I'm not crazy about the concept of New Year's Resolutions because I feel like by making one you're almost setting yourself up for failure. But each January 1st marks more than just a New Year for me, it marks the beginning of my slow season. My work is seasonal and always changing, which is why [...]
This is the motto that surrounded my little neighborhood of Wrigleyville on the first weekend of December. The memory of one of Chicago's favorite baseball players and broadcaster was made more special by the first snow fall, covering the candles, flowers, #10 jerseys and, of course, cans of Old Style. Essie and I suited up [...]
I had a difficult decision to make a couple weeks ago: travel or camera? For the first time in over a year I had some extra cash to my name and wrestled with what to do with it. Invest in a new camera body or hit the road on a mini-adventure - what to do? [...]
(I feel a bit unoriginal for referencing another World Hum piece to aid in my static writer's block, but until my next adventure, I seem to be living vicariously through the adventures of others.) In Eric Weiner's recent contribution to the award winning travel blog World Hum (is that something brown on my nose?) he [...]
Sunday was a special day. The sun was shining (for an hour longer, too), the broom was sweeping (sun inspired spring cleaning) and the beans were boiling (more on this one later). All of this in preparation for a screening of the MTV documentary Summit on the Summit, a Kilimanjaro trek organized by musician, Kenna, [...]
I love the World Hum blog. (And I'm not just saying that because I hope to one day be featured on their award winning site.) The pieces speak to real, gritty, Therouxian travelers - the kind of globetrotter I hope to be one day. Earlier I came across a brilliant and hysterical piece by Spud [...]
Heart for Africa is an organization that has various projects in Kenya and Swaziland. My Aunt Jan and Uncle Ron have made several trips to Swaziland with Heart for Africa putting their skills as social worker and physician to good use. In November Aunt Jan mentioned to me that Heart for Africa will be holding [...]
Sometimes the most beautiful scenes are found in your own backyard. My mom and I enjoyed this sunset last week, on the first evening of daylight savings. Whether oaks or acacias, I love me some trees silhouetted against a sunset sky.