Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday Mornings Are Special

Wednesdays are our longest days
Thursdays we make sure to do something special
We enjoy Nature Walks A Lot
There was traffic, it was overcast and a little rainy, BUT
we finally made it
Which way should we go today?
She chooses the "coyote path"

It's got hills and fallen trees
and we haven't taken this path for a while
We can get pretty worn out
Time to head home

See ya later!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Something New . . .

I've been neglecting Waitingle . . . sad.
This bench is across the pond we pass on many of our nature walks.
maybe I'll carry a sketchbook and see if i can capture it.
Better yet, we could carry some biscuits and a book and hang out here.

Oh yes, That's a good idea. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mercy Center

The Mercy Center Retreat House sits on a large parcel of land, 
tucked away in a suburb outside of Saint Louis, MO.

It is a Roman Catholic Center that serves people from all disciplines of faith.
Individuals and groups might stay for extended times.

Some courses are offered by outside interests,
some by the sisters themselves.

I used to visit an artist friend of mine in her studio there.
It has grown A LOT over the years . . . 
Today I want to show you the labyrinth.
It's tucked away towards the back of the property.
I think walking there is the fun part. 
Imagine living in a place, surrounded by gorgeous trees . . . 
a little sign gives tips
a little walk-about removed from the world
strolling back to the car - there are sights of hope - here and there
the center may be busy,
filled with all kinds of chatter

but quiet corners can be found,
if one wants to "get away"
"call home" 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sappington Cemetery

Tiny cemetery sits along a well trafficked road in Crestwood, MO.
Looked after by the City of Crestwood and Daughters of the American Revolution.
The oldest grave dates 1811
Sarah "Sally" Sappington Glenn
wife of Hugh Glen
great grand daughter of Sarah Pottenger
Sarah Pottenger's father immigrated from England around 1665-1685-ish.

There are veterans here from the American Revolution, 
War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and World War I.

Recently there was a ceremony to honor
John Sappington
recognizing his service as George Washington's body guard 
at Valley Forge.

Many of the markers were made of limestone.  Time has worn them, some still stand with no embellishment, some have broken off and look like stones on the ground. 
I read there are more than 300 buried here.

City of Crestwood
Sappington Cemetery
intersection of Watson Industrial Drive and Watson Road 
Crestwood, MO

Saturday, February 18, 2017


 Early in the morning, before crowds arrived, I managed a walk and found moss.  That wouldn't seem strange if you knew me.  A few days before I was thinking about moss and how beautiful it can be.

This was a crisp morning.  I passed photographers.   Professionals come and go as early as possible.

Passed a lone walker bundled in warm clothes.  We silently nodded to one another.

In the far south east corner, where shade would give protection, fields of Moss spread out.  
Seemed a True Treasure.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Meet Samuel Finley Breese Morse.

He was smiling at me from a black and white handout.  The paper was sitting on top of a counter, in an unattended corner.  It was the only piece of paper and it took me a while to find an attendant.  Eventually the information was mine.

The paper asked who he was.  Then listed a few persons he is not.  Now we know he is:

Samuel Finley Breese Morse

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts,  April 27th, 1791.  His parents gave him a good education.  Samuel preferred drawing to books.  He developed talent for portraits on ivory.  He continued his education, graduating Yale in 1810.  Samuel worked as a bookstore clerk and continued working on his art.

 Art isn’t always the easiest path for financial security.  Making a living proved challenging but his skill was remarkable and there are a couple of his works in the Smithsonian.

 In 1832 he met Charles Thomas Jackson, a doctor and inventor.  The two of them discussed the idea of electromagnetism.  Morse thought “if this be so, and the presence of electricity can be made visible in any desired part of the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence might not be instantaneously transmitted by electricity to any distance.”

 Samuel Morse began the quirky quest of developing “electronic intelligence signaling.”

 Which people considered a “silly invention.”

 Morse had strong opinions about the world around him.  Plenty of folk, even today, refer to him as a ‘strange duck.’

 Still, the kept working on this one idea.  He and Albert Vail worked together on this long distance communication until Mr. Vail needed to find secure employment.

May 24th, 1844

On May 24th, 1844 a message was sent from Baltimore to Washington DC, 40 miles, and changed the world forever.

Western Union, Associated Press, Railroads all adopted the telegraph.  Using a system of long and short sounds, the world was connected.

Mr. Morse died of pneumonia, April 2nd, 1872 in new York City.  He was 80 years old.



Monday, December 5, 2016

Overwhelm @ Museum of Transportation

The Museum of Transportation houses a world class collection of transportation vehicles.
Something to catch the eye in every corner.  First, there’s amazement, Then a lot of respect.

We will take a beginning tour today.  I’ll return to add stories and photos of parts of the massive collection.

The project began in the 1940’s. The Transport Museum Association, Museum of Transportation and St. Louis County Parks collaboration.  The museum began using track from 1930 Missouri Pacific railroad.

Excellent Place for Children

Activities for most age groups.  There’s a train that circles the property.  Unlimited Rides with admission wrist band.  There is also a craft station called “Creation Station.”  This is popular with guardians and children.  Registration required because the room becomes packed with happy youngsters.

Excellent Place for Adult “Children”

Automobile show room with displays beginning with wagons and continues through the 20th Century
Pevely Dairy Wagon.  Looks like fun to me.

Trains?  We got ’em!

Union Pacific Railroad #900081
Built in 1966 – Biggest, heaviest rotary snowplow.
kinda scary at first glance
This looks like a great story.

Plenty of opportunity to learn.

A few other things to share today.

Towboat “H.T. Pott”
First Missouri River Towboat with welded steel hull.
Kids enjoy climbing this big fella.
A Dandy!

I’ll simply have to return
too overwhelmed.  need to consider.  will pause for now to think
on this beautiful bench.

2933 Barrett Station Road – St. Louis, MO 63122

If you find me still sitting on this bench, let’s do hot chocolate.  I’ll buy.
love & love,