Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Navigate the Fog

"A map says to you, read me carefully,
follow me closely, doubt me not.
I am the earth in the palm of your hand."
Beryl Markham

Not all birds can fly.

True navigation begins in the heart.
It's the most important map of all.
Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey

Passed years seem safe ones,
vanquished ones, 
while the future lives in a cloud,
formidable from a distance. 
The cloud clears as you enter it.
I have learned this, but like everyone else,
I learned it late.
Beryl Markham

This quote below, is what plays more often in my life
than I ever dreamed possible.

"You can live a lifetime, and at the end of it
know more about other people
 than you know about yourself."
Beryl Markham

Playing with our camera!

Somewhere along the way
we must learn that there is
 nothing greater than
to do something
for others.
Martin Luther King Jr


stop throwing yourself to the wolves
and lead yourself toward worthy directions
Never ever stand on your own dignity. 

Hello from inside a snow cave!

The great use of life is to spend it
 for something that will outlast it.
William James

Like playing.
Especially outside.
If you can add snow
all the better!


Care to sit for a spell?

I saved you a seat!

"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons 
out of the hands of fools.
Let's start with typewriters."
David Gerrold

The typewriter is indeed my passport into a world otherwise
barred to me and my kind.
Suzanne Rindell

Thank you 
Your visits are very special to me
take good care of you.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Windows Awake

From windows decorated for
 Letters to Santa
  a few more windows spring to life.

Welcome to inside windows.


Featuring two dogs and a boy on a bicycle.

Animals are like angels they lift us up 
when we're feeling down.

The whole purpose of my post today is actually twofold. First I needed a post for Sepia Saturday while combining my love for window views.  Second arrived while grocery shopping yesterday.  I'm sure at one time or another you've all experienced the great adventure of uncovering something new instead of the same old food day after day right? How adventurous we are can make all the difference in an excitingly delicious new entree! 

First a few window peeking photos.

"Set wide the window. Let me drink the day."
Edith Wharton

Who doesn't want a good bargain?

Driving a streetcar is 
an uplifting life of looking out the window.

Back in the day it was a one stop shopping experience 
where you could buy clothes and firearms.

"If frogs had side pockets
they'd carry handguns."
Dan Rather

Window shopping is much like reading poetry.When we look into a window
we don't always see the same thing.

"Our task must be to free ourselves.
By widening our circle of compassion 
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstein

Style is a simple way of saying
complicated things.
Jean Cocteau

Something has their attention,
as all eyes twinkled with merriment.
Words of thought
eyes wide.
Don't you wish there was more importance 
(and shared experiences)
with window shopping again?

And secondly-

Believe it or not, these boys are 

looking into a butcher's shop window.

Yes you read it correctly live poultry.
I bring this to your attention because I stumbled across something I'd never seen in my grocery store before.  

Chicken Paws.

Chicken Paws. AKA chicken feet. Yep, and of course I had to Google all the benefits and what recipes one could dream up for chicken paws. Lots. Seriously.
Nothing gets wasted on the farm.
The feet of chicken are actually quite healthy. 
Why would you eat chicken feet some of you may be wondering? Simply because our body requires lots of vitamins, trace minerals, collagen and calcium. 
Okay enough about chicken paws, but if you care to share something you know about them please share it with us.

I'll leave you with two very different interesting window views. 

Image result for images window shopping library of congress and dogs

The lady desires an exotic taste in pets on a leash wouldn't you agree?

Although the gent in the hat appears to be spying
on the ladies
he's probably just evaluating.
At any rate it
seems there's something exciting going 
on outside this store window!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

O, Winter Evening

What an incredible day to enjoy an afternoon of window bliss,
 one window at a time.

I discovered windows one afternoon and after that,
nothing was ever the same.
Anne Spollen

Feel free to catch the splendid beauty of the outdoors
as it silently slips
 through large glass panels.

Don't waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, 
run to the next window, or break down a door.
Brook Shields

I spy a snowman!

If the house of the world is dark, 
love will find a way to create windows.

Such tasteful concrete with cow spots!

Need a ride?

Free parking until spring.

Plenty of room at the inn.

 Where have all the people gone?

O, winter evening you happened in 
just as my stroll 
drew near an end
through your deserted town.
What a pleasure it was
free from having 
to bundle up heavily against the cold.
Especially when they say
 a blizzard is on the way.

Behind this window glass a quiet office 
waits for people to return.
I can almost smell the coffee!

Stop the words now
open the window in the center of your chest
and let the spirits fly in and out.

Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy. Live.

There is a place where words 
are born of silence.

and music sweetens the soul.

Thanks for stopping by 
take good care of you.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Just a Thought

This post as promised still coming, later.


I interrupt my scheduled blog post for this very important message knowing many of us are still reeling from the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida. 

"I have heard what the talkers were talking. 
the talk of the beginning and the end.
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end."
Walt Whitman

TALK, is not enough.
Action is required.

Otherwise, this brutal shooting, like the ones before this 
resulting in the loss of vital lives
 all abruptly cut short 
 will again fall across the chapters 
of unsolved answers and more senseless acts will occur.

Unless we resolve to make important decisions
 to change our past bitter course.

Today let's talk about life, 
and escape from a world stuck in a globe of denial.
Where again today, like after every brutal shooting and loss of lives
our officials say, now's not the time.

NOW is the time.

Don't follow the herd.

This is such an uncanny realization I'm sure someone has already mentioned this before, I just haven't been able to google the result of it yet.

My idea begins through an example many of us can relate to.
Here in Minnesota those who drink and drive and those accomplices 
are held accountable.
The bars or other public or private establishments, 
as well as those persons, servers, bartenders or other employees are also held responsible for vehicular crimes.

Why then aren't gun dealers, as well as establishments, gun shows or private persons responsible for the shooter carrying out their brutal crime be prosecuted as well?

Like those selling and serving alcoholic beverages are faced with rules and regulations, and punishments so should any person or business selling guns and ammunition be held to strict rules, regulations and punishments.

It's all fun and games until, it's not.
Be responsible.

...and most of us are. But we weren't always. There was a day that it wasn't unusual for folks to drive while consuming alcohol beverages, until they passed laws to end it.

Imagine a group of friends and family enjoying a five course meal and a glorious evening of entertainment while solving a murder mystery over dinner, and it goes without saying alcoholic beverages.  Why not?
Well, if your evening includes a sleepover at a Bed and Breakfast and no worries about driving home, alcohol shouldn't result in bad choices or fatal results.  But if the murder mystery was solved at an establishment serving the public this changes things immensely. 

In Minnesota if a person becomes intoxicated or consumes alcohol beverages putting them over the legal limit and especially if they are involved in a fatal death or deaths resulting from their driving, the consequences are extremely worse, and includes all those involved besides the driver.
Even the bartender.
Or server.

Then what occurs after a brutal shooting, even if that shooter doesn't survive, shouldn't it be equally important that those responsible also being prosecuted? 

In short what you can say to your own public officials is this
We need laws that apply not just to the criminal, but also the establishment, weapons show, etc. employee or persons selling said weapon or weapons
and hold them just as accountable, curbing more deaths from occurring. 

Banning guns isn't the complete answer, if a person
desires any weapon of choice they will locate it.

Spirit of Justice
Majesty of Justice

"Human progress is neither automatic or inevitable
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle;
the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Let's remain focused on outcomes not obstacles
that keep us from successful outcomes.

For justice,
Imagine how simple it would be 
to stop more deaths
by prosecuting those individuals
that send weapon buyers intent on killing into the world.

Being subject to prison time 
and/or substantially high fines
has to promote more thought
 before they conclude a weapons sale.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Students Art

Wow "Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind descends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering." E.O. Wilson

Poster artwork by students.

We daydream
as we wander
often without purpose
with our minds 
wide open to ponder.

Daydreaming is essential to living.
appreciate pleasant thoughts
Without daydreams, living
and energetically happy satisfaction
life will be like a nightmare
beware those who scream and curse
and neglect to invite them to your party.

"All the world's a stage
and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."
Sean O'Casey

"Traveling leaves you speechless,
then it turns you into a storyteller."
Ibn Battuta

"Then attending Family Fun Night at any elementary school
not only leaves you far from speechless
it turns you into a better adult."

It's funny but the longer I live the more apparent it becomes that most people would rather believe things (in their own realm) than know the truth,
while children
just tell it like it is!

Ah boys the girls are following you.

Time to calm down after all the gym activities.
Waiting in line for Crazy Hair!

Trust your instincts
and make judgments on what your heart tells you,
think of others first
always with kindness.

If ever you need a pick-me-up just walk around your local elementary school you'll be pleasantly surprise how good if makes you feel.

Thanks for stopping by
take good care of you.

Below is a sneak photo into my next post!