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PPAC #37: Prescott Library Art #2

Prescott Downtown Series

Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.


Last week for PPAC #36 Wild Animals, I had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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Truly, you all make this job way too hard for me. If you don’t stop it, I’m going to have to feature everyone!

Thank you so much for your 106 replies to PPAC #35 last week.


My Choices for PPAC #37: Prescott Library Entrance

Once in a while, you might find a mountain lion roaming the streets of Prescott or possibly a bobcat, but this one has great taste. Seated atop the Prescott Public Library wall, he oversees us all.

Dare to go up the stairs to gain access to the place of knowledge and get past this one. He’s no bookworm, he’s a Library Lizard.

“The sculpture was commissioned by the Friends of the Prescott Public Library. โ€œLibrary Lizardโ€ is accompanied by a small sleeping cat, a butterfly, and a ladybug at her side, but you have to look very close to find them.”

Art at the Library

Lizards are much more common visitors during Prescott’s summer months, traveling all over town. Most of them probably go to the library to find out the secrets to long life and friendship. I think I’ll join them there.

Other Challenges that Inspired This Post

Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share and What’s on Your Bookshelf

Both Natalie’s Coffee Share and the Fab Four’s, DONNA, SUE, JO, DEBBIE What’s on Your Bookshelf offer us a simple way to share what we read and how we liked it.

I finished the last book last night and returned my four books this morning. Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars is super long and super slow with kind of an up in the air end. Nonetheless, I did finish it but for me, it bordered on what Sue calls a “Marmite” book.

Police brutally attack and young Indian doctor and a former white mayor in New York. His family members each cope in their own way with this experience. No one takes it well but they all started with issues. Eventually, some of them find the freedom to move on and do what they think is the right way to BE, not how they perceive their father/husband would want them to live their lives.

****Hush Hush by James Patterson and Candice Fox, ***Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars by Joyce Carol Oates, ****The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer, and *****Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle.

Video Series

Inventing Anna on Netflix Vince and I binge-watched this over the past week. Apparently, it is based on the real-life story of a woman who racked up over $200,000 in unpaid bills and is now fighting deportation. Julia Garner plays Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvin. Stories based on true stories are my favorite genre of movies and series. Inventing Anna is true where it’s true and not when it’s not. It is not a biography.

Julia Garner is the same actress who played Ruth on Ozark, if you are a bingie of that series. We have watched that series, too, but it is very dark, violent, criminal, and bloody. It makes me super nervous to watch it, so I’ve skipped quite a few episodes, but Vince loves it.

8th Surgery

My veins are undergoing their 8th (not vain or in vain) surgery this morning. Think good thoughts and pray for them. I’m hoping my legs will be clot-free today.

Usually, it takes four surgeries to get rid of stubborn clots in patients’ legs. Last time I asked what I was doing wrong – I’m wearing the socks, exercising moderately, keeping my legs elevated when I sit, drinking lots (of water!), and taking blood thinners. Yet the clots persist. The answer I got was that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. Mine are old and stubborn clots.

So I am asking for your help today to convince the clots to give up the battle. They are not going to win. They might as well quit now.

CBWC – Lines

One of my favorite challenges is Cee’s Black and White Challenge. I couldn’t resist this one – lines. There are lots of lines in the library, not just lines in poetry books and historic fiction. But lines are everywhere.

At home are a few more lines I wanted to share.

Other Always Write Prescott Library Posts

This isn’t my first post about the Prescott Public Library, and hopefully, it won’t be my last.

Now it’s your turn.

Share your own interesting public art either from your area or a trip. Be sure and visit some of the other amazing displays of public art while you’re here. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with public art.

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    • Thank you, Susan. You are such a sweetie. I’m so fortunate first to be alive and second to be able to walk and do normal things. No more pickle ball, but oh well.

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  1. The cat looks so grand.

    The last T.C. Boyle book I read was “Tortilla Curtain” and that was many years ago. I would re-read it because it does have a lot of LA references and locations. Maybe by now I would “get it.” But I am also interested in “Talk to Me.”


    • Thanks, Kirstin. The surgery went well from my end. They each take about 15 minutes, I think. I’m usually there 3-5 hours. This one only took 1.5 hours – a record! Micro surgeries for the doctor, mini surgeries for the patient.


  2. Sending you my best wishes for your surgery and recovery! Out, damned clots!

    I love the library lizards and mountain lion! I’ll have to check out the Prescott Public Library next time I’m up there (yes, I’m a librarian who goes to libraries on vacation).

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    • Thanks, I could feel all of your power of prayer and good thoughts. I was out of there about 2 hours faster than I’ve ever been. Thanks so much ! I’m glad you like my Library Lizard and mountain lion.

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  3. You are so clever with your combination posts Marsha! I’m sorry to hear of your latest surgery and hope things get sorted quickly for you. Thanks for joining in with our WOYBS posts too! Did you enjoy Hush Hush? I’ve just read it too.

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    • I did like it. It was in the library’s new book section. I can’t imagine how prolific he is. He wrote that book with another author, and maybe has several authors he works with now because that was not the only one of his books in that section. I haven’t read other of the series – I assume it’s a series because it said she was “back.” I thought there were some holes especially in the relationship with the chief. Her “that’s ok, Chief.” attitude at the end seemed disingenuous to me.

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  4. Hi Marsha,

    You can count on my prayers added to others regarding those clots that have overstayed their welcome – if they ever were. . .

    I know there are medications to help with such things and trust you and your doctor have already included them as appropriate to your situation.

    Keep us posted.

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    • Thanks, Gary. LOL, those nasty clots have never been welcome. I’ve been on blood thinners for five months. I just went from two types down to one. I hope that’s a sign. I go back for another surgery on March 25th, my ninth and I’m hoping my last. If so, it will end a six-month battle of the invasion of clots in my veins. I’ve never been a lover of war and all the pain and destruction it leaves behind, but in this case, I have been grateful for the doctors and nurses who have fought for my cause.


    • They are super tiny here. We had one in our house that snuck inside under a closed door. Our cats were thrilled. My husband, not so much. He added an extra threshhold to bar their entrance. They are adorable. Gary Wilson had a fabulous picture of one with a blue tummy on his blog last week.

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        • LOL. When I was a teen, my grandmother, grandfather and I were all reading in the living room. It was way too quiet for me. Knowing that Grandma was scared of mice, I screamed into the too quiet room, “Mouse,” and pointed to an imaginary point in back of Grandma’s chair. Her feet came off the ground and she screamed. She scared me, so I screamed again and pulled up my feet before I confessed. Grandpa simply looked at us over his glasses and continued to read without saying a word. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I love all the details in the lizard sculpture, especially the fact that he’s reading a book about lizards! I like a library that works hard to draw people in as this one seems to do :

    Good luck for the surgery! I hope those veins finally get the message and banish the clots for good!

    And meanwhile here’s my offering this week, from (of course!) our recent trip to Costa Rica:


  6. That is a magnificent entrance to Prescott library! I once had a mountain lion look down on me like that on a hike in Eldorado National Forest (CA.) Not that big though… I visited our library earlier today to pick up some books for the next class I am taking later this spring, our library don’t have that of an magnificent entrance, more ordinary, but a fabulous inside ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Hi, Marsha – Thank you for linking up with us at What’s On Your Bookshelf.
    I LOVE how you have been featuring your Prescott Library in some of your posts. Please continue to do this.
    I’ve also read a few Marmite books lately – and (according to Goodreads), I’m reading one right now. But I did also recently read Peace by Chocolate and I can definitely recommend that as inspiring and uplifting – quallities that we could all use right now.

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  8. Oh dear Marsha, I really have not been keeping up with your health news. I am so sorry to read of this situation with your legs. Yikes. Hope that the recent surgery helps. Surgeries after surgeries are very life-force draining and stressful. Sending my best wishes and love, Denyse.

    PS Popped back to Natalie’s link up to announce a change to my blogging link up.

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    • I’ll head over there as soon as I finish answering comments, my friend. When someone said it sometimes takes six months to a year to recover without surgery, (if you did recover) I had no idea it would take that long with surgery. I’m so grateful I had the surgeon who took an interest in making me better. What a love.


  9. Marsha, I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery. Sending you positive energy and virtual hugs. Love your sculpture and line photos. Prescott library is a gem. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  10. Good luck at the doctors today. Keep in touch. Sending you lots of energy your way ๐Ÿ˜€
    You lines are terrific for this week.
    I want to thank you for featuring my post from last week. Means a lot.

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  11. I love all the statuary, Marsha, beautiful wildlife forever commemorated in stone! Libraries are always an excellent place to find amazing art! I’m commenting now from my desktop with my new FIBER INTERNET! Woohoo! What a journey! I can already see the difference in speed. Thanks for the shout-out and hope to jump in more often, especially with the totem project. Hope all goes well with your surgery, my friend!

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  12. I love public art. Do any of the cities have hidden thing in their murals like Exeter?

    Miss you! I wish you could come to the Awards Dinner – Plan on next year – First weekend in March!

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    On Fri, Feb 25, 2022 at 6:33 AM Marsha Ingrao – Always Write wrote:

    > Marsha posted: ” Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a > public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, > etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public > places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show ” >

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    • Thanks, Sally! There are three hidden items I. This statue. One of them does show one of the items. Did you see it? I hope Carolyn is able to come but I think Kirk has surgery on the 3rd. I wish I could be there.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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