What’s Up?

What’s Up?

Grand Center TheaterI took this photo long ago.  Camera in hand, waiting for a bus.  This theater is on Grand Avenue.  I haven’t attended an event here, yet.  There are several venues on Grand.

Wait, I’m going to try to scan something for you:

library adventureThe library offers “blind dates.”  Books are all wrapped with descriptive words on the face.  This week I choose one for the very first time.  I started to read this morning while the fiat was having an oil change.  Ooooh, I would never have chosen this enchanted science fiction novel.  It’s imaginative.  Has my attention.  It certainly IS a “Blind Date.”

Moved Back to my “Home Site.”

I was thinking about possible website changes.  Immediately the opportunity to re-arrange my performing site arrived.  I haven’t decided what I’d like to do with this one.  Maybe keep it here, maybe move favorite stories to the other space.  There’s time.  Plenty of time.

  Three errands were on a morning “to do” list.  Oil Change, (told you about that,)  check out the newly opened credit union,

Here’s an aside for you.  Do you know there is a grass roots move in our nation to move our resources from corporate banking?  I’ve checked in to a few of our local credit unions.  They are member driven, nonprofits.  They are an alternative.

Anyway, I started a new account at a bank I watched being built.  It’s along my regular weekly route.  Ta-Daa!

The third was to learn about a new-ish gym, along the same street.  Sigh, other things took longer than suspected.  The new gym will have to wait.

That’s “What’s Up” Today.


MossEarly 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.


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:

photo by Matthew Brady 1866 - public domainSamuel 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.

Treasure at Faust Park

The St. Louis Carousel

The St. Louis Carousel was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the Dentzel Company 1920.

Faust Park, St. Louis, MO Dentzel Company

 1837 Michael Dentzel was traveled the German Countryside in horse drawn wagons.  He’d set up his “hand carved machine.”  This portable machine of hand carved creatures led to the creation of The St. Louis Carousel.

Gustav Dentzel (Michael’s second son,) emigrated to America in 1864.  He brought America’s first Amusement Park Carousel by Ship.

The Company

The Dentzel Company grew steadily, hiring woodcraft masters to create life like church statues, ornamentation for fine homes and signature menagerie creatures for carousels.


The carousel was installed in the Forest Park Highlands.

Forest Park Highlands was a favorite St. Louis Attraction for almost 70 years.  Opened in 1896, the park gave happy memories to countless folk until July 1963.  The park, constructed of wood, caught fire.  The flames were hot enough to reroute highway traffic.  There was no way to reconstruct and reopen the Highlands.

If you drive by the area today, you’ll see a community college and office buildings.

The St. Louis Carousel

 Mr. Howard C Ohlendorf and his wife, Irma gave many gifts to the County Park system.  Including land, park embellishments, repairs and a great home for the carousel.

The St. Louis Carousel now lives in it’s own climate controlled facility.  Curators care for the menagerie.  People can ride the carousel and attend parties. Photographers make special arrangements for wedding portraits.

After all these years, It is still well loved and considered The St. Louis Carousel.

Faust Park

Overwhelm @ Museum of Transportation

The Museum of Transportation houses a world class collection of transportation vehicles.

Museum of TransportationSomething 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 Museum of Transportation is a County Park

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

Museum of TransportationActivities 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.

museum of transportation milk wagonPevely Dairy Wagon.  Looks like fun to me.

 Museum of Transportation - Dream CarBobby Darin “Dream Car”

Called “Outrageous Vision of the Future.”

Trains?  We got ’em!

Transportation - Union PacificUnion Pacific Railroad #900081

Built in 1966 – Biggest, heaviest rotary snowplow.

kinda scary at first glance

Museum of TransportationThis looks like a great story.

Plenty of opportunity to learn.

A few other things to share today.

TowboatTowboat “H.T. Pott”

First Missouri River Towboat with welded steel hull.

Kids enjoy climbing this big fella.

what a craftDouglas Aircraft C-47A Transport

A Dandy!

I’ll simply have to return

too overwhelmed.  need to consider.  will pause for now to think

sure like bencheson this beautiful bench.

2933 Barrett Station Road – St. Louis, MO 63122

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

love & love,


Gardenway Bus Stop

Shaw Nature ReserveHenry Shaw Gardenway Bus Stop is an excellent save.

Gardenway Bus Stop was part of the “Works Project”

Built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Designed by the National Parks Service.  It became a school bus stop.

Towards the end of the 20th century plenty of sites surveyed along Highway 66 were sold, re-evaluated as historic treasures, or removed.

This small bus stop wasn’t listed as important.  It DID come to the attention of Shaw Nature Reserve staff.

This shelter was relocated to Nature Reserve property in 2002.

Visitors can rest and refresh here.  There’s a family cemetery, a serpentine wall art exhibit and two trails nearby.

I first saw it while enjoying a class at the Nature Reserve.  I make no claims of being a trail hiker, yet.

This is a regular stop for the Wagon Tours.

Wagon Tours

I’ll report back after managing any nature hikes.  My first traveling class encourages me to learn and experience more.  I suspect the Nature Reserve will become a favorite destination.  I HIGHLY recommend a wagon tour.  The one I have experienced so far covered a small taste.  Already I’m smitten.  Stairs are provided up into the elevated wagon.  We were offered blankets if we felt chilly.  There is a roof and roll down sides, if needed.  Our class description indicated we’d be attending, no matter what the weather offered.

Maybe we’ll see each other on the trails sometime soon?

The Gardenway Bus Stop is number 16 on this trail map.

Shaw Nature Reserve

           307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039, (636) 451-3512



Shaw Nature Reserve

I am smitten with Shaw Nature Reserve in Eureka, Missouri.  It takes a little while to get there.  Highway 100 from my house there in forty minutes.

Three Weeks Ago The Nature Reserve Looked Like This:

Eureka, MissouriWe loaded into a huge wagon and rode around, learning lots while enjoying the view.

A few times we stopped to walk around a site.  We had excellent teachers.

We heard about planned burns, to take care of overgrowth, keep the area healthy, and return the area to a natural state.  Part of the new focus is allowing indigenous plants to thrive.  There are records sharing about the land when settlers arrived.

Bascom House at Shaw Nature Reserve “The Bascom House.”

The original farm belonged to Cuthbert S. Jeffries.  The brick house was built by his son-in-law, Confederate Colonel Thomas William Bouldin Crews in 1879.  It was a modern home for the times with bathrooms on each floor.

 He rode his horse to Pacific, Missouri to catch the train into St. Louis, to practice law.

The Missouri Botanical Garden purchased 1300 acres in 1925.  The Crews Farm comprised 320 of the original 1300 acres.

The home is called “The Bascom House” in honor of the the Missouri Botanical Garden Trustee who restored the home.  It is now open to the public.  There is a conference room, offices and a museum.

Shaw Nature ReserveWe stood in a shelter and listened to stories about the land, prairie, wet lands, old growth, from where we were standing all the way to the river.  Amazing things I hope to see with my own eyes someday.

Shaw Nature ReserveThis beautiful tree seems like a “who” to me.

Not so much a camera expert, many things were not captured.  Flocks of bluebirds.  Bluebirds are the state bird, until this day I’d only seen one.  They hang out here.

I saw a persimmon tree, flush with leaves and loaded with fruit.

 Turkey Vulture flew over.  Large, simply floating around in the sky.

My Next visit Scheduled Mid-November

Nature ReserveWhat will greet me?

Sure looking forward to it.

Hindu Temple of St. Louis

Hindu Temple of St. Louis

Early morning photos of the Hindu Temple of St. Louis.

Hindu Temple of St. Louis It’s challenging to find a time when there are no cars.  This beautiful place serves more than 16,000 area Hindus.  People arrive all day long and well into the night.

The temple is a dream in the making.  Registered March, 1988, ground breaking,  April, 1990 and formal inauguration occurred Nov. 1991.

Temple design by V GANAPATI STHAPATI and Associates of CHENNAI, INDIA.

By Jan. 1995 they were ready to celebrate Initiation.

Hindu Temple St Louis, MO

Looking to the future

A Community Center is being built.  It gives room for quality educational programs and gatherings.

For twenty years they have fed, given legal assistance and health screening to any coming for help.  This is a place that extends blessing and assistance to others.

Greeter at the TempleCars were filling the parking lot.  I was self conscious.  Everyone offered a smile.  I explained my activity to a passerby.

side entranceWe agreed it’s a lovely place.  I could have gone inside.

Welcome everywhere I didn’t.

Going inside didn’t feel right.

Leaving wasn’t easy.

I turned around to look again.  I’m glad I looked.  I’d parked far away.  Up a hill, under a tree.  It was a perfect moment.  People arriving, sharing with friends. Clear morning sky, a temple and a “mountain tree.”  There isn’t a day I don’t miss the mountains.  There was a sight, a gift just for me.  Took one camera click.  Then, I could share that moment with you.

Hindu Temple of St. Louis

Hindu Temple of St. Louis
725 Weidman Rd. St. Louis, MO 63011

We are welcome here!

Sculpture Park

Wacky Sculpture Park

It’s possible my first impression of this Wacky Sculpture Park has skewed my attitude.  They hold a well attended art event one weekend every year.  It’s always on Mother’s day weekend.  I used to be the Sunday Morning opening performing artist.  That was “my spot” because I was easy to set up.  Easy – anytime of the day – is good.  First thing in the morning is Best.  I also sang happy, uplifting songs.

Every year I zoomed all night from where ever my concert was.  Usually I was driving from Mankato, Minnesota.  Managing to arrive in time for a quick nap, shower and on-time arrival in the back lot of the Sculpture Park.  Park Services would set up a mobile stage across from a huge red sculpture.

Recently my pupster has taken me for a few walks.  The Sculpture Park invites well mannered canines to escort their people.  There are trails, sidewalks, open spaces and, wacky views.  My fluffy friend has given me a new attitude.

Wacky Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park - near MailboxNo matter which way you look, there will be surprise.

Sculpture ParkRight Out Front @ Sculpture ParkDoesn’t this look like a great hide away?

neon welcome sign on original homeBeautiful Building.  It used to house a gift shop.  There was a kid’s art class going on.

First View of Actual GroundsWalk around the building.  The views are stunning.

 Sculpture ParkThis was created by Jonathan Borofsky.  It’s called “Man With a Briefcase at #2968443,” 1986.  “Towering White Collar Worker” – (part of the official description) – kinda sad or sinister story.  Sign says, “Look, But Do Not Touch”

just thought you might want to know each piece has a story.  Here’s a fun one:

s-park-80Yes, it’s a cement mixer.  There’s an article reporting the cement mixer was added to the collection July 13th, 2016.  I missed the ceremony.

Here’s a picture of the huge red sculpture:

Wacky Suulpture ParkVery Early in the Morning:

Sculpture ParkLong Ago & Far Away – Singing on a Parks Mobile Stage

Here’s something terrific.  Dogs can be members.  Sometimes they star in the newsletter.

Official Member of the Wacky Sculpture Park Walk-AboutHerself.  Official member of the Wacky Sculpture Park Walk-Abouts.

Happy Adventures to YOU!

love & love,

georgy & her puppy

Garden Getaway

 It’s Time for a Garden Getaway.

garden-greetingEvery visit offers new delight.

Up a hill to the Mediterranean Garden

Looking for fun – Found a Splashing Fountain

Splash in the FountainManaged Not to Soak Myself

Can you see the pointed shelter in the distance?

Special Moments Celebrated in the GardenIt’s set up for a wedding.

I watch for magic

Garden getaway - Magical Resident Watch Do you suppose the magic being living in this tree would like muffins?

to-english-woodland-gardenEntrance to the English Woodland Garden.

fairy-flowers Field of lavender crocus.  A lady exclaimed “Look!  Fairy Flowers!”  Oh, yeah .  . . That’s what I was thinking, too.

These feel like family to me

familyThese are “Dawn Redwood” Trees.  They come from China.  I suspect they are related to the Redwood Trees in California.

Henry Shaw’s House

 Heading towards the front gate

entrance-to-childrens-gardenGuardians wrangling strollers approach the Children’s Garden.  I’ll avoid pathways.

rock-river-bedThere’s a dry-rock-river bed hidden in a field.  Who thinks to create a dry rock river?

tall-flowersThese Red Flowers must be 8′ Tall.  Sentries reminding folk to be polite.

dwarf-connifer-gardenWater lilies on one side, and Dwarf Conifer Bed on the other.

I often enjoy a Garden Getaway

I hope you have favorite places to visit.  Surely you’ll find plenty of posts about “The Garden.”

I’ll leave you with Water Lilies and Chihuly.


love & love,