Tuesday, July 18, 2017

City Museum

The City Museum is located in St. Louis, Missouri. When you open up City Museum's website the first words that you see are: "Always building..."  It is an old shoe factory that has become a play museum for young and old.  I traveled there for a Nia Moving to Heal conference.  Before the dancing began, I met up with two dear friends to climb and slide and shimmy through many known and unknown areas.  There is a ferris wheel on the roof top that I went on with Nyah, my 11 year old friend, and a 10 floor slide that Nyah and her Mom slid down.  I did not.  I took the stairs down and wondered if I would see them again.  We had cell phones and I knew that we would; however for a short moment, I was a little scared.  And then there we were together and we were near the caves and a white whale.

 Taking a selfie of us two on the ferris wheel: double brave!

Nyah went to Ridgeway Community School and loved art.  Her family moved and we only see one another occasionally when she makes a return visit with her family to Winona.  This time,  I was traveling nearer to her home and we met up for a play day.  What a treat to spend a day of exploration and fun together!  Living Life as Art all the way!

Friday, July 14, 2017

River Walks

Mississippi River Walk near Bud King Ice Arena

 July 6, 2017, it is hot.

 July 3, Morning light

 All times of the day and evening

 July 1, 2017

 June 30, 2017 On the Winona Bridge after Barre class at 7:00am

Views of the Mississippi River on the Mississippi. Photo credit: Bob Stuber

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Prairie Garden Time

Our front garden--yard--is a prairie.  And now the butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, is in glorious bloom.  The butterflies and bees love this plant.  

We have some pale purple coneflowers, echinacea pallida blooming now and the yellow ones are echinacea paradoxa--yellow coneflower.

Each year there are changes.  It's fun to see how the plants grow and change through time.

Here's a poem called 'Hum,' by Mary Oliver


by Mary Oliver

What is this dark hum among the roses?
The bees have gone simple, sipping,
that’s all. What did you expect? Sophistication?
They’re small creatures and they are
filling their bodies with sweetness, how could they not
moan in happiness? The little
worker bee lives, I have read, about three weeks.
Is that long? Long enough, I suppose, to understand
that life is a blessing. I have found them-haven’t you?—
stopped in the very cups of the flowers, their wings
a little tattered-so much flying about, to the hive,
then out into the world, then back, and perhaps dancing,
should the task be to be a scout-sweet, dancing bee.
I think there isn’t anything in this world I don’t
admire. If there is, I don’t know what it is. I
haven’t met it yet. Nor expect to. The bee is small,
and since I wear glasses, so I can see the traffic and
read books, I have to
take them off and bend close to study and
understand what is happening. It’s not hard, it’s in fact
as instructive as anything I have ever studied. Plus, too,
it’s love almost too fierce to endure, the bee
nuzzling like that into the blouse
of the rose. And the fragrance, and the honey, and of course
the sun, the purely pure sun, shining, all the while, over
all of us.

Thanks to the Honey Bee Conservatory for this poem.   
For more about Mary Oliver visit her website or connect and become a fan on her facebook page.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Looking Inside and Outside

It is the season of summer in Minnesota. Though the summer solstice marking the beginning of summer is 10 days away, the heat and humidity are high in our land.  The days are long with sun and everything is growing.  Here are some images around Winona in these beautiful days.

 Peonies are blooming and oh so fragrant.

 Fox live at the edge of the city

 Mississippi River is part of my favorite walking trail

 An inch worm on Bob's biking jersey

 Baby robin  fledgling

 End of the day--thanks for all the beauty on the Earth.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Nia Another Perspective

Why men who do Nia, do Nia - Jason Alan Griffin (JAG) interview 

by Fred Bass

This lovely video of Nia from the perspective of a man is rich with insight.  Take a listen, if you’re curious about Nia as a man or a woman.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Women’s March 2017 USA and Around the World

The Women’s Marches around the USA and the world were an amazing act of bravery, celebration, and “wake up, we’re here and we will be heard.”  The energy at the marches was uplifting and powerful, as shared with me by a friend who attend the St. Paul, Minnesota March.

Here are some pictures that share hopefulness, in a time when the US president and administration are not supporting women, children, Muslims, LGBT people, the environment or the Arts.

One group of women, who were in the hospital, found a way to be part of the unity.

 Photo credit: allie oetken

Black women came and were angry at white women.  Wow, I’ve got work to do on connecting with black people.  The word Intersection felt good to me.  Peoples coming together, no matter their color, their sex, their religion and working together.


On the Minnesota March

Minnesota are you ready for this!? It’s our great pleasure to announce two more inspiring women and community leaders that will be speaking at the march on January 21st.
Ilhan Omar is Minnesota’s newest State Representative and America’s first Somali-American female legislator. She believes that together, we will ultimately triumph in our fight for unity and justice. (Photo Credit: MSP Magazine)
MN Senator Patricia Torres Ray is the first Hispanic woman to serve in the Minnesota Senate. She is passionate about diversifying the state Legislature and of bringing more women, especially women of color, into positions of power. (Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull)
Join us Minnesota!

 Photo credit: Women's March Minnesota facebook page

Woman sang this song at the DC march "I Can't Keep Quiet."

Sydney, Australia

Mexico City, Mexico

Washington DC

Chicago, IL
Photo credit: John Gress Gettyimages-632301936

Boston, MA
Photo credit: John Tlumacki Boston Globe Gettyimages-632297316

Park City, UT
Photo credit:  George Pimentel Gettyimages-632299584

 Columbia, South Carolina
 Photo credit:  Sean Rayford Gettyimages-632304430

 Sydney, Australia
Photo credit:  170121092734-03-international-womens-marches-0121-exlarge-169

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Photo credit:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos Gettyimages-632291388

Here I am wearing my pussy hat in solidarity with all the marchers.  Made by Camille Meeker. 

Sending love to all. 


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