7 Aug, 2020

Soothing for the Soul – A Day of Wide Open Horizons and Thundering Waves at the Indiana Dunes

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For weeks my daughter had been nudging that she wanted to go hike trail 10 in the Indiana Dunes. She wanted to relive a childhood experience. We had taken the [...]

27 Mar, 2015

Sunrise @ Masada

March 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Escapism is in order! I have been frustrated and uninspired after months of querying and not finding a home for my memoir manuscript. In addition, one obligation is following another, [...]

13 Feb, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Israel: Zohar Stronghold

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The cold is getting to me (Chicago's high is 17F today), so it's time for memories of warmer days and an entirely different landscape than winter's bleak outside. I haven't [...]

23 Jan, 2015

Magic in the Winter Woods @ VCCA

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  I have returned to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), where I'm trying to be immensely productive during my two-week residency. When I get tired, or need to rev [...]

13 Mar, 2014

Greetings from the Blue Ridge Mountains

March 13th, 2014|Tags: , |

This photo is from one of my jaunts during my time at the VCCA. Since I'm bummed by all the snow we've had, yet again, here at home in Chicago, [...]

22 Jan, 2014

Walking the Woods at VCCA

January 22nd, 2014|Tags: , , |

I can hardly believe my good fortune to have been granted another residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and so, when I arrived and temperatures were [...]

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. [...]

13 Jun, 2013

Two Friends Go to Starved Rock

June 13th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

LaSalle Canyon Wall, photo taken by my friend Barbara Schlund Starved Rock is one of my favorite places to hike, and when my friend Barbara was visiting, we stopped by [...]

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 [...]

31 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Starved Rock in Spring

May 31st, 2012|Tags: , , |

Starved Rock State Park - Illinois Canyon in Spring This is the last day of May, and one could say spring is officially over, since in the U.S. we tend [...]

15 Mar, 2012

Photo Essay: Maple Sugar Festival in the Indiana Dunes

March 15th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Going to the Maple Sugar Time Festival in the Indiana Dunes is one family tradition I started when the kids were little. Since we missed it last year, my daughter [...]

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 [...]

9 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 6: The Canyons

August 9th, 2011|Tags: , , |

I haven't quite figured out yet what it means to visit great places like Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park a second time, except that it is [...]

5 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 4: Bluff Fort and Natural Bridges National Monument

August 5th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Bluff Fort: The only original cabin still standing sits on local sandstone slabs to keep the wood from rotting. And keep in mind: no chain saw to cut down those [...]

4 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 3: Ancient Pueblos – Chaco and Mesa Verde

August 4th, 2011|Tags: , , |

The road trip report continues: Here I am in full hiking regalia, ready to tackle what turned out to be a rather tough climb to a plateau to overlooking Pueblo [...]

2 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 2: Texas Panhandle – Santa Fe

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The report from our road trip to the Southwest continues, this time with a program in contrasts: So the Texas Panhandle is flat, so flat you feel some higher power [...]

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