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Glendale’s outdoor mall, The Americana at Brand, is beautiful paean to consumption. High-end shops, restaurants, a theater…there’s everything a person could want.  You can even just hang out or play.  This is NOT my normal walk in the park.

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The west branch of the DuPage River runs through downtown Naperville, Illinois and next to it is a beautiful 1.75 miles of paths, fountains, bridges, statues, and more.  It’s the perfect place to stroll on a sunny spring day or to sit on a bench relaxing on your day off.  Take a walk with me.  It’s more fun with a friend.

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In January, I visited my parents in Arizona, where we had a whirlwind of art experiences, including spending part of several days at the Leanin’ Tree auction.  Leanin’ Tree has made western-themed greeting cards for many years and its 92-year-old founder built The Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Most of the more than 300 paintings and 200 bronze sculptures were put on sale during the auction in Old Scottsdale.  Some of the larger sculptures were on display on the sidewalk in front of the gallery hosting the auction, although some were so large they weren’t even brought, just shipped directly to the buyers.  Let’s see some wildlife up close and personal.  You can even safely take selfies with them.

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I walk through books all the time, but this book walk is different.  First, let’s make a stop at the coffee shop in Standard Market, an upscale grocery store/restaurant only a few blocks from our house, to pick up a coffee drink.  Being a tea drinker, full-on coffee can give me the shakes so today’s tipple is a decaf iced mocha.  What would you like?  I’m buying.

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All aboard for downtown Naperville, where each summer there’s a theme that participating businesses use to advertise and prettify the city.  Last summer it was books.  Look who’s also coming downtown!  There could be trouble in our future.  🙂

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My walk in the park this week burned a lot more calories than usual due to 10+ inches of snow.  I’d been working either at the pastry shop or around the house (or trying not to get sick), so Saturday morning, I had to get out, phone in fanny pack and camera in camera pack.  This is what met my eyes when I backed out of the garage.

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No one had yet been out at the park when I arrived.  There were tracks from the day before, filled up rather well with new snow.  The section down to the river hadn’t been walked on at all since the snow began.  I won’t say I floundered, but it was hard work and my eyes were watering as well.

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Nancy, you’ve put up a challenge I can’t resist today: “Birds.”  Since you’ve posted a hummingbird shot, I won’t.  Instead, I’ll share a photo of a belted kingfisher that I took several years ago.  On my way back from watching some fishing birds, egrets and herons, I happened to look up.  There at the end of a bare branch surrounded by green was a bird.  I had my telephoto and snapped the picture with no idea what bird it was.  For some reason, I had an idea that a kingfisher was much larger, but this little guy looks as if he has enough attitude for any bird of any size.

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I grew up for the most part in a small house in Omaha, Nebraska.  There were two bedrooms with the bathroom between them.  My mom made a beautiful third room out of the unfinished attic, all on her own.  My dad says he helped by staying out of the way.  🙂   That was my room, which was great.  But to get to the bathroom, I had to go through either my parents’ room or risk my life trying to get through my brother’s messy room.

The bathroom had white, hexagonal tiles on the floor, just like these I saw in a Philadelphia bathroom recently.  I’ve seen them other places as well.  When I had occasion to sit for a time in the bathroom staring at these tiles,  I discovered an unusual talent.

Stereoscopic photography, something we used in college geology class, is basically what Viewmasters do.  Two identical photos are placed a small distance apart and when viewed through a viewer, you see them one atop the other, creating a 3-D effect.  I could do that with my eyes, counting how many tiles I could get to overlap.

My geography professor didn’t believe me until I described a photo to him.  My eyes don’t cross, either.  I’m not sure how useful that talent is, but it’s fun and can be done other places than bathrooms.

Did you have tiles like these in your bathroom?  Can you see in 3-D?  Do you have an unusual/weird talent?

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