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Having recently been invited by a dear friend to spend a week at a beautiful cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior, I’m reminding ...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

NOTHING BEATS A GREAT ROAD TRIP, ESPECIALLY THROUGH WISCONSIN!!

I can't think of anything I'd rather spend my money on the last few years than memorable road trips, long or short. The great American actress, Susan Sontag once said, "I haven't been
everywhere, but it's on my list."  My sentiments exactly!! Recently a good friend and I traveled along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, our home state, and had a fabulous time, stopping frequently along the way.  Southwestern Wisconsin is absolutely beautiful, and we were fortunate to spend three nights at a lovely farm which is owned by a relative of hers.
With winding roads, rolling hills and bluffs, beautiful parks and lakes, it's absolutely idyllic.  There are many Amish farms and bakeries to be found everywhere. I often thought about John Denver's song about Country Roads. I just couldn't stop smiling!



Here are some of the photos I
took along the way. I hope that one day some of you might have a chance to

Explore  Wisconsin. It's a wonderful state with so much natural beauty, including Lake Superior.  Enjoy!!










Thursday, July 6, 2017

JULY 4TH MEMORIES!


I've had wonderful July 4th memories over the years. This year was no exception.  I loved walking around parts of Medicine
Lake and seeing Americans enjoying boating, swimming, barbecuing, hiking, and just hanging out with friends. Generally people in the U.S. do not get a lot of holiday or vacation time to do that.  There was a feeling of real joy in
the air.  This time I was the observer and small time


photographer. Loved it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

JOY IN NATURE! AND BEYOND!!

Recently I read a quote by Karl Barth which said, "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude."  That definitely reflects my belief, and simple as it might be, I try to find joy in every day, wherever and whatever that might be. Some of those days might be filled with unexpected difficulties and pain, but there is joy to be found, and above all, in nature.  I love being anywhere near water, and if there's a wooded trail nearby,  I
have found immense joy, for which I am extremely grateful.  A few days ago I discovered an idyllic area of the Twin Cities, with both a beautiful small lake and a long winding trail which leads to a very pretty regional park.  I just sat and watched the wildlife on the lake for about
an hour before I headed out on the trail.  These are some of the photographs I took and hope that you will enjoy.  




And as Shakespeare said, "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."




Monday, June 26, 2017

BOB DYLAN, A MUSICAL GENIUS!

Bob Dylan, a Minnesota legend--singer, songwriter, and fabulous artist, once said, "Take care of all your memories.  For you can not relive them."  A good reminder for all of us, coming from a musical genius who has been recording for more than 50 years--folk, blues, country, gospel, and now has 30 new recordings of classic American songs in a three-disc album.  He's won 11 Grammies, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe.  He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.  In addition, in 2016 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, as well as the Nobel Prize in Literature.  Remarkable achievements.  

Bob Dylan was born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.  Much of his work is from the 1960's, including "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are-A-Changin," and "Like a Rolling Stone." He's sold more than a hundred million records through the years.  

As I was recently walking down Hennepin Avenue in

Minneapolis, I spotted an incredibly beautiful mural of Bob 
Dylan.  I stood and just stared at it, feeling mesmerized. I doubt that I've seen any mural more stunning.  Hope you enjoy it too, and appreciate the brilliance of a world class singer and artist that Minnesotans will always remember with great pride.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A PERFECT SETTING--THE MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN!


Minneapolis, in addition to having numerous professional sports teams, has a world class sculpture garden. It's located
close to Loring Park and the Basilica of St. Mary. The pedestrian bridge connects the sculpture garden to Loring Park.  Yesterday I was excited to visit its re-opening after the long awaited re-dedication.  Seventeen new sculpture pieces were included. On a very hot day it was still thrilling to see all the beautiful new sculptures and learn about artists who were new to me and what motivated their work.  







The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden includes 19 acres and is



now part of the Walker Art Center.  It's one of the largest sculpture gardens in the U.S.  It opened in 1988. The most well-known feature of it is the Spoonbridge and Cherry fountain. Minneapolis has often been called the Minneapple.  It has a very vibrant art culture, second only to New York.


I've included photos of some of


the sculptures I saw yesterday.
It was a very fun and festive day.  Next time I want to also take a tour of the Walker Art Center, which is a dynamic and exciting place of its own.  Just one more reason to spend some time in Minneapolis this summer.  The City of Lakes has much to offer, including second-to-none bike trails! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MINNEHAHA PARK AND WATERFALLS--IN ALL ITS BEAUTY!!

One of my absolute favorite places to visit in Minneapolis, (my home), is Minnehaha Park and the beautiful waterfalls you discover as you enter the park. The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a wonderful poem about it in the 1850's called Song of Hiawatha. It made the waterfalls famous nationally.  I find myself often drawn to the statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha and the plaque of more than one hundred years ago commemorating it.

I've been lucky to have lived nearby Minnehaha Park at one time in the 1970's and now to be able to hop on a bus and be there about an hour later. It's a magnificent place. If you should ever visit Minneapolis, don't miss it.




















Saturday, June 3, 2017

THE SWEET FRESH LOOK OF SPRING!

I missed spring at home a year ago due to travels, so this year it
feels exhilarating to be out enjoying all the delightful parks and
lakes and trails in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  This year both




Minneapolis and St. Paul won awards for being the top park systems in the U.S.  Although I sometimes complain about this
area in the winter, it is truly an exceptional place to live.  And here are just a few pictures to show it.  My camera is new--not fancy or exceptional--but I love being able to use it nearly everywhere. I hope to visit the new Minneapolis sculpture garden within the next week and proudly display another part of the vibrant art scene of my adopted hometown.  In the meantime, I hope these photos help express my love of nature
and this wonderful state.





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GOOD TIMES AT THE BALLPARK!

I hadn't been to a professional baseball game for over two years, until last Monday.  I had forgotten how much fun it is,
regardless of whether your team wins or loses.  The point is to enjoy the action, the fans, the music and surprises between innings, and the beautiful setting.  Target Field in downtown Minneapolis is a gorgeous ballpark which has been recognized nationally as one of the best ballparks in the U.S.  And this year, to everyone's surprise, the Twins are doing well and are currently in first place.  Last year they finished last among 28 teams.  Of course the season is long--162 games in all, so things could change a lot within a few weeks.  But for now the fans are loving it and Target Field is the place to be. 








Here are a few pictures which reflect a fun day with family at the ballpark and the beautiful stadium and city of Minneapolis. Enjoy!!