Sunday, January 31, 2016

Re-purposed – Church to Moosylvania

There is a wonderful movement to re-purpose great places instead of tearing them down.  One of the niftiest sights in Maplewood, MO is Moosylvania.
 Perhaps you remember the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” from long ago (in this era of nostalgia TV, the program continues to be enjoyed and has won awards – but, that’s another matter altogether.)   Moosylvania became a place because, before moving to “Frostbite Falls, Minnesota” to have adventures with his pal, Rocket J. Squirrel, Bullwinkle lived in Moosylvania, Lake In The Woods Island, and was the mayor there.

I’m not sure Bullwinkle, or any of his kin live in Maplewood, BUT I am certainly thrilled to see this terrific advertising doing well.
 Creative people get inspired and make the world a better place.  They find opportunity when others see challenge, like children, they bring a fresh perspective and, if something doesn’t go as planned, they take a breath and try again.  Oh yes, the thought of these “Moosy People” – settling into “my” neck of the woods, makes me happy.

Once a church, this beautiful facility has been housing these people of vision since 2003.

Steve Jobs Said:

“Creativity is just connecting things.  When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilt because they didn’t really do it, They just saw something.  It seemed obvious to them after a while.  That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things”

(thank you, Huffington Post)

Moosylvania – 7303 Marietta Ave. – Maplewood, MO 63143


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ice in the Loop! (dragon? get camera)

 
Tuesday Morning, and it’s Frigid.  I’m always in the Delmar Loop Area because we have Story Time at Subterranean Books.  I tend to arrive in the area early and enjoy a cup before walking down the street.  These guys caught my eye and i simply had to share.  Ice in the Loop!
 
That’s Right!  No matter how cold it was, I was determined to get a photo of this Dragon.

 
 Ice Visions gave a performance outside Fitz’s and these guys were left over, standing on top of the brick border that surrounds Fitz’s delivery area.  This event was part of the annual Ice Carnival.

 It had to be a splendid celebration this year, because it was Cold.  The past couple years, i think there was plenty of fun to be had, and it was crazy comfortable, I doubt people even had to wear coats, it was so warm.  This year, however – our cold days landed on the preferred date, so people could shiver and enjoy.

Fitz’s makes fabulous root beer.  Their motto is, “If it wasn’t better, we wouldn’t make it.”  Its fun to walk by and listen to families laugh together.  There’s always a lot to enjoy, and discover in The Loop neighborhood.

Ice?  Not Often..

 

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Chinese Garden

The first day of Winter was surprisingly warm and seemed a great day to visit The Chinese Garden.  It’s official title is “The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden.”  Lovingly referred to as “The Chinese Garden.”  It is one small part of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  You can expect to find many posts about “The Garden” because it is one of my absolute favorite hangouts in St. Louis.
The lush summer look has already disappeared, it’s easy to spot the two guardians along the path.  They grant us passage, with warnings, this is not a place tourists tread right now because construction is going on “behind the scenes.”  So, we can look around undisturbed.
 This garden is referred to as a “Scholar’s Garden.” It’s smaller and informal, a place people can come to share ideas, read and reflect . . . here’s our first peek inside . .
 The garden was built in Nanjing, then in 1996 five experts arrived from China to oversee the actual creation of our Friendship Garden.
 This marble bridge was crafted in Nanjing China, assembled in St. Louis by experts from Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Urban Parks in 1996.

 Inside there are marble bridges and beautiful stone mosaic walkways.
The entire blue stone walkway includes delicate inlay mosaic.

 This fella kept close watch.
 I could image reading, or writing at this stone table . . maybe sipping tea,
 listening to sounds of the day . . . peaceful, yes?
 These stones are nifty.  In this case they are called “Tai Hu Stone,” which tells us where they are from, but doesn’t explain what terrific garden companions they are.  Stones like these are often used in gardens, they are made of limestone, which is softer, so the elements have been able to leave their mark, color changes, holes and shapes give each stone unique character.  They seem to “speak” about place and time.  They can also be referred to as “Scholar Stones.”  One story referred to them as “Philosopher Stones,”  which makes me grin.  There are a few of them standing in this garden.  They are a nice presence.
 Perhaps it is time to say goodbye for today, with a promise to return again in the future.

Thank you for visiting.

Missouri Botanical Garden – 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110