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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