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I can’t resist a photo challenge. This one asks for photos that portray “smile”.  Of course I have loads of smiley grandchildren pictures, and me or Ken smiling in front of famous landmarks, but this one is a bit more unique. What do you think?

Millenium Park Crown Sculpture
Millennium Park Crown Sculpture, Chicago, USA


The Crown Sculpture, created by Jaume Plensa, features glass tiles, and shows digital videos of faces of actual Chicagoans, changing throughout the day. Two towers face each other across a shallow reflecting pool. That alone would make it special, but the faces change expressions. Wait, there’s more….every few minutes the mouth becomes a fountain (à la the gargoyles and fishes spouting water that you’ve seen around the world) and happy people have more smiles as they get doused by a fellow Chicagoan spitting on them.

You can see more in several YouTube videos. I thought this was one of the best.

Millennium Park in Chicago overflows with interesting things to see and do, like the Bean reflective sculpture (Okay, okay, the name is really Cloud Gate, but nobody calls it that), but the interactive fountain towers really stole my heart.

If you want to see more “smiles” and maybe even enter the challenge yourself, go to 2 Away and check out Photo Roulette.

(This photo is my property, and although I don’t mind if you Pin it, please identify where it came from, and do not use it otherwise without permission. THANKS!)


Murder and Forgiveness

 Naseem Rakha and The Crying Tree
Naseem Rakha and the book cover

Destination: Illinois and Oregon

Book: The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha (NEW) 2010

Unlike Steig Larsson, author of The  Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, Naseem Rakha understands the demands of fiction. Continue reading Murder and Forgiveness

Road Trip Book: Oprah Favorite in Illinois

Country Store
Country Store Illinois

Book: The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

Really good fiction can take your breath away with the truth of it.  The magic of story telling sometimes creates a view of the world so real that you wonder how the author got inside your mind and saw with your eyes. Continue reading Road Trip Book: Oprah Favorite in Illinois