Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

This guy spooked me for a second! I was absentmindedly walking up to the sidewalk in front of this house after parking my car, fiddling with my purse to put my car key in, and out of the corner of my eye I felt I saw someone coming out of this house. Not unusual, of course, until I looked up and registered the hollow eye sockets. For a second it looked like the skeleton moved as its gown was swaying in the morning breeze. Phew! I've had my Halloween fright!

It's a stormy cold evening here in Chicago, so I salute all those who will be out trick-or-treating, braving not only the nasty weather but also these spooky house decorations.

3rd/4th Graders Visit the Hemingway House

I know it's been all about the Hemingway House here lately, but I'm simply having too much fun with it. This week three 3rd/4th grade classes came to visit, and it was a great experience. Not only for them, who loved learning about how people lived around 1900 and touching all the cool old stuff, but also for me to see kids so enthused about the past.

Plus they thought "my" attic was awesome and I wholeheartedly agree with that! A big thanks to the teachers for undertaking the field trip I instigated, and to our tour guides Lori and Sue for indulging the kids.

Click here for thorough coverage of the kids' visit! You can also learn what a stereoscope is...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hemingway Birthplace Home Video Tour

For my students who missed class at the Hemingway House and all my blog readers, here's a little video tour of my writer-in-residence studio in the attic, the attic itself, and a few glimpses into the rest of the house in Oak Park, Illinois.