Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel

The tide is ebbing. I had hoped my father would live to see another spring and summer. To enjoy his final pontoon boat rides on the river. To see the trees bud out and watch the deer sneak surreptitiously into the yard under the cover of darkness. But the pull of the moon is strong and the tide is receding a bit more each day.

My heart aches with each little thing he can no longer do. He says he is suffering from “Daddy Syndrome” – he’s taken care of his children for more than 62 years and suddenly we are taking care of him. This role reversal has been more painful for him than any of his health issues.

Centennial Olympic Park Fountain show in Atlanta Georgia, a metaphor for the ebb tide of life

Centennial Olympic Park Fountain show in Atlanta Georgia

I was in Atlanta last week, packing up stuff that I had stored there for the past few years and hauling it back up to my Dad’s house in Illinois. The trip reminded me of an earlier visit to Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, which was created for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The centerpiece of the park is the Fountain of Rings – five intertwining Olympic rings embedded into the pavement, through which waters spout in syncopation with broadcast music. Read More

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Theater District in downtown Chicago on a gray, wintry day

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Squirrel enjoys a winter snack at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Squirrel enjoys a winter snack at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois

McCormick-Tribune Skating Rink in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago

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