The Italian Job (right here in Wisconsin)

The Italian Job (right here in Wisconsin)

My son Vinnie and daughter in-law Danni discovered a little slice of Italy right here in Wisconsin and we couldn't be more thrilled for them (and for us). Located on the coast of Lake Pepin, the Villa Bellezza winery offers everything one might expect in an Italian winery -- lush vineyards, a cobblestone courtyard, delicious [...]

Here’s to two thoroughbreds and the lucky family they raised

Here’s to two thoroughbreds and the lucky family they raised

I spent a beautiful Saturday with my in-laws this week, thanks to the magic of memories and Churchill Downs. Vince and Mary Jane Biskupic loved to spend an afternoon at the racetrack, he for the opportunity to test his horse acumen, and she for the chance to test her Irish luck. Mostly, though, they both [...]

In a heartbeat

In a heartbeat

The question caught me off guard as I sprinted between midday errands, and I answered too quickly. “Knowing what you know now, would you still become a foster parent?” a friend asked. “No way!” I said. It wasn’t true. I knew this as soon as the words left my mouth. I knew it even more [...]