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 [...]

Be kind, dear groundhog

Be kind, dear groundhog

Have you ever been to Punxsutawney? I have. That's how loyal I am to my fickle friend Phil. We share a fondness for random celebrations  and burrowing on chilly February mornings. We're also legendary procrastinators, which is how my family holiday card came to celebrate the groundhog. Our tradition started because I kept putting off [...]

The super perks of being a Super Bowl fan

The super perks of being a Super Bowl fan

Shortly after she completed five straight twice-a-day radiation treatments, my sister Kathy jumped on a plane and headed to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. "I bonded with my nurses about it," she said. "I sent them a Super Bowl basket of fruit." That weekend, Kathy pulled on her Packers jersey (No. 77, of course) and [...]