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 [...]

30 Sep, 2013

Bemelmans Bar

September 30th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Note to self: Next time I'm in New York, I must visit Bemelmans Bar. Sadly, up until a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal magazine, I wasn't aware of [...]

29 Aug, 2013

When in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings

August 29th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden in Boston, created by Nancy Schön Oh, the power of fiction! Especially children's fiction! It had my kids and me retracing [...]

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, [...]

4 Jul, 2013

Happy 4th from Mount Vernon!

July 4th, 2013|Tags: , , |

 Mount Vernon - the main house as seen from the East - you can see it's early spring as the big tree hasn't budded yet. Yesterday I was hunting [...]

21 Jun, 2013

Solstice Fires

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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 [...]

23 Apr, 2013

Returning from “Writing Camp”

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Now I know how my kids feel when they come home from summer camp because that's how I'm feeling having returned home from what my kids call "writing camp:" exhausted, [...]

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 [...]

22 Mar, 2013

A Walk through the Master of Nets Garden in Suzhou

March 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Moon gate at the Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou, China - If you remember my earlier photo essay about the Blue Waves Pavilion - moon gates like this [...]

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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

23 Jul, 2012

A Spanish Colonial House in Shanghai

July 23rd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

After featuring a renovated Shanghai lane house, I want to give you another insight into living in contemporary Shanghai with a few shots of the home of Patricia Lambert, which [...]

14 Jun, 2012

Photo Essay: Tiger Hill, Suzhou, China

June 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

These days I am craving some serenity (Our kids' school year is over and the summer chaos of camps, summer school and entertainment has begun.), so I thought I'd put [...]

29 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai – The Bund

May 29th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Bund at night - the clock tower building is the former Customs House, farther along you see the green steepled roof of the Peace Hotel. Typical tourist pictures of [...]

22 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Bikes in Shanghai

May 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Just as the laundry hung out to dry on eletrical cables, parking signs and telephone booths, the prevalence of bikes in the streets of Shanghai struck me as so very [...]

16 May, 2012

Photo Essay: The Dry Goods Market in Shanghai

May 16th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Outrageously kitschy and cute - baby ponytail holders at the Dry Goods Market in the Nanshi District of Shanghai. Being an indoor bazaar, the Dry Goods Market is indeed "dry," [...]

15 May, 2012

Photo Essay: A Market in Shanghai

May 15th, 2012|Tags: , , |

A tea shop - my favorite photo from our stroll through the market in Nanshi, the Old Town of Shanghai. This area used to be the old walled city of Shanghai [...]

8 May, 2012

A Lane House in Shanghai

May 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I really should have started my Shanghai series with sharing photos of this lane house in the Jing'an District, as it was the first place my friend took me to [...]

1 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Laundry in Shanghai

May 1st, 2012|Tags: , , |

One thing that struck me in Shanghai is that laundry is everywhere, except the strict business area along the riverfront. Otherwise, in any halfway residential area, laundry is hung out [...]

12 Apr, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai’s Former Jewish Ghetto

April 12th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Old meets new in this view of Hongkou rooftops sharing the sky with the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, built across the Huang Pu River in Pudong, which [...]

1 Apr, 2012

Shipped off to Shanghai

April 1st, 2012|Tags: , |

 The Bund, Shanghai's turn of the century waterfront. I took this photo on my first evening here from a rooftop bar. Just in case you were wondering why it's [...]

17 Feb, 2012


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Today I am going to impose on you the German word "Mitbringsel" because there's really no succinct term in English for these things we bring for someone from a trip. [...]

14 Jan, 2012

Space Camp

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My favorite spot at Space Camp this time was the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, a new hall built to exhibit the Saturn V. When I was a space camp [...]

19 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: The Spoils of Travel or What Do You Bring Home from a Trip?

September 19th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

A month has passed since we returned from our road trip to the Southwest, and only today have I unpacked the last suitcase: mine. It always works like that: I [...]

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 [...]

28 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 13 (the last one): Homestead National Monument

August 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Then, as now, windmills dot the flat landscape. They provide the crucial source of power to pump up water. After catching our breath at the alpine views of the Rocky [...]

23 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 12: Mesa Arch Photo Essay

August 23rd, 2011|Tags: , , |

Mesa Arch @ Canyonlands National ParkMy son has this view as a wallpaper on his computer, and I have to admit I always thought it was fake until I spotted [...]

19 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 11: Arches National Park Photo Essay

August 19th, 2011|Tags: , , |

To quote my daughter: "This is cooler than Monument Valley." Some whining from my sons was involved because we were "hiking again" until they realized the arches offered climbing opportunities. [...]

17 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 10: Salt Lake City

August 17th, 2011|Tags: , |

My number one goal for our visit to Salt Lake City was to float in the Great Salt Lake. A few years ago on a trip to Israel, we'd all floated [...]

16 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 9: Las Vegas with Kids

August 16th, 2011|Tags: , |

One thing I liked at the Hoover Dam: Those cool 1930s Art Deco towers. What to do in Las Vegas with kids? First of all, I must say Las Vegas, [...]

14 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 8: Wild Horses near Las Vegas

August 14th, 2011|Tags: , |

My daughter's number one wish for this road trip (every family member got one) was to see wild horses. I was nervous about that - after all, they are wild, [...]

10 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 7: Death Valley Photo Essay

August 10th, 2011|Tags: , , |

This photo is a tribute Cath Barton's cover photo "Eleven" of Prime Number Magazine's Issue 11 that also features my essay "Waiting in the Dark." I was about to take a picture [...]

9 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 6: The Canyons

August 9th, 2011|Tags: , , |

I haven't quite figured out yet what it means to visit great places like Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park a second time, except that it is [...]

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 [...]

24 Jul, 2011

Oklahoma City Memorial: Every Item Had a Story

July 24th, 2011|Tags: , , |

We visited the Memorial of the Oklahoma City bombing on Thursday, and it saddens me how oddly fitting that visit now is given Friday’s rather similar tragedy in Norway. Visits [...]

28 May, 2011

Note from Charlotte: Visiting Niki de Saint Phalle

May 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Last weekend I was in Charlotte, NC for the alumni conference of the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing, and I made a point of swinging by downtown and the [...]

20 May, 2011

Note from Savannah

May 20th, 2011|Tags: |

My shot of the outside of the synagogue. I love the mix of palm trees and live oak! Today a short note from my travels: I spent the early afternoon [...]

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