Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
After eating a lovely early lunch of hummus and stuffed grape leaves and briefly pondering the health benefits of becoming a vegan, i was overcome by a craving for meat -- and not just any meat, but the kind you have to gnaw off the bone. So Doggie Demeanor and i set off on a mission. I hadn't been to Rub Bar-B-Q since last summer, so i underwent a moment of panic when i got to where it used to be and found an empty storefront. Fortunately, it turned out that they had just moved around the corner to a larger and more visible location on Western Ave. just south of Lunt.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
One of the first posts on this blog, back on 19 June 2012, recorded the closing of Evil Squirrel Comics on the 6900 Block of Glenwood Ave. At the time, their plan was to reopen one block south, but that never happened, and now, nearly a year later, all that remains of that plan are these fading posters in the window of what was supposed to be their new store.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I really dislike this new trend in advertising on the L. The interior of the car is completely encased in a theme; in this case, as a promotion for Florida tourism, it's supposed to look like the Everglades. But i've been to the Everglades and it didn't make me feel like i was trapped inside some carnivorous form of plant life like this does. I think that i just happened to catch the guy in the hoodie at the end of a yawn, but he looks terrified, which is how this claustrophobic mess made me feel.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Mother and Child(ren) on Morse Avenue
(The baby strapped to her mother's back is not visible in this picture).
I'm a great admirer of the photography of Vivian Maier and the Humans of New York website, but unlike them, i'm not usually comfortable taking pictures of the people i encounter on the street. But sometimes you have to make an exception. This little girl was so serious in her mission to carry her parcel; the smile on her mother's face was warm enough to melt an iceberg, and it melted my heart. Everyone should be smiled on with that much love.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
I began this blog in June of last year, with the goal of taking at least one picture a day for a full year. I did this as an exercise in both self-discipline and mindfulness. I confess that by nature i am inclined towards passionate but short-lived enthusiasms and wanted to try to commit to a daily practice for an extended period.
The most satisfying part of this experiment thus far has been the way that it has made me more conscious and mindful of the beautiful, comical, incongruous, and occasionally terrible things that we pass by every day. But there are gray days like today when i feel utterly uninspired, when i feel like there is nothing new to be seen in my neighborhood, and when i don't have the energy or obligation to go farther afield. And then it happens, as it always seems to do, something magical shows up just begging to be the subject of the photo du jour. In this case it was a discarded Valentine, a little purple velvet pillow surrounded by a leopard-print ruffle.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
And with the spring comes a raging case of wanderlust.
I think this man may be traveling around the world on that sweet BMW bike. He was stopped in the parking lane on Madison St. consulting a travel guide. I tried to engage him in conversation, but he appeared to not speak English.
I wonder where he's been, where he will go. I kind of wish i were him....
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Window display at American Girl Place on Michigan Ave., the home of some mysterious cult of little girls. They travel here from untold distances, dressed in their best and clutching even better-dressed dolls.
PS. Alas, i think this may be the first time that i haven't posted on time, and by on time i mean before the calendar turned at some point on the globe. But checking the clock on my computer, i've discovered that it's already Friday in Pago Pago, so i am undeniably late with Thursday's post. Forgive me! The picture was indeed taken on Thursday, but i came home last night with a belly full of beef from dinner at Ditka's and immediately set about the task of digesting it while watching an episode of Game of Thrones. The next thing i knew, it was Friday morning. I'll try not to let it happen again.