Happy December and Happy Holidays!Thank you for spending at least part of 2018 with me via this newsletter.Read More
Lake Lover Blog
Information and Insights on Lake Michigan
Happy November — the month of Halloween sugar hangovers, Thanksgiving and, yes, the start of the holiday shopping season.Read More
It's time to clean up after the summer beach season! I'm leading another cleanup in Evanston on Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 am at South Boulevard Beach.
Come out, enjoy the sun and camaraderie, and make a difference!
Stop by the Lincoln Park Patagonia store this Thursday, August 30th from 6:30-8:30 pm to help celebrate their 15th anniversary at that location. Nelson and I will have some of the Surface Tension images displayed and be mingling and talking with attendees. There are other non-profits and organizations participating as well. The store is at 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614. Hope to see you there.
Great Lakes beaches and shorelines are kept clean by volunteers like you. Big things happen when friends, families, and communities all around the region come together.
Be a part of a movement 15,000 strong to make the Great Lakes beaches clean. Thousands of Adopt-a-Beach volunteers from all over the Great Lakes will take to their local shorelines on September 15th.
Come on out to help clean up South Boulevard Beach in Evanston after the summer season.
Click here to register: South Boulevard Beach Clean Up
Lake Michigan was not my first true love — as far as bodies of water go. That distinction belongs to Ottertail Lake in Minnesota. My family has had a cabin there since the early 1900s.
I spent parts of every summer "at the lake" from birth through college. The visits have become much more sporadic, but I always love to go back to the cabin, and it is a true cabin. It still doesn't have insulation, dry wall or (god forbid!) air conditioning, but the family did cave and install indoor plumbing somewhere along the way.
Now my mother spends her summers there — exactly as she did in her youth. (See a collage I made for her of images from the lake.)
Visiting my mom is the perfect excuse to go back. In fact, today I am returning to my first lake-love for a week of family time, swimming, sailing and bird watching (bald eagles and osprey!).
As we start the last month of summer, I hope you, too, can return to a place you loved as a kid. Or maybe discover a new place where you and your family can build a new connection and make memories together.
Yesterday was a good day for aquatic life (and humans!) in and around the Great Lakes and waterways across the country.
As of July 1, 2018, the sale of any product containing microbeads is prohibited in the United States. Microbeads are the tiny plastic particles used in cosmetics, toothpaste and other everyday products.
This is a major victory and promises a healthier environment for fish, birds and other species. It also means safer drinking water for us.
The microbead ban shows that the hard work of a thoughtful and dedicated group of people can put an end to a harmful practice. Everyone who helped make this happen should take a bow (and as long as you're down there, pick up some plastic trash!).
Thanks for reading, and have a safe and plastic-free Fourth!
I was honored to have a local condo association choose a work of mine for their lobby.Read More
When my wife and I were in Boston the other week visiting our lovely niece, one of our first stops was the Museum of Fine Arts. What an amazing place! I could have spent days there and still not covered it all.
Join Me for a Spring Cleaning!Read More
This time of year we live in a world of snow, ice and cold, but I don't mind. I grew up in Minnesota.Read More
Amidst all the changes in the last year, one thing remained constant: the beauty of the Great Lake in our backyard.
For the last eight years, I've created a Lake Michigan calendar to highlight my work. But this year, I want to do more with it — and I’d love your help.
One of my favorite things about visiting the lake so often is the details I discover. The little things that emerge when I really see the lake rather than just look at it.
As fall sets in and the weather cools, I look forward to crisp, blustery days that bring big waves to this side of Lake Michigan.
Better late... than never.Read More