Nature’s Design

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle This was the frozen lake surface at a nearby park on Friday. The natural designs reminded me of modern art line drawings. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. By the way, today’s temperatures were close to 70 degrees. Good thing I got these icy photos when I did.

Meet the Neighbors

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Unknown And look at how creative my neighbors are! Our neighborhood’s snowman/woman game is on point this snowfall. Made this morning’s run one of my favorites of all time. Meet nearsighted, patriotic reindeer snowman. And…

Brewery Lights

Finally! After calling St. Louis home for all these years, last night was the first time I got to see the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights. It was worth the wait. We even got to see it under a full moon! A few of the Clydesdales were available for photo opportunities. Even the lights are happy. (See…

Pop!

What a happy, colorful break indoors from the cold and colorless landscape outside. I went to the Saint Louis Art Museum today to take in the Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now — and it didn’t disappoint. It was fun and surprising. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibit….

Hometown Tourism

“Old friends are memories personified.” — Richard Paul Evans My second big adventure of October was with my oldest and dearest friend, right here in my home town. Is there a bigger hug in the world than spending time with someone you can just be your authentic self with in the place that you call…

Three in one

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. – Henry David Thoreau Oh, how I have loved running this fall. Even at night. But today’s run around Forest Park was a dabble in three seasons: Summer’s flowers. Fall’s…

It Was Always About You

“You’re going to realize it one day — that happiness was never about your job, or your degree, or being in a relationship. Happiness was never about following in the footsteps of all of those who came before you, it was never about being like the others. One day, you’re going to see it —…

Running with the Redbirds

“Unless you give it all you’ve got, there isn’t any sense in playing.” – Stan Musial Today I got to run in a really special event — the Cardinals Care 6k. (“6” was the legendary Stan Musial’s number. Our 6k started at #6’s statue.) There’s only one word to describe this race: amazing.  Hugs from…

Japanese Festival

“Friends are flowers in life’s garden.”   Today I got to visit my favorite Garden with some of my favorite friends for the Japanese Festival! While it was a little hot and sticky, we got to see some unique people and celebrate another culture. Of course the Japanese Garden was on the agenda. But today was…

15 Things to Savor

“Don’t slide though life. Savor it. Slow down, be kind, pay attention. Because this isn’t going to happen again.” – Carrie Fisher I subscribe to a magazine called “Bella Grace” and it’s one of my favorite indulgences in the world. It’s like a deep, relaxing breath of fresh air, offering exercises and activities focused on…

Shaw Nature Reserve

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Every Adventure is Worthwhile

“Adventure starts where plans end.”  Late last Sunday afternoon, on a whim, I set out on a little adventure. A local artist had left a clue to the hidden location of one of his “finders keepers” pieces on his instagram page. Oh, I really wanted it. I didn’t have any plans left for the weekend,…

That Was Quick.

How much fun was that?! I had my youngest home this weekend. I took Friday off and we hit the ground running. But just like that, it’s over.  Highlights included “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” and a bit of wandering around at the art museum… And our fourth time seeing U2 together (first time here…

Moments of Happiness

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown, researcher The first flowers of the season… A smile in a tree stump… A smile caught in a window box in the rain… And a heart in a…

Top O’ the Run to Ya

St. Louis isn’t perfect by any stretch, but we sure know how to do St. Patrick’s Day. We are ALL Irish on St. Patrick’s Day around here. Yesterday I did our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run. It was *awesome*. If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s…

Commercial-free and Everyone Wins

Last weekend might have been Super Bowl Sunday, but it also marked the beginning of the Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show — which is my Super Bowl. Overall, orchids are thought to symbolize love, beauty, fertility, refinement, thoughtfulness and charm. But meaning can also be found in individual colors. Orange: Enthusiasm, boldness, and pride Purple:…

Be Nice.

I saw this out my car window yesterday and it made me laugh out loud. Man, I love this sign. Don’t you wish sometimes that you could be this blunt? Nice people: come on in. Not-nice people: out. Wouldn’t life be so much simpler? But of course, as I smile and as difficult as it…

Distracted Runner: Frozen Edition

“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” Running lately has been cold. No way around it. But there are two choices: retreat to the gym’s treadmill or work with Old Man Winter. I’ve done the latter, and he seems to appreciate it. And a lot of folks in the community…

And So It Begins

“Keep the lessons. Treasure the love and laughs. Ditch the stuff that doesn’t serve you. Embrace the adventures yet to come.” – Nanea Hoffman, Sweatpants & Coffee First adventure of 2018: Lone Elk County Park. Which is the only acceptable outdoor adventure when it is eight degrees outside because you’re not allowed to get out…