OMG! I JUST REALIZED THAT THIS WAS FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH!!!

And wouldn’t you know what I fixed for my dinner tonight?Friday13th

AN OPEN-FACE CHILI BURGER

WITH MELTED PEPPERJACK CHEESE

AND

SWEET PICKLED PEPPERS ON THE SIDE.

(Hopefully, I also have sundry flavored TUMS if needed!)

And who says you won’t learn anything by reading The SMILING BAGEL?

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TUMS® antacid has a long history in the fight against heartburn. Created right here in Saint Louis back in 1928 by pharmacist James Howe to treat his wife’s indigestion, TUMS® brand was introduced to the public in 1930 and quickly became an American icon.

The main production facility for TUMS® brand can still be found in downtown St. Louis where it was originally built more than 80 years ago.

DAILY POST WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – SYMMETRY

For this challenge, share an image of symmetry. Don’t limit yourself to architecture — you can bend this theme in any way you’d like. (For more information, go here!)

Vase or urn, it is still quite symmetrical!

It stands in the window of the Saint Louis Art Museum in a room that was once the Museum’s Library.

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By the way, the room that was once the library is quite symmetrical, too.SLAMArtHill

And the windows and all of the reflections are, too!

By the way, that vase and window or one of my favorite stops whenever I visit the museum.

Symmetry (noun): the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position; the quality of having symmetrical parts.

DAILY POST WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – SCALE

This week, play with scale.  Share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photos.  {For more information, go here.}

In addition to Mlle. Renee, there is another dog living in the house.  He’s a much smaller dog named SPOT, and he can usually be found hanging around in the detritus on the door of the refrigerator. Look closely and you’ll surely see him.Spot On The Wall

SPOT ON THE FRIDGE

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Here he is in the potted plant on the deck.

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On the trail in the Lonesome Pine.Guard Duty

On guard duty with Mlle. Renee!

Pole Cat

Taking a sun break!

Yard Patrol

On lookout at the front entrance.

Perimeter Patrol

Walking Perimeter Patrol

Snack Time

And sneaking a snack when Renee isn’t looking!

WHAT’S NEW AT SLAM

Plug Like Claes Oldenburg’s Three-way plug currently on display in front of the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art, this is a plug  for the museum and its fine collection of fine art.

In particular, I would like to tell you about a painting that was recently bequeathed to the museum.THANKSGIVING - Norman Rockwell

“Thanksgiving”  by Norman Rockwell

I don’t know what it is about this painting, but I’ve been back to visit this work three times since it went on display in the American Art Galleries early this year.  It is a very special work, and I encourage you to visit it. And admission to the Museum is FREE TO ALL every day.

DAILY POST WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: DEPTH

This week, share with us your take on “depth” — you can take it literally, that suggests volume, a distance between surface and bottom. Or go with a more figurative approach: use a deep color palette, play with your image’s depth of field, or highlight a person, a place, or an object to which you feel deeply connected. (For more information, go here.)STLfrntbelow

A different take on a much photographed Saint Louis image. I sink to new depths of photography.

THE TOTAL SPORTSMAN

Since Superbowl Sunday is fast approaching, I decided to get in the swing of things and demonstrate my total knowledge of the world of sport.RealSportsman

THE TOTAL SPORTSMAN

There is a football in there somewhere.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS – Renee Days And Nap Time

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Renee Days And Nap Time

Not Quite Photo Challenge Photos — Express Yourself Challenge

Last Saturday, I took a photo of the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art …WhatIShot

It was a so-so classic building picture until I realized I had been photo bombed!

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JEEPERS CREEPERS IT WAS A LEAPING LEAPER!

Sure, it was a perfect example of EXPRESS YOURSELF, but it lacked the quality of a Photo Challenge entry. It is funny though, and I think the LEAPER would have loved to have a copy.

DAILY POST WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: EXPRESS YOURSELF

Today, we challenge you to show us what “express yourself” means to you.  (For more information go here.)LittleLuke

When it comes to EXPRESS YOURSELF, no one does it better than a two-year old.  In this case … my grandnephew Little Luke!

MY SATURDAY AFTERNOON OF CULTURE

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Last Saturday, I went to the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art for yet another visit to the Metropolitan Opera Live In HD. First I must confess that one of my musical passions is the wonderful operettas of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You don’t hear them much these days, but when I was a kid they were still quite popular. Also, my grandfather had a player piano with a lot of the music on paper rolls that I would play … as long as my legs held up. Operettas on a piano roll was some of the most beautiful music ever written. And it is even better when someone with a beautiful voice is available to sing it. And that’s what happened on Saturday. The Met created a new production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow starring Renee Fleming and broadcast it live to theaters around the world as part of their Live From New York season. (And yes, in case you’re wondering, that’s how my dog, Mlle. Renee, got her name.)

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The Merry Widow supplied everything needed for a fantastic and entertaining afternoon … fabulous sets, lavish costumes, low comedy, whirling waltzes, Hungarian dances, can-can dancers, marvelous singing and one of the world’s greatest orchestras in high-definition stero-surround sound.JPMERRYWIDOW1-articleLarge

If you haven’t been to one of the Met’s broadcasts, you should consider going. They’re shown LIVE on Saturday afternoons and repeated on Wednesday evenings in local theaters around the US … and also in almost all the countries around the world. And it’s almost as good as being in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. (Ok, I’ve only been there once and it was unforgettable!) For more information, go here

Here’s a sneak video clip …\

By the way, Saturday wasn’t really that cold … even though the Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill was frozen over.GrandBasinFrozenOver

And in the first photo at the top of this post did you catch the Leaping Leaper I didn’t know I had caught.JeeperCreapersLeapingLeapers

 

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