More Chi-town from the 27th floor





I’m wondering if anyone has ever done a photographic essay of a large city like Chicago offering views from various buildings shot from the same floor–like the 27th floor.  Anyone care to chip in their two cents on this project idea?

Sayre’s Lolo

Lolo, 1913 photo from the Sayre Collection U of WA

 To indulge in more vaudeville images via the J. Willis Sayre Collection visit


Looking for vaudeville’s Lo Lo –1909 to 1914

Anyone out there a vaudeville buff? Know your Orpheum Theatre history inside and out? Have a scrapbook collection of vaudeville news that’s been in the family since 1910? Yes–I am searching for information regarding this vaudeville  act featuring “LoLo”–also L0 Lo and occassionally newspaper publicity images designated Lola.  Lolo was billed as a  mystic, a mind reader, a magician, a sharpshooter, a full blooded Sioux girl from the Pine Ridge Reservation–and her act received better reviews than the top billed Mrs. Langtry in 1913. Lolo headlined in Washington, Boston, Providence, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, Syracuse, New York and many vaudeville stages in between.  Oh yes, you can find Lolo in online newspaper archives across the country.  And managers’ positive reviews for her act with Major Cotton, manager, are in evidence in the Keith Albee collection in the University of Iowa’s Special Collections.  Now can anyone out there tell me something NEW and exciting about this woman with “the sparkling personality and winning smile” who ran the vaudeville circuit form coast to coast?

Got the urban blahs? Visit Geradine’s “My Walking Path”

Yes,  this is yet another award payback–and if you venture forth via the link you’ll be in a world more than a tad different than Kokot’s kitchen of culinary and other other arts.  Geradine lives in the country with a  big dog and ski poles for walking her favorite paths in the winter–with and without her camera.


Baugh offers a mixed collection of nature focused photographs, poetry and prose that ought to provide some relief for urban dwellers dealing with city versions of cabin fever.  She’s got room to roam and breath and engage with nature every day.  Take a walk along Geradine’s paths for a break from a hectic day.

All the young dudes a la Chefie …

Awards payback effort numero uno:

Okay, if you enjoy creating food art via  young English dude style then you ought to  visit the Tart of the Arts aka Chefie aka Kokot aka Kserverny at Kserverny’s kitchen culintary and beyond arts roadshow –>

Kserverny has no qualms about serving up videos of his original guitar melodies, videos of psycho chefs and homicidal red riding lawnmowers in addition to his explorations into poetry, photography and more traditional media of drawing and painting. He does it all with good humor and friendly conversation. Oh and yes, he is a real chef!

Windy City views from a 27th floor….

between the lines

a little zig, a little zag

way far down below

odds and ends and new tracks

Hello bloglanders. As anyone who is interested already knows–I am wayyy behind on all sorts  of blog business. Going to try to catch up with folks doing awards and comments and visiting old haunts and seeking some new ones as best I can a little day by day.

Since awards are basically networking tools I’m going to try to advance the interests of folks interested in such traffic issues in my own fashion–partly in order to get back into the swing of things and to do so a bit at a time in order to even be able to catch up at all.  Will attempt to implement da plan soon–hear that Tart of the Arts and Geradine B? I have NOT forgotten!

For today I’d like to share a little shop I discovered while visiting relatives in the Windy City before shipping my daughter off to Korea. Mary at Native American Arts was so very kind about playing selections from several cds on a Saturday afternoon that this post is sort of a “Hello and thanks for your patience in helping me select a wonderful cd, Spirit Rain by Bill Miller.”

You can check out Mary’s shop online at

or in hard copy/ie, the real world at 17028 S. Oak Park Ave in Tinley Park, Illinois 60477.   There’s a  large variety of dreamcatchers, jewelry, pottery, fetishes, music, books and  many other traditonal items to discover at Native American Arts.

Waves and grins to everyone playing in blogland!

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