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 [...]

A belated Happy #NationalDaughtersDay to two of the best

A belated Happy #NationalDaughtersDay to two of the best

I missed National Daughter’s Day, which is both understandable given the busyness of any ordinary life and appalling considering how important my daughters are to me. While our roles have evolved in magical and mundane ways, they also have remained blessedly constant. In a world full of amazing people. Katherine and Molly always have been [...]

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 [...]