The section of brotherly love

The section of brotherly love

My sister and I generally have to hold our own at Lambeau Field because we sit directly behind the visitor's bench. So many fellow season ticket holders in our section sell their tickets to opposing fans that we often find ourselves surrounded by Lambeau Field first-timers dressed in strange colors and looking for trouble. (Not [...]

An unexpected guest

An unexpected guest

Did you ever have a houseguest you weren’t prepared to host (perhaps because your husband forgot to tell you they were coming?) Well, that’s the way I feel about fall this year. It’s a nice, pleasant season and all. I just wasn’t ready to welcome it in. It’s all good, though. It only takes a [...]

The lost art of boredom

The lost art of boredom

I haven't been bored in more than a decade and I think that's a real shame. Have you? Good, old-fashioned, listening-to-the-clock-tic-toc-and-wondering-if-the-hands-are-moving-at-all boredom leads to all kinds of wonderful things like innovation, introspection, art, music, poetry and, occasionally, a ridiculously clean and well-organized bedroom. I'd like to be so bored one day that I pull out [...]

Order in the courthouse portrait walls

Order in the courthouse portrait walls

On Saturday, July 29, 1961 the Honorable Oscar J. Schmiege addressed an Outagamie County jury and assembled spectators as the sixth day of a Kaukauna murder trial over which he presided rolled on. According to media reports, the temperature in the courtroom exceeded 80 degrees on that scorching summer day. As Judge Schmiege read out [...]

With a little help from my friends

I sent my friend Gina a cheese basket last year and she sent me back an heirloom piece of art hand-painted on the lid. My friend Jeannie recently delivered an unsolicited bunch of garden-grown tomatoes just because she knows I like them. Similarly, my friend Catherine texted me a picture of a tomato with my [...]