Archive for February 2014

Fear is Just a Four-Letter Word

Fear; I have accepted a challenge – to face it, and to write about it. As part of the ChicagoNow “Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume VI”, ChicagoNow bloggers were asked to write a post in one hour or less with this as their challenge: “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan on Donna Day: Supporting Children With Cancer

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan on Donna Day: Supporting Children With Cancer
Today is Donna Day, and this is on my mind as I make my way to Lake Michigan on my daily pilgrimage. I clearly recall the day Donna’s short life touched mine. I write this in her honor, and I hope you can take a moment to celebrate her. Donna Day is named in honor... Read more »

Photographing Lovers and Strangers: Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan

Photographing Lovers and Strangers: Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan
I am late getting to Lake Michigan today. Everything is melting and the water out beyond the breakwaters is the richest most amazing cobalt blue. Refreshing. I’m not alone. Couples walk along the promenade. A pair of lovers holding hands peer over the wall’s edge. Taking turns, one leans forward while the other leans back,... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 30

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 30
There’s a distinctive hiss from traffic along Lakeshore Drive as I stand at the edge of a Lake Michigan clouded by fog. I can barely see the breakwaters that normally provide my gateway. It strikes me as funny that 30 days into this project of close observation, my vision is shrouded. I struggle to perceive... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29
Well, snow and ice are melting and it’s all running into Lake Michigan. It’s also going into the deep tunnel and sewers, and hopefully not into our homes! The Water Reclamation District published a warning today in advance of rain expected tomorrow – and making recommendations about how to prepare. Rain is anticipated in the... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 28

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 28
The breeze is positively balmy and there are drips on my head coming from everywhere as I make my way down to Lake Michigan for my weekday pilgrimage. I was sad to not get here yesterday, which wasn’t due to the amazing snowstorm, but because I was sick. That snowfall yesterday was quite a kick... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27
It’s Valentine’s Day on Lake Michigan with a glowing full moon suspended overhead. Three or four boats out beyond the breakwater surprise me. They’re sitting still, so I imagine they are there because of Valentine’s Day. A quick search online indicates there are quite a few Valentine’s Day “cruises”. “Nothing is more magnificent, romantic, vibrant”,... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 26

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 26
There was a snowstorm today at Lake Michigan. Chicago got about an hour’s worth of it and I was out in its midst at the peak. It was amazing. Enveloping. Nearly everybody I talk to is just sick and tired of this winter. But I’m feeling a premature nostalgia about it. Yesterday when I sat... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 24

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 24
Walking down to Lake Michigan today is super refreshing. It’s so bright and clear and beautiful! Face to the sun, catching some Vitamin D. This is the life. There’s a boat out there moving really fast and I can only surmise that it’s an ice cutter. It slices across the horizon from right to left.... Read more »