24 Jul, 2020

Sharing Impressions from an Epic Trip to Peru Last Year: A Sand Storm Threatens a Flight over the Mysterious Nazca Lines

July 24th, 2020|Tags: , , |

On our trip to Peru last year, we first traveled south, past all the depressing shanty towns of Lima, mainly to see the pre-Columbian Nazca Lines. This post continues my [...]

17 Jul, 2020

Sharing Impressions from an Epic Trip to Peru Last Summer: Beginning with the Shocking Poverty of the Shanty Towns of Lima

July 17th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Seeing the shanty towns south of Lima on the very first day we were traveling in Peru last summer left an indelible impression on me. Never in my life had [...]

1 May, 2020

Enjoying a Quirky, Tranquil and Off-the-Beaten Path Part of London: the Regent’s Canal Towpath

May 1st, 2020|Tags: , , |

My favorite photo from our walk along the Regent's Canal Towpath: My brother bending his way through one of its tunnels. I have another virtual trip for you: [...]

17 Apr, 2020

Come Along on a Virtual Tour of the Ballestas Islands, whose Atmosphere is More Striking than that of Famous Machu Picchu

April 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Whenever I think of the Ballestas Islands, I see this image in my mind. It is my favorite photo of our entire trip to Peru. As we are [...]

5 Jul, 2019

How a Sad Story from the 18th Century Brings to Life Today’s American Locations

July 5th, 2019|Tags: , |

View of Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine, May 2019 Before we left on our recent trip to Acadia National Park, an acquaintance recommended I read Evangeline - A Tale [...]

31 May, 2019

Sharing the Best Photos of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Petra, Jordan this past January (Part 3: Petra)

May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , |

When you arrive in Petra, you have a fairly long walk from the visitor center to the actual archaeological site. Along the way, however, you can already see multiple cave [...]

10 May, 2019

Sharing the Best Photos of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Petra, Jordan this Past January (Part 2: Amman)

May 10th, 2019|Tags: , , |

If our first stop in Jordan, Jerash, was windswept and chilly, it was downright cold at the Amman Citadel. The Amman Citadel has been a site of fortresses dating back [...]

26 Apr, 2019

Sharing the Best Photos of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Petra, Jordan this Past January (Part 1: Jerash)

April 26th, 2019|Tags: , |

This past January I was fortunate enough to be able to cross one of the places I always wanted to see off my bucket list: Petra, Jordan. Mind you, this [...]

8 Feb, 2019

In the Footsteps of a Book – A Walk Through the Jerusalem Neighborhood of Musrara

February 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

The actual House of Windows as far as we could tell Have you ever traveled in the footsteps of a book? Visited the location where a character lived? [...]

10 Aug, 2018

Crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry

August 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Turns out my one day of pure R&R this summer was spent crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry (our trip to New Orleans wasn't exactly R&R). Assembling this [...]

29 Jun, 2018

The Best of New Orleans

June 29th, 2018|Tags: , |

Not a place where we could eat, but it was still fun to see Paul Prudhomme's original restaurant still operational. I have his Fork in the Road cookbook, and his [...]

11 May, 2018

The Ever Elusive Artist Date in the Japanese Garden at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

May 11th, 2018|Tags: , |

I might be good at writing my Morning Pages, but I am horrible at keeping Artist Dates. These are two of the three pillars sustaining a creative life, according to [...]

2 Mar, 2018

To the Lighthouse

March 2nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How can a public place can be so personal? How can I be so attached to a place I don't own,  maintain, nor have a say in its very existence? [...]

9 Feb, 2018

Venice Revisited

February 9th, 2018|Tags: , , |

This is my favorite photo of our trip to Venice last March: My brother's hands caught taking a photo of the Grand Canale as we were standing on the Rialto [...]

1 Nov, 2016

My Artful Blogging Story

November 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Scottish Highlands, August 2015 Today the winter issue of Artful Blogging hits newsstands, and it features my photo essay "The Accidental Travel Blogger." This is a dream come true for [...]

6 Sep, 2016

Ireland – The Giant’s Causeway, Then and Now

September 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

My favorite place in Ireland is the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland. I love the mystery of it, i.e. the fact that even geologists are [...]

12 Aug, 2016

Ireland – How Green It Is

August 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

    Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland {August Break 8/11: Green} Today's August Break prompt of "green" is the perfect kick in the behind for me to share some of my [...]

28 Jun, 2016

Xi’an Muslim Quarter

June 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Perhaps because, unlike sites like the Terracotta Warriors (which had been my number one China bucket list item--photos soon!), I had no preconceptions, no one else's images in my head [...]

29 Dec, 2015

The Best of Jerusalem 2015

December 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

To summarize my stay in Jerusalem this summer in one blog post? It's a tall order, but here goes. We spent an inordinate amount of time on an exceedingly hot [...]

28 Dec, 2015

The Best of London 2015

December 28th, 2015|Tags: , , |

We took a weekend "side" trip to London from Scotland to visit relatives and tour a little. Here are my best shots from that sojourn. We did the touristy thing [...]

26 Dec, 2015

The Best of Scotland 2015

December 26th, 2015|Tags: , , |

For the last few days of this year I decided to run a "Best of..." series to pay homage to some of the best times this year, i.e. travels and [...]

12 Aug, 2015

Shuk Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem

August 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Any market is a feast for the eyes, and a shuk (= Middle Eastern market, pronounced "shook") is especially so. It is also a photographer's paradise. All those colors, shapes, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

26 Feb, 2015

Dreaming of a Turkish Bath House

February 26th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Blame it on the cold winter we are having in Chicago, but I am dreaming of the Turkish Bath House in Akko, Israel. The place itself is a dream, because [...]

13 Feb, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Israel: Zohar Stronghold

February 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

1 Dec, 2014

My Photo Essay in Bella Grace Magazine

December 1st, 2014|Tags: , , |

  My photo essay "Capture Magic that Hangs by a Gossamer Thread" appears in the winter 2015 issue of Bella Grace magazine, on sale as of today, December 1. Last [...]

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 [...]

25 Sep, 2014

Wandering the Streets of Akko

September 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, so I thought I'd share another glimpse of Israel, from a day trip my daughter and I took to Akko in July. [...]

18 Aug, 2014

Bella Grace Blog Hop: Recipe for a Perfect Day on the Porch

August 18th, 2014|Tags: , |

The capturing of this recipe was inspired by Bella Grace and is my contribution to the Bella Grace Blog Hop. Essential: 1 porch 1 summer day, temperatures in the 70s, [...]

26 Feb, 2014

Before Winter Became Heavy

February 26th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

  Before winter became heavy, it came softly. Before we had 3+ feet of snow on the ground, there were just tracks of snow swinging through the woods. I really [...]

29 Oct, 2013

A Japanese Garden in Autumn

October 29th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

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

October 18th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

  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

October 3rd, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , |

  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

September 24th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

25 Jul, 2013

A Trip to Bishop Hill (2)

July 25th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Spinning wheel at the Steeple Building, Bishop Hill, Illinois On our visit to Bishop Hill, my friend Barbara and I spent a considerable amount of time in the Steeple Building, [...]

24 Jul, 2013

A Trip to Bishop Hill (1)

July 24th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

 Bishop Hill Post Office These days I am itching for some serenity, probably because my family's summer schedule isn't really a schedule. As soon as I'm into a new routine, [...]

10 Jul, 2013

A Little Beach Photo Essay

July 10th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Lighthouse at Rogers Park Beach, Chicago I've given my blog a bit of a break to allow the corresponding post to my WSJ essay some space, but I've missed blogging! [...]

4 Jul, 2013

Happy 4th from Mount Vernon!

July 4th, 2013|Tags: , , |

 Mount Vernon - the main house as seen from the East - you can see it's early spring as the big tree hasn't budded yet. Yesterday I was hunting [...]

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 [...]

22 Mar, 2013

A Walk through the Master of Nets Garden in Suzhou

March 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Moon gate at the Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou, China - If you remember my earlier photo essay about the Blue Waves Pavilion - moon gates like this [...]

14 Mar, 2013

Study in Gray

March 14th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

It seems to me that in March, right before spring, when everything is especially barren, nature invites contemplation. On my recent walk through our property in northwest Indiana, I had to [...]

6 Mar, 2013

Snow Day

March 6th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

Yesterday the biggest snow storm of the season hit Chicago. Never mind that it's March and we're more in the mood for spring flowers than snow flakes. It started snowing in the [...]

18 Feb, 2013

Winter Beach

February 18th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

Assembling a photo essay from one of my outings is one of my happiest pursuits, and so over this long weekend (In the U.S. it's Presidents Day today, which means the [...]

17 Jan, 2013

In Search of Winter

January 17th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

Hello winter, where are you? There is no sight of snow in Chicago, so on a recent trip to the Indiana country side I went in search of winter, looking [...]

7 Jan, 2013

Winter Beach Walk

January 7th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

New Year's Day had me walking the beach with my younger son, and I'm glad we did because then the weather turned gray, and the last remnants of ice and [...]

6 Dec, 2012

To the Lighthouse

December 6th, 2012|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

30 Nov, 2012

The Garden of the Cang Lang Ting (Blue Waves Pavilion) in Suzhou, China

November 30th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

Walkway along the canal outside of the Garden, as seen from The Fish Watching Spot For a long time I have been meaning to share pictures from my visit to [...]

15 Nov, 2012

Open House at the Museum of Science and Industry

November 15th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Under the South Portico of the Musem of Science and Industry where one usually doesn't get to hang out. A reader's comment on my post about Chicago Art Deco at the [...]

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