Hope in our own kind of who-ville

Hope in our own kind of who-ville

I love when holidays snuggle up to weekends and you can hit the snooze button on life for an extra day or two. I especially love when some of the people with whom you've made holiday memories can stick around a while and savor them with you. In a holiday full of them, one particular [...]

Let there be light

Let there be light

Some of the great, timeless pleasures of this holiday season are the lights that herald it -- twinkle lights, Edison bulbs, candles, incandescent strings. They hang from trees and houses like merry messengers of joy. I love them all. Though we've had our moments, and I wrestle with my own most years, I still think [...]

Bruce the Spruce and Christmas Past, Present and Future

Bruce the Spruce and Christmas Past, Present and Future

We strolled through Christmas past, present and future yesterday on a post-Packer game trip to see Bruce the Spruce and the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Do you remember Bruce the Spruce? I do. For me he is the ghost of Christmas past, a large, somewhat terrifying tree that stood at the entrance of the children's [...]

The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen #PhippsHoliday

The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen #PhippsHoliday

An unlikely pre-game activity warmed us up in all kinds of ways Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Led by our gallant host, we left the loud, brash world of football behind for a little while and took in the Phipps Winter Flower Show at the Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens. The contrast could not have been more profound. [...]

Yes, Fox Valley, there is a Santa Claus

Yes, Fox Valley, there is a Santa Claus

I’m pretty sure I met the real Santa Claus last night and he did not disappoint. As with most magical encounters, it happened randomly. I rounded a corner on an ordinary cul de sac and slammed so hard into the spirit of Christmas that my breath stopped for a second or two and my eyes [...]