As we came to resting point in at Northwestern University in Chicago, we found a striking and uncanny resting spot for wise old trees. They had been removed, trunkated to 6 feet lengths and staked in a wall formation creating an earthy barrier sometimes 9 feet tall defining the perimeter a surface blacktop parking lot.

The growth rings on these once ancient giants reinforce the simplicity of community radiating out from an inner circle of life. This is quite successful for trees that have a guardian to help protect them from predators and a great example for the design of some communities where the landscape allows.

The jagged adges of the protective bark symbolizes for me the walls we build to protect us from the things on the outside of our comfortable surroundings. They also resemble the outline and coldness of a sharp stainless steel knife or weapon that seem to provide the visual and practicle protection for the things below the surface. Kind of how we as followers of Christ stand together around a unified purpose in order to help and protect the concentric communities all around us. 
Hopefully this seasoned giant will be transformed in to another grand purpose as its legacy. To provide shelter and shade for so many over the past decades, it seems a wonderful opportunity to be transformed and re-purposed for many more decades.

Approaching CHI-CHI Town (Chicago) I saw the towering skyscrapers, technically classified by any building over 75' tall, framing and defining the skyline in all of their glory and grandeur.

A verse came to mind as I was driving:
Genesis 11:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
NOTE: The bible verse is a reference and NOT a direct opinion of mine toward towers, skyscrapers or high rises. I believe tall buildings can be a thing of beauty and prominence when created to work within the surrounding architectural fabric and meets the programmatic needs of the people.

As we continued on our families Divine Journey from our comfortable and cozy lives in Cincinnati, Ohio to our newest adventure to Wisconsin (wis-CAHN-sin as I am still audibly sensitive to the accents on the middle part of the pronunciation of the state name) we passed through this wonderful and opportunitistic Wind Farm just outside Chicago. These five turbine engines are merely a fraction of the hundreds of grand and powerful machines that towered over our heads and seemed to dwarf us as we graced by their stature.

I was not aware that this wind farm existed out here in the cornfields of the Midwest with 222 wind turbines.
 I am very excited to see the amazing way that men/women are working to utilize the incredible natural resouces that our Father God has lent us. It reminds me of our ancestors that survived off God's natural resources: sun, moon, wind, water current, fire, snow, etc... He is so incredible and I am blessed to have driven through such a wonderful and inspiring site on my way deep into my Divine Journey.

With a little of our arch4t ingenuity and talent, we could enhance this Wind Farm with a Visitor's and User's Educational Event Center...they should definitely contact us for our forward thinking ideas and concepts.
Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Benton County 
The first 400 megawatts of the project will generate enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 120,000 average homes.

Well, here we go. We are following our next Chapter of our families lives, a Divine direction..."Where You go I'll go, Where You stay I'll stay, Where You move I'll move. I will follow You. I will follow You."  We have been hearing from God since March that we need to move our family on His mission, and that mission is taking us to Neenah, WI. We are leaving our amazing and environmentally conscWe will travel to stay with Gina's brother Doug, his wife Sarah and their son Drew tonight and wake up and head out to Neenah tomorrow.

We will stay with Gina's cousin Monica and her husband Todd for a few days. We will sign the paperwork and move in to on our new home on Wednesday. Emery starts school on Thursday, Sept 1st and I have my first in person interview also on Thursday, 1st.

Please pray for us on our Divine journey and the incredibly exciting opportunities that God is creating for us! Here we come Father God. Our entire family is ready and open for our next step.

God Bless,
Your humble servant, DanO
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    Enthusiastic, extroverted architectural entrepreneur with a Divine passion to revitalize the existing and sometimes forgotten historic commercial and residential buildings that line our neighborhoods and urban fabrics that we drive through on a daily basis with our mental cruise controls set to survive. 


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