Category Archives: Travels with Charley

Red October

WHAT—ME WORRY? LESSON LEARNED by Charles McKelvy When I was all of 12 and a student in Mrs. Harrington’s 6th grade class at Alice L. Barnard Elementary School in Chicago, I was convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that I was … Continue reading

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Postcards from Gary

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Trainspotting in Hinsdale

(Hinsdale, Illinois) To quote our friends at Trains Magazine, suffice it to say: “one could spend months or years trying to photograph all of Chicago’s rail lines. Most people don’t have that much time, so here is a nominee for the first … Continue reading

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Model Railroading

(Harbert, Michigan) People ask me why I don’t have a model railroad.  I am, after all, a lifelong choo-choo cuckoo, so I should have a model railroad down in my basement. Well, we don’t have a basement, and we don’t … Continue reading

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Travels with Charley: Abroad in Bridgeport

(Chicago, Illinois) After the Oblate meeting at the Monastery of the Holy Cross on Sunday, I walked over to Zaytune on Morgan at 31st Place for a Middle Eastern feast, and then I walked off my savory calories by proceeding … Continue reading

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Travels with Charley: Fountain Delight

(Indiana Dunes State Park) The stars aligned Thursday for a wondrous bike ride to this “primitive, beautiful, historic and amazing landscape” where I camped as a member of Boy Scout Troop 607 so many moons ago.  Natalie was still on … Continue reading

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