I Griswolded our Christmas lights…again!

I Griswolded our Christmas lights…again!

I frightened my neighbors as I hung up our Christmas lights...I always do. My family knows better. They flee the house at the first sulphur whiff of the bulbs. But, lured by an unseasonably warm afternoon and a sweet innocence I’ve yet to destroy, my neighbors strolled happily past our house Sunday afternoon. They waved [...]

On sweetgrass, advent and positive vibes

On sweetgrass, advent and positive vibes

Our advent wreath looks a little different this year, thanks to Jon Wheelock and the good people at the Refuge in Appleton. This year, along with the four candles that symbolize hope, love, joy and peace, we included sweetgrass. Sweetgrass, we learned (thanks to Saturday night’s cultural exchange and fundraiser for the people of Standing [...]

Five ways Appleton is just like Stars Hollow

Five ways Appleton is just like Stars Hollow

We ate plenty of food yesterday, but the real binge we've all been looking forward to starts today. Ever since we heard Netflix would be releasing a Gilmore Girls miniseries, our family has known exactly what we would be doing on Nov. 25. We have been Gilmore Girls fans since the show debuted 16 years [...]

Captain’s log Stardate 2016: The pre-Thanksgiving grocery shop

Enter through the liquor store and note disturbing lack of carts. Successfully procure the extra large variety, and partially fill it with a hopefully appropriate selection of alcohol. Thus fortified, head west and cautiously begin negotiating a produce section teaming with Klingons. Seek refuge in the paper product aisle (while conveniently securing a 12-mega roll [...]