Posts in category "outdoor life"

Summer Has a Start and Finish, Just Like a Race

Summer Has a Start and Finish, Just Like a Race
The shotgun blast that started summer’s race is long over, but the scream of back-to-school season is just as loud. I think I have all 13 weeks of astronomical summer to finish everything on my list, but if the first day of school marks its end, then “real-feel” summer is only 8 weeks and 3... Read more »

Storm Stops Shuffle: Reflections of The Snow Day

Storm Stops Shuffle: Reflections of The Snow Day
It’s 5:00 am. I stumble downstairs to my Mac, click open the high school website and read, “School canceled due to severe weather.” In red letters. Snowed in. We are officially snowed in. Oh, the joy! Can’t drive my junior to 5:30 am baseball practice. Can’t drive to my parents’ retirement home. Scratch that. Will not... Read more »

Life is Not Black and White, Like Burchell's Zebra

Life is Not Black and White, Like Burchell's Zebra
One of the new style trends for spring is black and white. It’s classic. And I love it. My black and white calendar? Not so much. My black and white attitude about caregiving (for everyone?) No way. Misplacing my carefully crafted schedule a few days ago made me crazy. I couldn’t remember what to do.... Read more »
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Same Path, Different Season

Same Path, Different Season
Snow on Saturday. Rain on Sunday. Strong 25-50 mph winds this Monday. Really? Could Chicagoland weather be anymore fun? As two creatures of habit, my retriever mix, Lucy, and I, hobbled over the ice through the nearby wetlands this morning. Every day we take the path by the Poplar Creek, in the rain, snow, or 5... Read more »
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    I’m a freelance writer married to thrill-seeking husband, Jim, and mom to fantastic teenage sons: Austin, (18) Trevor, (16) and volunteer foster son, Chris (18). I am also a proud caregiver for my parents, Bob, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, 87, and Jean, his wife, 85. In between the shuttling and the shuffling of senior boys and senior parents, you can find me sitting still, enjoying a cup of steaming hot tea while pondering the next thing to do.

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