Butterflies and Blooms

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”—A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, 1859 Early on a Saturday morning, a hot July day was starting to shimmer and sizzle. I felt my skin struggle to breathe. Drops of sweat raced down my back. This was just my second time … Continue reading Butterflies and Blooms

Immersive Van Gogh

If you could do it all again, would you rather view a painting simply hung on a wall or would you prefer to be immersed in the art? “If you could do it all againA little fairy dustA thousand tiny birds singingIf you must, you must”—Thom Yorke, excerpt of “Dawn Chorus” (2019) To stand before the original … Continue reading Immersive Van Gogh

Year One: Review

Welcome to The Simple Luxuries. Thank you for visiting my WordPress blog. That was my introduction on April 1, 2019. Twenty-eight posts later, we are moving forward into our second year. Although the current availability of places to visit and things to try have been limited, we hope to join everyone soon like a wave … Continue reading Year One: Review

Dunn Museum

1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048 Wright. Benny. Ryerson. Bradbury. Sousa. Untermyer. Gurnee. Sheridan. Dunn. Daniel Wright was the first permanent non-native settler in Lake County. He established good relations with the Native people. Many years later, the Lake County Forest Preserve District honored Mr. Wright by preserving and naming precious land in his honor: … Continue reading Dunn Museum

Lilac Time

Lilacia Park, 150 South Park Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148 My friend Sue mentioned a park where people could visit for free every day from dawn to dusk. I thought, “Oh, really?” And then she said there would be lilacs. Lots of lilacs. There is nothing so sweet and gentle as fresh lilacs in spring. I … Continue reading Lilac Time