Author Archives: smkelly8

About smkelly8

writer, teacher, movie lover, traveler, reader

Stray Dog

If you can’t afford a trip to Japan, perhaps you can manage a trip via film. This just entailed a drive to my library. The first noir crime film in Japan, in Kurosawa’s Stray Dog (1949) rookie detective, Murakami, gets … Continue reading

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What is this?

I don’t remember the country of origin of this headdress or its era. Anyone know? It looks Southeast Asian to me, but I sure could be wrong.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will … Continue reading

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Candlelight Christmas Tour

I was lucky to go to the Glessner House’s Candlelight Christmas Tour on Saturday. Located on the famed Prairie Avenue, where Chicago’s elite lived 100 years ago or so, the Glessner House is a museum housed in a 18th century … Continue reading

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No Fixed Plans

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will … Continue reading

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What Not to Do in Russia

My nephew is going to Russia for a semester starting in February. I’ve never been there, but here are some tips for him.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

Some modern experimental art 1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the … Continue reading

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Travel Tips for China

Traveling in Asia is a lot different than in North America or Europe. You need to prepare yourself for different bathrooms, traffic, negotiations and foods. There’s a lot to delight in, but you’ll enjoy yourself more if you are prepared. … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded

  1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme … Continue reading

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Visiting Hakone

Let’s take a little arm chair trip to Japan. Hakone is a good day trip from Tokyo. I’ve just discovered these Life Where I’m From videos and love them. Check them out and subscribe on YouTube.

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