Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Excerpts from Matthew 25:13-30
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
Taj Mahal Flikr: voobie
After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'
The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
Oscar de la Renta via Fabsugar
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
Barbara Barry via JLC Studio Blogspot
To use an overused phrase, "what would you accomploish if you weren't afraid to fail?"
Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel
I am tremendously risk-averse, but haven't really thought of that as running contrary to the charge to make the most of the gifts that I've been given. That puts it in a whole new perspective...
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Within walking distance of my hotel is Central Avenue and restaurant row (I think that's what it's called).
Central Ave, St. Pete.org
Apologies for my terrible picture quality- but note the second-level spaces. The architectural style varies a good bit and some spots are prettier than others- but this is exactly the type of small-town place in which I'd love to live. I can envision a great apartment with fabulous deck space and the convenience of popping in to various restaurants for dinner.
There are several other great spots along the water. Below is Frescos, but I think it may be closed?
Little parks galore...
Spa beach (on the bay side)
St. Pete also has numerous museums, including Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Florida International Museum.
Speaking of art, St. Petersburg has fantastic architecture with a vast array of styles. To me, it also serves as a reminder that there IS history in Florida with several buildings included in the US National Registrar of Historical Places.
Check out this cool building- public restrooms near the marina!
Of course, there is some "modern" architecture. I adore the mediterranean(?) influence here.
Art Deco (you might even think you're on the East Coast of Florida in South Beach.... )
Similarly, there are numerous housing archictural styles, ranging from Arts and Crafts, Georgian, to Spanish/Mediterranean.
FL Architect Fan
This one is a bit of a surprise, here! Love it.