Monthly Archive: October 2015




The subject of accepting one’s age recently came up on my Twitter feed so I thought I’d share my thoughts on Wabi-Sabi. Do you know about Wabi-Sabi? It’s the Japanese tradition of revering authenticity, finding the beauty in imperfection, celebrating transience. What could be more perfect for aging baby-boomers than a mindset celebrating the loveliness …

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Glimpse of Solace: Open House Chicago 2015

McCormick Place Rooftop Farm © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Those of you who read my posts will know that Open House Chicago is one of my fav weekends in the fall. This year was no exception. We started Sunday with doughnuts from Glazed and Infused and then visited McCormick Place, Bronzeville, Back of the Yards, and Pilsen.  Here are my pics.


Diversions and photo prompts

Daily devotion © Ellen Wade Beals, 2013

As I have mentioned here before, I am a crossword puzzle enthusiast, an addict really. The Chicago Tribune runs the puzzle from the Los Angeles Times syndicate and the Sun-Times runs the The New York Times puzzle (a week later than it originally appears),  I still get the Trib delivered and do the puzzle each …

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Ireland calls


Can you be homesick for a place that was never your home? I don’t know, but that’s how I feel about Ireland lately – that it is calling me. The feeling was intensified this weekend when I attended iBAM!, the festival of Irish Books and Music at the Irish American Heritage Center. Mary Pat Kelly …

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