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November in Pictures

November 30, 2015
November comes
      And November goes,
      With the last red berries
      And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
      And dawn coming late,
      And ice in the bucket
      And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
      And the kettles sing,
      And earth sinks to rest
      Until next spring.
~Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986)


November 30, 2015 {334/365}
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest.” ~ John Muir


November 29, 2015
November 29, 2015 {333/365} 
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. 
It will never fail you." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

As we prepare for the holidays in our new home, I have been consulting magazines, Pinterest, Houzz, etc. for decorating ideas. This morning, Mother Nature reminded me again that she is the consummate designer providing constant inspiration. 

Small Business Saturday

November 28, 2015

November 28, 2015 {332/365}
Shopping Small in Sturgeon Bay

"Shouldn't retail therapy be covered by health insurance?"

The Beagles

November 27, 2015
November 27, 2015 {331/365} 
"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beagles...!"


November 26, 2015
November 26, 2015 {330/365}
Happy Thanksgiving

"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


November 25, 2015
November 25, 2015 {329/365}

"All that we behold is full of blessings." ~ William Wordsworth


November 24, 2015
November 24, 2015 {328/365}
« L'automne est le silence avant l'hiver. » ~ Proverbe français

"Autumn is the hush before winter." The ephemeral color palate mellows to soft grays, deep blues, and dark browns accented by a dusting of pristine white snow or a hint of pale pink on the horizon as November offers a welcomed pause -- a gentle hush of subtle beauty between the brilliance of the changing leaves and the magic of the holiday season. 


November 23, 2015
November 23, 2015 {327/365}

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks 
for the light, for your life, for your strength." ~ Tecumseh

Uncrated. Unveiled.

November 22, 2015
November 22, 2015 {326/365}
"Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time." ~ Thomas Merton

Last night, we attended the Milwaukee Art Museum's grand unveiling of their six-year, $34 million renovation and expansion project. Art, Champagne, and cake in this amazing space -- what a great way to spend a snowy, Saturday night. Here are some of my favorite moments...

First Snow Fall

November 21, 2015
November 21, 2015 {325/365}

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" ~ J. B. Priestley

Dieu merci, c'est vendredi!

November 20, 2015
November 20, 2015 {324/365} Santé!

« Le vin réjouit le cœur des humains » ~ Psaume 104, 15
[ Joyeux anniversaire, Eric! ]

November Space

November 19, 2015
November 19, 2015 {232/365}

"But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

From a scrap of paper...

November 18, 2015
November 18, 2015 {322/365}

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper..." ~ Pablo Picasso


November 17, 2015
November 17, 2015 {321/365} 
"America is my country.
Paris is my hometown." ~ Gertrude Stein

Like so many Americans, I had just shifted into weekend mode when I heard the devastating news of the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday night. In the hours that followed, I struggled to balance my emotions: I dreaded more violence and destruction in the city that I've grown to love; I was proud of Milwaukee's display of solidarity with Paris; I felt guilty for enjoying the plans we had made for the weekend; and above all, I worried about the physical safety and emotional well-being of my friends in France. How could I support them just as they supported me in the wake of the September 11th attacks? As Monday approached, I wondered how to talk about these horrific attacks with my students and how to answer their questions objectively without revealing my own anxieties. Yet today, as we began to discuss the events, it occurred to me that by virtue of their own decisions to study the French language and culture, my students' francophile hearts were broken too. Their honest reactions and Tweets to Paris clearly illustrated that #noussommesunis -- that we are all united in our love and support of Paris. 

Les restes

November 16, 2015
November 16, 2015 {320/365}

« La douleur passe, la beauté reste. » 
~ Pierre Auguste Renoir

Natural Art

November 15, 2015
November 15, 2015 {219/365}

"Nature is the art of God." (Benjamin Disraeli)
[A masterpiece painted on our driveway during  last week's storm]


November 14, 2015
November 14, 2015 {318/365} Blessing

"May every sunrise hold more promise 
and every sunset hold more peace."

Prayers for Paris

November 13, 2015
November 13, 2015 {317/365}
Prayers of peace for my beloved Paris.

Do you see what I see?

November 12, 2015
November 12, 2015 {316/365} Do you see it?

Not everyone will see the beauty in today's photo. While the majority of the photos I choose to share are beautiful to me, the original intention of my Project 365 was never to post only the beauty of each day, but rather to showcase what causes me to pause and take a closer look -- the interesting, the intriguing, the strange as well as the beautiful. Today's weather was dreadful: cold, rainy, and windy -- November at its worst. And while most wouldn't notice this battered leaf clinging to my window pane, it immediately caught my eye. Do you see it?

Thank You, Veterans

November 11, 2015
November 11, 2015 {315/365} 

"Freedom from fear and want.
Freedom of speech and religion."
United States of America 1941-1945

Thank you to all of our brave veterans, today and everyday!
Special thanks to my dad, Robert A. Larson, em3c,
United States Navy, 1944-1946.

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