Saturday, July 21, 2007

Along the Lake

I went walking along the shoreline several days ago. What a wonderful sense it is! Here the Great Lake meets the Great City. An awesome place to one side, a vast breadth of openness to the other.

Fresh air
beach bums,

Sitting, standing,
swift strides sweep past
fleet of foot

I watch
I play
I walk
I rest

Slowly absorbing summer
Soft skies

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Where do the squirrels sleep?

By day they wreak havoc everywhere: climbing trees, scampering across the grass, running around like crazy, making mischief, chasing after nuts.

At night, they all disappear.

Where do they go? How do they hide?

Somewhere, squirrels must be asleep.

I'm not sure I want to learn the answer, however. I like it that the squirrels are shrouded in mystery.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


The promised pictures:


My card is working well enough now to retrive them, but it looks like the end of the road for this one and time to format an entirely different disk. I've had nothing but problems with it till now.

Check my Millennium Park album for more.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Millennium Park Saturday

The Grant Park Symphony at Millennium Park Saturday night. Hugh Wolf was back. He has a wonderful tunure leading this group from 1994 - 1997. (It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since it ended.) Naturally, the orchestra sounded excellent under his baton for Beethoven's 4th symphony.

The 5th symphony of Antheil (a man who lived a quite ecclectic life) followed. It is entitled "Joyful" but sure seemed tinged with angst and melancholy to me.

Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F was the concluding work. I was less than impressed for the first part. But, then, when the winds made their presence prominent in the latter part of the 2nd movement, my attention was piqued. The energy here gained generally was maintained through the rest of the work.

Aside from the concert, itself, there was some guy flossing in the public restroom (were we all to be so diligent). The bugs were a bit outrageous, also.

Millennium Park has proved to be a major attraction for city folk and tourists, alike. It is consistently drawing huge crowds which fill the seating area, lawn, and wings. It almost seems as if it was not built big enough - so significant has it's success achieved. I only wish that they could have found a way to incorporate the trains which run below into the scheme. It's a real shame that the city always disparages an "old railrod yard" which the park was built over. One which many found charming. A simple small opening over two or three tracks with a short bridge overhand crossing where people could stand and watch the electric cars pass might have added so much more and honroed the history of this place.

Upon leaving, I walked by a statuary exhibit of Mark di Suvero. I hope it is only temporary.

(Sorry, no pictures today. My memory disk is messed up. Anybody want to tell me how to fix it?)