Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cemetery Secrets: Behind the Scenes at Bailly

Anyone else work better on a deadline? I spent the official first day of spring at Bailly Homestead/ Chellberg Farm with my little family gathering original images for my next MUSE Magazine article. 

I love getting commissioned by Cricket Media.You may know Cricket's publications and not even realize it. They are everywhere! (Most pediatricians, libraries and schools carry them.) MUSE Magazine got the Parents' Choice Gold Award in 2020. It caters to 9-14 year old readers. 

As a kid I used to ask for subscriptions to various lines that Cricket publishes. (Yes I was a bookworm from the very beginning.) So, getting a chance to write for them is actually a dream come true. 

(Striking a power pose at age 5, with my sister and mom in front of the Science and Industry Museum in Chicago.)

This is my second Science @ Work article. Cricket bills MUSE Magazine as "The science and arts magazine for kids that’s spot on with the facts, but off-kilter with the jokes." My first article was published in March of 2020 and it featured the amazing Dr. Erin Argyilan of Indiana University. 

(March MUSE Magazine Cover.)

The purpose of this portion of their magazine is to help highlight underrepresented populations working in the sciences, while also covering an interesting portion of the month's theme. Cricket's publications are great to support because they run an advertisement free zone for kids. Their mission is all about making learning fun.

(March MUSE Magazine article on the history of texting.)

My next article will run in September of 2021 and the theme is "Layers of Meaning." 

(Ranger Kip at The Paul H. Douglas Center.)

I interviewed Ranger Kip Walton of the Indiana Dunes National Park all about the many layers of history happening at Bailly Cemetery. 
(Early drawing of the cemetery.) 

Once home to a French fur traded and his family, the history of this site surrounds the forming of the Calumet Region. 

(Bailly Cemetery today.)

It was our first time exploring this place as a family unit. The weather gods were kind, a rarity in Indiana during our tumultuous springs. It was great being able to introduce my menfolk (my fella Shawn, Baby Konrad and our pup Charlie) to this easy hike for the whole family.

(Exploring Chellberg Farm on our hike to the cemetery. You can see how the pioneers lived here.) 

 You can read all about Bailly with your little ones by ordering your subscription to Muse Magazine, or buy the September edition drops. (You can read more about my writing at

(Signs of spring and taking snacks on the trail. ) 

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