10 Aug, 2018

Crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry

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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 [...]

2 Mar, 2018

To the Lighthouse

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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? [...]

1 Sep, 2016

August Was…

September 1st, 2016|Tags: , |

{August Break 8/31: August was...} ...long! And not as peaceful as this photo, taken from the Rogers Park beach pier on the northside of Chicago. But there were peaceful moments, [...]

1 Jun, 2015

My Recipe for a Perfect Porch Day in Bella Grace Magazine

June 1st, 2015|Tags: , , |

You might remember my blog post from last summer, Recipe for a Perfect Day on the Porch. Well, I'm happy to announce that it made it into the summer issue [...]

10 Sep, 2013

Summer’s Grand Finale

September 10th, 2013|Tags: , |

Every Wednesday and Saturday night, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the City of Chicago shoots fireworks off a barge by Navy Pier. I usually manage to go to see [...]

4 Jul, 2013

A Neighborhood Parade

July 4th, 2013|Tags: , |

 These guys actually bring up the rear of the 4th of July Parade in Hyde Park, Chicago, but what could be more American than a bunch of cowboys, albeit [...]

21 Jun, 2013

Solstice Fires

June 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

Sunset as seen from the Geisberg near Salzburg, June 21, 2005 While I am here at the Kenyon Writers Workshop where the sun shines with abandon, I am reminded that [...]

3 Apr, 2013

@ the Kenyon Writers Workshop

April 3rd, 2013|Tags: , , |

Just a quick note to share that I will be a fellow at the Kenyon Writers Workshop this summer (June 15-22), which means I will get to assist the wonderful [...]

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, [...]

6 Jul, 2012

Tornado Trees

July 6th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Our property out in the country of northwestern Indiana got hit by a tornado last weekend. Thankfully, none of the buildings were damaged, but as we walked around earlier this [...]

4 Jul, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2012|Tags: |

Happy Independence Day! I've been a bit quiet on this blog these past few days as my husband and I have this one week when all three kids are away [...]

20 Jun, 2012

My Summer Non-List

June 20th, 2012|Tags: , |

My calendar and the weather man tell me that today is the first official day of summer. It sure feels like it here in Chicago, where temperatures are expected to [...]

31 Jan, 2012

Guest Blog by Cliff Garstang: Artist Residencies – Virginia? Nebraska? Or France?

January 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

As part of my series on artist residencies, I am happy to welcome Cliff Garstang,  editor of Prime Number Magazine and a fellow Queens MFA alum, who will share some of his [...]

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 [...]

13 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: Indiana Beach

September 13th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Who wouldn't fall in love with sights like these quirky saucerspouring into each other? Amusement parks are closing as the season ends, and so I'm thinking, wistfully, of our trip to [...]

5 Sep, 2011

Having a Summer

September 5th, 2011|Tags: , |

Labor Day marks the "official" end of summer, and thus it's time to ask whether one has made the most of the season of heat, beach and long, supposedly lazy [...]

21 Jun, 2011

Writing Exercise: Smells of Summer

June 21st, 2011|Tags: , , |

Today is the first day of summer, so I was thinking of all the smells that mean summer to me. Smell is purportedly the sense that brings back memories the fastest, [...]

17 Jun, 2011

What Goethe and Packing the Kids off to Summer Camp Have in Common

June 17th, 2011|Tags: , |

Goethe's parental home in Frankfurt, Germany. I’m in the midst of packing three kids off to summer camp as I am sure many other parents are as well. Every year [...]

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