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Category Archives: The Great Midwest

Studies in grey

The beech forest lies in wait, anticipating spring.  The trunks, once tufted with snow, warm and blend into a neutral palette, awash in the gentle greys soon to be shattered … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s In Our Back Yard

South of Chicago lies one of the ugliest industrial areas around.  From the time I first laid eyes on it, its sheer ugliness has fascinated and disturbed me.  One of … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · 4 Comments


One of our old friends in Florida sent us a box of pears from Harry and David as a holiday gift.  You know: the famous ones grown in the Rouge … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Our Secret Bog

We go walking in this bog in Michigan that’s very hard to find. It’s a true quaking bog, a concave shell of clay that fills up with rain water and … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 3 Comments

Message Barn

Are there message barns in other countries?  I tend to think of them as particularly American, because of the religious and political messages they express.  This one, with its violent … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Vintage Midwest

I took this picture several years back, on a visit to one of my favorite farm stands.  The beautiful farm house and equally beautiful Bel Air each contributed to a … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · 7 Comments

Farm Stand Intel

The news from Berrien County MI is that rain is needed, a sentiment being expressed, with various degrees of urgency, in many parts of the country, and on countless farms … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Political History of a Garden

Three years ago, a large community garden materialized next to the Chickaming Township Prairie in the part of Michigan I often visit.  My husband and I often walk the prairie, … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

The NATO Getaway

My husband and I are among the lucky ones at liberty to flee Chicago in advance of the NATO summit.  For months now, I’ve been doing nothing but writing, keeping … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · 8 Comments

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