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LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Living And Dying: It’s (Past) Time To Do Our Wills

There’s nothing like a funeral to remind you of your own morality. Especially when you’re 73 and the person’s whose funeral you’re attending is younger. So today, as I sat in the pew at Temple Israel listening to Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman talking about a man I’d ironically never met (though I knew his wife), that’s where my mind drifted. I …


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LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — I Was ‘Mayo-ed’

It’s been an Epic week. So there I was last Thursday in Wahpeton, N.D., at the Red Door Gallery preparing for my next photo exhibit, “A Photojournalist’s Retrospective” highlighting my work of the past 55 years. As I passed Chahinkapa Zoo on my way out of Wahpeton, my cell phone rang. It was Erin, a Mayo Clinic appointment secretary, to …


LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Spring Is In The Air

Longing for spring — REALLY? Nothing brightens up your day quite like a trip to Bachman’s Spring is in The Air flower show at the Galleria. The Galleria welcomed tens of thousands of visitors since the beginning of Galleria Spring is in the Air — Bachman’s Flower Show (formerly at the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s) late last month. According to Wendy …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Rise Up!: Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus’ Call To Action

For over 37 years, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus has built a large following, this past year attracting over 12,000 fans, to its concerts. Attendees have come to expect “adventuresome programming” (as their playbill promises) from this award-winning group of 150 singers. The spring concert was no exception as evidenced by rousing standing ovations. No one left disappointed Saturday …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Gaudí’s Sagrada Família — A Site To Behold!

It’s the view, along with the Mediterranean, from my daughter’s top floor flat in downtown Barcelona: Gaudí’s infamous Sagrada Família. After days of exploring Barcelona and accompanying breathtaking Spanish countryside, which included a five-day trip to Minorca, I toured the Basilica, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the world, with my former sister-in-law, Heather Carri and her fun friend, …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Only in Minnesota: Art on Ice

For as long as the Art Shanty Projects have been around, a few years now, I’ve vowed to go — yet have never made it — until Sunday. Of course, 16-degree temperatures were no deterrent. After all, the sun was shinning. Plus, I have a warm hooded coat, terrific fur-lined boots and toasty leather gloves. Armed with my sharp metal-pointed German …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — A €62 Bowl Of Soup! 

One of the benefits I enjoy when traveling the world is trying new dishes in the country I’m exploring. My ever-increasing list of favorites include Germany’s humble spätzle, England’s simple Shepherd’s Pie, Scotland’s perfect Scotch Eggs, France’s yummy Brie and Bleu d’Auvergne cheeses, Cuba’s creamy flans and Spain’s authentic paella. Shortly after arriving on Menorca, one of Spain’s three Balearic …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Menorca: Mediterannean’s Hidden Treasure

If you’d asked me a couple of months ago if I had plans to spend a few days in Menorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, I’d have said not anytime soon. However, when you have a daughter who is a seasoned world traveler and lives in Barcelona, Spain, you learn to keep your options open. Andrea found a terrific …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Barcelona: Not What You Think

It’s taken me a couple of weeks to return to reality after a 17-day trip to Barcelona, which included an extraordinary side trip of five days in Menorca. The initial purpose of my trip was to visit my daughter, Andrea La Valleur-Purvis, who has called the Catalonian capital home for over a year. She loves it, and I can see …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Deutsche Einheit

Twenty-seven years ago this past week (Oct. 3, 1990) is a date I won’t soon forget. It was the “reunification” of Germany. East met West or rather East reunified with the West. For the world, it was a huge celebration — The Wall Fell — it was a strike for freedom, it meant democracy for millions and yes, even the hope of …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Once In A Lifetime

As a 72-year-old, I sure didn’t want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime Great American Solar Eclipse. So I went to our local library around the corner — Hennepin County Public Library on York in Edina — along with nearly 1,000 other like-minded Metro area people from infants in push chairs to seniors in wheelchairs. It was totally fun. Even the long …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Justice Choir: Something To Sing About

Saturday was quite the day. If you follow my blogs, you read my take on the re-opening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with a couple of dozen photos. From the Walker event, I went to Westminster Presbyterian Church and continued my artful day with songs in an inaugural event that I hope will multiply throughout this great land of ours. Song: …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — What The Cluck?

What the Cluck! Have we been Cluckolded? No one can convince me that a 10-foot bright blue rooster is more interesting, artistic or pleasing to look at than Claes Oldenburg’s and Coosje van Bruggen’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry.”  I’ve loved that sculpture since I first saw it over 20 years ago. And with today’s high 90s temperatures, the water mist that …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — The Eyes Have It

OMG! “What a difference a day makes ♪♫♫♪♪♫♫♪,♪♫♫♪,” as the Dinah Washington song goes. Went to Mayo Clinic on Wednesday and had cataract surgery on my left eye. It was a surprisingly easy procedure. The prep time actually took longer than the surgery. I’m now officially a “Patient Lens Implant Identification Card” carrier. The brand name is AcrySof out of Fort …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — 500: One Day At A Time!

Today marks another milestone on the path with my German Metabolic Balance® journey: Day 500! And it’s still working — “when I am ‘on plan.’” It’s been challenging the past four months for a variety of reasons, all of which would come under the heading of “life and  death events.” It started with an incredible trip to Cuba in late January to …

BARBARA LA VALLEUR: Photo Gallery — Minnesota State Capitol

Take a look at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, which has been undergoing a comprehensive preservation effort since 2013, the first since it opened in 1905. The Capitol Restoration Project returns the Capitol to architect Cass Gilbert’s original 1905 vision. There will be new and expanded space, for public use, tours and school educational programs. After 100 years of …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Something Missing At 50th Anniversary Event Of Minnesota Department Of Human Rights

With anticipation and excitement this morning, I headed to the celebration marking the Minnesota Department of Human Rights 50th Anniversary celebration in the new multimillion dollar renovated House of the People. I went with my husband, Arnie Bigbee, one of the state’s champions for Human Rights who helped Edina pass the first suburb’s Domestic Partnership Ordinance seven years ago when …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Maple Sap Levels Low This Year

My cousin, Ron Bowman, and his wife, Marsha, and their siblings have been tapping about 190 trees for the past eight years in an 80-acre forest not far from La Farm in rural Ashby, Minn. But this year was not a good year, according to Ron. They started tapping in February. “It started early, got too cold, our trees never …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Our Cuban Family

Our Cuban Family is the second photo exhibit I have from the 5,000-plus photos I took on a trip with 12 other Westminster Presbyterian Church (1200 Marquette Ave.) members a couple of months ago. This exhibit opens in the Westminster Gallery on Sunday with a noon reception following the 10:30 a.m. church service. I will speak very briefly as will a …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Life & Death: A Curve Ball

You may have heard the expression “life threw me a curve ball.” Well, that is certainly true in my case. If you’re following my blogs that are about the  ® nutrition plan I’ve been on for 15 months, you may have noticed I haven’t written one for two months. April Fool’s Day seems like a fun day to get back …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Hola, Cuba!

It’s not often I willingly rise at 3 a.m. But on Jan. 30, that’s exactly what I did to arrive at the airport to take part in a nine-day, once-in-a-lifetime adventure: a trip to Cuba. What a life-altering journey it was in so many ways! I’m still processing the whole experience in addition to nursing a painful arthritic knee, brutalized by …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — ‘The Alzheimer’s Epidemic: Every Minute Counts’

As sustaining members of tpt public television, my husband and I are sometimes invited to their St. Paul studio to take part in special events. In preparation for tonight’s nationwide roll-out of “Every Minute Counts,” a program about the national Alzheimer’s epidemic, we were among about 100 select guests attending a screening Tuesday evening of program highlights and a panel discussion …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — 54 Pounds And Still Going Strong

It’s been a year today that I started on my Metabolic Balance® journey. Back then, I figured I’d reach my 88-pound  weight loss goal by the end of 2016. That didn’t happen. But you know what? I’m OK with that. I’m very proud of my accomplishment of loosing 54 pounds — and I’m over 61 percent of the way there. I’m proud …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — ‘Bye Gracie, Hi, Blu Pearl!

There’s rarely a great time for a car to bite the dust. But come on! Three weeks before Christmas? That just sucks! And the six weeks before and after my daughters’ birthdays? And two months before a trip of a lifetime to Cuba? And an undetermined number of months before a trip to Barcelona to visit my oldest daughter who …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Giving Thanks

Today I’m giving thanks. I reached a major milestone this week and am celebrating losing more than 50 pounds. My Metabolic Balance journey began Jan. 2 of this year. It hasn’t been easy, and I’ve come to appreciate my resolve, determination, stick-to-it-ness. Being intentional helps. A great friend once told me, “You’re the most intentional person I know.” I’ve found that …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — La Farm: A 20-Year Celebration Of Family And Friends

Today marks the 20th anniversary of my sisters and I buying our grandparents’ farm.We have 33 acres tucked in the rolling hills of Otter Tail County near Ashby, Minn., where we grew up. As I look back over the years, I’m sitting at the old red formica kitchen table with its matching red upholstered and chrome chairs where we’ve eaten …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Stand

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve blogged about my Metaboli Balance® journey. A lot has been going on in my life, and yes, I’m still on plan. I even did a month on Phase 3 at the recommendation of my nutrition coach since I’d reached my halfway goal (I’m down 45 pounds since Jan. 2) of losing 88 pounds. …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Minnehaha Falls And Park

A perfect autumn afternoon presented an opportunity to explore Minnehaha Falls and Park, while close by, is a place we’ve not visited for several years. We had a picnic, a walk and I had a chance to take photos of the beautiful park. Enjoy! We sure did. At the end, we stopped for a glass of wine at the pavilion …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — ♪♫♫♪♫♪ Oh, Beautiful ♪♫♫♪♪♫ ♫♫♪♫ For Spacious Skies ♫♫♪♫

While out walking at La Farm with my husband this morning, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful everything was. Then I noticed the spacious skies and my mind went immediately to the words of “America the Beautiful.” Given it’s the Fourth of July weekend, I’m sharing the words to this very precious song written in 1893 by 33-year-old Katherine …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Goat Cheese; Who Knew

Before starting my Metabolic Balance® nutrition plan, goat cheese was not something I was familiar with; who knew there were so many choices? Not me, for sure. A quick Google check tells me that goat cheese, like goat milk, is easier on the human digestive system and lower in calories, cholesterol and fat than its bovine counterpart. In addition, goat …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Fun Sun Day

On a rare day in which neither of us had calendars full of commitments, my husband and I went for a spontaneous bike ride today taking advantage of the brilliant sunshine and mild breeze. A native of Minneapolis who spends more time than me on his bike, Arnie would have been fine biking from our Edina condo. Me, not so …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — No News Is Good News: Day 150

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the 13th of my weekly blogs. “No news is good news” we often say in my photojournalism profession. So I haven’t felt compelled …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — National Women’s History Museum And Women In Journalism

On Dec. 16, 2011, I became a card-carrying member of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C. Founded in 1996, it is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about diverse historic contributions of women. A major focus of NHWM is to raise awareness — and funds — needed for a world-class permanent museum near the National Mall …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Choosing Wisely

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the 12th of my weekly blogs. For more than 20 years I’ve participated in a transformational educational program with the international company called Landmark …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Prince Passing

I’m compelled to confess that I skipped church Sunday. A friend called Saturday evening and wanted to go to First Avenue and Paisley Park to mark Prince’s passing and leave some purple mementoes. It was surprising even to me that both my husband and I said yes to the spontaneous plan. We were curious. We’ve listened to more Prince music …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Milestone Moments

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the 11th of my weekly blogs. One of the practices I create taking on a new project is to set an end result goal …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Keeping ‘On Plan’ While On The Road

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the 10th of my weekly blogs. Keeping on plan at home, while not necessarily a “piece of cake,” is relatively easy once you’re …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — The Weekly Treat Meal

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the ninth of my weekly blogs. When my nutrition coach Christine told me I’d be able to have a “treat meal” once a …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Sister Act

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the eighth of two month’s of weekly blogs that first appeared on the international Metabolic Balance® website on March 17.  Unheralded.fish will run …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Be Adventurous

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the seventh of two month’s of weekly blogs that first appeared on the international Metabolic Balance® website on March 9.  Unheralded.fish will run …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — The Eye’s Have It!

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the sixth of two month’s of weekly blogs that first appeared on the international Metabolic Balance® website on March 1.  Unheralded.fish will run …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Soup’s On!

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the fifth of two month’s of weekly blogs that first appeared on the international Metabolic Balance® website on Feb. 22.  Unheralded.fish will run …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — My Inspiration: My Sister, Sharon

A note to Fish readers: On Jan. 2, I began a nutrition plan complete with a certified nutritionist coach. After learning that I’m a journalist and blogger, she invited me to blog about my experiences. The following is the fourth of two month’s of weekly blogs that first appeared on the international Metabolic Balance® website.  Unheralded.fish will run the first eight …