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 [...]

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 3: The Land of Milk and Honey)

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 3: The Land of Milk and Honey)

I imagine they readied themselves as they made their way east toward Wisconsin, little wings linked, galoshes on, scarves thrown jauntily over their shoulders and then --  “One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Schmiel! Schmazel! Hasenpfeffer incorporated!” -- a whole hive full of Laverne and Shirley-esque worker bees headed to work in a [...]

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 2: The Honey Doers)

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 2: The Honey Doers)

The raw emotion generated by their reunion surprised no one as it followed several long, cold months fraught with uncertainty and traumatic travel. And, when Pat Del Ponte finally laid eyes on the beehives he’d sent to California for the winter, he could barely contain himself. “When they said they were alive, I pretty near [...]

Sun flowery day, sweeping the clouds away

Sun flowery day, sweeping the clouds away

If regions had a flower, I'd like ours to be the sunflower. Friendly, unassuming and resilient, sunflowers meet raging storms with a wink and a Midwestern shoulder shrug. Then, they shake the rain off their petals, straighten their stems and stand tall again. They start each day with enviable cheer, turn their faces toward the [...]