Weekend According to the iPhone

Just a few scenes from the weekend: the Botanical Garden yesterday, Forest Park on Friday (and today), and Rockwoods Reservation today.


From sunsets… to sunrises… and everything in between… I’m noticing a definite shift in nature’s color palette lately. Fall is most certainly headin’ this way.

Colors of Summer

On the heels of a full weekend, these are a few photos I have to show for it. They include…dinner in Forest Park. Gorgeous flowers along my running route. And some funky tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market. Beyond having a timeframe in common, I thought the colors oddly tied them together. I’m going to miss…


“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens, American poet


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

Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Is that what I think it is?

Ohhhh…..Black-eyed Susans…. ….Purple Coneflowers… …I Spy cloud-gazing (I see a heart here. You?)… …streaming water fountains… …seas of fresh strawberries… …it’s starting to look a lot like SUMMER around here!!! Bring. It. On.

The 10 Rules of Karma

Whether or not you subscribe to the concept, these 10 Rules of Karma are worthwhile words of wisdom that I wanted to pass along. There’s more detail in the original article here. But I’m including the free prize inside, along with photos from a recent visit to our City Garden. You Get What You Give…

Fields of Gold

In spite of its drawbacks (hateful political posts, vague booking, overshared details of offsprings’ projectile vomit, poop, etc), Facebook can be a pretty wonderful thing. It connects us to friends from all facets of our lives, entertains us with cat videos, updates us on the latest news (and gossip)…and inspires us to explore new places. Like this place. Prior…

Delmar Sunflower Project

10,000 of these golden beauties right smack in the middle of the city. Like two blocks worth. So gorgeous and unexpected. For background on the project, click here.

Cupcakes and Grace

This weekend, I took a short road trip to my hometown to participate in a very special (Cupcake!) 5K to support two of my high school friends who have a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare, cruel and incurable disease.  It was a family affair, including my sister and brother, as well as my son and…

Memories and Loss

“… even out of unspeakable grief, beautiful things take wing.” –AR Torres, “The Lessons of Loss” Today included a little road trip for work to help with one of our special events. It’s a camp that helps children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The goal is to teach them to cope and…

Hello, Lovely.

Let the season’s gardening commence. Starting with this gardenia that now calls our yard home. I’m so sorry to see this peaceful weekend come to a close, but you should get a whiff of this perfect scent wafting around our front door.

Sunday Session

For awhile now, Drew and I have been talking about taking some “Senior Photos” of him before his last year of college kicks off. So this morning, we decided to set out. Destinations: Laumeier Sculpture Park and Citygarden. Perfect morning, perfect locations. And perfect company. Loved the late summer blooms. St. Louis, I love you…


Trying to get a decent training run in with temperatures hovering around the hundred degree mark could make a girl cranky…but someone in my neighborhood left behind some encouraging words. Love this so much.


I took this photo a long time ago, but it still says “summer” to me. Well, that, and Tinkerbell. I’ve never figured out what made this little bloom glow in the middle, so I’ve always chalked it up to this quote: “Garden fairies come at dawn, bless the flowers, then they’re gone.” On that note: happy first day…


Oppressively, outrageously, obnoxiously hot today. And the bright side is just that – bright. Lovely afternoon light on the neighbor’s calla lily leaves. I wish I could’ve gotten a really, really, really close photo of the little white spots on the leaves. They’re actually semi-transparent. And I couldn’t tell for sure, but when the sun…