My parents came up to visit a few weeks ago for my birthday, and we had a nice visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park.
It was really interesting to see the home he built for his family, especially from the point of view of a designer. He had quite a lot of fascinating ideas, but they only developed over time, as is clear in the home. Some parts are very familiar as part of (more…)
Ever since I started contra dancing (June of last year), I’ve been hearing about the Jan Jam dance weekend in Urbana. Everyone around here anticipates it each year, and especially this year, since the Mean Lids as well as the Ripples would be playing. The nice thing about this dance weekend for me is that it’s a 15 minute drive or less from where my parents live! (more…)
I like the idea of the winter solstice. It always sounds so cozy, the dark of winter under the snow, before the sun returns to the world for the spring. This year’s solstice isn’t quite that cozy—it’s about 50º and rainy here in Chicago today.
This time of year, I always like to think about the winters I’ve spent (more…)
2015 | Nov 6 | 18:06
dancing | food | music
I went to my first contra dance weekend recently! The Gypsy Moon Ball is held every year in Indianapolis, and I was asked to drive one of the two callers for the weekend down with me Friday night. This was my first time taking my car on a road trip with a passenger, so I carefully lined up a playlist of music devoid of sea shanties or Child ballads. (more…)
Okay, I have no real excuses for why it’s been so long since I updated last. The best I can do is that I took about 500 photos at the Fox Valley Folk Fest over Labor Day weekend, and in feeling like I needed to cull and edit those before anything else, I kind of put a damper on my inclination to add anything to my blog. (more…)
500+ photos from a folk festival over Labor Day weekend has really been slowing me down! Since I really didn’t take too many photos on my trip to San Francisco, I’ll just skip ahead to that and come back when I’ve finally culled and processed all the photos from the Fox Valley Folk Fest. (more…)
I’ve done a pretty terrible job of keeping up with my blog this summer, haven’t I? Life has mostly been consisting, in various proportions, of lots of design, trying to get settled in Chicago, contra dancing, reading scifi/fantasy, talking to people online, and learning about wtf Google is up to now. (more…)
2015 | Aug 14 | 20:59
Life has been so busy lately! This summer I started a new job, moved to Chicago, started some new undertakings in my free time, endeavored to read a few new scifi books, did vast quantities of driving, helped some with the old farmstead and the old dog, and in the process, kind of forgot to update my blog much at all! (more…)