Packy snow

Packy snow

Magic happens when you wake up on a leisurely Saturday morning and discover the greatest winter gift of a Midwestern childhood -- packy snow. By Saturday evening our neighborhood looked like a George Lucas snow globe. One family spent the day building a giant snow arch for the mailman, and another built a castle and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]