But it was right on time

But it was right on time

Lightning tried hard to interrupt the Brandi Carlile "These Silent Days" concert at Red Rocks Saturday night, but the force of those glorious, million-year old rocks and the will of 10,000 people kept the storms at bay. And, instead of the sky, the show opened with thunderous applause for the incomparable Mavis Staples. The 82-year [...]

With gratitude and admiration at the start of a new term

With gratitude and admiration at the start of a new term

“Life moves pretty fast,” as Ferris Bueller says. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That’s what happened a couple of weeks ago in this house, when our friend, Attorney Jim Long, swore my husband Vince into a new term of office and I didn’t even know [...]

Elegance, prescience and pure hard work

Elegance, prescience and pure hard work

Saturday night at the Shawano County Fair we got to see a cool juxtaposition of elegance, prescience and pure hard work. The 11th annual Futurity Show featured magnificent cows and their talented breeders all buffed up for the crowd and, most importantly, for judge Jessica Pralle-Trimner. All 12 breeders who showed in the futurity category [...]

On Labor’s Day

On Labor’s Day

In honor of Labor Day 2021, I'd like to salute the word. Here's to: Honest work and the people who take pride in it. Parents who teach their children the value of effort and who aren't afraid to let them take risks. Men and women who work until their task, and not necessarily their shift, [...]

I’ve got all my sisters and me

I’ve got all my sisters and me

It occurs to me, as my roll through this old life starts to pick up steam, that my sisters are two of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave me. A mutt-and-Jeff kind of twosome -- one feisty and fearless, the other mellow and a little more cautious -- Kathy and Jenny caboosed our family [...]