Flowers

Autumn is here, and the recent hellish heat wave has given way to cooler weather. According to the U of I frost tracker, the first freeze of the season is only a few weeks away, which will mean bye-bye flowers. It was a good year for blooming around here, with new plants and old offering Read More …

Pancakes

I’m picky about pancakes. I heartily dislike most restaurant offerings, tasteless, plate-spanning platters of half-cooked batter that serve as nothing more than topping delivery devices. My Mom’s were the best, feather light with a slight crispness around the edges. She used Bisquick mix, made no additions, and didn’t do anything special that I could see Read More …

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 …