4 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Fait Accompli I – My Grandfather’s Staircase

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  Today is the publication date of my memoir Jumping Over Shadows! Hurray! And thus I offer you my very first book companion post, a series I plan to run every [...]

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 [...]

19 Aug, 2016

5 Years Ago

August 19th, 2016|Tags: , |

Canyonlands National Park, Utah {August Break 8/18: 5 Years Ago} Five years ago I was taking a road trip with my family: five weeks, Chicago to California and back. It [...]

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 [...]

18 Nov, 2015

A Building Rises

November 18th, 2015|Tags: , |

I am quite behind on chronicling the progress of building our country barn/apartment. Needless to say, by now it's a recognizable and quite formidable building. But back to where we [...]

26 Oct, 2015

Fall Abstract

October 26th, 2015|Tags: , |

Inspired by a Digital Photography School article, a recent golden hour (just before sunset) on our country property found me trying my hand at creating fall abstracts, achieved by softly [...]

9 Oct, 2015

Building Begin

October 9th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

After more than two years of planning, we have finally broken ground on a barn with living quarters on our country property in Indiana. This is one of the reasons [...]

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, [...]

20 Jul, 2015

Farewell, Hemingway House!

July 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

My year as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park has come to an end and as I say farewell to my studio in the attic, I treat [...]

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 [...]

23 Jan, 2015

Magic in the Winter Woods @ VCCA

January 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

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 myself [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 Sep, 2014

Manaus Journal (4): The Amazon is a Mirror

September 14th, 2014|Tags: , |

I'd seen photographs of the mirror-like quality of the Amazon in National Geographic, but to find myself floating on it was a whole other experience. I spent the better part [...]

25 Aug, 2014

Tel Aviv Street Scenes

August 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Since I'm still preoccupied with my daughter being in Israel, I thought I'd share some of my photos taken while walking around or sitting in cafés in Tel Aviv, providing [...]

9 Jun, 2014

The Glory of Green

June 9th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Our country property in Indiana is finally, gloriously saturated with green. I've never been so hungry and so thirsty for green! After this long hard winter and all its whiteness, [...]

11 Mar, 2014

Morning Light

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We changed to daylight savings time on Sunday, and that means glorious morning light such as this is gone for another few weeks. I'm glad I took this shot last [...]

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 [...]

13 Feb, 2014

Winter White Lake

February 13th, 2014|Tags: , , |

On Monday I treated myself to a walk on the lakefront. "Treated," because going for a walk is a major operation these days, involving long underwear, serious snow boots (thank [...]

20 Dec, 2013

Looking Back: Trips 2013

December 20th, 2013|Tags: , , |

New York - January Beacon Theatre on Broadway - the announcement of the Groenemeyer Concert caught my eye and led to a wonderful concert experience later in Chicago. {related blog [...]

21 Nov, 2013

Discovering David Plowden

November 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

  I am in love. With David Plowden and his stunning black and white photographs of the American Plains and Prairie. It's been one of those serendipitous encounters: The big [...]

19 Nov, 2013

Art: Boring Today, Interesting Tomorrow?

November 19th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Pierce Hall, in its current state of half demolition For my Artist's Dates these past two weeks, I attended the two-evening Bookmakers program offered jointly by the Smart Museum and the [...]

6 Nov, 2013

Exploring an Abandoned Path

November 6th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

  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

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 [...]

9 Aug, 2013

A Selfie

August 9th, 2013|Tags: |

"Selfie" (today's August Break topic), i.e. the abbreviation for "self portrait," I learned only recently in Susannah Conway's Photo Meditations class. A self portrait is not the type of photograph I would [...]

7 Aug, 2013

Chicago Skyline in Miniature

August 7th, 2013|Tags: , |

  Living in Chicago, today's August Break topic "skyline" is an easy one. However, in the heat and storms we're having today, I was not about to go out to [...]

6 Aug, 2013

Diagonals and a Lot of Sky

August 6th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Typical Chicago six-flat brownstone rooftops - with back porches and power lines, as seen from an alley, also typical I treated myself to a photography retreat last Sunday at the [...]

5 Aug, 2013

Light Bulb in Tree

August 5th, 2013|Tags: |

From Sunday's photo jaunt, a fitting photo for today's August Break theme "close up:" a light bulb in a tree.

3 Aug, 2013

A Double Yellow

August 3rd, 2013|Tags: , |

Today's August Break theme is "yellow" and so here is a double yellow for you - a yellow bowl and bananas. This bowl always sits on our kitchen counter, usually to [...]

2 Aug, 2013

A Rose on my Porch

August 2nd, 2013|Tags: , |

I'm not big into photographing flowers, at least I didn't think I was, but for the very first time I have a miniature rose bush on my porch, which I [...]

1 Aug, 2013

Coffee Cup in the Sun

August 1st, 2013|Tags: |

Not exactly "breakfast" (today's August Break theme), but my holy cup of morning coffee. I loved, in this particular instant, how the shadows of the leaves outside, moved by a [...]

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, [...]

28 Jun, 2013

Henrietta

June 28th, 2013|Tags: , |

Of all the gravestones I photographed on my visit to the Kenyon College Campus Cemetery, the one of Henrietta stuck in my mind. Particularly because, once I was viewing the [...]

27 Jun, 2013

Early Morning at the Kenyon College Cemetery

June 27th, 2013|Tags: , |

A Civil War grave One morning at Kenyon last week I got up early and left the house before sunrise to get in my photography fix amongst all that writing. [...]

15 Jun, 2013

Sun in the Window

June 15th, 2013|Tags: |

We've had some grey and some ferocious weather here lately in Chicago, but the sun can be in your window even if it isn't shining outside; case in point at the [...]

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 [...]

9 Jun, 2013

A Green Light at my Desk

June 9th, 2013|Tags: |

Today is going to be a desk day with lots of personal admin to catch up on, so I thought I'd share this photo of a bright spring morning at [...]

4 Jun, 2013

Chicago Evening Blue

June 4th, 2013|Tags: , |

The blue hour is my favorite time of day in downtown Chicago - just before dusk sets in, when all the windows turn an iridescent blue. After a rainfall the [...]

2 Jun, 2013

A Lamp Facade

June 2nd, 2013|Tags: , , |

Continuing yesterday's lamp theme - here's a facade in the former French Connection area of Shanghai that I thought was really cool. And above it, the ever hazy grey sky [...]

1 Jun, 2013

A Teacup Chandelier

June 1st, 2013|Tags: , |

This quirky decoration caught my eye in the window of the Café on Main in Ottawa, Illinois, where my friend Barbara and I stopped for lunch on our way to [...]

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