Gratitude grows like a popover

Gratitude grows like a popover

Gratitude grows like an English popover, it spills over in a explosion of warmth and flavor and requires very few ingredients. I thought about that yesterday during our Thanksgiving dinner, which was missing some of our favorite people but still full of rich, buttery food and joy. We were thankful for moments -- a vigorous [...]

This year I’m thankful for persimmons

This year I’m thankful for persimmons

This year, I am especially thankful for persimmons and all they represent. My particular persimmons arrived unexpectedly, hand picked, dried and packaged from a brand new friend's backyard tree. They looked like little wheels of sunshine, all seeded and eager to please. "Hello there, little guys," I said as I opened up a little packet [...]

Light Up Appleton!

Light Up Appleton!

I wrote a piece about Appleton's kick off to the holiday season that took place Saturday. Light Up Appleton felt like a Hallmark Christmas movie come to life, complete with impossibly cute children, festive coffee stands, carolers, games, holiday markets and Mrs. Claus. I'm so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to put that [...]

A big night for the Little Girls

A big night for the Little Girls

They invited me to come along, but I honestly had more fun watching my two little sisters have a big night at the Phil Collins Genesis concert Tuesday night in Chicago. My sister Jenny (who also goes by Jenna) called it a Jenna-Sis night and they live-texted me throughout. As I've written about before, I [...]