Back in LA

Ray and I woke up at 2:50 this morning so we could take a Lyft at 3:30 to O’Hare Airport for a 6 am flight. We both slept on the plane, but not very comfortably, and then Rachael picked us up at LAX.  I didn’t realize just how tired I was until halfway home when…

Last Day in Chicago

This has been a great trip.  Lots of quality time with our friend Shireen, an unexpected visit with Brit, several days at the Art Institute, the trip out to Plano, Il to see the Farnsworth House and time today at the Illinois Technical Institute, University of Chicago, the Robie House, and downtown at the Chicago…

American Writers Museum

On the suggestion of Judy Alter, a native Chicagoan and fellow writer at Story Circle Network, I made the trek over to the American Writers Museum today.  I was lucky enough to be accompanied by Ray’s and my host for the week, our friend, Mother Shireen Baker, who is an Episcopal priest in Elmhurst, a suburb…

The Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House, designed by Mies van der Rohe between 1945-1951, is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in Modernist architecture. It is located on 62 acres outside of Plano, Illinois, which is about an hour and a half outside of Chicago.  The house, currently a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation,  sits in…

Chicago Yesterday and Today

We spent all day yesterday finishing up work that we had brought with us.  This was okay. We holed up in our friend Shireen’s apartment and enjoyed the quiet while Ray worked in one room and I worked in another. We were finished in time to visit with Shireen when she returned from work in…

Train Adventure

Ray and I boarded the Santa Fe Chief yesterday afternoon at 6 pm in LA and are now in Colorado 24 hours later. We have eaten in the dining car for four meals already, made several new friends and have relaxed more than either of us has in years. We slept until 9:15 this morning…

A Window into My Day Today

Today has been filled with mundane errands, Romeo and Juliet, and college essays.  I headed over to Beverly Hills first thing this morning to retrieve parking placards that were supposed to be sent in the mail but somehow got lost.  The City Hall in BH is an impressive building, fitting of a capital building in…

RIP Tom Petty

I am very sad to hear the news of Tom Petty’s death.  Close friends of ours saw him just last week when he and his band performed at the Hollywood Bowl.  They said he was fantastic. Life feels unpredictable and fleeting at this moment.  The tragedy in Las Vegas last night, the hurricanes, the earthquakes,…