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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Biking adventure; bikes, books, and art

Chicago during the summer is the place to be! Every weekend has a plethora of interesting neighborhood festivals to enjoy...Yesterday, Billy and I met our longtime biking friends Amy and Dave for a biking city adventure. We hit 2 different events, biked along the Lake Front, explored new neighborhoods, Geocached, and found art along the way.
 We started out at the Chicago Tribune's Annual "Lit Fest." Many, many tents set-up in the Printer's Row/South Loop neighborhood. You can browse books and pop into different tents to meet and speak to authors. There were scheduled talks and workshops you could also attend. ALL FREE!
The highlight, at this our first stop of the day, was a talk given by Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn. She spoke about her career as a journalist and read from her book of columns. She had many words of wisdom. Two ideas in particular struck me; 1) She spoke of an editor whom she described as politically incorrect, sexist and many other attributes which would not be accepted in the workplace today-BUT that he was a manager of people. He could tease out what each individual excelled at and positioned his people to work with their strengths. This notion seems to be lost in my world today! 2) She also spoke to the practice of cursive writing. My take-away; Cursive writing is a wonderful, calming practice which allows writers to be thoughtful. SINCE we no longer teach cursive in schools, I fear another practice of CALM will be lost to this next generation of our technology driven world!
We biked south along Lake Michigan to the Hyde Park neighborhood and the 57th Street Art Fair.

 I made our party stop a number of times along the way for public art...
                                                                        Art Fair
                                                                        and a silly pet picture!
On every adventure we take with Amy and Dave "Geocaching" happens. It is a movement which Amy has embraced with of her many interests.


 We ended up stopping at 2 different historical taverns. For drinks and a lovely rest to our biking adventure.
                                                                 Here is to friends and adventures-

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