Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Here are a few shots of the bulding at the corner of Farwell and Sheridan. The rehab is truly proceeding at the gut level, with seemingly little remaining but those incredibly solid brick walls (the window openings in the second picture give an indication of just how thick those walls are). I really hope they will be able to save those pretty windows at the top floor front, shown in the last picture.
|Rear of the building|
|Southern exposure: Farwell Ave.|
|Southeast corner of the building (on the northwest corner of Sheridan and Farwell)|
|Front: Sheridan Rd.|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
|The former B'nai Zion Synagogue at 1447 W. Pratt. Blvd.|
I took this picture because i've always liked the look of this synagogue and find it sad that this lovely building has been sitting empty for the past ten years. It was the home of the B'nai Zion congregation from the time it was built in 1928 until the congregation merged with another synagogue in 2002. I also learned from visiting the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society website that, prior to the building of the synagogue, the home of heavyweight champion Jess Willard stood on this site.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
He hopped off the train at Davis, singing "Three Little Birds" and playing rhythm on the detritus of our plastic-addicted society. "Is that song by Bob Marley?" a man asked him. He replied in a rich Jamaican accent, "Mon, I am Bob Marley." I gave him a dollar and a peach. The money was pro forma; the peach was to reciprocate the sweetness he brought to my day.
Friday, July 26, 2013
The sky was so amazing and changeable this evening that i couldn't choose just one picture. The first two pictures were taken at 8:00, in the middle of a downpour. The sky to the south was dark and ominous, while to the north it was glowing with the sunset. I'm sure there was a rainbow somewhere, but i was too lazy to go looking for it.
This final picture was taken just fifteen minutes later, but what a difference!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
|Fountain and Farmers Market at Daley Plaza|
By now, it's no secret that i'm inordinately fond of farmers markets. Today's mission was to get honey from Kress Apiary, and i'm pleased to say that i succeeded. Usually, they bring a glass enclosed section of a beehive with them so you can watch the busy bees at work, but today the weather was too hot even for the bees, who presumably remained at home in Burns Harbor, IN, lounging around the pool sipping nectar and Mai Tais.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
|These two adorable critters are Nadia (l.) and Matilda (r.), three-month-old|
Nigerian dairy dwarf goats from Gretta's Goats, who are charming the crowds
at the Glenwood Sunday Market today.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
|United Church of Rogers Park|
Although i'm not a religious person, every time i pass this cheerful sign for the United Church of Rogers Park, at the corner of Morse and Ashland, i find myself thinking that maybe i should stop by some Sunday morning. I don't know what "lively worship" is, but it certainly sounds like a lot more fun than the religion i grew up with.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
One of the reasons i decided to take a break from this blog was that i was starting to have a little difficulty finding interesting subjects every single day. So of course, i began to see irresistible sights within hours of my last post. When i spotted the 10,000 Ripples sculpture at Morse and the lakefront, i took the picture just to add to my collection (every time i encounter one of these lovely Buddhas i photograph it). But then the next day -- the first official day of my cyber-sabbatical -- i saw a guy and his dog riding a bike on Morse Ave. and couldn't resist asking if i might take their picture. Since then, i've continued to snap away, missing only a few days; here are the results:
|17 June: Morse and the lakefront|
|18 June: How could i resist taking a picture of this cute pup catching a ride outside MorseL?|
|18 June: House in bloom on Pratt Blvd.|
|19 June: Chestnut tree in bloom on Greenview Ave. near the Common Cup|
|20 June: Classic ride in a body shop on Broadway north of Granville|
|21 June, morning: a better view of the chestnut trees on Greenview at Farwell in full bloom.|
|21 June afternoon: After a brief but powerful storm blew through, |
the ground was covered with chestnut blossoms.
|21 June, evening: Follow Me on Fridays|
Alderman Joe Moore (in the bright turquoise shirt) at the Bop N Grill
where they were serving free sample-size umami burgers -- yum!
|22 June: Super-moon over Lake Michigan|
|24 June: Weathervane in Rogers Park|
|25 June: Chinatown, Philadelphia|
|26 June: The house where my sister and her husband raised nine children.|
I spent many Christmas mornings in this kitchen, but now it's waiting
for a new family to move in and create their own traditions.
|28 June: Pastore's Orchards in Hammonton, NJ. |
One of my favorite fresh-from-the-farm produce markets.
|29 June: Atlantic City in all its glory, viewed from Absecon Inlet.|
The poor little lighthouse is dwarfed by all the hotels and casinos.
|30 June: the north end of Brigantine Island, NJ. |
If it weren't for the diabolical green-head flies, this would be heaven on earth.
|1 July: Pies from Penza's Pies at the Red Barn deep in the Jersey Pine Barrens|
|1 July: Mighty Joe's gas station in Shamong, NJ. |
We didn't run into the Jersey Devil in the Pine Barrens,
but we did encounter the rudest gas station operator ever.
|3 July: Old City, Philadelphia|
|4 July: Lancaster County, PA.|
What? You were expecting a picture of flags and fireworks or something?
|6 July: Rodin Museum, Philadelphia|
|6 July: Rodin Museum. These two young students were sketching and giggling at Rodin's "Call to Arms."|
Their irreverence was refreshing.
|8 July: Harpers Ferry, WV as seen through the window of Amtrak's Capitol Limited.|
|9 July: Soldier sleeping on the floor of the lounge car on the Capitol Limited.|
|10 July: Segway tour group at the base of the statue of Abraham Lincoln |
at the south end of Lincoln Park, Chicago.