Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
St Paul Winter Carnival: Billed as the "oldest and coldest celebration in the nation," this winter event promises ice fishing competitions, a half-marathon, hockey, curling, ice-skating, and a nighttime torch parade. However, the Midwest's largest ice-carving event is the focal point, and the outdoor gallery features an amazing array of frozen sculptures carefully crafted by regional and national artists. Events take place at various locations around the city. Last night a light snow fell in St. Paul that made photography of the ice sculptures less than ideal. The sculptures were roped off so I could not walk up to any of them to brush off the snow. I do think, though, that this one is recognizable. Love the ears!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
ADDED LATER: Some of you have asked offline for a definition of "minutemen": here is what I found on www.earlyamerica.com --
"The terms "minutemen" and "militia" are often thought of as one and the same. However, in early America — especially in the 18th century — there was a distinct difference.
Minute-men represented a small hand-picked force selected from the ranks of local militia companies and regiments. Approximately one-third of the men in each militia unit were chosen "to be ready to march or fight at a minute's notice."
The true minute-men — always the first to appear at or await a battle — stood at Lexington Green on the morning of April 19, 1775, and led the attack on Concord Bridge. Their numbers were reinforced by the regular militia that turned out in that day's historic battles.
Actually, the concept of minute-men existed in America as early as the 17th century, while the term itself came into use in 1759 during the French and Indian War.
The title "minute-men" was formally adopted the year before the American Revolution started. At that time, in October of 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts voted to enroll 12,000 men under the title of Minute-Men — volunteers who would be ready at a minute's warning to take to the field with arms.
After Congress authorized a Continental Army under the command of George Washington, minutemen units eventually ceased to exist. But their contribution as a trained and battle-hardened corps of veterans was an important and significant force as patriots took up arms to oppose the British army in the Revolutionary War."
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"I know there’s something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe.
We walk into that which we cannot yet see."
Praise Song for the Day by Elizabeth Alexander, Inaugural Poet, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sitting on the floor between the bookstacks at Barnes and Noble, Melissa and Brian were engrossed in a story. Brian, age four, who attends a neighborhood preschool, told me that he was going to learn how to read when "I'm a grown up." Until then he seems content to let Melissa read to him.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This is a photo of the dog park along the banks of the Mississippi River where we take our dog, Maggi, for a run. There aren't any dogs in the photo because it's difficult to capture them; all they want to do is sniff and run. On Monday when I took these pictures it was snowing with tiny flakes drifting and dancing as they floated to earth. It almost makes me appreciate winter, but despite this lovely (but cold and icy) winter wonderland I'll be happy to be going to Mazatlan, Mexico in just 19 days. Maggie remains behind with our son who is our favorite caretaker.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
On Wednesday morning a friend and I went to Hell! A downtown Minneapolis restaurant, Hell's Kitchen, got some good press recently so we decided to check it out. While there we met Robin, one of their many charming staff members. When I asked where she is from, she responded, "From lots of different places." Robin grew up in the Chicago area and went to college in Arizona. While attending a friend's wedding, she meet this young man from Minnesota. The rest is history. Going to Hell and back and meeting Robin was a great experience! Those Minnesota boys have really good taste!
"A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet." Will Rogers
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
"All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” -- Magic Johnson
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
My first "portrait" is of Alex (Alexandra) with whom I spoke at the Minneapolis Minnehaha Dog Park that DH and I visited for the first time on Friday. Alex has been going there for about 4 years, or longer, and gave me some tips about the location of wildlife in the enormous park: chickadees and other birds,including an owl who is a regular visitor. The large woods is a perfect spot for walking, playing with dogs, and photographing the scenery: nature, people, and pooches. The dogs our Maggi met were of all sizes and breeds; Maggi ran with many of her kind for about 50 minutes...almost non-stop! What a treat and good exercise for us as we walked this spot that borders the Mississippi River. Hope to visit often to make new canine friends and to meet more strangers!
"On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers."
- Adlai E. Stevenson
Monday, January 05, 2009
Yesterday's post has information about the Hmong in Minnesota. The woman in the small photo told me, in answer to my question, that they weren't celebrating anything special in their lives, except perhaps joy regarding New Year's and they were "just having fun!" Their positive spirit filled the place and they delighted in posing for all the photographers who clustered about them. I was invited to pose with them and declined because I wanted to preserve the ethnic quality of the group, but now I wish that I had!!
"Honor women! they entwine and weave heavenly roses in our earthly life."
- Friedrich von Schiller
Sunday, January 04, 2009
People go to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to see and to be seen. While I was there recently, a large party of Hmong people arrived in tribal dress and had a wonderful time being photographed. If you are not familiar with this ethnic group, here is some information.
Why the Hmong Came to Minnesota
The Hmong are an ethnic group living throughout mountainous regions of southeast Asia, in China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The Hmong have a distinct language and traditional customs. Most Hmong who have immigrated to Minnesota originally came from northern Laos.
The first Hmong families emigrated as refugees. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. recruited Hmong villagers and farmers to help fight its “secret war” against communists in Laos. At the war’s end, the communists sought revenge on the Hmong for aiding the United States. Tens of thousands of Hmong fled their homes on a perilous journey—many suffering injuries and losing family members along the way—and settled in refugee camps. Beginning in the late 1970s, the U.S. and other nations began resettling the Hmong; Minnesota was among the U.S. destinations. In 2004, the resettlement of several thousand additional Hmong refugees began in Minnesota.
More than 60,000 Hmong individuals live in Minnesota. At least half of those individuals live in St. Paul, making it home to the largest urban population of Hmong in the world.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Today is the first theme day of 2009! Travel around the globe to see many of the "best photos of 2008" for 151 photo bloggers, but don't forget the time differences. Visit as many as you can! Click here to view thumbnails for all participants