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…

Expressions

“Experience every emotion. Each has its own beauty, I promise.” – Varvara, singer If concrete can be so expressive…there’s no limit to what we can do. But seriously, who knew concrete had such a broad range of emotions??

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…

Life lately on the run

I haven’t shared a distracted runner post in a long time, although I have shared a lot of photos from my runs lately. But here are a few that I’ve missed: Two flamingos. No idea why. I saw a heart, but a friend saw a Mickey Mouse head — which I loved. It’s so fun…

Hello, little one

Tonight I left the front door open so the cats could watch the outside world through the glass storm door for awhile. (We call it cat television in our house.) As the cats hunkered down and I tidied up around the living room, I heard the sharp, alarmed chirp of a robin outside. Repeatedly. I…

Awestruck

Last night brought with it one of the strangest skies I have ever seen. Typically I think of sunsets as something viewed on the horizon, something at a distance. Not this sunset. It was like you were in its midst, and it was enveloping you. It was heavy, with a rich orange hue saturating the…

Consider this

Consider this permission to: 1.) Say no to a request that you know in your gut isn’t right for you. 2.) Set something aside for a season. 3.) Unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel “less than” in any way. 4.) Be the person you are, not the person you think you should…

Much

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh¬†

Good enough

She’s not at peak bloom, but she’s strong in her purpose. And what a timely sighting she was. During my run early this morning, a pair of younger women were walking in my direction. I marveled at how put together they were — slim with coordinated, sweat-free clothes and stylish hair. Especially in the heat…

Good start

Five things to do before you get out of bed: 1.) Express gratitude 2.) Set your intentions for the day 3.) Take five long, deep breaths in and out 4.) Smile for no reason 5.) Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes.

Notice

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Life is a series of tiny miracles. Notice them. Notice again and again how fortunate you are. The evidence is all around you, and it’s beautiful, and well worth gathering into your awareness.” – marcandangel

Yes, it does

“It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” – Oscar Wilde

Pretty Simple

“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ¬†– Mary Oliver

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.

Trying…

“Mistakes are evidence that you are trying.” Trying my hand at lomography and film has been providing me with a great deal of evidence that I am trying. Trying new things, trying to learn… and making mistakes. This little Diana F+ and its 120 film has been a lesson in patience and a little on…

Thank you

“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” – Xan Oku

Poetry

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Marie Rilke St. Louis, spring looks really good on you.