Nature Mandala

Last week the Evanston Park District challenged people to create nature mandalas. I found time to make this today.

Sepia Saturday


Time for this week’s Sepia Saturday post and a time to take a look back in history. Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share images and posts of bygone days. This week we’re inspired to find photos based on the photo above, photos that show healthcare workers.

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Source LOC, Washington, DC, 1918

Above Red Cross nurses in Washington, DC

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Internet  Archives, p 607 of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, 1919

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LOC, nurse working in Walter Reed Hospital’s Influenza Ward, 1918

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LOC, Seattle, circa 1918

No mask, no streetcar. In Seattle during the Spanish flu one had to have a face mask if you wanted to get on a streetcar.


Compulsory mask – State Library of New South Wales, 1919

The Flickr Commons entry has this note:

The skull and crossbones on the mask was a joke, not part of the mask as issued, in an attempt to halt the disease. 12,000 died in Australia and between 20-100 million around the world, more than were killed in the War

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LOC, Flu Fighters, Montenegro, 1918

Healthcare workers with the American Red Cross. They went to Montenegro to care for small pox and typhus patients. Then the Spanish Flu broke out and brought them more patients.

Sepia Saturday


Time for another Sepia Saturday post, time to take a look back in history. Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share images and posts of bygone days. This week we’re inspired to find photos based on the photo above.

I accept this challenge and sought out photos of libraries. This prompt is fitting as it in the US we’re finishing National Library Week.


Stitt Library at BUMED, 1902

From the Navy Medicine Flickr Commons collection, this library had a telescope inside. That’s where the stairs must lead to.


National Library of Ireland, circa 1900


Dallas Public Library, circa 1910

From the SMU Library Digital Collection


In Mudgee, Gulgong, Australia, 1878

From State Library of New South Wales – While I admit I love the elegant, stately libraries of city centers, this simple, rustic library tugs at my heartstrings. I love how this man started a library out in the wilderness.


Carnegie Library, Greenville, Texas, 1904

During the late 19th and early 20th century, tycoon Andrew Carnegie built libraries in the US and around the world. If a town applied for the program and promised to maintain a library staff and collection, they could receive funds to build what was then known as a Carnegie Library. Above and below are two examples of the grand libraries.


Carnegie Library, Dallas, 1920



Municipal Buildings


State Library Victoria, Australia

City Daily Photo’s March Theme is municipal buildings. I posted this on my Jinan photo blog, but here are some from around the world.

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New Shandong Art Museum




Sydney, Convicts’ Barracks


Sydney City Hall


St. John Cantius

Today’s the last day of the Christmas when we heard the gospel about when Christ was baptized before he began his public life. I went to St. John Cantius for mass (in Latin no less) so I could see some Christmas decorations before they’re put in storage for another 11 months.


It’s another one of the 11 recommended Chicago churches to visit. I agree wholeheartedly. Visiting St. John Cantius is like taking a trip to Europe. The Baroque architecture is glorious. This mass had a professional level cantor and choir. The organ music was wonderful.

Participating in a Latin mass was like a trip back in time. They have missals with both Latin and English. The homily was meaningful and memorable. What more can you ask for?

St. Mary of the Lake


Listed as one of the “Eleven Churches Not to Miss if  You Visit Chicago,” St. Mary of the Lakewas at the top of my list for what I hope will be a traditional journey to spectacular churches at Christmastime.


Last year I visited Holy Trinity,  St. John Cantius and St. Hedwig.

The parish is diverse and the 10:30 an English mass I attended was meaningful with lovely Christmas music. They also offer masses in Spanish.


The church was designed by Henry Schlacks, who also designed St. Paul’s  in Pilsen.


Open House Chicago: The Wing



The Wing is a collaborative workspace for women in the hot newly spruced up Fulton Market area of Chicago. It was my first stop on my Open House Chicago journey.

Chicago’s The Wing offers memberships for $185 per month, which entitles members to use the creative, comfortable workspace, reserve meeting rooms, attend workshops and presentations that help women move their businesses forward.


Library area with books geared to women

The tour guide said the thermostat is set for temperatures women favor and the furniture is scaled to average women’s height.


Main workspace



Wright’s American System Homes

Yesterday I went to Milwaukee where I toured two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System Built Homes. In the early 20th century, Wright wanted to design beautiful, affordable homes. He designed a number of components for houses and the idea was that the buyers could choose which parts they wanted in their house.  The house above is 800 square feet and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and small dining area.

A non-profit in Milwaukee bought this home and restored it. On this street there is a duplex by Wright and another Wright home, which is now a VRBO accommodation. There are pictures online and I’m not a fan of the white, modern kitchen. The house above has been completely restored and I could live there happily ever after, though I’d like a different stove.

When built, these homes were priced on par with comparable houses at $3,000 circa 1916.


Frank Lloyd Wright Duplexes

On the tour we learned about how Wright partnered with Mr. Robinson, a builder. Wright left for Japan and allowed Robinson to start building. While Wright was away, Robinson changed which materials would be used in the homes, swapping Wright’s materials for cheaper ones. They weren’t shoddy, but weren’t up to Wright’s standards.

Down the street was a duplex that this non-profit has purchased. Now the first duplex is about to be restored. It’s bare bones now, but still interesting to see. I plan to go back in a few years when it’s finished.

There are more of these American System Built Homes throughout the Midwest. Our docent believes there are several that are covered up with siding and the owners may not know their significance.

Chicago’s River Walk


Saturday a friend and I enjoyed the Chicago Architecture Center’s Riverwalk tour. Although the weather was supposed to be warm and sunny, we had a day with threatening skies and temperatures in the high 40s. It’s a tour you want to do on a fine day.

Our docent was knowledgeable and explained the history of the Riverwalk, which used to be a commercial and industrial area. Then the space just wasn’t used. Now several areas between the bridges have been developed into “rooms.” So one “room” houses eateries, while another has water gardens for educational purposes. Another “room” is for performances with the idea that a boat with a band or entertainers can dock and people can sit and watch.

The tour ran 40 minutes and was cut a bit short due to the weather. Just as it ended, the rains started to pour. While this tour isn’t as information rich, I did learn a few things and enjoyed the stroll.

Tickets: $26, which is pricey compared to their other tours since our tour didn’t cover much distance and was only 45 minutes long.

(Our tour was free because, I guess, it’s a new tour and the docents needed practice.)


Thursday Doors Challenge



Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time). 




Westminster Catholic Church

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