A Thursday Ten/Writer’s Workshop Mashup: Some Favorite Instagram Accounts

So today Mama Kat asks us to sample a few of our favorite Instagram accounts. It’s Thursday, so ten oughta do it, right?


Tommy Emmanuel, C. G. P. “C. G. P.” stands for “Certified Guitar Player,” and it’s an honor Chet Atkins created (as a joke, really) and bestowed upon some of his favorite guitar players. That Tommy was one of them should tell you something, and if that doesn’t, the clip below will.

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From the "Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida" DVD.

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Chicago’s Extinct Businesses Those of us who grew up in Chicago, as with any big city, remember certain businesses that were once there that have long since disappered. Pete Kastanes finds pictures, ads, matchbook covers, and other memorabilia from those places and posts them to his account. He’s also active on Facebook.

Robert Crais is the author of the Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, and other books which I really enjoy. He’s pretty active on Instagram, and will share book covers, ads, pictures from book signings, and just pictures from his crazy life.

Oedipus The Cat I follow a lot of cats because I like cats. One of them is Oedipus, a Cornish Rex with plenty of personality.

Loyola Quinlan I am an alumnus of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Business (BBA in Operations Management, 1978) and like to keep up with what’s going on there.

O’Charley’s is a restaurant chain found primarily in the Southeastern US, though I think they’re trying to spread nationwide. We have one nearby and like to have lunch there about once a week. They have good food and great pie.

Crosswalk All-Stars An account dedicated to pictures of people in downtown crosswalks, primarily in Chicago and New York, both of which have lots of them.

Daily Facts – Now You Know Daily An account dedicated to image quotes about things you might not have known.

The Cooper Review is the brainchild of Sarah Cooper, a business website offering office humor and tech culture. She has some hilarious things on there.

Yvette Young is a very talented young woman who plays the guitar beautifully and composes beautiful tunes. Just watch her fingers.

There are so many more accounts I follow that are similar to these, but you get the idea. That’s Writer’s Workshop and The Thursday Ten for August 18, 2016.

Ten Favorite Instagram Accounts


This week, one of Mama Kat’s prompts for her Writer’s Workshop was this:

Create a list of some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow.

It just so happens that I came up with ten of them. So it’s a Thursday Ten as well as a Writer’s Workshop entry!

Before I start, this disclaimer: A few months ago, another blogger (not me) ended up being dragged into court and had to pay huge royalties for using a professional photographer’s copyrighted material without permission. Since then, I have lived in mortal fear that the same will happen to me. Now, there’s a way to embed pictures from Instagram into blog posts, and it seems to cover the whole copyright issue. Problem is, it doesn’t seem to work; you get the frame, the description, everything BUT the picture. I’m hoping that it’s just a problem using the Google-supplied Internet connection at Starbucks, but it might not be. I’ll provide links to the Instagram accounts as well, so you’ll be able to see the work of the photographers regardless.

That being said, here are my ten favorite Instagram accounts.

braves I’ve been an Atlanta Braves fan since moving here in 1988.

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Wednesday Night Lights.

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whitesox I’ve been a White Sox fan most of my life. In fact, when I was born, my uncle said I looked like Minnie Minoso.

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A literal #walkoff. #SoxWin!

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fox5atlanta One of the local TV stations. I follow all of them on Twitter.

vintagetribune The Chicago Tribune has opened its files of photographs from the 1800’s forward and shares several pictures each day. Fun to see what life was like then.

instagram Instagram itself curates pictures and shares them daily.

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Traditionally served up in a brass bowl or thick stone pot, Korean cuisine gets an artful, contemporary makeover in the kitchen of Soyeon Kim (@sso_yang). When the interior designer from Seoul, South Korea, started collecting modern tableware crafted by her favorite designers, so grew her own appetite for cooking, styling and photographing food. “I like taking photos because I can enjoy my plates, preparing meals, table settings and food pictures all at the same time,” she says. Soyeon typically fills her tabletop with nourishing noodles or a colorful mix of rice and vegetables, neatly arranged in her favorite plates and bowls. “Korean food takes a lot of care and time to make,” she says, noting that many items, such as kimchi, must be fermented. Lovingly prepared ingredients combined with one of three basic sauces — “gochujang” (red pepper paste), “doenjang” (soybean paste) and “ganjang” (soy sauce) — imbue Korean fare with its deep signature flavor, says Soyeon. “These are the key ingredients. Without them, Korean food just wouldn’t be delicious.” Photo by @sso_yang

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choosechicago I wouldn’t want to move back, but the city of my birth is a beautiful place, and I follow several accounts that share pictures of the Windy City. Here’s one of them.

apartmenttherapy I found this site a while ago, and even though we don’t live in an apartment and it’s doubtful we’ll ever use any of the ideas, it’s fun to see what people have done, especially with small spaces. And occasionally, if I get into a fiction mood, they provide excellent settings.

insta_chicago Another Chicago-centric account.

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Photo by @tedisgraphic

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chicagomag An Instagram account operated by Chicago Magazine.

loyolaquinlan The new building for Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business (my alma mater) opens this fall. They’ve been documenting the construction on their account.

So there you have it, my ten favorite Instagram accounts. That’s your Thursday Ten for August 6, 2015.