14 Dec, 2018

Giving Up Christmas

2021-01-03T17:25:30-06:00December 14th, 2018|Tags: |

Christmas at the Hemingway Birthplace Home where I was fortunate to have been writer-in-residence four years ago! Giving up Christmas is one of the advantages of converting to [...]

12 Oct, 2018

The Rainy Day File

2021-01-03T17:25:35-06:00October 12th, 2018|Tags: , |

One evening last summer, my brother and I lingered by the camp fire after the rest of the family had gone to bed. As the flames died down, we looked [...]

14 Sep, 2018

Learning to Pace Myself

2021-01-03T17:25:38-06:00September 14th, 2018|Tags: |

Nine weeks out from my hip surgery, I wish I could say I've learned to pace myself. My recovery seems to be largely about taking it slowly, treating myself gently [...]

3 Aug, 2018

Honoring Our Roots

2021-01-03T17:25:42-06:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: |

At our grandparents' grave - my sister, my brother and I Summer is the time of family reunions. Incidentally, just before my hip surgery, we had a family [...]

1 Feb, 2018

31 Happy Things

2021-09-27T18:29:31-05:00February 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

7 Dec, 2017

Dead People’s Stuff

2021-01-03T17:26:01-06:00December 7th, 2017|Tags: |

With my brother-in-law's recent death, the topic of dealing with all the things the deceased leave behind has become center stage again for my husband and me. Incidentally, just prior [...]

11 Sep, 2017

Remembering 9/11

2021-01-03T17:26:06-06:00September 11th, 2017|Tags: |

It's been my custom to commemorate 9/11 by taking my Portraits 9/11/01 off the shelf and opening it at random to read some of the obituaries the New York Times so admirably [...]

12 Jan, 2017

Sitting in the Sun

2021-01-03T17:26:19-06:00January 12th, 2017|Tags: |

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, [...]

7 Dec, 2016

Artful Blogging Giveaway

2021-01-03T17:26:19-06:00December 7th, 2016|Tags: |

Today is St. Nikolaus, a day I remember fondly from my childhood (see my essay Giving Up Christmas in Tablet, which, incidentally, is an excerpt from my book Jumping Over Shadows.) [...]

29 Sep, 2016

Visiting My Old Life

2021-01-03T17:26:25-06:00September 29th, 2016|Tags: , |

Yesterday morning I had occasion to walk around the downtown Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville where I used to work eight years ago. It's always interesting to see how much it [...]

1 Sep, 2016

August Was…

2021-01-03T17:26:27-06:00September 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, [...]

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