15 Feb, 2019

Annette and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

February 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |

I was driving to my cousin's house for dinner last week when two warning lights came on in the car. Then the instrument panel went dead. When I put on [...]

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 Feb, 2018

31 Happy Things

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Yours truly visiting the Ice Palace in St. Paul, MN Sunday, January 28, 2018 Inspired by a prompt in the current winter issue of Bella Grace, I kept [...]

14 Dec, 2017

12/12/17 – Marking an Ordinary Day

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Today I'm picking up the practice of creating a time capsule of one ordinary day, namely December 12, begun back on 12/12/12 when that was simply one cool date. I [...]

12 Jan, 2017

Sitting in the Sun

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I have a new favorite winter pastime: Sitting in the sun. I've discovered that from about 9:15 in the morning until about 10 o'clock the sun, when it is out, [...]

14 Jan, 2016

Looking Up at the Snow

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It snowed in thick flakes the other day. As I looked up at the sky from my window, with ever more fluffs of white tumbling towards me, I felt that [...]

24 Nov, 2015

Winter Break In

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    We had a winter break in this past weekend. I know this is not the proper use of the English term "break in;" rather, it is a literal [...]

23 Jan, 2015

Magic in the Winter Woods @ VCCA

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  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 [...]

5 Jan, 2015

Those Who Trod Before Me

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A freshly snowed-on sidewalk reveals who has walked before us. I never quite appreciated that until yesterday morning, when I took my daily walk while it was snowing softly. I [...]

12 Dec, 2014

12/12/14 – Time Capsule

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I am keeping with my tradition of creating a time capsule of the 12th of December, begun as a project on 12/12/12. One day, way in the future, it might [...]

8 Dec, 2014

You Can Always Count on the Waves

December 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

  I consider living along the Chicago lakefront one of the great blessings of my life. The other day I went for one of my favorite walks, along Rogers Park [...]

6 Mar, 2014

What Makes Winter Bearable

March 6th, 2014|Tags: |

Starting a fire at 10:00 a.m. Ordering a hyacinth garden for a friend recovering from surgery Stocking up on sandalwood lotion and Dead Sea bath salts Hot chocolate for morning break Red [...]

26 Feb, 2014

Before Winter Became Heavy

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  Before winter became heavy, it came softly. Before we had 3+ feet of snow on the ground, there were just tracks of snow swinging through the woods. I really [...]

13 Feb, 2014

Winter White Lake

February 13th, 2014|Tags: , , |

  On Monday I treated myself to a walk on the lakefront. "Treated," because going for a walk is a major operation these days, involving long underwear, serious snow boots [...]

10 Jan, 2014

The Sounds of Winter

January 10th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Chicago winter - late afternoon yesterday outside my building We've emerged from subzero temperatures here in Chicago, but as winter has gripped the outside with ample snow, treacherous streets and salty [...]

17 Dec, 2013

12/12/13 – A Busy Day

December 17th, 2013|Tags: , |

My weekdays begin with coffee and Morning Pages; in the background are the iced-over windows of winter. I decided to make another time capsule of December 12, based on last [...]

6 Mar, 2013

Snow Day

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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 [...]

18 Feb, 2013

Winter Beach

February 18th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

Assembling a photo essay from one of my outings is one of my happiest pursuits, and so over this long weekend (In the U.S. it's Presidents Day today, which means the [...]

23 Jan, 2013

Snow Flurries!

January 23rd, 2013|Tags: , |

I usually don't get excited about snow flurries, especially not on a rather dreary day like today, but right now I am because it means we are finally getting some snow [...]

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 [...]

31 Dec, 2012

Between the Years: Home Organizing

December 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day clearing a particularly irksome pile of paperwork. It was a project I had begun two months ago, using Gretchen Rubin's "suffer for [...]

28 Dec, 2012

Between the Years: Reclaiming the Desk

December 28th, 2012|Tags: , |

Greetings from my desk, where I am looking out on this wintery scene today while tackling some long overdue paperwork. Despite the chill outside, it's cozy here with a hot [...]

14 Dec, 2012

At the Christkindlmarket

December 14th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

This is why we go to the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago every year - to visit the giant Menorah during Chanukah, and to enjoy German delicacies from our past (My [...]

15 Mar, 2012

Photo Essay: Maple Sugar Festival in the Indiana Dunes

March 15th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Going to the Maple Sugar Time Festival in the Indiana Dunes is one family tradition I started when the kids were little. Since we missed it last year, my daughter [...]

23 Jan, 2012

Photo Essay: The Chicago Lakefront in Winter

January 23rd, 2012|Tags: , , |

My daughter and I braved the cold, the grey and the wind yesterday and walked the Chicago lakefront. We were rewarded with this symphony of grey and white, and what seemed [...]

28 Dec, 2011

A Menorah and a Wreath

December 28th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of Chanukah, so it's high time I share this picture with you, taken at the Pritzker Military Library last week. The library overlooks Michigan Avenue [...]

27 Dec, 2011

Photo Essay: Christkindlmarket Chicago

December 27th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, a visit to the Christkindlmarket downtown Chicago is obligatory - mainly because I can find favorite German delicacies there that I remember from my [...]

12 Dec, 2011

My Winter List: Things to Do in Winter

December 12th, 2011|Tags: , , |

We had the first dusting of snow in Chicago last week, and temperatures dipped below the freezing point over the weekend, so clearly the weather is telling me: It's winter. Thus [...]

7 Feb, 2011

A Snow Route as a Metaphor for Writing

February 7th, 2011|Tags: , |

Walking along the snow covered lakefront, where the blizzard left its plentitude, is very much like writing. On my walk this morning, the path initially was clear, not down to [...]

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