The miracles of Notre Dame

The miracles of Notre Dame

The first miracle of Monday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame is that the 856-year old structure remains standing. The second is that her precious relics – including the crown of thorns – survived. And the third miracle (because we Catholics like to do things in threes) is that, thanks to the quick response of Parisian [...]

Cheers to Mibb’s and Viv’s and the fascinating history of Wisconsin taverns

Cheers to Mibb’s and Viv’s and the fascinating history of Wisconsin taverns

We went to Lannon last Friday night in search of a delicious fish fry and found an even tastier story. The current Mibb's and Viv's offers a nice, fresh, traditional Wisconsin fish fry, the kind at which you place your order first and then belly up to the bar to wait for your table. If [...]

License to renew my faith in humanity

License to renew my faith in humanity

Monday afternoon I received a phone call that affirmed my faith in humanity. As it came from an unrecognizable out-of-state number, and I’ve been fending off a five-year onslaught of unsolicited insurance robocallers, I considered not answering. But, the Sarasota prefix caught my attention and I worried it might have been regarding my mother, who [...]

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

There's something terrifyingly beautiful about ice, which hangs in rich abundance all through Minneapolis. It swoops down from rooftops like seasonal stalactites, stills mighty rivers and turns Minnehaha Falls into Minnehaha Stops-And-Preens-for-A-While. In town for some preliminary wedding planning and, fortunately, in the company of some of the warmest people we know, we stepped carefully [...]