An Appleton hero

An Appleton hero

The next time Appleton names a school after someone, I hope they consider calling it Jim Zwerg. Born and raised in Appleton, Zwerg became an unlikely, literal poster child for the civil rights movement. Given the volumes of articles written about him, I am disappointed in myself and in my Appleton public and private school [...]

At Seventeen

At Seventeen

We celebrated a friend's 17th birthday last night. Since then, "At Seventeen," Janis Ian's 1975 hit song, has been stuck in my head. "I learned the truth at 17, that love was meant for beauty queens..." The truth about 17 is that it has always been a challenging age, a plateau of poignancy from which [...]