Starting the year with creativity

In my imaginary dreamworld, one of the top jobs I have for myself is to run a craft studio. I would invite women into a creative space where they can exercise their crafty side or find a creativity they didn't even know existed inside of them. I would give them all of...

Top photography moments of 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, many people are posting their Top Nine photos of the year. Even though nine isn't the typical even number that comes to mind when highlighting the top moments of a year, the nine-grid photo fits perfectly on Instagram. I've been looking...

A year of full moons and the hazards of photography

I was driving down a small country lane, getting ready to turn onto a still small — but slightly larger — country road. I looked both ways for nonexistent traffic and was surprised to see a large brown pick-up truck turning in beside me. The driver stopped his truck...
A story about a bench

A story about a bench

Today, I'm going to write a story about a bench. Oh, and also about a wagon. And a sled. And a pair of skates. Actually, the story is about a bunch of stuff I've collected that is helping me feel a little more cozy and warm during these short, dark, cold days of...

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Finding a bison in a haystack

Finding a bison in a haystack

If you wanted to see a herd of 80 bison that live in a forest preserve in the suburbs of Chicago, how hard do you think it would be? Bison are huge creatures. There are 80 of them. And they are roaming around an area that isn't typically the home to such a large,...

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Moving on from Halloween

Moving on from Halloween

Around 7:15 last night, we decided to head out for our second round of trick-or-treating. I stood on the sidewalk watching our youngest child and her friend and our oldest child and his friend walk up to strangers' homes and ring the doorbell. It's kind of crazy, when...

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