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Laura Young
Chicago area
Pet sitter, photographer, animal welfare advocate
Interests: Dogs, animal rescue, nature, photography, hiking, biking, blogging, travel, gardening
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A lot happens on this acre in the course of a year. Here is a small taste. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
Perspective kicks the tires on her brand new Point of View while Philosophy checks the oil. Slamming the hood, he shakes his head, “Hope you aren’t planning to go too far.” “I never plan on it. Sometimes it just turns out that way.” He purses his lips, considering, as he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
I have a couple blogs on ChicagoNow that have been lying dormant for a couple reasons...one being time, the other being the ever expanding number of ads on the site which I find to be incredibly off putting (in addition to making it very hard to read with any sense... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
Sadness curls about you, a tendril of jasmine smoke tinged with amber. Delicate dancer, you breathe her in. A perfumed ribbon of moonlight, she brushes your cheek caressing the trail of the single tear now moistening your lips. She knows how to find your hidden places. And you decide, for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
Can I just say that I am in pain today? Can I just tell you I am cocooned in grief sitting here in the rain powerless and beaten by the steady march of time? Is it okay if I tell you that every utterance of future feels false and empty,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
I would have liked to linger with you over sun-drenched berries, drizzled with cream but, you see, I had all these things to do that day. Not much, but enough. And when you dropped me home, I would have liked to invite you in, but I thought better of it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
After a while, she figured it out. He did, too. He had peeked behind her curtain, knew all about Oz and how Great and Powerful wasn’t really all it was cracked up to be. He kept silent. She did not. She waited outside the phone booth until he emerged. “It’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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This was my contribution to a book entitled “Become Your Own Great and Powerful” “Ambition? Julius Caesar had ambition and look what happened to him!” Those inspiring words were beneath my grandmother’s high school yearbook photo as she prepared to meet the world upon her graduation. I was sorting through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
(This chapter was written for a collaborative book on Life Purpose back when I was a life coach. Enjoy!) “What is my life purpose?” you ask. “Do you REALLY want to go there?” I answer. You see, once you are in this question, really in it…well, nothing will ever be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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This chapter was written for a collaborative book on Creative Intelligence back when I was a life coach. Enjoy! Don't judge us. We're artists. And then I heard myself say, “I’ll be right back, I have to go downstairs to get the aliens.” I may have been the only one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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I am currently taking a year-long sabbatical from social media because I have several creative projects I need to focus on and you know what a time suck those quick checks of Facebook can be. While going through some writings I am developing, I found some blasts from the past.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Sooo...the week that just passed did not afford many opportunities for me to take photos here, not that there wasn't news to report. Time to get back on the blogging horse and so I thought, while my husband and I were eating a breakfast of zucchini crepes and honeydew melon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Perhaps it's just that it has been such a rainy year, but the summer seems to be waning already if the tattered wings of this monarch are any indication... And yet, there are signs of new winged life yet to be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Last year two little poppies showed up in the garden strip along my garage near the downspout. I think they are breadbox poppies. I suspect the seeds blew in and washed down the drain to find themselves planted there, as they aren't anywhere else in the yard. They are such... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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The Ruby Meadowhawk is one of the most common dragonflies in the meadows and fields of northern Illinois. This is the female, more russet in color compared to the more truly scarlet colored male. They are also among the more tolerant of intrusive photographers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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One thing to be said for neglecting my overgrown gardens is that it allows the other residents of our acre to thrive relatively undisturbed. I know there are a lot of people out there who don't really enjoy seeing snakes, especially large ones like this creature, but I've always delighted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Mulberries One of the things I love about being an adult is that I am now tall enough to reach mulberries right off the branches in the summer. When I was growing up, the kids on our street would gather in front of our neighbor's house around this time every... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Echinacea is a favorite of butterflies and gold finches Echinacea, or purple coneflower will happily take over your yard if you let it and more and more I find myself content to let it. Mostly. Well, on weeks like this. The same plant that enjoys widespread use for treating colds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Wild chicory along a bike trail Every year around this time, my husband must endure my seemingly endless refrain, "I just love those flowers." "Oh, chicory! I just love that color!" "Did I ever tell you how much I love chicory flowers?" It's just how it is with me when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Also known as Monarda, Bergamot and Oswego Tea, you can see its wild version in bloom in many prairies and along bike trails right now. Wild bee balm It is edible. This member of the mint family has a strong flavor that is best used sparingly (a spicy, almost oregano... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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Or, as we call it in our house, the "little green hero", has been a fairly regular visitor to the marsh. The nickname got started when I had sent an email to my brother-in-law and happened to make mention that we had one walking around in the yard. My niece,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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The crayfish (or crawdaddy if you live in the southern U.S.), is a small crustacean resembling a tiny lobster. The crayfish spends most of its time in the chamber at the bottom of its burrow so is rarely seen. Only at night does it become active bringing soil to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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I introduced you to the happily self-seeding Celandine Poppy recently and want to introduce you to another repeat bloomer. Widow's tears are also known as Virginia spiderwort, spider lily or trinity flower. Commonly found growing in moist prairies, meadows and woodlands, the plant is a vigorous grower in the wild... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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I had wanted to show you photos of the pair of kingfishers that were hanging out on the marsh all day but this was the absolute best one I could get... ...because frankly I didn't feel like tolerating the evil mosquitos to try to freeze this action... What I had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura
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One of the happy inhabitants of our acre is the Celandine (or Wood) Poppy, a delightful yellow flowered plant that seems to be perpetually in bloom. I've seen it mentioned that it is relatively uncommon now, one of the plants that is being impacted by invasive garlic mustard. However, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Today at Shangri-Laura