13 Jul, 2015

The Way to Work

July 13th, 2015|Tags: , , |

My days as the writer-in-residence at the Hemingway House in Oak Park are drawing to a close, and so I decided to document my drive there. I have come to [...]

4 May, 2015

Missing the Japanese Garden

May 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

I miss the Osaka Japanese Garden; now is the time of year when I would seek it out on a spring time walk. My kids consider it "theirs." Goes to [...]

16 Mar, 2015

The Ugliest Time of the Year

March 16th, 2015|Tags: , , |

This is the ugliest time of the year in Chicago. The snow has melted and so there isn't even a remnant of white covering up the trash that has accumulated [...]

17 Dec, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

December 17th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah, quite appropriate for my family's annual visit to Chicago's Christkindlmarket downtown, thanks to Chabad Lubavitch's giant Menorah. At the Christkindlmarket we stock up [...]

8 Dec, 2014

You Can Always Count on the Waves

December 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

I consider living along the Chicago lakefront one of the great blessings of my life. The other day I went for one of my favorite walks, along Rogers Park Beach [...]

31 Oct, 2014

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2014|Tags: , |

This guy spooked me for a second! I was absentmindedly walking up to the sidewalk in front of this house after parking my car, fiddling with my purse to put [...]

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 [...]

11 Jun, 2014

Unveiling: The Chicago List Essay Project

June 11th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Our Chicago - Eleven Writers on their City - Edited by Annette Gendler | Make Your Own Book I published a book with my students! Our Chicago is a collection of [...]

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 [...]

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