Sunday, October 28, 2007

cat alarm clock

Those of you who have lived with cats know the reality of this one.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

wild turkey

Here's one variety of wildlife I haven't seen around here - yet.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

a temporary park

I recently posted an item about National Park(ing) Action Day, and a related local demonstration in Pilsen. A smaller demonstration in River North was not as successful. A friend posted pictures from the Pilsen demonstration, along with an item on his blog, which includes links to photos from other temporary parks set up that day. Thanks, Payton!

Friday, October 12, 2007

autumn tulip bulb planting

Come out to the 2007 community garden on Sunday, November 4, 11 A.M., to help plant bulbs! The RPGG has received a generous donation of 750 tulip bulbs for the planters and surrounding area at the 2007 RPGG/Loyola Keepers Community Garden "Circle Park " by a local resident who really loves tulips. Come help us plant these bulbs on November 4 (November 11 is our rain date) for an awesome display next spring. Bring gardening tools (shovels, gloves, spades) and maybe even a friend. Please let us know if you can help by emailing Karen McCarthy at

Location: Circle Park, east end of Morse Ave. @ Loyola Park.


The RPGG has been offered lots of free bulbs. If you are interested in planting a corner on your block, please contact Karen McCarthy asap at karengardens at yahoo dot com. The bulbs have been promised, and we would love you to help spread them around the neighborhood.

Rogers Park Garden Group meeting on 10/30

The last meeting of the season will be happening on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm:


Jeanne Felknor is founder and president of the East Village Block & Garden Club. Jeanne has been gardening the parkways of East Village (area between Ashland and Damen, Division and Grand) since 1999. She and her group, which includes about 40 children from the ages of 4 to 18 have gardened approximately 200 parkways in the neighborhood. Awarded Mayor Daley's Gardener of the Year in 2004, Jeanne now gardens on behalf of the neighborhood full time. It all began one day when she was picking up trash outside her home. We will also vote on the 2008 community garden project. Come hear an inspiring presentation and help the RPGG prepare for next year!

Location: Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Room (2nd floor), Greenview & Greenleaf.

sorry about the interruption

I messed up my knee a few weeks ago and just had knee surgery. It may be another week or two before I'm up to speed again, at least online.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

paradise paved

Since I moved back to Chicago from New Hampshire over 10 years ago, I’ve had a change of heart on the subject of parking and its costs to society and the environment. Increasing reliance on private vehicles doesn't just create traffic congestion, road rage, obesity and air pollution. Increasing the availability of parking to accommodate all these vehicles creates more impermeable surfaces, which reduces the earth's ability to absorb rainwater, increasing flooding and sending more pollution (oil from roadways and other pollution) directly into our lakes and rivers instead of letting nature filter much of it out in soil. This Slate article makes a lot of other related points. Your $0.02?