Monday, April 27, 2015

Sakura-Monday Murals

Wall Mural at the Japanese restaurant, Sakura, on St. Peter Street in downtown St. Paul

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Church steeple/spire-Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Recently I posted a photo of a  Catholic Church on one of my road trips.  Its twin steeples interested me and the comments of other bloggers intrigued me.  I decided to take photos of churches and their steeples to see if a particular style is favored by each of the different religions. I think I'll explore more churches in the Twin Cities to see if there is a trend.
The Design of the United Methodist Church above: The architects Hewitt and Brown designed the church in English Gothic style, and modeled it after Ely Cathedral. Edwin Hawley Hewitt, who had earlier built St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral nearby on Hennepin Avenue, was a design partner who traveled to England to see Ely Cathedral before this church was built.
Completed in 1916 and measuring 238 feet from the sidewalk to the top of the spire, at the time it was the second tallest building in Minneapolis. Only the clock tower of Minneapolis City Hall was taller. The exterior face is soft gray Bedford limestone. Gustavino tile lines the interior to absorb sound. The pews, altar and balconies are built of white oak. (Credit: Wikipedia)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Public Art

Start Seeing Public Art

Estanisiao Contreras created “La Nuova Vita (The New Life)” in 1983. The sculpture stands in front of Amhoist Tower at the corner of 4th and St. Peter Streets in downtown St. Paul

A plaque near the sculpture reads:
 La Nuova Vita symbolizes the strength and vitality of the many ethnic cultures that contributed to the growth of this City.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Early Morning Sky-Skywatch Friday

I often curse when I cannot fall back asleep in the morning; too often I wake up too early.  A few weeks ago, I guess it was worth staying awake since this sky greeted me when I opened the door.

Linking to Skywatch Friday

For the next few days I will not be commenting on blogs because we will be involved in the memorial and funeral/cemetery burial of my husband's brother.  Families are scattered across a number of states so a family dinner and lunch will be occupying our time.  I have posts scheduled but will be absent for awhile.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Good Fences

This good fence keeps the young children contained in a safe area away from the street traffic that runs parallel to the playground.

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WWII Signs

The Greatest Generation Exhibit at the History Center in St. Paul had these three posters as part of the collection. Certainly is a trip down memory lane.

Linking to Signs

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Don, the Bookman

On Monday, April 13,  I posted a sign for the AAUW booksale.  Because I was in the neighborhood on another errand, I stopped for the opening, thinking it was 9 a.m.  I was mistaken—it began at 9:30 but I had arrived about 8:30, I still stayed to listen to the people in a small waiting group that had already gotten their entrance numbers, all of whom were book sellers/buyers.  They related humorous book-buying tales of a both negative and positive nature.  My ears perked up when I heard the name, Santa Fe.  Don is a frequent visitor to New Mexico as I am,  and we have some common favorite spots and places to visit and to eat. Over the years both of us have seen the changes in that lovely city and yearn for the days of yore when it was smaller with fewer part-time people with second and third homes there. Don is from St. Paul and is a graduate of Macalester College. If I go to more sales coveted by book buyers, perhaps I will see him again.  Hope so.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Talented writers

Yesterday I told you about Sharon Creech and the Kerlan Award.  Attending that ceremony and  luncheon were two local writers that you should know about, Julie, on the left is a talented educator who has a personal blog where she writes wonderful reviews of children's books and Kate DiCamillo, a well-known award-winning and popular children's author. Both posed happily for me.  Both of these charming women prove without doubt that the Twin Cities are alive with talent for an audience of all ages for people who are in love with books, literature, and writers. They are living proof of the quality of life for those of us who live here. Our writers and the cultural environment of the Twin Cities keep me here…despite the long winters!!

Important to know: Both St Paul (#4 and Minneapolis #1) were in the top ten "Most Literate" cities in the U.S.,  ahead of D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Denver, St. Louis  and others.   Check it out here:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spotlight on Sharon Creech

The Kerlan Award

Yesterday, Saturday 18, the Kerlan Award Committee honored author Sharon Creech at the 2015 Annual Kerlan Award Ceremony at the University of Minnesota. "The award is given in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation of the generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." (Credit: Winter 2015 Newsletter). To visit Sharon and learn more about her, visit her online at

 Sharon's remarks at the ceremony included a description of her writing career, which was of interest to everyone. Before the ceremony I attended the luncheon and met Sharon, who incidentally knows some people I know!  A wonderful afternoon in a roomful of readers with a talented and gracious woman.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Color. . . At Last!

Although the weather has warmed up considerably of late, the trees and shrubs are still pretty brown. I have noticed for the past several years that more and more people are planting these early spring blooming trees.  My spirits are uplifted by these spots of color as I bike around the neighborhood early in the morning. I think they are magnolias. . .right?