Climb every mountain — twice for your sister’s lost painting

Climb every mountain — twice for your sister’s lost painting

Though I still can't pronounce it, I believe Oia (EE-ya?) may be the most beautiful city in the world. Also, I love my sister, And, I have an extremely well-developed sense of Catholic guilt. Combined, these three things led me to race a bunch of donkeys up a mountain on a hot afternoon, and to [...]

Never again Masada

Never again Masada

One week before Israel celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, its national independence day, we toured a 2,000-year old symbol of the awful sacrifice made to achieve it. Masada rises like a golden monument above the Judean Desert, its proud columns and bright frescoes narrate an elegance more than 2,000-years old. The sturdy stone walls that surround the [...]

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

I was joking when I started belting out "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" as we made our way through Bluebird Trail Sunday afternoon at Copper Culture State Park. Then, darned if the little buggers didn't start swooping overhead. "Hey look," I said. "Mr. Bluebird's on your shoulder!" We looked up and saw those pretty little birds flying everywhere. My [...]

It was tent camping, for Pete’s sake!

It was tent camping, for Pete’s sake!

If you ask us (and we've Googled this, so we know), the first rule of tent camping is this: Find Pete Abraham. We didn't know this as we set out for Door County and the first outdoor camping trip of our entire lives. Rain pelted our windshield at the very moment we realized we'd forgotten [...]

Mr. Biskupic Goes to Washington – A Guest Post from Charlie

Mr. Biskupic Goes to Washington – A Guest Post from Charlie

Since August the state of Wisconsin has been lucky enough to be represented in Washington D.C. by one of La Crosse's golden sons, my old college/New York roommate Devin. Devin is attending a two-year grad school program at Georgetown, and two months in seemed like the perfect time to arrange a delegation of Wisconsinites to go [...]