Beautiful things: Another magic mirror

Beautiful things: Another magic mirror

Last week, my sister in-law Nancy gave my son Charlie and his fiancée Tara a beautiful engagement present. As I've written before, Nancy celebrates moments and memories in extraordinarily thoughtful ways. She remembered that, when Charlie was younger, he had given his grandparents a mirror for Christmas, and had written them a note that they [...]

The 26th pick and he didn’t even know he was drafted

The 26th pick and he didn’t even know he was drafted

In what turned out to be one of the NFL's strongest classes ever, my dad, Ron Kostelnik, was chosen 26th overall and, at the time, he didn't even know he'd been drafted. In December of 1960, my dad's mind was on other things. A defensive tackle for the University of Cincinnati, he had just played [...]

The Prodigal Sun…and Vinnie

The Prodigal Sun…and Vinnie

We hauled out an old picnic table for an impromptu driveway picnic yesterday to celebrate the prodigal sun...and Vinnie Both returned to Wisconsin this weekend and turned an ordinary Sunday into a party. When it comes to weather, we Wisconsinites are the most grateful people I know. All over Appleton people greeted the 56 degree [...]