July 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
I haven’t been to the annual Art Car Parade since it was a block long in a marginal section of Uptown. Now in its 20th year, it has moved to a ritzier address — the Lyndale Park Rose Garden adjacent to Lake Harriet.
It was certainly an odd scene. Occupying the street next to the sophisticated rose garden were cars of every size, shape, model, and make festooned in a variety of materials, colors, patterns, and messages. So were the owners. Everyone appeared to enjoy the ridiculousness and frivolity of it all as they waited for the parade to begin.
I had to leave before the parade got underway, but I tried to capture the essence of the event and its surroundings as I shifted between the art car lineup and the gardens.
July 21, 2014 § 3 Comments
June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
My mom grows beautiful flowers, and her peonies are among the loveliest of her blooms. A bouquet of pink and white blossoms from her garden is nearing the end, but it’s still stunning.
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What I’m reading this week, including a series on World War I from The New York Times. I won’t get to all of the new pieces and archived articles, but it’s definitely worth a look if you are as fascinated by that era and the senselessness of the war as I am:
- “Facebook Adé” by Ida Hattemer-Higgins (n+1, June 24, 2014)
- “Fulfillment” by Luke Finsaas (Monkeybicycle, June 30, 2014)
- “The Great War: A 100-Year Legacy of World War I” by various journalists (The New York Times)
- “Let Them Eat Cash” by Christopher Blattman (The New York Times, June 29, 2014)
- “The Right to Write” by Roxana Robinson (The New York Times, June 28, 2014)
- The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen (1978)