Stephie will again have her tent at the annual Bucktown Arts Fest on August 24 & 25, near the intersection of Oakley Ave and Lyndale St in Chicago.
Details are on their web site. Stop by and check out her artwork. She's been working hard the past few months and has quite a few new pieces ready to go.

Stephanie also has more sessions of her class called "Creating Abstract Art Using The 'Pour' Method" coming up this fall at the LaGrange Art League
Details, and sign-up information are on their site. She's taught this class in the past to much acclaim and much positive feedback. Sign up now!

And keep the evening of October 19 open. Matt will be the featured reader at the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series and it will be a book release party of Book One of Barnstormers. You can read a sample of the story on his web site,, then come out on the 19th to see what lengths Matt will go to sell you a book.

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

09/13/08: Things we learned in Green Bay last weekend (that's us under the arrow in the picture):
  • They have a beautiful stadium up there. This was the first Packer game we went to at Lambeau Field since the big renovation a couple years ago, and they did a great job adding extra seats and more luxury skyboxes while still retaining the look and feel of the old stadium. The atrium they added with the Packer Hall of Fame and restaurants and other stores is really nice, and it doesn't look at all like a space ship landed in the middle of the field!
  • The fans up there continue to be great. Stephie brought her camera and was taking pictures of the Leinie Lodge in the atrium, when she had me stop so she could get a picture of me. After she snapped the picture, this guy got up from a nearby table, walked over and put his arm around me and said "Now, here's a picture you need to take!" One of his buddies came over and got in the picture and said "OK, go ahead!" Stephie looked a little reluctant but started to raise the camera, and I said "Hey, guys, that's not a digital camera. She's only got a limited number of shots to take." They started waving their hands at her and said "Oh, then don't waste your pictures on us! You need to take GOOD pictures!" They then offered to take a picture of the two of us with her camera. How cool is that? And there were tons of Vikings fans there, with Minneapolis being fairly close. The rivalry between the two teams is almost as strong as between the Packers and the Bears, but we didn't see any problems between the fans, just some good-natured trash talking, similar to what we saw in Indianapolis a couple years ago. Too bad the same can't be said for our experience at Soldier Field.
  • I really, really like when they have the fighter jets do a fly-by at the end of the national anthem. And when you sit real high up in the stadium, as we did, it's not only deafening when they fly overhead, you can actually feel the heat from the engines as they pass by!
  • While we didn't have one, we now know what an "Ultimate Dawg" is. Just as the game started, the two guys next to me sat down, one guy had an enormous hot dog with a bunch of stuff on it. I asked him what it was and he said a foot-long hot dog with chili and macaroni and cheese on it! I watched as he tried to eat it as a normal hot dog, but he soon gave up and used a fork. I forgot about it as the game went on, but when they came back after halftime, I asked him how it was. He said "It was awesome! In fact, he got one!" and pointed to his buddy, who was gamely trying to eat his without resorting to using the fork. As I said, we didn't have one but it looked pretty good. We'll have to try that one at home!
  • My birthday present works really well. Stephie got me a bluetooth keyboard to go with the Nokia Internet tablet I picked up last year, and we took it along with us. The motel we stayed in had wireless internet, so we were able to easily check our e-mail and whatever else we wanted to while we were there. I had been thinking about getting one of those Linux-based mini-laptops that the tech sites have been writing about, but with this combo, I basically have one.
  • Kisu has a new favorite place to stay when we're out of town. On a friend's recommendation, we boarded her at Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort in Chicago Ridge. There she had her own room with a TV and a doggie door so she could go outside whenever she wanted. She seemed to like it a lot. She had some separation anxiety issues the last time we went out of town and left her where she stayed several times before, but no problems this time. In fact, she didn't seem overly happy to see us when we picked her up!
  • I think the Packers are going to be OK without Brett Favre. We were disappointed at the way that whole retirement situation played out in pre-season. We asked around up there and it seems ultimately the Green Bay fans have the same feelings about the matter as we do. At first, the fans were blaming the coach and the management about how things went down, but as one guy put it, we then saw a side of Favre that we didn't know he had. I wish him all the best (unless he's playing against the Packers, or course) but I just hope that he didn't come back just to wind up getting hurt more seriously than he had in all the time he played for Green Bay.

09/27/04: Stephie and I just got back from Indianapolis, where we saw her beloved Packers lose to the Payton Manning and the Colts. We didn't mind the loss so much, because it was a really great game, the city was great, and the Colts fans were really tolerant of the thousands of Packer fans that made the trip to see the game. We did hear of an incident in the men's room between a Packer fan and a Colts fan, but we didn't even see any pushing and shoving. It was a great time.

One thing that was funny, though, was that since this was the home opener, they were handing out these big blue foam horseshoes to everyone attending the game, a picture of which should be on this page. Some people wore it around their neck like a collar, some on their head, but more people than probably they intended wore it elsewhere. You can probably figure it out from the shape, but suffice it to say that the hard aluminum bench didn't seem that hard to a lot of fans. (And I don't mean just Packer fans!)

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