Beautiful people: A world-changing peep

Beautiful people: A world-changing peep

My friend Harriet drives an adorable yellow Bug, and a world-changing program based on empathy and joy. Wisconsibs, whose mission is to foster a community of support and understanding for brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs, has grown dramatically and strategically in the 20 years since Harriet founded it, shortly after the birth [...]

Beautiful people: A global ambassador for resiliency and love

Beautiful people: A global ambassador for resiliency and love

My friend Lois has become a global ambassador for resiliency and love. She is living, smiling, winking proof that life's second act can be as rich and full as its first.   Last week, Lois greeted her 12th host student, the lovely Juliette from Belgium, and the two immediately commenced on a whirlwind tour of [...]

Our town

Our town

This morning as I walked to work my neighbor popped out of her back door and called my name. I turned and saw her standing there in her pink bathrobe with matching slippers and earrings and I had to smile. "Good morning!" she yelled. "And thanks again for dinner last night. I love you guys!" [...]

Downtown, where all the lights are bright…

Downtown, where all the lights are bright…

We love to walk south through our neighborhood, past stately old houses and front porch swings, over cheerful chalk drawings and railroad tracks. An easy mile brings us downtown, where all the lights are bright, even in the day. Saturday, we sipped Door County cherry lemonade and strolled through the Appleton Farmer's Market. The bounty [...]