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Worldly Word Feb 7

Drizzling, dreary, oh my dearies....what a gloomy day!  The weather outside is a little crazy.  It is a light freezing rain and very damp conditions here in Niles, Il.  These are the sort of days that you would like to stay in bed...but alas, I have things to do...Today I am supposed to have an article written about me and storytelling....so, it is off to buy the papers.  Yeah!!  It is so great to have an article written about storytelling.  The trouble that storytellers have is to make the public aware that we don't just read a book to you....that it is for adults as well as children....that it is educational and fun....there is more to it than Mother Goose.  I love what storytelling does for me.  I have learned so much just by researching a story.  I have been working on researching Dunning Asylum in Chicago.  If any of you readers have anything to share, PLEASE....post it.  Yesterday I found a picture of the farm that was once the Poor House...it was farmed by the residents for their keep.  I am currently researching the train and the surrounding area.  So much history behind this story.  There were about 40,000 souls buried in those grounds.  The story goes on! I think today's word will be LOOK.  I know I could have used investigate or research...but look seems to be more appropriate.  Sometimes something is right under our noses...but if we don't LOOK, we don't see it.  I lived in the Chicago area my whole life.  I grew up in the Cragin area.  That is near Fullerton and Laramie.  All pockets of Chicago have a name for it.  Did you know that?  If you are a Chicagoan you probably do.
Anyway, I knew of the Dunning Asylum, went there to drop off clothes for the residents after my grandfather passed away, but never knew that it had also been a poor house and an orphanage.  It was a TB center as well.  There was a train that went there that was nick-named the "crazy" train.  It was all there...I just needed to LOOK.  
How many times do we over LOOK something?  Whether accidentally or on purpose.  We LOOK at an item, a person , a situation.  We might LOOK sad, happy, worn,sick or healthy.  An appearance can change the way people treat us.  The way we LOOK can speak volumes without us ever saying a word. 
LOOK is a pointed finger.  Look at that person! Look at they way they run that business! Look over there!  Look what you're doing!  I think it might be considered one of those frequent mile words.  Well, I am off to LOOK for those newspapers.  I LOOK forward to any sharing about Dunning or it's previous uses.  Have a great day!
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