April 15, 2016

Back downtown this morning, the sign in front of Station Street Pub caught my eye: "Cod, perch, tilapia, shrimp." 


Must be Friday.


And yes our little town has one of the oldest shrines in the United States and a well-known Catholic church.


We all have our little claims...

August 25, 2015

It has been 41 years (and a few days) already since Philippe Petit walked a wire between the World Trade Center buildings. The walk was Aug. 7, 1974.

Let that sink in a bit. I said World Trade Center buildings.


A 2008 documentary on his walk, ``Man on Wire,'' won an Aca...

April 23, 2015

Coming out of the wildness around the town pond and back to the edge of town, the lines of the grain elevators on the east side of the railroad tracks caught my eyes. They were sharply and darkly outlined with the backdrop of the rising sun.


(Hello, Charles Demuth. Lar...

March 22, 2015


Take it easy big fellas, no, I did not find any morels along Route 394 in Chicago's south suburbs. Though I have it on good authority that they are there.


I'll get back to morels.


The racket of robins erupted all around as Lady and I set off before dawn. Beneath their...

March 12, 2015

Conditions seemed perfect to stretch out an extended ramble with Lady, our family's mutt, this morning.


And I was right. Temperatures were warm enough yesterday to finish melting off most of the snow, but it was cold enough overnight to refreeze the slop, standing wate...

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