Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

My friend Jan has always been one of our neighborhoods' more impressive residents. A cheerful whirling dervish, Jan worked as a school nurse, mothered two boys and greeted every weird medical question I had with a confident smile and a ready solution. In a general phone conversation with her once, I casually mentioned that I [...]

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 [...]

Here’s to you, friends

Here’s to you, friends

Last night we toasted friendship as we rang in the New Year.  We raised our glasses to the people who make our lives fun, who challenge us, inspire us and feed us delicious food. We'll take any occasion to celebrate friendship, but New Year's seems especially appropriate. So, here's to our friends: To the drama [...]