I first heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) about 10 years ago, and thought, “I should do that.” “That” being write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. At the time, I had a full-fledged job–a staff writer job, no less–where I generally had to be certain places at certain times and, more notably, I […]Read more "To NaNoWriMo or Not to NaNoWriMo"
While walking through the neighborhood yesterday, I heard an alarmingly distressed flock of birds not quite cawing, more a nails-on-chalkboard symphony of “keeer!” from a tree. I pictured a combination of Tipi-Hedren-meets-Norman-Bates gently taking twine to wrap each “keering” bird and dangle it, in a bound Christmas ornament-style, to the tree (I should mention that […]Read more "Avianism: Something to Crow About"
Since moving here a little more than two years ago, I’ve wanted to go on the annual Churches By Bus Tour, organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Because of scheduling conflicts, this was the first year I was able to go. It was a big time commitment–six hours–but definitely worth it. The tour visited five […]Read more "Holy Rolling on the Chicago Churches by Bus Tour"
Just can’t get enough pumpkineering. We hit another Pumpkin Patch this weekend (this was another location of Goebbert’s) and this time we fed the giraffes. I can’t get over how enormous their eyes are, and their slow and graceful lope. Neil exerted mind control over one of them and had it eating seeds from his […]Read more "Another Dispatch from the Patch"
As promised, my photogenic visit to the pumpkin patch. No, there was no naked pumpkin racing. No pumpkin kayaks, no shooting of pumpkins. But there were two giraffes. There were two Bengal tiger cubs. There was a pumpkin eating dinosaur and a maize maze and oh so much more. I’ve highlighted the experience on […]Read more "No Patch Beats a Pumpkin Patch"
Openhousechicago 2011 paved the way, over the weekend, to peer behind the scenes at more than 100 buildings around town, and get a glimpse at places that aren’t always open to the public. First on my list was the Cook County Jail and Courthouse. I passed the background check and showed up Sunday morning for […]Read more "Jail Bait: Touring the Cook County Courthouse and Jail"
It’s pumpkin patch season, and in Chicago, that means big business for area farms, who don’t just sell pumpkins, they sell admission to an entire autumnal carnival, chock-a-block with camel rides, pig races, pony rides, petting zoos, kettle corn, maize mazes and the list goes on. Tomorrow, I’m going to Goebberts Pumpkin Patch, which has […]Read more "Are You Out of Your Gourd? Then Head to These Extreme Celebrations of Pumpkin"