Stephanie is teaching a class at the LaGrange Art League called "Creating Abstract Art Using The 'Pour' Method."
Details, and sign-up information are on their site. She's taught this class in the past to much acclaim and much positive feedback. Classes are now under way, but there's still time to sign up and join the fun!

The next Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series night will be on Saturday, June 23, and Matt will be reading the next chapter of his new "Barnstormers" story. You can read the previous chapter on his web site at storiesbymatt.net/. On that site you can sign up for his mailing list, and you will receive the entire Barnstormers story to date, most chapters with content not read at the Tamale Hut.


For more information about Stephie's art, please also check out artbystephie.com.
For Matt's writing projects, please go to storiesbymatt.net. Enjoy your visit here!


04/16/11: Every once in a while, I run across something on the 'net which surprises me, and reminds me of the breadth of information that is available there. Last week during my lunch hour, I was reading "Captain Hazzard: Citadel of Fear", a recent pulp story co-written by Ron Fortier, which I bought from him at last year's Windy City Pulp and Paperback convention. In it, the main characters are in a plane, following another plane containing a kidnapped scientist as it heads west from New Jersey. As they approach Chicago, one character mentions that they were going to overshoot Midway airport, which I guess in the '30s was the major airport here, and is told that they were actually going to land in LaGrange. This caught my attention because LaGrange is the next town over from where I live. They landed at "Stinson Field" and the story went on from there.
     When I got back to my desk, I was curious if there was any fact behind this, so I Googled air fields in LaGrange, and discovered this fascinating site with information about defunct airports. Sure enough, there actually was a Stinson Field in LaGrange in the '30s!
     I stopped to chat with Ron at this years' Windy City con, and in the course of the conversation asked him about this story element. He said that he knew that back in the '30s, it seemed that everyone was airplane-crazy, and that there were hundreds of little airfields all across the country. He knew he wanted to include that in his story, so he used the Internet to get some details, and picked Stinson Field from the information he found there. I told him that little touch made me appreciate the story more, and he said that's whay research is important, even when writing fiction. I'll have to remember that when I write my next story.

     The picture here is of a new neighbor of ours. I saw this guy on the ground a couple weeks ago when I took Kisu our for her morning tinkle. He picked up a twig, hopped to a branch, then to a nest he was apparently building high in a tree on the corner of our lot. We've since seen two of what we think are falcons sitting in the tree right in front of our house, but I haven't yet been able to get the two of them in one shot. We're hoping to have little baby falcons in the neighborhood soon.



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