Monday, July 17, 2017

como park band

There's nothing better than enjoying an outdoor concert on a warm (but pleasant) summer evening in June.  This time I was attending a concert in the Como Park band shell in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The entertainment for the evening was provided by the Fridley Concert Band.  What a delight.  Very good music in an architecturally delightful old building next to the lake.  Rock on.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


This church has a beautiful interior.  I remember visiting here as a teenager while attending MYF youth day during annual conference.  The stained glass windows are absolutely beautiful and they tell a story of various important events in the life of Christ.  I was very happy to visit here again.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

mn capital

I spent some time in Minnesota this June/July.  As I was passing through St. Paul I was able to get this picture of the Minnesota State Capitol building.  This is a quick pic taken from a moving car.  I wasn't driving!! Built in 1905, designed by Cass Gilbert and patterned after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Capitol is a beautiful old building and is visited by many school children each year as part of their Minnesota history studies in fifth grade.  Thanks Miss Medchill!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Herbert Hoover (#31)

I stopped in West Branch, Iowa to visit the birthplace of Herbert Hoover.  I didn't know that much about this former president but I was about to find out.  He was born in this small house in Iowa.  His Quaker upbringing in this small town helped to form him into the generous man that he ultimately became.  He is instrumental in delivering aid to the Belgian people when they were starving.

               He was a big man so it was interesting to see his baby crib.  (We all start out little).

Here is his school.  Even though he left West Branch at an early age to live with an aunt and uncle in Oregon, he always considered this town to be his home.  This is where he and his wife chose to be buried.  The graves are very simple in keeping with their Quaker faith.  His presidential library is located on the grounds.  This site is maintained by the National Park Service.

Friday, July 7, 2017

here he rests

Abraham Lincoln is buried in a very lovely cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.  It is a public cemetery and is beautifully maintained.  His crypt is located inside a large memorial building.

                                            I felt very humbled to stand at his resting place.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lincoln slept here

Then I went to Springfield, Illinois to see the house that Abraham Lincoln lived in while he was a practicing lawyer.  What a beautiful house.  It started out as a small one level house.  The Lincoln's added on to it over the years and it became this two story house.  Not only did Lincoln sleep here in his bedroom, he was also known to take a nap on this very couch.  I can just picture him snoozing away.  This is a very well preserved house.  It is part of a walkable neighborhood of old buildings that have been restored to their original look by the National Park Service.  Go and see.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

a beautiful door

I was walking around Hodgenville, Kentucky and I came across this beautiful door.  The lines on the panels, the greenery and the flowers make for a lovely setting.  Something else that I know is lovely is the date of July 5th.  Seventy five years ago my parents married on this date .  This, too, is beautiful  and I celebrate this date.  To you, Mom and Dad.  Cheers.