As always, all of the images in this post are my own.

After a Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) Scholar Luncheon last week, my daughters and I visited the Art Institute to see “Saints and Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.” While there, we also took in “Whistler’s Mother: An American Icon Returns to Chicago.” Truth? I prefer the artist’s self-portrait; it reminds me of one of my favorite writers.

Doesn’t Whistler look a bit like Vonnegut in this painting?

Before leaving the museum, we stopped by to see a painting that never fails to startle me.

Charles Sheeler’s The Artist Looks at Nature (1945).

Over the weekend, we visited the Milwaukee County Zoo. When I downloaded the pics of the only animal I photographed, I was struck by the odd, painterly texture the zoom had created.

Tawny frogmouths at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Later in the weekend, we visited the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum before seeing Shakespeare in Love at the CST. (Reviews here and here.)
Between and among adventures, we had time to catch up on Colony (and discuss the apparent Lost parallels, including Snyder = Ben and “Not everything is as it may seem”), finish a few books (Shylock Is My Name is well worth the effort), and plan a few more excursions — although not for over the holiday. By design, our three-day respite will not take us further from home than half the distance of our longest bike ride.

What have you planned for the long weekend?

3 thoughts on “Adventuring

  1. I am happy to see you and your girls having such a wonderful time on their summer break. I know you are thrilled to have them at home for a while.

    My only plans for the long weekend are to work on some personal creative and home-improvement projects. I am not one for mixing with the holiday crowds. I rarely find it pleasurable and almost always stressful.


      • I have three sons: 23, 20, and 19. Only the 20 and 19 year old are still at home. The 20 year old begins nursing school in the Fall and my 19 year old is launching a business with friend. My oldest is married with a little girl who is 2 now and who owns my heart completely. We did have a good weekend, thank you. It was very restful, which is what I needed.


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