28 Mar, 2016

The Power of Keeping a Promise to Yourself

March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt Always, always, I have wanted to see the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Marsaba and St. George, built into the cliffs of the Judean Hills. But [...]

16 Jul, 2015

Two Turrets: My Grandfather’s and Hemingway’s

July 16th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Turret of the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois Turret of my grandfather's former apartment in Liberec, Czech Republic The Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois has a [...]

27 Oct, 2014

Hemingway Birthplace Home Video Tour

October 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

For my students who missed class at the Hemingway House and all my blog readers, here's a little video tour of my writer-in-residence studio in the attic, the attic itself, [...]

20 Oct, 2014

Open House Chicago: New Regal Theater

October 20th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

It might look like I traveled to the Middle East to take this picture, but I only traveled to the far South Side of Chicago to peek into the interior [...]

21 Aug, 2014

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

August 21st, 2014|Tags: , |

Tel Aviv is on my mind right now as my daughter is enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces today. When this post appears, she is already in her uniform. I've [...]

29 Apr, 2014

Driehaus Museum

April 29th, 2014|Tags: , |

Drawing Room Lamp, Driehaus Museum Two blocks west of the Magnificent Mile, on Erie Street, there is to be found a marble palace. It is, from the outside, an stately [...]

3 Mar, 2014

Snow-Covered Glass Dome

March 3rd, 2014|Tags: , , |

Winter has become oppressive here in Chicago, and the snow-covered glass dome of the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago captures that rather well. Surely the architect didn't envision [...]

27 Feb, 2014

Monticello in Winter

February 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

While I was at the VCCA, I visited Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's estate. It is near Charlottesville, a good hour's drive from the VCCA. I happened to go on one [...]

21 Oct, 2013

Open House Chicago: Elks Memorial

October 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

  Open House Chicago is one of those events that delights me to no end because I get to explore and learn and discover beauty I never knew was there. Hosted [...]

15 Apr, 2013

Touring the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District of Oak Park

April 15th, 2013|Tags: , |

Urns in garden wall of Moore-Dugal Residence, built in 1895 by Frank Lloyd Wright Once in a while, it's fun to play tourist in your own town. While my kids are [...]

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