25 Oct, 2019

“When the Leaves Drift” – the Perfect Time to Share my Favorite Poem, Autumn Day, by Rainer Maria Rilke

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One of my favorite stretches through the woods I have been out in the country, reveling in the glory of autumn. The fall foliage spectacle is on full display on [...]

31 Oct, 2016

Gravestone Errors & Corrections

October 31st, 2016|Tags: , , |

While we were visiting Minute Man National Historical Park last weekend, we stopped for lunch in the nearby colonial town of Concord, where I noticed two old graveyards in the [...]

25 Nov, 2015

The Smells of Fall

November 25th, 2015|Tags: , , |

There's no denying that we are at the tail end of fall here in the Midwest--the temperature dips below the freezing at night, the trees are almost bare, and the [...]

29 Oct, 2015

Happy Pumpkin Time!

October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Isn't this the cutest potholder ever? A knitted pumpkin? I fell in love with this pattern in the KnitPicks newsletter. Fall is my favorite season, and I love pumpkins (two [...]

3 Nov, 2014

Joy is… 31 Walks

November 3rd, 2014|Tags: , , , |

The sound of fall: Walking through leaves October went out with a bang here in Chicago; we had such a mighty storm that the waves were swapping over and Lake [...]

16 Oct, 2014

The Challenge of Daily Walks

October 16th, 2014|Tags: , |

  For October I've given myself the challenge of going for at least a 20-minute walk every day. This is part of me digging deeper into Julia Cameron's book The [...]

14 Oct, 2014

Paper Pumpkin to the Rescue

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My daughter who's been in Israel for a while now misses pumpkins. It's fall but there ain't any pumpkins to be found in that desert land. She's been on the [...]

18 Sep, 2014

My List for Celebrating Fall

September 18th, 2014|Tags: , |

Temperatures have been unseasonably nippy here in Chicago; clearly, fall is in the air. It's been a while since I've done a seasonal list, but I am so looking forward [...]

26 Nov, 2013

Osage Oranges

November 26th, 2013|Tags: , |

Osage oranges are one autumn's delights for me. I never knew about them until my first residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts a few autumns ago. There, [...]

6 Nov, 2013

Exploring an Abandoned Path

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  My son and I had the most thrilling adventure on Sunday: After shopping at Bass Pro Shop for his upcoming science fair project, we stopped by a park down [...]

29 Oct, 2013

A Japanese Garden in Autumn

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Last week I treated myself to what Julia Cameron calls an Artist's Date, time spent by yourself in an interesting location to replenish the soul and gather images for the creative [...]

18 Oct, 2013

Gossamer Magic

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  A leaf stands in midair. Upon closer inspection, it seems to hang by an invisible thread, caught on the one flight of its life, the journey of autumn, the trip from branch to [...]

3 Oct, 2013

Colors of the Woods

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  The other day I was in a blue mood, discombobulated and irritable. I had the good fortune, however, that my husband and I drove out to the country that day. [...]

24 Sep, 2013

A Perfect Day

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Oh how I feel like myself again this morning, readying photos for this post! Feels good. Finally, I am blogging again. And blogging, despite its airy quality, is amazingly grounding [...]

6 Dec, 2012

To the Lighthouse

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Ah, to live in the city and yet to be at sea!   Tuesday morning I got to visit one of my favorite haunts again - Loyola Beach on the far [...]

22 Nov, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , |

Ceramic turkey made by my daughter I was going to make a list of all the things I am thankful for, but there are simply too many, and I am, [...]

19 Nov, 2012

This is Bliss…

November 19th, 2012|Tags: , , |

...hot chocolate in the grass in November.       ...kicking off the hiking boots.       ...lying on the autumn ground.       ...studying the leaves.   [...]

16 Nov, 2012

Hot Chocolate Party in the Cold

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It's that time of year again when I like to have a hot chocolate party outside in the cold. The beginning of this week afforded us the perfect juxtaposition in [...]

31 Oct, 2012

Poem: Trick or Treat by Nancy Price

October 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

Our jack o'lanterns last year Ted Kooser's weekly email column American Life in Poetry is my favorite way of getting a dose of poetry. Not only does his taste agree [...]

30 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Savoring Fall in Indiana

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I am immensely grateful to our friend who sowed sunflower seeds on an empty spot on our property in Indiana, because the dry sunflowers now make great models for my [...]

25 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Starved Rock in Fall

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A hiking trip to Starved Rock State Park, a two hour drive from Chicago, is one of those traditions my daughter insists on. We just have to make it out [...]

11 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: At the Pumpkin Farm

October 11th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I am absolutely in love with fall, particularly this year when the summer's heat kept me indoors so much. I've promised myself to be outside as much as possible to savor fall, [...]

30 Nov, 2011

My Favorite Poem: Herbsttag by Rainer Maria Rilke

November 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of November, high time to share with you my favorite poem, Herbsttag (Autumn Day) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Many of you probably know him as [...]

29 Nov, 2011

A Hot Chocolate Party in the Cold

November 29th, 2011|Tags: , |

This blog makes me do things, such as following through on fun schemes like having a hot chocolate party outside, in the cold. Our dotted pumpkin showed signs of wilting, [...]

24 Nov, 2011

A Dotted Lantern for Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2011|Tags: |

Yes, I know, Thanksgiving is not Pumpkin Day, but I still had this pumpkin from our trip to the pumpkin farm, since I hadn't gotten around to carving it into [...]

22 Nov, 2011

Photo Essay: Fall at the Beach

November 22nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

I love that living in Chicago means the beach is not only about summer. Here's the concession stand at the Rogers Park Beach in October. Here's that same stand a few [...]

16 Nov, 2011

Photo Essay: Golden Streets

November 16th, 2011|Tags: , , |

If it weren't for the leaf blowers, Chicago's streets would be paved in gold these days, as this sidewalk is, at least in one spot. I am somewhat infatuated with fall, so [...]

31 Oct, 2011

Photo Essay: Pumpkins

October 31st, 2011|Tags: |

I'm back from the fabulous writers' conference but I haven't quite digested it all yet, and haven't quite adjusted to everyday life again, so since it's Halloween today, I figured [...]

27 Oct, 2011

Greetings from the Potomac River

October 27th, 2011|Tags: , |

Greetings from the misty banks of the Potomac River where I am at a writers' conference. More detailed reports are found on Nancy's blog but I do hope to report [...]

25 Oct, 2011

Photo Essay: Hiking Starved Rock

October 25th, 2011|Tags: , , |

With the weather turning nicer late last week, we jumped at the chance and did our outing to Starved Rock State Park (another item on my fall list!). I hope these [...]

21 Oct, 2011

Fall in the House

October 21st, 2011|Tags: |

The weather has been nasty here in Chicago: rain, blustery winds and temperatures in the 40s, so we've been hanging around at home. Thankfully, I brought the beauty of fall [...]

20 Oct, 2011

Apple Picking: How to Keep Apples Fresh

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I've made good on one item on my fall list and went apple picking. We came home with more than 60 pounds of apples! So, how to keep them fresh? [...]

28 Sep, 2011

Fall Recipe: Zwetschgendatschi

September 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

I don't plan to turn this into a cooking blog, but in my September 27 post I promised the recipe for this tongue breaker of a cake: Zwetschgendatschi (click here for [...]

27 Sep, 2011

My Fall List: Things to Do in Fall

September 27th, 2011|Tags: , |

Given that I have a list for making sure I "have a summer," it's only fair to have one for fall, after all fall is my favorite season. So here's [...]

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