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 photos from [...]

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 to [...]

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 miss [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1 Nov, 2012

Photo Essay: Point Reyes – Into the Fog

November 1st, 2012|Tags: , , |

Cypress trees dripping with moisture on the way to the lighthouse at Point Reyes. Since today is November 1, and I have so far been celebrating fall with roaring colors, I'm [...]

30 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Savoring Fall in Indiana

October 30th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , |

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

October 25th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

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, [...]

3 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Stone Fences in Kentucky

October 3rd, 2012|Tags: , , |

I'm thrilled that this photo of mine appeared on Shutter Sisters as part of their "weekending" series, so I figured I'd better share it with you all as well. As [...]

28 Sep, 2012

Photo Essay: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky

September 28th, 2012|Tags: , , |

  Bonnet on a peg board at Shaker Village - if only life could be this tidy. Last weekend I stole away from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and spent [...]

12 Sep, 2012

Photo Essay: Alcatraz

September 12th, 2012|Tags: , , |

  Pulling out of the dock, Alcatraz comes into view.   We had the perfect slightly gloomy day when we visited Alcatraz on our family vacation to California in August. [...]

9 Aug, 2012

Photo Essay: At the County Fair

August 9th, 2012|Tags: , |

Boy in a Bubble - my youngest was the only one in the right weight class to go walking on water. Going to the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, Indiana, [...]

14 Jun, 2012

Photo Essay: Tiger Hill, Suzhou, China

June 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

These days I am craving some serenity (Our kids' school year is over and the summer chaos of camps, summer school and entertainment has begun.), so I thought I'd put [...]

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 [...]

29 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai – The Bund

May 29th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Bund at night - the clock tower building is the former Customs House, farther along you see the green steepled roof of the Peace Hotel. Typical tourist pictures of [...]

22 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Bikes in Shanghai

May 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Just as the laundry hung out to dry on eletrical cables, parking signs and telephone booths, the prevalence of bikes in the streets of Shanghai struck me as so very [...]

16 May, 2012

Photo Essay: The Dry Goods Market in Shanghai

May 16th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Outrageously kitschy and cute - baby ponytail holders at the Dry Goods Market in the Nanshi District of Shanghai. Being an indoor bazaar, the Dry Goods Market is indeed "dry," [...]

15 May, 2012

Photo Essay: A Market in Shanghai

May 15th, 2012|Tags: , , |

A tea shop - my favorite photo from our stroll through the market in Nanshi, the Old Town of Shanghai. This area used to be the old walled city of Shanghai [...]

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