Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, which originated in India. Diwali is a shortening of the word deepavali, which means “row of lamps.” The darkest night of autumn lit with diyas – earthern lamps, candles and lanterns, makes the festival of lights particularl
November 2 is known as Day of the Dead, or El Dia de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Although it seems like it might be spooky, because it coincides with Halloween, Day of the Dead is, indeed, spirit-filled, but is celebratory, rather than spooky. On this day, fam
The snow fell beautifully last week on Monday night, leaving us with fresh, fluffy snow and lots of tracks, tracks, tracks, we found on our weekly hike on Tuesday. Mice, cats, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, dogs (and maybe coyote?) tracks dotted our path. We celebrated mid-winter and
Inviting Da Vinci family and friends to "like" our early childhood teacher Donna Brooks' music Facebook page. By following her, you can find out where and when she is playing next. (Psst, she will be at Bliss Wine in Wauconda this Monday evening, 5:30-8:30!) ...
Growing up in the Andersen family, there was always music in the house. In her twenties and early thirties, Donna sang background vocals in the band The I-Lites, headed by her brother, Dave Andersen. From this she branched off and picked up the guitar to showcase her vocals more in the contemporary folk band Prairie Smoke. Donna Brooks still collaborates with siblings and friends along with taking the stage as a solo performer of music and storytelling.