An abundance of flannel, music and Katherine(ryns)

An abundance of flannel, music and Katherine(ryns)

I wrapped myself in my dad's old flannel shirt and spent Saturday night with my two favorite Katherine(ryn)s and 18 excellent musical groups. Due to COVID-19, Flannel Fest organizers livestreamed the event this year, which meant I could watch from my living room here in Appleton, Wisconsin, while my sister Kathy tuned in from Milwaukee [...]

Friday Faves — Christmas Stars (featuring my friend Mrs. Claus)

Friday Faves — Christmas Stars (featuring my friend Mrs. Claus)

November has always been a busy time of year for my friend Mrs. Claus, and this year is no exception. In fact, 2020 has presented her with even more challenges -- how to keep the big guy healthy enough to circle the globe on Christmas Eve, how to convince those elves to keep their masks [...]

The best reunion of them all

The best reunion of them all

Among the hundreds of Paul Hornung photos circulating the globe, I believe my friend Suzanne Jordan has the best. In it, the NFL superstar rests cheerfully in a familiar chair while his teammates’ tiny daughters – Diana Kramer, Theresa Jordan and Suzanne – do his hair. That all four are so comfortable together is a [...]