Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian


For the weekly photo challenge, I chose a recent photo from the Minnesota State Fair competition for Draft horses  – Wagon and Six – with two people on board the wagon. This was a major competition, which was a lead up to the National competition in October in Massachusetts for Draft horses.

See how the pedestrians are enjoying the spectacle.

Percheron coach and 6 2017

Minnesota State Fair 2017 Draft Horse Competition Percherons © CKatt 2017  

The first thing to notice is the comparative size of the horses to the pedestrians!  Even though the weather was overcast the horses coats, hooves and harnesses were shining.

They are a thrill to see in action. You can see the smiles and admiration on peoples faces as these big beauties pass by.

Have a good day wherever you are.

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Cancer = Speaking of Food and Health – Thoughts

These are some general thoughts that grew from my personal experience and studies.

Most recently a long time woman friend needed my support for her chemotherapy treatments. Around the time of her diagnosis, my former work colleagues got together for a meal. We try to do this every quarter.

One woman is a breast cancer survivor and one has heart disease. It was sad to hear about other people we worked who also had breast cancer. Another woman colleague had passed away suddenly. The subject was cancer and it was the first time our group of five women had talked about cancer and diet. I listened for a while to opinions and ideas.

The conversation around food as the cause of cancer is a circular proposition, in the way that one diet over another is touted as the “Best” in endless blogs, television shows and websites, with health professionals of all ranks and beliefs placing an emphasis on their healthy diet. Having read many articles and “science” recommendations from the many sides of the food culture, there are more contradictions than consensus about what to eat or not to eat. The information is confusing.

After writing about slow food for the past seven years, I believe that food can make you sick or well. When people have too much or too little food and poor diet, the consequences become all too apparent. One example of too little food and poor nutrition is that it is a well known fact that the lack of proper nutrition in the early years of a child’s life causes impaired growth and brain development. The American epidemic of obesity, a living example in of how too much food and poor nutrition, raises the rate of diabetes in the United States as a commonplace disease in the population in children and adults.

As I listened to my friends, I shared a more global idea about cancer and its causes. “It’s environmentally caused and not just by food.”

Chemical agents from insecticides to industrial air pollution are destroying our environment. The chemicals are in our water, air and food supply. Radiation from above ground nuclear testing in the 1940s and 1950s and 1970s released radiation that is in the bodies of anyone alive in that era according to Dr. Helen Caldicott, Australian Physician and anti-nuclear activist. (Information from an interview I heard with Dr. Caldicott.) Most recently there was the Fukushima Nuclear disaster in 2011 of Japan to factor into the world wide effects on the environment.

While the international community bands together to set goals to reduce harmful chemical and nuclear agents, including nuclear arms from use, American leadership denies the existence of climate change and pursues a backward path of raiding our national parks for mineral, oil, timber and gas exploration rather than support new technologies of wind and solar.

In a complete reversal of the peoples’ will to move to more efficient and safer forms of energy production, the leadership is on a path of destroying the environmental protection laws that are in place and the governmental agency of the United States, The Environmental Protection Agency, that was established to protect the peoples’ health. As the ultimate slap to the American environmental movement, the removal of the American support and cooperation for a cleaner environment from the international agreement has far reaching economic and health consequences.

Cancer statistics: “Cancer has a major impact on society in the United States and across the world.”

In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease.” ~ Cancer.gov.

What can I do? I make it a practice to be informed and to write my representatives on issues that I care about. An email or a phone call to simply say what I support is all that is needed. Adding in a thank you for the work that the representative does gives me a chance to say something positive.

“We are all in this together.” ~ Red Green Show CBC TV

Remember that you are the will of the people.

Have a peaceful day.

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake Early Morning  CKatt 2017

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered


For the Weekly photo challenge a photo of a sailboat in the fog off a rocky coast in Maine is my offering of an interpretation of layered. There are small sea birds that appear as dots in the water, which is a surprise!  I like the photo for its otherworldly quality in how the horizon disappeared. The boat is almost ghostly.


Sailing into the fog – CKatt 2017

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Object – Great Egret – Fishing

Weekly Photo Challenge – Object – Great Egret


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Great Egret Coulee Cove Florida – CKatt 8-2017

This Great Egret was photographed at Coulee Cove, Florida. Having a painter’s eye, my focus is to frame a subject in it’s environment using the patterns of repetition and angles in the surroundings to draw attention to the main subject. This Great Egret was a fun subject.

One photo with lots of lines and angles as seen above and the second photo with less patterns, to direct the viewer, show a contrast in composition.  Both are effective in emphasizing the Great Egret. The Egret was patiently fishing.

Great Egret 2 Ckatt 2017

Great Egret Coulee Cove – CKatt 2017

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September at the Farmer’s Market = Finds Minneapolis MN & The Minnesota State Fair 2017

Yesterday I spent time at the Minnesota State Fair 2017 in St Paul, where I overindulged in food – what else – visited the pet center to look at dogs; saw many fine works of art; was in awe at the Leisure Time Crafts and Foods displays. The skill of the many entries of quilts, sewing, beading carving, canoe building, glass arts, china painting, and too many categories to name of Creative Activities was inspiring.

I watched a woman spin yarn from what looked like a small cloud of rainbow colors by hand and with a hand machine. Well lets just say “Hurrah!” for the beauty and skill displayed that reaffirms how people are dedicated to making the world a better place to live in and enjoy.

For the finale, after six hours, my friend and I made our way quickly through the animal barns with rabbits, goats, and horses. Then joined the throng of people to wend a path back to the buses.

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Today, Sunday I am fasting as a result of too much of a good thing. However I made my way to the farmers’ market on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis to rouse me out of my stupor.

Cool air and sun made it an ideal day to be there. What did I find? A new fruit  – Very Cherry Plums, which are a deliciously different, small fruit, which is the result cross between, you guessed it…cherries and plums. (Oops, broke my fast.) “The fruit is a delicious natural cross between several varieties of plums and cherries, including Bing and Stella cherries, just to name a few.” ~ Very Cherry Plums


Very Cherry Plums – CKatt (-2017

Since I have been on a Pickling kick, I bought a small amount of pickling cucumbers from a sweet elder Hmong Farmer with the greatest smile. He asked me if I wanted to buy  more and pointed to a bushel basket full. All I could do was smile and say “No thanks. This is enough.”

Dehn’s herbs were in full supply. I bought “chocolate mint“, Italian parsley, and thyme.

I did see some orange squash (Red Kuri?) which is a sure sign that Fall is in the air. Here’s a link to a recipe for squash , which I am going to try: “Red Kuri Squash Brown Butter Puree” Recipe

There was a stall where a Asian couple were selling bushel baskets of egg plants, which immediately called to me to paint a still life. Negotiations were in order for me to buy just a few. Language barrier made negotiations unintelligible to me. The woman looked disgruntled and kept muttering something, then began to pick out some from behind the counter.

Quickly I said, as I watched with concern, to the man who approached me, ” I am a painter, while making painting motions, “I want to paint them.” Repeating  the pantomime and phrase to him. (Thinking to myself, hope he doesn’t think I want to put paint on them.) Luckily the man understood me and relayed the meaning to, I presume, his wife, who, still none too pleased, handed a container to him for me to pick out my own. He laughed in a friendly way. Especially when I choose an itty bitty eggplant, he laughed even harder. The colors are magnifico! I looked them up at know your eggplants. These are  small Kumba Eggplants


Kumba Eggplant Lyndale Farmer’s Market CKatt 2017

I was wandering my way out through the sellers of non – food stuffs and this is my big find for the day. Hand cut 3D cards. Just too fun to pass up. Dragonflies and Cards  a family business of Handmade cards from bamboo and paper. Such imaginative and exquisite cards are unique. I bought one.

Dragonflies And Cards – CKatt 9-2017

Basta! Enough. I have veggies to wash and steam and store…Such a beautiful day at the farmer’s market. Cooking fresh is great fun.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen!

Enjoy your day wherever you may be.

Lyndale Farmers’ Market – CKatt 9-2017


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