Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowy Street Art: Chicago Style

Couldn't resist documenting this shared gift of Community love...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Blizzard Effects: Beauty and Damage

Park in Evanston at Lake Michigan, 2 Feb. '15: day after 19" snow & high winds.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter Finally Happened

Today is a heat wave, almost reaching 32F. (But temps starting to drop and snow to fall tonight and next few days.) We have been in a deep freeze with enough snow cover for the plants since around New Year's I think. Can't recall exactly. Judge time by how my dog reacts when we go out for a walk. This photo is of the American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) out back at the beginning of the cold and snow. I far prefer Real Winter to the gray, mild weather we had around Christmas: there are reason I don't live in Seattle. The other is that I don't drink coffee. Although friends say that the persistent green makes up for the gray. I am a 4-season, Midwestern gal. One of the thrills of living in this region is going through the cyclical changes. With Climate Change, things are off, but we still generally have seasons. Plant changes are accompanied by emotional shifts. To me, Winter is a necessary fallow, reflective period after the busy pace of the growing season. The moon and stars in a sharp, clear winter sky: transporting! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Light Up "The Far Woods" for New Year's!

This wonderful poster of night-blooming flowers was done by the very creative sisters, Sonya and Nina Montenegro.
You can visit them on Etsy if you would like to add a little extra moonlight
to your New Year's celebration.

I count their creative contributions as part of the fellowship of people
working to, as I heard on an obit of a 104-yr-old woman today:
to pump good energy into the world
instead of sucking it out.

We humans contain both intense light & darkness.
I hope my actions have almost always been and will continue to be guided
by contributing to the light.
The waxing moon will be a lamp into the New Year
And shed light onto the wildness of our psyches
Free to roam
In Sonya's and Nina's "The Far Woods." 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Between the Buddha's Hand and the Broccoli Christmas Tree, I thought this display at our local Whole Foods embodied a cultural range of holiday spirit.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brightness on the Winter Solstice

 Since today is the day with the least light of the year, I am sending extra light. Above is an image of the recent full moon. I took it in downtown Chicago outside the Lyric's Civic Opera House where a friend took me to see/hear a performance. Simply being in such a glorious space is uplifting! Below is a shot of the golden ceiling.

By the time you get this tomorrow: the light will be lengthening...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Remember to visit Garfield Conservatory: Silver Linings

You must travel through the West side of Chicago...

...to arrive at Jensen's Jewel.

Be sure to see this fun show and breathe it in!

Channel the cloud with a Silver Lining: Gratitude.

You may even be able to time travel. This enduring place has worked its magic for people since 1908.
AND here's a question: don't the arches in the photo on the above link look like Louis Sullivan???