Friday, August 26, 2011

Loop d Loop


soothing the savage beast.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Radio Evolution

89.1 WIDR with a twist of lime

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



and no cage shall ever contain you, little bird.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011



of long overdue yard work!  When I say overdue, I mean I haven't mowed my lawn in about six weeks, or weeded the flower all, this year!  At least my "natural" look now seems intentional.

Monday, August 22, 2011



is for silly Girls!  Anna and I met Meg for Lunch on her way back home to Chicago.  We had a wonderful time!  There was food, conversation, laughter, computer games and chocolate cake (which Anna didn't share). I predict many more  meet-ups in our future.

Sunday, August 21, 2011



at the "nuclear" outlet mall? What better place!  Every year my friends and I set out on a back-to-school shopping spree.  
We pack a picnic lunch complete with cocktails and head out.
We shop for a couple of hours, have lunch and then head back for a couple more hours of shopping.  I have to admit, Ann Taylor is never as much fun as it is post-tailgate lunch! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dinner With Friends


For the past, I can't remember how many years, at least 10, there has been a standing dinner date every Friday night among our group of friends.  Some weeks it is extremely large, some weeks it is much more intimate.  Over the years this group has evolved and sadly devolved, with good friends moving away.  This week we had the pleasure of dining with visiting friends, ones who have moved very far away.  
There is never pressure to attend dinner, but, when you do make it, you are guaranteed to be welcomed with open arms and entertaining conversation. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Old Paint


Today found me in a very strange place emotionally.  No reason in particular, just one of those days.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Coffee Talk


I had the pleasure of spending three hours chatting about: movies, music, books, relationships, family and philosophy, with two of my favorite former students.  How lucky am I to have built these relationships?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011



Today I framed and hung this amazing painting, it was based on a photograph I took of my daughter looking into a koi pond.  It is an oil painting by a former student of mine, Lauren.  I can't tell you how much I love this, and how fortunate I am to be able to look at it every day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011



This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the afternoon at Ravinia, and watch one of my favorite performers, Rufus Wainwright. 
The first part of the show he sang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, songs he had been commissioned to write for 5 of Shakespeare's sonnets.  The second half of the show was just him on piano and guitar.

If you are not familiar with him, you should be!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heart Strings


Another live music shot, from the Brown Cow show at Louie's on Saturday.  From where I was sitting I became mezmerized by the picks tied to the bass, they looked like hearts.  I made it my goal to get a shot of them. Not an easy task, shooting a moving object in low-light, but I got it and it I love it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I Wish


It could always be like this.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Beginning


that knows no end. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011



I am not the first woman, nor will I be the last. I console myself in a dream that is now; no longer what has been, nor what will be. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011



This past week has been spent transforming my home.  It was time for much needed change.  I am retracting most of the color from the walls.  Previously my home was filled with rich warm color, it gave off a certain kind of comfort.  I have moved to a much "cleaner" look, hoping to emphasize the artwork in the room.  I always said I would never have white walls, well, it appears I have chosen an off-white.  I'm not sure how I feel about the new look.  Once everything is in it's place,  I am hoping I will feel comfort in the change.

Monday, August 8, 2011



Are there instances when our best defense shouldn't be a good offense?  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stone Love

"love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread"    
                                                                         ~Og Mandino

Saturday, August 6, 2011

No Bails!


For many years I have been around the music scene in my town.  I feel so extremely fortunate that I have so many friends who continue to be involved in and support local music, in one way or another.  
Being so deeply immersed in the music world, it sometimes surprises me that I never learned to play an instrument.  Though, I suppose my instrument is my camera.  Shooting live music shows is one of my all time favorite things to do.  
Not only do I get to capture my friends and their craft, I get to hear a lot of great music.   

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lost In Translation


Do you ever find that the words in your head come out completely different when spoken from the heart?

Thursday, August 4, 2011



"If you can't convince them, confuse them"
                                                                    ~Harry S. Truman

Wednesday, August 3, 2011



Each month I participate in a photo scavenger hunt, this month one of the words is "tears".  Initially I thought this would be one of the last shots I would get.  Though working on some projects and listening to music today, I found a certain song made me cry. Like nothing else, it always amazes me the emotional impact music can have. 

the culprit

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Still Life with Weeds


Anna created this little still life around a weed growing in the patio, she said "take a picture of this, it's artistic!"  who was I to argue?  

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Break


I'm tossing my hat into the ring of August Break, once again.  While this is taking a break from blogging and just posting photos for most, I always see it as inspiration to post on my blog for the entire month of August.
Some days may be just photos, though there will be words tossed in here and there.