Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is in it's second year, and it seems to already be a 'thing to do' in St. Louis over the wintry holiday season.

Missouri Botanical Garden - Garden Glow Ornament
Nikon D7000, 17-55mm @ 55mm, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/60

I'd rank it almost equal to the great light displays at Our Lady of Snows Shrine, Tilles Park, and the St. Louis Zoo. Along a large portion of the Garden's paths, various light displays take you around some of this historic sites and buildings inside the Garden, and while parts are a bit 'touristy' feeling, the event is nice if the weather cooperates.

I highly recommend going if the temperature is above freezing (unlike last year, when it was like 10°F below!).

#vBrownBag DevOps presentation - Oct 29 [Updated]

In the middle of preparations for next month's Souls & Goals soccer match, I've also been very busy with Ansible-related activities.

I'm still making progress in writing Ansible for DevOps (over 45,000 words, and over 900 people have already bought the book on LeanPub!), and I've been invited by the folks at Professional VMWare to present in their #vBrownBag DevOps Series! I'll be talking about Ansible for an hour or so, and I'll be sure to post the link to the presentation after it's over.

You can join the presentation live (starts at 7:30 p.m. CST tonight, October 29) by registering at http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/.

Update: You can now view the presentation and slides on ProfessionalVMWare.com: #vBrownBag DevOps Follow-Up Learning Ansible with Jeff Geerling (@geerlingguy).

Souls and Goals - 2014 Soccer Game

Update: Photographs from the game were posted online by one of the game's photographers: 2014 - Souls and Goals.

Souls and Goals - Jeff Geerling Kevin Schroeder Goal
Yours truly, sitting down on the job. Image from the St. Louis Review.

It's almost time again for what is now an annual tradition—the 'Souls and Goals' soccer match in St. Louis, where the seminary soccer team will play against a team of 'clergy and company'; last year's match was a close game until late in the second half, when the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions took a 2-0 lead and with it, the cup.

The game will be held at St. Dominic High School on Thursday, November 6, with Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. and the game starting at 7 p.m. The game is free to anyone, and concessions will be available. For more info, check out Souls and Goals.org.

I'll be playing in goal again this year (as part of the 'and Company' on the Clergy side), wearing my Vatican-yellow jersey! Someday those priests will get a new goalie... but until that time I'm happy to get a little extra exercise and block some shots!

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