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 [...]

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 [...]

28 Mar, 2016

The Power of Keeping a Promise to Yourself

March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt Always, always, I have wanted to see the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Marsaba and St. George, built into the cliffs of the Judean Hills. But [...]

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 [...]

16 Jul, 2015

Two Turrets: My Grandfather’s and Hemingway’s

July 16th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Turret of the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois Turret of my grandfather's former apartment in Liberec, Czech Republic The Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois has a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 Jun, 2014

Unveiling: The Chicago List Essay Project

June 11th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Our Chicago - Eleven Writers on their City - Edited by Annette Gendler | Make Your Own Book I published a book with my students! Our Chicago is a collection of [...]

14 Feb, 2014

Leaving Russia

February 14th, 2014|Tags: , , |

With the Winter Olympics currently happening in Sochi, Russia, it fits that my review of Maxim Shrayer's memoir Leaving Russia just appeared in the Jewish Book World. Thanks to this book, I feel [...]

1 Jan, 2014

New Year’s Day in Chicago

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The view from my window The view from my couch It's the perfect day for hibernating!

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]

5 Jul, 2013

My Grandparents’ House

July 5th, 2013|Tags: , , |

 The latest photo of my grandparents' former house, taken by me on my last visit in June 2009. My essay 'Thrown Out' of the Family Home was published in [...]

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. [...]

23 Jun, 2013

Art that Went Straight to My Heart: Ori Gersht at the Gund Gallery

June 23rd, 2013|Tags: , , |

 Ori Gersht Exhibit at the Gund Gallery - It can't be a coincidence, can it, that the panels featuring trees are hung next to the grand window framing 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 [...]

22 May, 2013

Banner Update

May 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

It's time to switch out that blog banner again! I've discovered I am pretty consistent about doing this every six months; my last update was December 7. So here's what's [...]

19 Apr, 2013

Serenity at Mount Vernon

April 19th, 2013|Tags: , , |

This photo of the kitchen garden at Mount Vernon captures the serene and peaceful week I am having amidst my friends at the conference my former writing group puts on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

17 Dec, 2012

Favorite View of 2012

December 17th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Mono Lake, California, August 2012 In following Rebecca Murphy's Relish12 challenge, the 12.14 prompt asked about my favorite view of 2012. I instantly knew which picture I would choose. Even though [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

18 Oct, 2012

Chicago Art Deco at the Powhatan

October 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I took this snapshot while leaving the lobby of the Powhatan - I loved the red of the event shuttle bus as background to the two figures, the woman stopping [...]

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. [...]

7 Sep, 2012

The Library at Alcatraz

September 7th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

In the library at Alcatraz From all my pictures of our recent visit to Alcatraz, this one has stuck in my mind, and so, since I was on the topic [...]

26 Aug, 2012

Vacation Serenity

August 26th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I've been quiet on this blog because we have been on vacation, including four rather blissful days without Internet access while we were staying at a beach house in Marin [...]

29 Jun, 2012

Guest Blog by Susanne Helmert: My Lake, My Love

June 29th, 2012|Tags: , , |

As we head into the weekend, I am happy to offer some serenity by the way of Susanne Helmert's Lake Michigan photos. As threatened in my post about her work [...]

3 Jan, 2012

Candle Smoke Writing

January 3rd, 2012|Tags: , |

Here's a different kind of writing for you: Candle Smoke Writing, or rather, historical graffiti. My son and I stopped by Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky on our way [...]

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 [...]

23 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: End of Summer

September 23rd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Does anything say "end of summer" better than an overturned lifeguard chair? Yesterday was the official end of summer, according to the calendar. Some mornings I drive my kids to [...]

6 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 5: Rafting the Colorado River Triggers Childhood Memory

August 6th, 2011|Tags: , |

View from the Glen Canyon Dam down to where to floats disembark One way to keep family members happy on a long road trip is to ask beforehand what each [...]

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