Sunday, September 30, 2012


Defeat the Amendment
The Right Thing to Do

Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Minnesota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.[ The measure would define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution as between one man and one woman in the state.

I believe very strongly that the Civil Rights Movement extends out to [LGBT] individuals… We all should have equal rights. We are on the wrong side of history on November 6 by voting for the amendment. It is going to cause barriers and walls to be built up around a segment of our society that is truly deserving of a right to share a piece of the American Dream. I do not agree nor do I support the amendment. Reverend Jacson Moody, Holsey Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hey There, Big Fella!-Camera Critters

Hey There, Big Fella!
Time to Greet All of Your Fans
Very Nonchalant!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Forest Fire

Where's Smoky, the Bear?
A Ravaged Forest Landscape...
Remains of the Fire

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Grand Marais

You'd Like to Canoe?
Follow the Gunflint Trail
Arrive at Boundary Waters

We have spent the last few day in Grand Marais, a small harbor town in northern Minnnesota close to the Canadian border and the Boundary Waters Canoe area.  A drive along Highway 12 on the Gunflint Trail is spectacular any time of the year, but it's a special place in autumn.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Founder of St. Kate's
Sister of an Archbishop.
My Backyard Campus

I am very happy that Sister Seraphine founded St. Catherine's College (now a University) for many academic reasons but also because it lies in my back yard and has given our family a place of serenity and beauty. It borders our property, and as youngsters our children and now our grandchildren have spent many happy hours playing at the pond on the campus, feeding the ducks and turtles.  Sister Seraphine in buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.  

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


National Anthem
All Players at Attention
Ready to Kick Ball

The Soccer Coach (My former student)

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Reading #6

 Grade School's Happy Troll
Carved Lovingly from a Tree
The Children Love Him!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Black Puppy-Camera Critters

A Sweet Black Puppy
She Made Friends With Everyone
May I Take Her Home?

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Friday, September 21, 2012


A Great Place to Live
Along the Mississippi--
The U's President

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I didn't realize until after I had scheduled the above post that today is the International Day of Peace. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Minnesota Nice

"Minnesota Nice"
Will Always Greet Visitors
Y'all Come, Ya Hear?!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


A Chair on Stage Left
An Amateur Star Appears 
Judy is Her Name

To see Judy, click here!
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY "J" Right and Just

It is Right and Just
Firefighters Monument
In Cemetery

Below is probably more than you want to know about Calvary Cemetery, but read it's historical:

One of the oldest and most historically significant cemeteries in the Twin Cities area, Calvary Cemetery was established by Bishop Cretin and other early church leaders to serve the largely Catholic community in St. Paul’s early days.

Since 1856, more than 100,000 burials have taken place at Calvary, located on a scenic bluff overlooking downtown St. Paul. In addition to the cemetery’s in-ground burial sites, the Calvary Mausoleum complex offers both crypt spaces and cremation niches.

Known for its dramatic and unusual monument styles and architectural features, including angels of all sizes, Calvary is a repository of history of both the City of St. Paul and the Catholic Church in this area.

Monuments of some of the young city’s most prominent early families can be found at Calvary, including Louis Robert, a fur trader who built the city’s first home, and Eugene Larpenteur, whose large farm was located on the site of the state fairgrounds. U.S. Supreme Court justice Pierce Butler, French-born architect E.L. Masqueray and Frederick McGhee, St. Paul’s first black criminal lawyer, are among the many leaders buried at Calvary.

The Archdiocese’s early bishops and archbishops — Cretin, Dowling, Grace and Ireland — are all buried at Calvary. Archbishop Ireland’s sister, Mother Seraphine, who founded the College of St. Catherine, is among the hundreds of nuns and priests buried in special sections for religious orders.

In May 2005, Calvary observed its 150th anniversary with community-wide celebration.

Each Memorial Day, the public is welcome to a special Mass at Calvary, followed by refreshments.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Reading #5

Lazy Afternoon
Taking the Air While Reading
Time Often Stands Still

Pairing a person reading with a painting, poster, or photograph is harder than it sounds.  Until I can find suitable pairs, I will concentrate only on people reading and will post pairs when I find inspiring matches.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Becketwood Bechons!

Doors Open for YOU
For Independent Living
Becketwood Bechons!

This is how Becketwood, a cooperative living community, describes itself:

Becketwood is a great choice for active, independent senior living in Minneapolis. Our location is beautifully convenient – 12 wooded acres along the Mississippi River bluffs, just across the river from St. Paul. Becketwood features distinctive Tudor-style construction  in a natural, park like setting.
We enjoy our cooperative living stylespecial amenities, exciting activities and events, gardening, hiking and biking, delicious dining, lifelong learning, inviting living spaces, friendly and responsive staff and a lively, spirited group of Members with passion and vitality

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Camera Critters

Eye-catching Art Work
Wall Hanging At the State Fair
Unusual Bird?

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Fences

Do Not Fence Me In...
Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?
Frost  Did Not Think So!

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ADDED LATER: Because Kathy asked her question, I did some research:

Description - Western red cedar stack fence, developed by early American pioneers, has also commonly been referred to as Battlefield fence, Worm fence, Snake fence, and ZigZag fence.Cedar stack fence offers both natural beauty and rustic charm. Installation is easy and because no fence post hole drilling are typically required, this stack style of fence is especially popular in difficult soils and rocky terrain. Further, when installed properly, the entire fence is above the ground level which eliminates ground contact and is practically entirely rot free.
Western red cedar stack fences and cedar split rail fences have proven more weather-resistant than those made of Pine, Spruce, and Hemlock. Cedar also resists insect infestation. Western red cedar wood has a distinct color which left uncoated will weather to a silver gray color. Cedar stack rail fence is very rustic in appearance. Each rail and post come in a slightly different size and shape. For the customers who prefer a uniform and consistent low-maintenance fence, we strongly suggest considering a product in vinyl. Click here for information.
Advantages - Cedar stack rail fence is a cost effective style for defining boundaries, and decorating property. Stack rail fencing is also one of, if not the easiest style of fence to install making it an ideal project for the do-it-yourselfer. There is no need to dig any post holes or purchase any fence posts for most fence installations. (Note: Unscarfed rails are predrilled at no extra cost. Our mill orients rails so they will sit squarely on one another and drills a 5/8” hole approximately 1’ from end of rail. Rebar stakes/ spikes can then be used to secure rails in place and into the ground.)
Disadvantages - Stack fence requires more materials (fence rails) to create the zig-zag fence pattern than conventional split rail of comparable height and footage. Fence requires a preservative for the longest-lasting performance, however most installations are never treated. (Credit:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Let There Be Light!

Flowers and Female
Bathed in a Circle of Light
Bright and Beautiful

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Incredible Hair!
Are Clowns Friendly or Scary?
Or ... Interesting?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


" Once Upon a September Morn
I was Born"
A Faded Photo--
 On September 11th
A Baby was Born
Many Years Later
A New Image of the Babe...
More Years to Count!


Four Suicide Acts
On September 11th
Nation in Sorrow


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Reading #4: "Lord of the Books"

Colorful Tattoos
Equally Interesting
Are Colorful Books!

Inspired by a Poster: Lord of the Books by LBrayden

Sunday, September 09, 2012

An Hand-Painted Cross
Norwegian Decorative Art
Perfect for a Church

Rosemaling (Norwegian rose painting) is the name of a form of decorative flower painting that originated in the low-land areas of eastern Norway around 1750, when Baroque, Rengeny and Rococo, artistic styles of the upper class, were introduced into Norway's rural culture. Rosemaling designs use C and S strokes and feature scroll and flowing lines, floral designs, and subtle colors. 

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Free the Butterflies-Camera Critters

A Collection to See
At the Minnesota Fair
Keep Butterflies Free!

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Friday, September 07, 2012

What's Important?

Taking a Book Break
Traveling to Unknown Places
The Best Thing To Do!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Minnesota Gothic

 Minnesota Life
To Appreciate the Joke
You Need to be Here

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Norwegian Hardanger Violin-"H" ABC WEDNESDAY

Hardanger Fiddle
An 8-string Folk Violin
Norwegian Player

On Sunday, August 26, DH and I attended a concert at Mindekirken Norweigan Church in Minneapolis.  I had never heard a Hardanger fiddle and enjoyed the music.  The eight string instrument sounds a lot different from a classical violin. "Four of the strings are strung and played like a violin, while the rest, aptly named understrings or sympathetic stringsresonate under the influence of the other four, providing a pleasant haunting, echo-like sound."

Vidar Segnitz from Haugesund, Norway was one of the accomplished musicians.  I was amused to learn that the Norweigan-born father of a friend of mine is not a fan and said that it sounds like cats fighting.  It must be an acquired taste!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Hollyhocks-ABC WEDNESDAY "H"

Hollyhocks in Spring
Spring Happily from the Page
Colorful in Spring

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Monday, September 03, 2012

Monday Reading #3-DH and Lytton-Strachey

Absorbed in a Book
A New Country of the Mind
While in México

Inspired by
Painting: Lytton-Strachey by Dora Carrington, British (National Portrait Gallery)

Sunday, September 02, 2012

What is there to watch?
Rapt Attention at State Fair
Many things to see!

More People Watching...

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Watching People or People Watching? Or Both? Theme Day, September 1, 2012

A Trip to Broders
A Delicious Pasta Dish
A Fine Chef Watching