10 Word Review · Books · Opinion

10 Word Review – Devil in the White City (book)

21996True. Crime. Architecture. Period. Feel. Murder. Mayhem. Progress. Congruent. Yes.

iPhone · Photography · Structure



Structure · Travel · Urban

The Bean


Monochromatic · Photography · Structure · Travel · Urban



Photography · Structure · Urban



30 Days · Art · Travel

Thankful Everyday – The Twenty-Sixth

26.  I am thankful for beautiful architecture.  I’m fascinated by building.  Not the building I have done, which is none, or might do, which is also probably none, but by the amazing structures all around me.  Capturing form, light, and harnessing the marriage between use and beauty, I am constantly in awe of form, everywhere.  From amazing mid-century modern homes to the Natural History Museum in London, Tower Bridge to La Sagrada Familia in Spain, I’ve been lucky to see some wonderfully gorgeous buildings and structures.  The minds of humans are fantastic and astounding.



30 Days · LiFe

Thankful Everyday – The Ninth

Day Nine….

9.  I’m thankful for the visual world.  I am made breathless every day by something I see.  It seems everywhere I look there’s beauty and magnificence. It constantly amazes, enlightens, and nourishes my soul.  Leaves blowing from trees, blue sky, rain drops falling just so, structures made by man, light in all it’s forms.  Everything has history and a story to tell.  All of it inspires awe and is magical.


Photography · Street · Travel · Urban


Canon EOS 5D Mark II · Monochromatic · Photography · Urban

Dog Day Afternoon

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Chicago · Travel

Road Trip – Day Six

From the 103rd Floor
Chicago · Eats · Photography · Photos · Travel

Champaign/Urbana to Chicago

Well… here we are in the Second City. We started the morning by dropping off Mary’s car at Charlie and Jennie’s place and then getting a ride from Jennie in to the train station. She was wonderful. Took us to the train station, went inside with us as we checked in and got our boarding passes, then took us over to Cafe Kopi for some coffee and really nice conversation until it was time to take us back to the train station. Jennie is great and it will be good to sit down with her for tea and coffee again.

Our train was a bit late, an hour or so, which wasn’t really an issue. We had no time schedule. Once on and rolling it was smooth sailing to Chicago. Both of us with our individual head phones on playing our own music. Kev working on his laptop, me mostly just staring out the window. A nice mellow ride… and we didn’t have to drive. Yay!

We got in to Chicago, oriented ourselves (with the help of the iPhone GPS) and walked the 20 minutes from the station to our hotel. We checked in, dropped our bags, and immediately went in search of food. Not just any food, but Chicago food. Pizza. That’s right… Lou Maltani’s pizza. So good. I mean… really good. We loved it big time.

Then it was walk time… had to walk off some of that pizza. We walked over to Michigan Avenue and took a stroll up to Millennium Park. All kinds of stuff going on near the Art Institute, at the Jay Prytzker Pavilion, and the Crown Fountain. We saw tango dancing, heard Dennis DeYoung (lead singer of Styx) singing with his band live and for free, took our photos at the bean, and marveled at the beauty that is Chicago architecture. That’s just day one.

We are now comfortably ensconced in our room, hooked into the internet, TV on, loads of water here for the drinking to combat the humidity. It’s supposed to be rainy today here, but wasn’t and isn’t. It was humid, but beautiful. A few clouds, but loads of blue sky to go with. They say thunderstorms tomorrow, but who knows… hopefully we’ll get more of what we had today. And if not… s’ok. We will still be out exploring more of this gorgeous city.

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Black and White & Sepia · Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Photography · Portland


Across The Street, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II · Photography · Portland


109, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II · Chicago · Photography


Jay’s Place, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Chicago · Photos · Travel


Pritzker, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion. An amazing outdoor concert area designed by Frank Gehry. The metal “net” over the lawn is designed to be a sound system. There are speakers attached to it all over. The idea is that you get the same sound, sitting out there on the lawn, that you’d get from being in a great auditorium. Pretty cool.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II · Chicago · Photography


City Light, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Chicago · Photos · Travel

Street Corner

Street Corner, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

A view of the Glessner House from across the street.  Lovely building and future site of the upcoming wedding.
Chicago · Photos · Travel

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Architecture, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Chicago · Photos · Travel


Glessner, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Chicago · Photos · Travel

The Doors

The Doors, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Chicago · Photos · Travel

Wonder Where This Goes

Wonder Where This Goes, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Chicago · Photos · Travel

Stairway To?

Stairway To?, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Inside the Glessner House.

Chicago · Photos · Travel


Trolley, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Wandered around Chicago with Martin yesterday briefly while Karen and Mary went in search of boots. We, meaning Martin and I, were more successful. We found photos. The boots remained elusive.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II · Chicago · Photography


Curve, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II · Chicago · Photography


Foggy Chicago, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.