On storms and the rainbows that follow

On storms and the rainbows that follow

The storms that converged on Wisconsin had been brewing all day. Weird cloud formations stretched ominously across a sky that sagged with hot, sticky moisture. So, no one was surprised when the alarms on our cellphones started pinging urgent warnings of impending weather. Then, the win whipped up and we all watched trees bending low [...]

The Bird is the word

The Bird is the word

A cranky old lady yelled at me from the front porch of her house the first time I rode a Bird scooter. “You’re not supposed to be riding on the sidewalks!” she yelled.  “Sorry!” I yelled back gleefully. The apology was a reflex, the glee hard to contain. At 58-years old, I really should be [...]

Appleton’s newest Who’s hoo hoo hoooo

Appleton’s newest Who’s hoo hoo hoooo

Just east of Harry Houdini's synagogue and the newspaper building Edna Ferber once roamed, a photogenic owl family has become Appleton's newest Who's hoo hoo hoooo. Birders, photographers and curious wanderers flock to the park to study and capture the unusual scene. Science enthusiasts and small children study the pellets they leave behind. And, high [...]

Jim’s Town

Jim’s Town

Thornton Wilder could have written the character of Jim Long. With unassuming grace and genuine care, Jim built a legacy in a city he loved that will last far longer than the 83 years he spent here. I'm not sure Appletonians understand how much he meant to the city, or how hard he was willing [...]