Dancers at the Grand Entry procession

A 21st Century Pow Wow Near Chicago

Loud drumming and spirited vocalizations, at once jarring and beautiful, filled my ears as Native American pow wow dancers spun and swayed within the grassy dance circle. In a long procession that marked the evening’s Grand Entry, they followed military veterans bearing eagle feather staffs, and the U.S. and Canadian…

Eyes to the Skies Festival

American flags, grilled meat, fireworks and fireflies all comprise a proper Fourth of July. This year, however, I’ve had enough of the usual pyrotechnics. So Emily and I opted for a different kind of light show—glowing hot air balloons at the Eyes to the Skies festival in Lisle, IL. We…