From Chicago to Calistoga: A Road Trip

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…and we’re driving to California to take JD to school.” “Wait. You’re driving?” We got mixed reactions when we told people we were driving from Chicago, IL to Calistoga, CA so that JD, my significant […]

What makes a place real?

I wrote this post about my experience with the US Army supporting disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 for a Masters level Travel Writing class that I took in the summer of 2016. […]

Summer Highlights in the Chicago Suburbs

Summer time in Chicago, that small window of time between June and August, is crammed with outdoor activity options; festivals, concerts, rooftop parties, ball games, the list goes on. It comes suddenly here. Spring is […]

Discovering South Florida Cuisine

When I travel, I eat out a lot. I find that I can get a feel for a place by going to local restaurants and people watching. When we went to Ft. Lauderdale for five […]

Two Brothers in Two Days – Part I

A few weeks ago we went to the last concert of the season of the Chicago Sinfonietta, whose main performance venue is Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Earlier that day, it was a Friday; I […]