Listen to Your Mom

October 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

Last spring Mom suggested I take more photos of colorful flowers. I reminded her I had lots of photos of flowers. She said, “You can never have too many pictures of flowers.”

Today we were on a walk. She pointed ahead to a brilliant red bush and said I should take a picture. I said I already had so many photos of leaves. She said, “You can never have too many photos of colorful leaves.”

Right again, Mom. You have to enjoy the beautiful times of year while they last, for they are fleeting.

Note: She also suggested I take a photo of the leaves looking through her Jackie O. sunglasses. Cool.

Red leaves, normal

Red leaves, normal

Red leaves , through sunglasses

Red leaves , through sunglasses

Apples

Apples

Crabapples

Crabapples

Bloom (and Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Seven)

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.

Peony

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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:

The Snow Leopard

Two-Hundred-Eighty-Three

October 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Mom’s bouquet of red maple leaves

One-Hundred-Eighty-Seven

July 6, 2013 § 1 Comment

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From Mom’s garden — a bloom as big as your head

Jaurnte (Art in June): Day Twenty-Three

June 23, 2013 § 6 Comments

Parents in town. Art with Dad. Art with Mom.

This morning, Dad and I scampered to the Guthrie Theater, celebrating its 50th anniversary today with a huge community celebration. We loaded up on free Target gear (e.g., sunglasses, bags o’ candy) and took a backstage tour where, halfway through, I was informed I wasn’t allowed to take photos. Whoops. Here are a few that made it past security.

Backstage hallway

Backstage hallway

Dressing room

Dressing room

Inside-out view from backstage

Inside-out view from backstage

Set construction

Set construction

Prop room dragon

Prop room dragon

Dad by the Stone Arch Bridge sporting his Target swag

Dad by the Stone Arch Bridge sporting his Target swag

This afternoon, Mom and I took the Summit Avenue Garden Stroll, a biannual tour of some of the most beautiful gardens on one of the most picturesque streets in the United States. Predicted rain stayed away and we were able to enjoy all 12 featured gardens before returning home and napping. Colorful highlights follow.

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Jaurnte (Art in June): Day Sixteen

June 16, 2013 § 2 Comments

I didn’t select a specific art destination today. Instead, my brother and I made a quick trip to Lake Superior’s North Shore to meet our parents and treat Dad to a Father’s Day lunch at a favorite restaurant, the New Scenic Cafe.

Art popped up throughout the day, mostly at the cafe and in Duluth. The cafe currently features watercolor paintings by sisters ages 8 and 10. The garden out front and the lake view are as beautiful as any painting, drawing, sculpture, or photograph one could create. Many would consider the cafe’s cuisine artistic as well. I wish I would have taken a photo of the dish I ordered — ahi tuna and avocado in crispy shells with a peanut slaw on the side.

We returned home this evening, where I’m about to continue working on a short story I need to complete by July 1. Then I’ll grab a book and call this Art in June day complete.

P.S. A merry Father’s Day to everyone, especially my Dad. Hope your photographer is more adept at taking family portraits than ours.

Lake Superior

Lake Superior

New Scenic Cafe garden

New Scenic Cafe garden

Mom learning how to use an iPhone

Mom learning how to use an iPhone

Mom failing to take a usable picture with an iPhone

Mom failing to take a usable picture with an iPhone

Mom! No!

Mom! No!

Poppies by Ruby

Poppies by Ruby

Art by Ruby

Art by Ruby

DeWitt-Seitz alley in Duluth's Canal Park

DeWitt-Seitz alley in Duluth’s Canal Park

One-Hundred-Thirty-Two

May 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Happy Mother’s Day to all, especially my lovely mom

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