Sunday, November 30, 2014
Tomorrow is CDP December Theme Day. Introduce your worker!!
This year St. Paul tried a "European Christmas Market" in downtown. It is small but it looks promising as the beginning of a new holiday tradition. From what I have seen on European blogs, ours is not as varied or large, but it's a start!!
Friday, November 28, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
We always have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn soufflé. Instead of pie, I switched the dessert to Pumpkin Bundt cake with buttermilk frosting topped with pumpkin seed. Eat hearty everyone, even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your culture. We all have lots for which we can be thankful. . .at least I sincerely hope so!!
Remember December Theme Day. What "worker" are you going to feature on your blog?
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
I decided that rather than succumb to the weather and wallow in a deep funk, I would work around it. I have NO desire to wander my gray and grim Minnesota winter environment to find pleasing images for photography; I shall break the rules and find color in my archives, regardless of location.
In years past we spent many lovely winter months in Mazatlán, México. A house that I admired had this mural on one of the walls. Now this certainly can dispel gloom, can't it?! Now, just for the record I KNOW that a creative person can find subjects worthy of photography in any environment, and I am aware that Thanksgiving is approaching and I have a life for which I have much gratitude. But . . . I just don't feel like making the effort right now. A funk it is!!
Linking to Monday Mural
Theme Day is approaching: December's theme is "worker."
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
We will not be going to Ireland 'til June, but I'm already doing research: reading poetry, doing some family genealogical sleuthing, finding contemporary authors, rereading classic Irish fiction and drama, watching Irish films and familiarizing myself with Irish lore and history. Recently we saw a GREAT film (available on Amazon), The Irish Pub, directed by a Dubliner. I found a map that located the pubs in the film, some of which I know I will visit to lift a Guinness or two.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Mayor Chris Coleman (left) and Councilman Chris Tolbert were on hand to help us celebrate the Grand Opening of the Highland Park Library, renamed the Highland Community Center. Although it was a very different building, Tolbert recalled getting his first library card here after he learned how to print his name. Many good memories for Highland residents.
Monday, November 17, 2014
It finally happened!The library as well as the newly renovated community center had its Open House last Sunday from 1-5 pm. It was a mad house with hundreds of people attending, but I shall wait a little while before I return to start using it as I had before. People who helped raise money to fund the remodeling and addition plus the mayor and other dignitaries were there to celebrate the library's opening. Three young musicians, one of whom is pictured below, entertained the crowd.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
When I checked the Minnesota Historical site this is what I found:
The Civil War holds a pivotal place in the history of the United States. Citizens of the new state of Minnesota were a major part of the national story, from being the first state to offer troops through their dramatic role at Gettysburg to Appomattox and beyond -
December Theme Day is "Worker": Click here for full details.
ADDED LATER: Inquiring minds wanted to know, so I looked it up--
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army, US Navy, Marines and Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the GAR became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, lobbying the US Congress to establish veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of Civil War commemorative ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), composed of male descendants of Union veterans.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Yesterday's morning newspaper indicated that some residents of picturesque Tangletown in St Paul are unhappy because the new owners of this 104 year-old-house plan to tear it down and rebuild. The former owner claims she never would have sold it had she known their plans. Apparently that was not the original intention but remodeling the structure would be prohibitive. Neighbors want to conserve the vintage character of the neighborhood. Interesting dilemma for all concerned. Apparently there has been a recent trend in some places where homes are purchased, torn down and the new houses do not fit into the tradition of the neighborhoods. In this instance, the irony is that one of the new owners is head of conservation for the Minnesota Historical Society!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I was surprised at how poorly the war monuments in St. Paul are identified and marked. I think that the city needs to look at this oversight. After returning home I did a Google search and discovered that plaques and memorials are scattered around the Capitol grounds so I'll have to return to find them. I was unsuccessful on a cold blustery grim-looking day when I searched earlier for them.
This memorial is to those men and women who served and who survived.
Monday, November 10, 2014
A large monolith forms a ceiling above the statue of a firefighter rescuing a child. Supported by a field of slender columns, it creates a pavilion that intercedes between the monumental scale of the Capitol grounds and the smallerscale of the statue. The pavilion is made of weathering steel plate, which rusts to form a protective coating—a process similar to the oxidation of fire. Names of fallen firefighters are inscribed on sleeves affixed to the columns. Today, 86 columns are part of the grid, recording the years in which Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty, and the design allows room for necessary additions. Outside the pavilion, a sculpted cedar bench with a burned finish provides a place for reflection. Credit: http://www.archdaily.com/320623/minnesota-fallen-firefighters-memorial-leo-a-daly/
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Last year on September 15th I posted some stained glass windows in the Frey Library on the St. Paul campus of St. Thomas University, showing that the remodeling and expansion of the building retained the beautiful windows. In the O'Shaughnessy Room on the first floor of the library I recently discovered windows symbolic of literary figures. In the future I will show you a few more, many of whom will be familiar to you. Love 'em!!
Friday, November 07, 2014
I recently learned that once a month St. Thomas University presents an hour program on the St. Paul campus that involves music. Last Tuesday DH and I enjoyed Irish music, poetry and art in the Frey Library, which was organized and presented by several faculty members. Next month the program will focus on Flamingo. What a pleasant break during the day!!
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
Linking to Monday Mural