Friday, November 30, 2007


When scurrying around the St Paul UST campus, trying to find information of the sculptures I have posted the last two days, I found this painting in the Engineering Building on Summit Avenue. This one did have an explanatory plaque!!

Entrophy by Kevin Gross, 1996
Gift of Faculty
From the Division of Science and Mathematics

I rather fancy this image. Don't you?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Another Co-ed at UST

BACK I'm still looking for more information regarding these art pieces. I'll try to photograph more of the art that's scattered around the campus on the next sunny day.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The St.Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas has several of these metal silhouettes in front of one of the buildings. When I find information, which seems to be non-existent, about the campus art I'll post it later. 'Til then, just enjoy this pretty co-ed.

Sweet Tooth Heaven

Old-fashioned candy stores may be a thing of the past, but this array of goodies in one of the concourses at Rosedale Center should warm the heart of any small child.

ADDED LATER: It just occurred to me that I could have added an old classic Ogden Nash aphorism: "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!"

Monday, November 26, 2007

FScott Fitzgerald's Commodore Hotel

The Commodore
"The Commodore Hotel has been a landmark location in St. Paul for over 70 years. An early advertisement read "A high class Residential Service that features, among other things, the 'Homelike spirit' and a location in the most aristocratic and quiet section of the city." Socialites and flappers, businessmen, writers and artists of all sorts found their way to the Commodore, attracted by the same things then that appeal today... marvelous Art Deco decoration and comfortable furnishings, a wonderful location in a glamourous and convenient neighborhood and a relaxed, welcoming style that makes you feel right at home.

Prior to 1978 the Commodore was a residential hotel and home to such notables as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. In 1912 Fitzgerald wrote: 'We got to the Commodore in St. Paul, and while the leaves blew up the street we waited for our children to be born.'"(From

The top photo is an older more familiar sign that St. Paulite's readily recognize, but the striped awning was added after major renovation and addition of residental units. If you would like to learn more about St. Paul's favorite son, FScott Fitzgerald visit this website, which is wonderfully informative. Want more? Check my earlier Fitzgerald unit with photos of his birthplace, school, and childhood homes, which begins here from November 10, 2006 to November 14, 2006.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Red Hat Society

If you want to join The Red Hat Society for "Fun after Fifty, there's no better place to find your purple outfit and red hat than The Encore consignment shop on St. Clair and Hamline Avenues, a shop I have introduced you to here. Have a good week-end, everyone! See you Monday.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Thanksgivings!!

Happy Thanksgiving, Blogger Friends! I know that this day is a special day for citizens of our country, but I want to include everyone on worldwide DPB on a day when we give special thanks. For what am I thankful? Too many blessings and privileges to list, but foremost among them are:

My beautiful family...and friends...

My country, warts and all that allows me to
...worship or not worship as I choose
...the right to freedom of speech and press
...all the other Bill of Rights

a chance to lobby and vote for the candidates of my choice, even if they don't

opportunities to become educated, and
...a healthy, happy life.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ignore the Red!

The red reflection may detract from a pristine presentation of the logo, but I think it's readily identifiable. I'd love to have that symbol on something I own! You know what it is, don't you? Would you, too, like one of them??

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Tail's Tale

We have all acknowledged at one time or another the importance and influence of logos and labels. Recently I've read that women are highly influenced by labels when buying wine. I always buy Yellow Tale wine, and if you want to see the astounding sales as a result of the effective label, read this article published in a wine magazine. Months ago when I first started to buy Yellow Tale, I asked Sally of Sydney if she was familiar with the wine; Sally was the first who provided me with the story of their phenomenonal success as a result of the newly designed wine label.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Wouldn't it be great to invent a product with a logo familiar to everyone? It would also be nice to be able to design a label which is also immediately familiar internationally. I think I'll explore this thread for a little while. What kind of computer do you own? Is its logo one that is familiar around the globe?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Pre-Christmas Merchandising #1

I'm afraid we're losing a battle! Yesterday on Thursday, November 15, exactly one week, before Thanksgiving, I had lunch in Rosedale, a large St. Paul Mall. I walked around looking for photo opportunities and no-where could I find any Thanksgiving decorations. You guessed it! Every store I entered or passed had their Christmas decoration and merchandising already displayed. The mall corridors and halls were filled with the same kind of decorations. We ARE losing the merchandising battle, but we can individually in our own personal lives replace materialism with a little spirituality.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving Comes First

A group of bloggers are protesting the commercialization of the Christmas holiday because of early advertising, even before Thanksgiving has taken place. The protest includes a campaign against the offenders: department stores and malls, for example. If you visit the following link, you'll get a full explanation: Fenix at her recent post.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Startling Figures

Whether you support or oppose US involvement in Iraq, these figures are sobering. I find it interesting that someone feels strongly enough to add this message to a mobile billboard, the car. In order to voice their opinions on many different issues, this seems to be a ever-increasing trend among citizens to advertise their political leanings, using bumper stickers, artwork, and slogans. I have no desire to start a political discussion or argument on the blog, but I find it fascinating.

Monday, November 12, 2007


These photos are a mite fuzzy, but if you've ever been in a large gymnasium during a football dinner with three elementary football teams, their coaches, and the players' families, you'll know that getting any pictures at all is a minor miracle! The coaches deserve kudos for giving up their time to help these young people learn skills and discipline, good sportsmanship, perseverance during defeat and humility when victorious. I'm convinced that a measure of a country is how the adults treat and teach their children. These trophies were awarded to my grandson, Dominique, who was identified as the Most Valuable Player Defense on the 14-year-old team. He's turning out to be a pretty good athlete. What's a grandmother to do? Brag! Brag! Brag!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Old-fashioned Sunday #3

The previous two murals are in better shape than this one; as you can see, the architectural defect is not camouflaged as well as yesterday's. Even though the murals have been neglected, the scenes of days-gone-by are still clearly visible on all three that I have posted. Have a good week-end, everyone. I'll see you on Monday!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Old-fashioned Sunday #2

"Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling." Walt Whitman

I am adding a photo today of another mural from the same building as the one I posted yesterday. As you can see, the mural tried to camouflage an architectural defect in the wall. I'm assuming that it might have been a huge door or window at one time. I imagine that I'll have to return to try to figure it out to satisfy the curiosity of the bloggers who visit!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Old-fashioned Sunday

"A summer season when soft was the sun." The Vision of Piers Plowman
Last year I posted quite a few murals, but along the way I found other subjects to photograph and turned my attention away for awhile. Now I decided to see if I could find some more. On an old abandoned building on West 7th Street I discovered a few murals that depicted St. Paul of yore. This mural is damaged along the bottom as you can see, but the leisurely Sunday afternoon is still quite obvious: a child's simple pleasures, a couple strolling, a Mississippi barge and the Cathedral upon the hill.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Last week-end I passed these trees on a Summit Avenue boulevard, which runs parallel with Macalester College. There were no descriptive signs or banners to explain the yellow ribbons. I can only assume that it is a protest against our involvement in the Middle East in general and Iraq specifically.
"O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason"
Julius Caesar III,ii,110 Wm Shakespeare

Monday, November 05, 2007

Weisman Museum

Probably my favorite building in the Twin Cities!

Frank Gehry, architect
In an article published in The New York Times in November 1989, architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote of Frank Gehry’s work: “His buildings are powerful essays in geometric form and materials, and from an aesthetic standpoint they are among the most profound and brilliant works of architecture of our time.” Hallmarks of Gehry’s work are his populist approach; he has a particular concern for the ways people move through, and live and work comfortably in the spaces he has created. He insists that buildings address the context and culture of their sites.

It was Gehry’s ability to address the culture and needs of the University Art Museum that made him the perfect candidate to design the new Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. Lyndel King, director of the Weisman Art Museum, said that Gehry was chosen as the architect, after a lengthy selection process, because he “showed that he really understood the mission and the dream of the museum.” Focusing on the traditions of the University and student needs, Gehry created a museum that is simultaneously accessible, functional, and intriguing, as well as immediately identifiable as belonging to the world of art. His design for the Weisman Art Museum won him a prestigious Progressive Architecture Design Award in 1991. (

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Although I did not use it, to find a photo for the November theme day, I returned to Encore, my favorite consignment shop, where I got the photo for July's Theme Day, RED. (Hmmm! Do you think that could be Amedee's cousin?)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

Italian Masks

Adults in my neighborhood also celebrated Halloween. These Italian masks are made of paper machie, and the gold is actually gold leaf. They are simply exquisite.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

BLUE - November Theme

I found and have already published some photos with a predominately blue theme, but I decided that this one would make a bigger splash!!

(I'm posting early because the portal is down, and I don't want to miss out on anything! LATER: It is now working--hoorah!)Below is the list of 118 bloggers from around the world who are participating in the November theme. For a real treat, visit them and leave a comment!Boston (MA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Portland (OR), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Arradon, France - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Stockholm, Sweden - Singapore, Singapore - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Toulouse, France - The Hague, Netherlands - Moscow, Russia - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Stayton (OR), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Detroit (MI), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Greenville (SC), USA - Hyde, UK - Radonvilliers, France - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Saarbrücken, Germany - New Orleans (LA), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Forks (WA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Barton (VT), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Joplin (MO), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Setúbal, Portugal - Inverness (IL), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - Toruń, Poland - North Bay (ON), Canada - Le Guilvinec, France - Chateaubriant, France - London, England - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Sydney, Australia - Austin (TX), USA - Mumbai, India - Boston (MA), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Paderborn, Germany - Montréal (QC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Orlando (FL), USA - Grenoble, France - Cheltenham, UK - Forks (WA), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - London, UK - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Belgrade, Serbia - Paris, France - Shanghai, China - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Montpellier, France - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Auckland, New Zealand - Evry, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Oslo, Norway - Minneapolis (MN), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Trujillo, Peru - Trujillo, Peru - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Durban, South Africa - Brussels, Belgium - Anderson (SC), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Wellington, New Zealand - Prague, Czech Republic - Saigon, Vietnam - Ystad, Sweden - Miami (FL), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Hong Kong, China - Melbourne, Australia - Baziège, France