Category: Trainspotting

Next Stop, Syracuse!

Today I have a guest contributor, Diane Sprole, who recently took an overnight train to Syracuse, NY.  I asked her if she would share it with you.  As you may know by now, I love when people try new stuff, so “Congrats Diane”, you did it!   With a little uneasiness and the feeling of... Read more »

When I Am Old, I Will Eat at The Purple Pig

The book, When I am Old, I Shall Wear Purple, came to mind when planning a birthday lunch with a friend.  The poem that inspired this anthology encourages you to say “Who cares? Just do it”.  It’s always good to have a friend who will go to lunch at the drop of a hat. You... Read more »

Chicago's Magnificent Churches Tour

The Chicago Cultural Center is the home of many tours.  The latest one I have been waiting to take is the Magnificent Churches Tour.  Four times a year, they load up a bus and visit four of the areas most interesting religious structures.  Our guide said they could tour for over 2 years and never... Read more »
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Hiding Out with Hemingway

Oak Park is all Frank Lloyd Wright all the time, but he is not the only golden boy.  Ernest Hemingway was born and raised through his teenage years in Oak Park as well.  Both his birthplace and museum are a great way to appreciate a local American author. Even though this quote sounds like an introduction at... Read more »

On Track at the Ryder Cup

On Track at the Ryder Cup
Although this blog is typically written to help you find things to do along the UP-West Metra line from Chicago through the western suburbs, when something as rare as the Ryder Cup comes to town, I have to leave the tracks. The Ryder Cup is an event that is bi-annual and rotated between a European... Read more »

Noah Guthrie "Adore"

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Noah Guthrie was brought to my attention by my son, Patrick.  Patrick continues to be my source for soulful guitar music.  Noah is an 18 year old “up and comer” who you will hear more of, I guarantee. He is another YouTube sensation who gets millions of views whenever he releases a new cover.  (A... Read more »
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Have You Been to The Bank?

Did you get to the post office? Did you pay the water bill? Did you buy the dog food? To-do lists and running errands are just a part of our daily lives.  Sometimes getting through the week is just a blur.  But on the weekend nothing is nicer than to slow down, relax, and have... Read more »

Oak Park: Part 2

Last week I sang the praises for the interior tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio.  If you are cheap frugal like me, you will also take advantage of the walking tour that goes with it.   There is a combo pricing option. After Frank built his own home, he was hired multiple times... Read more »

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

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If you are a Twilight fan, you have until November to wait for the movie Breaking Dawn: Part 2, but if you are a Christina Perri fan no waiting needed.  She has a really smooth voice and is opening for Jason Mraz this weekend at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley. If you like acoustic music... Read more »
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Worry, Why Should I Care?

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This album has been out for a while, but I keep coming back to it because it is just so good.  This track is one of my favorites. If something is keeping you up at night and you just can’t seem to shake it… Make friends with what you are.   And say “worry, get... Read more »