These are a few of my favorite things…

Friday brought my birthday celebration – and a day that included so many of my favorite things: a day off from work beautiful weather “Art in Bloom” at the Saint Louis Art Museum lunch at the Fountain on Locust (and dill pickle soup!) the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden a first visit to…

Look up

A few scenes from an unexpected trip to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis this afternoon. What a breathtakingly beautiful place.  With a design containing more than 41.5 million mosaic tiles in 7,000 colors that took 76 years to complete, that ceiling is stunning. I have never seen so many people looking up with their…

February

Yesterday, I went for a hike in layers and took photos of ice on a lake. Today, I went to the park for my long run without a jacket and put the car’s top down on the way home. Welcome to February in Missouri.

Unplug

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott After several highly stressful weeks (months, really) at work, I was recently able to take a day off with no objective other than to decompress. No obligations, no special occasion, no appointments…just an ordinary day. And it was…

Scenes From Sunday’s Run in the Park

This was a cold one. Fun, but cold. And how much do I love running in Forest Park. I put in six miles today on paths completely cleared from ice and snow. How great is that?

Wonderful

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.” I spotted a new bridge today along a route that I’ve run countless times. Our lives and routines don’t have to be mundane or boring. We only have to keep looking around and be open to the…

Patterns

Looking back over a recent trip to the Botanical Garden, I realized that I’d unintentionally taken a lot of similar photos. Lots of patterns… And then there’s a behavioral pattern. 🙂 I never forget to take this photo.

Holiday Recap – Decorations Edition

Maybe it’s just me, but I think this year has been one of the most beautiful for Christmas lights in a long time. Day… …or night. (Okay, Cousin Eddie isn’t beautiful, but how hilarious is that??) (Tried videos because still photos just wouldn’t do. Hopefully they work.) The City Garden never disappoints. Santa baby had…

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….