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Sunset over Princeton, Mass.
Reflection in the pond
I love paths like this
Sometimes you need to look up

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I found a wishing tree in the park yesterday.

My roommate and I stumbled upon this tree across the bridge from Millennium Park in Chicago, after a little picnic to appreciate the lovely weather. Tied to the branches of this beautiful flowering tree were these white tags fluttering in the wind. After reading a few of them, I realized they were all wishes.

A few wished for fame and riches, and several had the grammar and spelling that suggested a child had written them. One read, “I wish I was more decisive.” Some were in Spanish. On another man had written a wish that a particular woman would love him and “have my babies.”


I took a few pictures I dug a pen out of my purse and handed it to my roommate and told her to make a wish, there was space on some of the cards. As I was taking some pictures, she finished writing her wish and handed me the pen.

Wait. I had to make a wish now?!?

Here’s the thing. I’m a bad wisher. I love throwing pennies in fountains, watching for shooting stars, and blowing out birthday candles. But once the penny is in my hand, the star is passing, or the cake is in front of me, I can’t think of a sinlge thing I want to wish for.park-031

I can normally make up my mind quite easily, I’m generally know what I want. Finally, I decided not to over-think this one. I wrote a wish, born out of my longing for the quiet and forests where I grew up in Massachusetts.

“I wish there were more trees in Chicago.”

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Chicago residents were not playing when they brought out their signs to protest Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Gathering in Federal Plaza on April 2, their signs asked for better schools, trains, housing, clinics- and no games.

The night before, just a few blocks from where the rally would be, I found an empty room in Roosevelt University littered with signs and the air filled with the smell of permanent markers as members of the group that organized the rally, No Games Chicago, sat on the floor making signs for the protest.

One of the sign-makers was Patrick O’Hara, a first generation American and native of Chicago. O’Hara said it is an issue of human rights because plans for the Olympics “tend to bus out the poor… It’s an elitist event that tends to stomp on the rights of the non-elite.”

While Patricia Yeray sat on the ground making a sign, she told me the plans for the Olympics would threaten the parks in Chicago, including in her own neighborhood. Yeray said the parks were a “resting place” for people in the city.

Yeray, a retired flight attendant, said the plans would reduce the small amount of green space, the number of birds and other creatures. She said the plans would “tear down old growth trees. You can’t replace those.”

Check it out for yourself, and make up your mind. Do you think Chicago win the bid, and why?

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I took this in Sao Paulo, and was playing with the colors.

I took this in Sao Paulo, and I was having some fun with the colors...

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sunset-redstriped4When I had this picture as the wallpaper on my computer, my dad would always insist that my computer looked broken. I liked it anyway.

I took the picture when I was at a park in Sao Paulo, Brazil on a mission’s trip. I was tweaking with the idea of representing abstract reality.

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