Oct 31, 2011
I stayed in a Benedictine Abbey in Cullman, Alabama over the weekend. I could have used a few more days there reading, drawing, and sleeping. This odd painting was on the wall in my room.
Oct 26, 2011
Like Memphis, Keokuk, Iowa is a Mississippi river town nestled in a tri-state area. It use to be a thriving working class town with lots of factories. They've mostly all closed now, although my husband’s Dad still works in one of the few remaining. It’s sad to see the repercussions of the extinction of American manufacturing. The population of Keokuk is dwindling and many buildings are empty. Despite this, the Iowa, Illinois, Missouri region is beautiful. There are lots of woods to romp around in close by. The river is wide and full with a massive lock and dam. The river roads are windy and tree lined, and the people keep on living.