radio.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Wreaths are appearing everywhere, even on cars and fire trucks. Intrigued by this phenomena, I drove around the neighborhood yesterday, trying to find unique wreaths like the one I posted here in Tangletown. No luck. Those on the outside of homes, all looked like the one in this photo, varying only in size: green boughs with an attached red ribbon. Perhaps wreaths inside homes are more creative and different. I shall continue my search; 'til the season is over.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The holiday season is a time of joy, time spent with family and friends. Despite this joyous holiday, I cant't help but recall those to whom I was close who are no longer here on earth. A few years ago one of my closest friends died and her daughter gave me this piece of jewelry, which I wear every day. One of my former students is fluent in Chinese and has told me that the design seems to be a syylized version of the character for "longevity." I'll accept that!!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Last Saturday about a dozen artists who live in Tangletown, a St. Paul neighborhood, opened their homes to interested buyers for a holiday art crawl. Paintings, ceramics, photographs, and jewelry were some of the items available for purchase. The most interesting collection of craftwork was a home filled with unusual Christmas, winter, and holiday wreaths. This wreath was on the front entrance door, beckoning buyers to enter and enjoy.