Sunday Morning


We’re starting a week of grey skies and wet weather here in central Minnesota.  It’s typical for this time of year.  I’ve learned to take it as a clue from Mother Nature that the seasons are about to change here once again.  I look forward to that about as much as one looks forward to root canal work by their dentist.

Don’t get me wrong because I like the autumn weather around these parts just like anyone else.  What I don’t like is how short autumn is here in central Minnesota.  The trees are denuded of leaves rather quickly so the changing of colours happens rather quickly and it goes even faster if it rains and blows during that time.  It makes for a rather short period of time where you can take pictures of the trees in the autumn coat.

It also means that college football will be starting soon.  With it comes all of the ribbing that I get from the Goofer fans considering I bleed Iowa black and gold.  They really hate it when they lose the pig to what they view as their country cousins.  We got even one year by knocking down their goal posts in their dome.  They also hated the tee shirts which showed their dome as “Kinnick North“.  College football fans can get a little miffed when you mess with their home turf.

So this week reminds me to tend to my garden beds and nurture what I can out of them during these last weeks of the growing season.  I need to make a list of outdoor chores to get done over the next 6 weeks.  Time goes by way too quickly sometimes around this neck of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Art Sunday #135: Seymour Fogel – The Wealth of the Nation


Seymour Fogel (August 24, 1911 – December 4, 1984) was an American artist whose artistic output included social realist art early in the century, abstract art and expressionist art at mid-century, and transcendental art late in the century. His drive to experiment led him to work with expected media – oil paints, watercolors, and acrylics – as well as unconventional media such as glass, plastics, sand, and wax.

The murals Seymour Fogel executed for the PWAP expressed a persistent optimism – a faith in the institutions and qualities of the American character that many said had been trampled and destabilized by the Great Depression.

Fogel was, in this mural, illustrating Roosevelt’s dictum that “In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.”