Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance



Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos that accentuate distance.



St. Hedwig, Chicago


New York, NY

For more black and white photos, click here.



Thursday Door Challenge


Gold Coast

This week I’m sharing photos of doors I saw this week while taking in the Halloween decorations around the Gold Coast in Chicago. You can check out more doors on Norm 2.0, the blog that hosts this 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).




Thursday Door Challenge


The Plaza Hotel

Someone suggested I join Norm’s Thursday Door Challenge, so I’m sharing some doors I saw in New York City. You can check out more doors on Norm’s blog here.

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).



World Trade Center (WTC) Memorial


I got to go to Ground Zero, the World Trade Center’s Memorial area. It’s an impressive site that honors all those who lost their lives including the first responders. WE approached from the south end and walked all around it.








Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had spent a long weekend in New York City, where my sister got married. On Wednesday I was in Brooklyn and was able to catch up with Michaela whom I taught with in China. Then Thursday, I got to see my good friend from China, Eva, who took me on an excellent walking tour.

Friday was the wedding and my sister looked so elegant and beautiful. We got to meet her husband’s family and they seem nice and normal. Saturday I tried to go to the Grolier’s Club, which is a rare book collector’s club on 60th Street. I was most disappointed because though their exhibits are usually open on Saturdays, on the 29th they were doing a renovation project. “We’re open Monday,” didn’t help me.

Later Saturday I went to an afternoon rooftop party for the wedding guests and after that my aunt and I saw the Ground Zero Memorial, which was very well designed. It really honors those who lost their lives.


My egg cream

One part of my NYC bucket list was to get an egg cream. Egg creams are associated with Eastern European Jews who immigrated to New York. I’ve seen them offered in New York, L.A. and I think in Chicago. (Yep, you can get an egg cream here in Chicago.) An egg cream tastes like a chocolate soda without the ice cream.

I’ll write more about NYC and what I saw, but for now I’ll say it was great to see friends and family.

Now I’m rolling up my sleeves for this new week and hope some good jobs get posted. I also I hope I can get a lot of writing done. I got some done today, but not as much as I hoped.

Tell Me Something Good

monday-morning-inspiration-quotes-e1442491467149Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

  • I enjoyed the neighborhood Monday cocktail (or wine), appetizers and conversation. I love that the neighbors or a few of them gather regularly in the summer months. Everyone brings their own drink and an appetizer to share.
  • I’m getting excited and planning my short trip to New York in a few weeks. I’ll be going to my sister’s wedding on the 26th and will be there till the 30th.
  • I’ve been enjoying volunteering at two different libraries. In Northbrook, I get to help out in the maker space and at Skokie I’m helping in Readers’ Service and A/V. In both areas I am learning a lot.
  • I savored the elegance of Gilded Age portraits like these at the Drieshaus Museum’s member’s preview of their newly opened exhibit.

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.


The Wolfpack

Thanks to Sharon for bringing this unique documentary to my attention. Directed by Crystal Moselle, The Wolfpack (2015)shows a family consisting of six brothers, their parents and their sister who live in New York. The parents met when the mother went backpacking in South America. She shared his dislike for materialism and were married.

The sad and curious thing about this family is that the father became a control freak and would lock the wife and children in the apartment. He believed it was for security, but actually I saw it as a form of control. They could only go outside when the father permitted it and he apparently went with them so no one could escape. One year they were allowed out 9 years and another they weren’t taken outside at all.

The film focuses on the older brothers. The mother was certified by the state to homeschool the kids and they all spoke articulately and politely. The father had wanted 10 children as his dream of heading a tribe, but seven was the limit (biologically) for the mother. The father didn’t work; the father explained that he didn’t believe in work. I wondered what he did when he was out of the house for hours and hours. They family lived on welfare. The father dreamt of moving to Scandinavia, where the welfare was even better, but that never materialized.

The compelling thing about the documentary is how creative the boys were. To stave off boredom and keep sane, they watched the 5000+ DVDs that their dad had collected and then they’d copy the scripts and act out the films. They made clever props. It’s a good thing there were so many kids or they wouldn’t have enough actors.

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