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.

Maplewood Mo - totally cool!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.

Maplewood, MOCreative 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.

better worlds imagined hereSteve 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

Please Mr. Postman

Please, Mr. Postman, Save our Post Office!

maplewood, MO - Post OfficeA few years ago there was serious discussion about closing most Post Office locations.  Maplewood residents rallied to tell Government and Postal Authorities that Our Post Office was dear to us and imperative to the well-being of the residents, besides, this post office should be considered a national treasure.  I signed, sang, and rallied right along with the others . . and I’m always happy to stop in, say hello, purchase stamps. . and, of course, pick up my mail.

Postal Code 63143 Maplewood, MOIsn’t she a beauty?  Built in 1940 following the Art Deco style of the era, she’s been serving the area for almost 80 years and still going strong.  The facade, like many government buildings of that time, is a blonde colored brick with Indiana limestone columns, lintels and trim.

Maplewood, MO 63143Marble Slabs were cut so they would be matching.  It’s always a comforting place to enter.  There are tables for writing, some people call them “stamp licking tables,” which makes me giggle.  I suppose it’s as good a name as any.  I like to sort though my mail before leaving, so we could call them “mail sorting tables.”  Then, there are those times we get to the window and need to excuse ourselves to fill out a form, add an address, pick out the correct size envelope . . we all use the tables, then we are rewarded by being allowed to step right to the front of the line and finish up our business.  But, THAT would be a way too long table description.

Maplewood, MO 63143yep, my post office box is somewhere along that wall.  Those chairs are mighty comfy when you need ’em.  Do you see the Wood Carving on the wall?  They are made of Ponderosa Pine, created by Mr.Carl Mose in celebration of the New Deal.  It’s called “Family Group.”  A family is relaxing together outdoors, there are clouds, a dove and a house of worship nestled in the trees.

Gotta tell you, we love our post office, we know to “use it – or loose it” and, we certainly Use it a lot.  We know our Postal workers by name, we select our forever stamps – personally – as often as possible . . right here.

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman – Maplewood, MO 63143 – is precious to us.