Art in the (State) Park

Well, maybe not art in the sense of a mural, statue, or even graffiti. But there is so much stray stuff–stones, branches, bits of garbage–scattered around the trails and lakeshore, and sometimes people mess about with it, then leave it for other people to find.   X marks the spot–such a simple thing. For all Read More …

Bonsai Progress cont’d

Last month, I attended a Tropical Bonsai Workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. A month had passed since the Beginning Fundamentals class ended, and my job since then had been to keep the ficus outdoors and make sure it was well-watered and fertilized. Over the weeks, I trimmed the larger leaves to encourage back-budding (the growth Read More …

City Art

I visited Chicago a couple of weeks ago in order to attend the American Library Association annual conference at McCormick Place. We lucked out with the weather. Storms stayed away. Temperature and humidity moderated. Combine this with the need to hike about the South Loop to get to convention shuttle buses and enjoy the lakefront, Read More …