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Chicagoans who are living their dream, making a difference or just hanging in there and other inspirational stories.

Japanese Flute Player Enchants Passersby at Promontory Point

If you’re going to Promontory Point this weekend you might hear the elegant sounds of a Japanese flute reverberating inside the tunnel entrance that will remind you of something long forgotten. Jia Senghe, plays a Japanese flute called the shakuhachi … Continue reading

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The Peace School

At the Peace School, teachers tell their students that each one of them has the power to help build a more peaceful world. The first step, they say, is to learn how to breathe. At a peace conference held last … Continue reading

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The Ambassador of Hyde Park

Valois cafeteria has the best windows in Hyde Park for looking out on the world. And they don’t mind if you linger a bit after you’ve eaten, so when you want to go somewhere and daydream while sipping coffee, or … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Best Street Performers

Where are these guys when I’m catching the train? Ronald Christian and Greg.

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A Look Inside of a Sculptor’s Studio

One day, Mike Helbing had an epiphany when he was a soldier in the Vietnam war. “It came to me that all war was about was destroying things and I wanted to create things. I was sitting under a gum … Continue reading

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A Message From the Owls

I was in Barnes and Nobles on State Street a few days ago drinking coffee and scrolling through the images in my camera when the guy sitting in the chair across from me asked if it was the new Olympus … Continue reading

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Tales of a Bluesman

It sounded like war in the primate house at Lincoln Park Zoo.  The animals were hooting and screaming so loud it made me wonder if they were trying to tell me something. Then suddenly, they quieted, and I could hear … Continue reading

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