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.

Either way

 ‘I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or…

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.

Fingerprints

“You might think that you don’t matter in this world, but because of you, someone has a favorite mug to drink their tea out of that you bought them. Someone hears a song on the radio and it reminds them of you. Someone has read a book you recommended to them and gotten lost in…

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…

Thanks for Being You

The following is an excerpt from an email I received from a wonderful friend on Wednesday, which also happened to be the first day of Spring. I removed a bit of information specific to my friend’s work*. “Hi Laura, Hope all is going well for you. Welcome to spring, even if it’s a little dreary! I’m…

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.

Scenes from St. Patrick’s Day

May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer…

Unexpected Guest

My neighbors’ chickens had a visitor this morning. A lovely, unusual visitor. Their ruckus would indicate that I was more enthused about and fascinated with this guest than the chickens were. Fortunately he mostly napped before taking his leave. Isn’t he a beauty?

Signs

Winter finally gave us a brief reprieve. 67 degrees and signs of spring, including: love… …blooms… …and peace.

Full Speed Ahead

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” — Roald Dahl Seemed like…