Shhhhh! Our librarian booked another award

Shhhhh! Our librarian booked another award

My sister Kathy has been honored by almost every school she has attended. Saturday night, she received a distinguished alumni award from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information Studies, to complement the Herb Kohl Fellowship she was awarded in 2007, the University of  Wisconsin - Madison distinguished alumni award she won in [...]

Why we watch football

Why we watch football

We sat facing a sweet Saturday sun, wearing our festive red gear and pondering our place in this fickle universe. Was it right to settle in and enjoy a college football game in Wisconsin while a huge, snarling hurricane ripped through the Caribbean and  bore down on Florida? Especially since the rightful holder of our [...]

Five things I learned this weekend

The holiday season begins in T-minus three days and I'm feeling panicky generous. As I'm coming off an especially educational few days, I thought I'd share a few tips I picked up during November's spare weekend. 1) Toilet paper is no substitute for paper toweling. Does this seem obvious to you? It only occurred to [...]

Surprise! Happy birthday Kathy, my most gullible sister

Under the cover of 10,000 hogs, we pulled off the perfect surprise birthday party Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee. Planned with military precision by a three-generational task force -- the indomitable Grandma Peggy, Katherine and Erin -- the party required coded messages on cellphones and layer cakes, thirteen helium balloons and a tiny human carrier just [...]