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 [...]

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

August 2nd, 2011|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

29 Jul, 2011

Road Trip Report 1: St. Louis – Oklahoma

July 29th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Some impressions from the Big American Road Trip with my family, driving from Chicago to explore the Southwest this summer. City Museum St. Louis - the name does it a [...]

7 Jul, 2011

Reading: Lingering in Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge

July 7th, 2011|Tags: , |

I love it when a book becomes a place, becomes an alternate reality I can dwell in. That’s what happened as I was reading Terry Tempest Williams’ now classic memoir [...]

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