En route to a seminar in the Loop, I sat behind a man wearing a black straw hat with a yellow feather. Took this video with my ipod nano, just for fun. The el is the best ride in town!
Detail of Red Apartment Building
Red House in Bridgeport
Art Deco Sign for Drug Store
 Drugs, Bridgeport
Abandoned Factory
 Deserted Factory in Bridgeport
Butterfly in Tree Near Bubbly Creek
 Butterfly in Prairie, Bridgeport
Flowers for Funerals and All Occasions
Flowers for All Occasions, Bridgeport 
"Be Amazed By Stunning City Views"
Be Amazed
Corn Crop in Side Yard… Read full post »
Photo taken in New York - 1971
September 11th 2001 was almost exactly 30 years in the future when this picture was taken on a chilly morning on a street in Manhattan.
We used to visit my grandmother a couple of times a year In New York. 
 This slide was taken by my father -- one of… Read full post »
AUGUST 31, 2010 9:34PM

"Pretend You Meant it to Happen."

Detail of mushroom growing out of floor mat at bottom of our back steps 

"Pretend you meant it to happen." That was my middle school art teacher's advice whenever my projects failed to live up to my expectations (which occured frequently because I had absolutely no talent -- just desire).  Learning and acceptance were the order of the day in Mrs. S… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2010 9:58PM

A Village in a City

I've had many occasions to drive past a couple of intriguing blocks on the Northwest Side en route to visit friends or to go shopping.  The houses look unlike the typical Chicago bungalow -  but they are bungalows nonetheless.  

  Schorsch Village

The nei… Read full post »

I drove past this church on the way home from a doctor's appointment and it reminded me of New Orleans for some reason -- maybe because of the ubiquitous news re-caps of Katrina's 5th anniversary, maybe because we just returned from visiting family down there.....
Red Church

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Beautiful View from the nosebleed section of Wrigley Field

 It's the first day since mid-June that the city hasn't felt like the center of Dantes Inferno and the temperature was in the comfortable low 80's. Cooler in our nosebleed section of the Friendly Confines of Wrigley field. We had a fabulous bird's eye view of the boats on… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2010 9:53PM

A Photo Taken, An Opportunity Lost.


Please Close Faucets Completely

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A Happy Yard 
Happy Yard
No machine needed to dry jeans.  Neighbors have used "Green" technology for years!
back porch in Pilsen 
Detail from old "Tied House" style tavern  - a tavern with an exclusive agreement with a specific brewer.  This arrangement was apparently popular befo… Read full post »

mom and big sis at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago  

Mom & Big Sis at the Museum of Science and Industry

I pay my eighty-eight year old mother's bills every month and last night I almost had a coronary when I opened her Comcast bill. Ordinarily it's about $2.10 a month to cover the very basic cable service in her… Read full post »

Walgreen's musical selection while I was waiting on "hold" to speak to a pharmacist:  "I Wanna Be Sedated"  by the Ramones.

How did they know I was calling to see if my sleeping pills were ready for pick up?  Read full post »

 Ditched a field trip to the Art Institute to take these pictures with the new camera my father gave me for my 16th birthday. 


Celebrants enjoying libations on roof of news stand in front of Marshall Fields 


 Excellent View of the Parade from the stairs o… Read full post »

A brief  letter of advice and accompanying newspaper clipping sent from my grandfather to my eighteen-year-old father who had moved to Los Angeles to work in the family business.


Letter from Grumpy to dad


newspaper clipping 

As far as I know, dad never did play with firearms. Although he had to… Read full post »

Even more changes since I wrote this post two years ago.  My husband landed a job in November of 2009 after having been unemployed for 16 months.  And Kiddieland, which had been in operation since 1927, closed its doors in October to make way for a Costco which opened in/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2009 3:21PM

They Play Well Together.

This is so sweet and awesome, and made me feel so happy, I just had to share it.  Hope you like it, too!

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 12, 2009 12:46AM

Meat and Romance - On the Home Front in WWII

 This afternoon I was cleaning out a closet and found an old box that my mother left at our house when she moved out of her apartment a few years ago. It’s turned out to be a time capsule of what she was up to during WWII.  (The only souvenir my father/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 9, 2009 6:16PM

Tourist Behind the Wall - Photos of East Berlin, 1971

In 1971, my parents and I visited East Berlin shortly after my 13th birthday. The adventure was on a whim, but the experience was a "life changer."
If my memories of the city were not so vivid, I would attribute the faded, grey scenes to the camera and film I used at the… Read full post »

My grandmother Francie was a lot of fun, but didn't talk about serious things.  The exception to this was the topic of her first husband, my grandfather Arnold, who died in his sleep at the age of 47. When discussing him, she would pull a Kleenex from her purse, daub herRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 9:12PM

The Cold War Grandaddy of the Camera Phone

Last week, I happened to hear a segment on NPR where the host reviewed and rated the quality of various miniature video cams that seem to be available everywhere these days. The technology is ubiquitious, and you never know if you are being surreptitiously recorded or photographed.&nbsRead full post »

If this looks familiar, you may have been one of the two people who saw it when it was briefly posted last fall 

In November 1968 my parents, sister and I made our annual Thanksgiving trip to Manhattan to visit my senile-but-favorite grandmother, Bobby. She was withering away in a very smalRead full post »

 The Dog

 Work has been busy while other life events conspire to make me too tired to write. But the good news: for the past few nights I've had a wonderful time catching up on reading fellow OSer's posts - both new discoveries and old favorites. The diversity of w… Read full post »

Postscript --- No surprises to report. The HR lady called me at work to inform me that I "was not among the candidates who were selected for the second round of interviews." 


Maybe it wasn’t all that bad.

Perhaps I am just “thin skinne… Read full post »

My husband is practically despondent because tomorrow is his 50th birthday. This isn't about vanity or the fear of getting old. Along with the well wishes of friends and the cards with the bad jokes comes a very real fear about our family's future. He… Read full post »