Be kind, dear groundhog

Be kind, dear groundhog

Have you ever been to Punxsutawney? I have. That's how loyal I am to my fickle friend Phil. We share a fondness for random celebrations  and burrowing on chilly February mornings. We're also legendary procrastinators, which is how my family holiday card came to celebrate the groundhog. Our tradition started because I kept putting off [...]

Our Christmas Camelot

Our Christmas Camelot

Everyone has a Christmas Camelot -- that magical moment when you look around a room filled with all the people you love and your heart swells so big it nudges the tear ducts in your eyes. This year, our Christmas Camelot happened midway through the holidays on a frigid Thursday in Cecil, Wisconsin. Smoke curled [...]

The Green and Red Pepper Club

My kids and their cousins belong to an exclusive club with three basic tenets -- kindness, generosity and wit -- that exemplify its founders. The Green and Red Pepper Club, "Our membership is always mushrooming," represented perpetual president Grandpa Vince's delight with his growing number of grandchildren, whom he called his "pepper pals." Every year he celebrated [...]