Mr. Helmet’s Neighborhood

Mr. Helmet’s Neighborhood

It's enough that Wisconsin crossing guards show up faithfully twice a day to protect their young charges through all kinds of inclement weather and inconsiderate drivers. How wonderful that so many of them also spread a little joy! Mr. Helmet, whose given name is Dennis, has manned his post on the corner of Glendale Avenue [...]

The story of Giannis Antetokounmpo (by Mirin Fader)

The story of Giannis Antetokounmpo (by Mirin Fader)

The first time I read Mirin Fader's outstanding biography of Giannis Antetokounmpo, I loped through it with increasing speed. Fascinated and eager to learn more about the NBA MVP and his family, I whipped through that book so quickly I finished it, breathless and amazed, in a couple of days. The second time through, I'm [...]

The Bog Blog

The Bog Blog

For nearly all of the 10 years I have been writing this blog, I have wanted to write a post about cranberry bogs. Wisconsin produces more than half of the world's cranberry supply, but all the bog action takes place on the western side of the state. So, until yesterday, I had never been to [...]