Hint

“My favorite color is October.” It’s just the beginning, but fall is starting its show…. P.S. That’s a hornet’s nest at the top of the frame in the above photo. Yikes.

Sweetest Day

I learned that Saturday, October 19 was something called “Sweetest Day.” I don’t know much about Sweetest Day, but I do know that October 19 is also my mother’s birthday. So that works out well. Very appropriate. And for my sweetest mother’s birthday, we spent all day Friday celebrating around St. Louis — starting with…

Running with Stanley

I’m almost a week late posting this, but I figure it’s never too late to relive favorite moments. Last weekend I got to run in the Blue Note 5k and watch St. Louis’ love affair with Stanley continue. Play Gloria, this was an amazing ¬†experience. So, so special. Stanley was with us at the start……

Life Lately According to the iPhone

Another running route in the park brought new views… …and some old ones. And an unexpected sight. A closer look: one of these things is not like the other. One of these things…absolutely belongs. This goose stood watch over his napping duck friends and it was adorable. No one thought anything of it. It’s amazing…

Just one

You have this one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud. — Beardsley Jones By the way, these are photos from today’s…

Bright side

If you have to have an ugly run, it’s good to have it in a beautiful place. Geez, that was brutal. Here’s hoping for a stronger run tomorrow.

Brightest

“Despite knowing they won’t be here for long they still choose to live their brightest lives.” – Sunflowers – Rupi Kaur, poet

Remember

Remember when you go into the world… To keep your eyes and ears wide open and be kind. Love one another. Take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun. Know that you are loved like crazy….

Hi, Honey!

Honey Bears by Fnnch, mural artist and St. Louis native. This mural is 35′ x 50′ — his largest to date. Each bear is a local reference: Violin Bear = the Fabulous Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall and The Sheldon Artist Bear = Arts and Education Council Blues Bear = Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis…

Gratitude check

Closing out the weekend and preparing for the new week with a gratitude check. Thanks to this weekend, I’m grateful for: Two strong runs — even in this unreasonable heat (above photo was taken during today’s run) Almost a full day spent with my younger son — and the fact that he still enjoys hanging…

Creatures great and small

“Surround yourself with animals and people who are kind to them.” – unknown This squirrel sprawled on my neighbor’s chair cracked me up. It’s hot and he is so over it. This baby bunny, on the other hand, broke my heart. He was pawing at my back door and wanted so badly to come inside….

Good Graffiti

“It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.” – Tim Burton Photos from the river wall in downtown St. Louis. Weird and wonderful stuff.

Before the Rain

…today in Lone Elk Park: Some gorgeous reflections… …a startled raccoon… …an indifferent elk… …and a couple of cranky geese parents and their awkwardly unattractive offspring. Not shown: a deer, turkey and a heron. Not bad for an impromptu drive through the park.

Tulip Trot

When my friend and I signed up for a “tulip trot” in the Garden, winterish weather wasn’t what we had in mind. ¬†But that’s what it was — super cold and rainy. But it’s the Botanical Garden. And the Botanical Garden is always beautiful. We didn’t bother to trot, but we did get to see…

Life Lately…

…according to the iPhone. Three guesses as to what season it is: Hint: it’s not winter. (Above: Around the neighborhood; Below: Trail run) (Below: cookie decorating class) Fully enjoying every bit of this beautiful SPRING.

Daffodil Dash

Did my first trail run today at the Shaw Nature Reserve — the Daffodil Dash! This was my start line view. View from the trail. Finish line view! And my finisher’s “medal.”

Weekend Adventures

“For the highs and lows and moments between, mountains and valleys, rivers and streams, for where you are now and where you will go, for “I’ve always known,” and “I told you so,” for nothing is happening,” and “all has gone wrong,” it is all in this journey you will learn to be strong. And…

Always

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse¬† From my kitchen window… …to our local Botanical Garden… ….there is so much beauty in the world.