Friday, November 29, 2013
F Scott is always glad to see me; note the slight smile on his face! On an earlier post I indicated how I had introduced my granddaughter to him and convinced her that Fitzgerald appreciates it when people familiar with his literature stop to pass the time of day with him, however briefly!
(Is it obvious that my archive is being scoured for photos during this holiday season when time is limited for photoshoots?)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Because I posted this door years ago on CDP and many of you have not seen it since you have subscribed to this wonderful group more recently, I decided to add it to my current door theme. The door is in an Victorian building on the corner of Dale and Summit Avenue. It's not only beautiful during the day, but at night the door sparkles like jewels.
Linking to ABC Wednesday
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
THE HIGHLAND PARK WATER TOWER
Monday, November 25, 2013
When Jim and I want a light meal at a reasonable price we invariably go to Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue where the menu includes nourishing and healthy sandwiches, salads, and soups. Before making our selection we have to pass by the showcase that displays delicious cakes and pastries. Most patrons have very good intentions but very weak resolve!!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Much to my husband's dismay, I never pass the statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Rice Park in downtown St. Paul without greeting him. This summer I convinced my granddaughter that F. Scott would love to make her acquaintance, too. I hope that they will become fast friends!
Sculpture Michael Price created this statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1996 as St. Paul celebrated Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I assume that these two towers are part of the St. Paul city water system. I researched sites to discover what they are and their function, but could find nothing that identified them or any facts about them. Because they are located across a parking lot from the old landmark brick water tower (which I'll show you next week) I assumed, hopefully accurately, that these two also are part of the system.
Can you tell how bleak and wintery the day was when I photographed them?
Friday, November 22, 2013
Yesterday I posted doors that I found attractive from two different houses on Summit Avenue. The shape of this door with the arched brickwork above it repeats the brick pattern on the structure of the house. The windows in the door offered a hint of the interior hall as well as a reflection of the trees on the boulevard.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I decided that I would post doors as a new theme and drove down Summit Avenue to see what I could find. I immediately noticed how the facades of some houses were very symmetrical in style. So I might as well extend this post as an "S" as I did on the last two days.
The weather is so gray and dreary that it is difficult to get motivated for any kind of photo shoot.
Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Lucy Van Pelt with Schroeder, a sculpture that aptly demonstrates Lucy's unrequited love. Since cartoonist and illustrator Charles Schultz was "one of our boys," Rice Park in downtown St. Paul has a number of his figures immortalized in sculptures that are scattered around the park.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sometimes it is hard to get rid of something that has given pleasure. When they were young I had biked my grandkids around our neighborhood for short pleasurable outings on sunny days. After they had grown out of the Burley, I sometimes used it for grocery shopping, but it's too cumbersome for that task. It's time to give it up. Why is it difficult to give up an object that holds memories?
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Collage IX: Landscape
George Morrison 1919-2000
|Location:||Minneapolis Institute of Arts|
This is just a small portion of a collage which is exhibited at the art institute. The artist, now deceased, was the former husband of Hazel Belvo, an artist and teaching colleague of mine at St. Paul Academy, a school in which we both used to teach.
Minnesota artist, and a member of the Anishinabe from the Grand Portage Reservation, George Morrison, who for many years belonged to a circle of Abstract Expressionist painters in New York, explored the medium of sculpture using traditional materials. For this driftwood collage, he drew both the material and the imagery, with its subtle horizon line, from the shore of Lake Superior. (Credit: ArtsConnected)
To learn more about this talented and prolific artist, go here.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I met Mindo on my daily walk recently. This canine is a beautiful example of a Shiba Inu Our rescue dog, Lexie, is part Shiba Inu and looks like the one below that I found on the internet. Lexie is terribly afraid of a camera so I'm not able to get really good photos of her.
The smallest of the Japanese native breeds, the Shiba was originally developed for hunting in the dense undergrowth of Japan's mountainous areas. Alert and agile with keen senses, he is also an excellent watchdog and companion. His frame is compact with well-developed muscles and he possesses a double coat that can be black and tan, red or red sesame. (Credit: American Kennel Club)
Friday, November 15, 2013
If you are a fan of Pat Conroy who recently visited the Twin Cities for Talking Volumes (see yesterday's post), you'll recognize The Citadel as the setting for his novel, The Lords of Discipline. In the audience Tuesday night at the Fitzgerald Theatre was Bob Redall and his wife Mary Ann. When I saw his sweatshirt I knew I had to talk to him because I don't know too many Minnesotans who have chosen to attend that military school, which made me quite curious. Redall, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel now living in Burnsvlle, Minnesota, attended the Citadel and graduated in 1964, three years before Conroy did. Neither a Southern boy nor a Midwesterner, Redall originally is from New York. Although I didn't find out why he chose to attend the Citadel, I learned that he was not totally enamoured of the rigid discipline that is maintained there. The program started too soon for me to explore his background any further. One of those short term encounters that leaves one wanting more!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Talking Volumes website described the writer Pat Conroy, the fourth writer on its program this year, by explaining that he "will discuss his new book, The Death of Santini, a memoir that is hotly anticipated by fans of The Great Santini. Conroy said his father “loathed my depiction of him in the The Great Santini, and he set out to prove me wrong by turning himself into something that was recognizably human. It’s the great surprise of my life that I ended up loving him so much.”
After he and Kerri Miller charmed a sold-out crowd of faithful readers at the Fitzgerald Theatre in downtown St. Paul on Tuesday night, Conroy signed books for hundreds of people who stood in line for his autograph. We all got our money's worth and then some!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I should have posted this on Veterans' Day on November 11, but better late than never. When I was a child, paper poppies were sold on Armistice Day (the former label) and were commonplace on everyone's lapel. It is hardly done anymore, but I wish that it still was a tradition, as it seems to be in other countries on their Remembrance Day.
Linking to ABC Wednesday
Linking to ABC Wednesday
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
On one of the interior walls of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts are some of the ways we Minnesotans spend out winters. Not bad, but certainly a little more sunshine and higher temperatures would be welcomed for these events.
Music is my religion.
Music is my religion.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Brooks Building completed in 1892 in Lowertown St Paul is probably my favorite downtown building. It is a Romanesque Revival style at 59.96 feet tall, with four above ground floors and one below ground. I love the warm sandstone facade with the arched windows, columns, and carved window frames. It is solely commercial use, but I would love to see it converted to condos and lofts with the third floor reserved for me!!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
For a few years now I have been biking, driving, and walking by one of the more interesting homes in our neighborhood. It often has some whimsical decorations on the front lawn or porch, frequently coordinated with the seasons and holidays. Recently I hopped out of my car to capture this painted metal sculpture, and finally I met the owner, who is a kindergarten teacher in our neighborhood school. Figures! People who work with kids often have a playful streak of their own.
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Friday, November 08, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Saturday, November 02, 2013
On a previous post I included a photo and explanation of a Monday morning activity when a friend and I pick up bread and pastries from Turtle Bakery in Minneapolis that are then delivered to St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral by my friend to add to the church's free Monday Night Supper for the homeless, heavily attended by young adults. On a recent morning we noticed a beautiful dog outside, patiently waiting for Glenn, who as a friendly dog-lover often takes Dear Abby, his neighbor's dog, with him when he goes to the restaurant where the dog is spoiled with treats by the staff.
Of course we went outside to visit with both of them so I could take some photos. Shortly after this snap was taken my friend tripped on the pavement and fell flat on her face. Glenn and I took her to a near-by clinic where she was treated and other than a few embarrassing and painful moments, she is well on her way to recovery. I told her to remember that "no good deed goes unpunished!"
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