The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees

I'm know I'm not the first to appreciate the metaphor of the tree, but every season I admire them more. I like their root-to-seed circle of life and the history we trace through the circles in their trunk. I admire their bend-don't-break attitude, their posture, and the dignified way they welcome strangers to nest on [...]

Skillet aspirations

Skillet aspirations

I seasoned our cast iron skillets yesterday. It took a couple of hours, two Google searches, a text conversation with two of my foodie children and four tablespoons of vegetable oil. That’s it. A little time, a little effort and those two pans emerged with a nice fresh outlook and a non-stick surface. I like [...]

All-weather friends and Packer fans

All-weather friends and Packer fans

We were limping to the finish line of this Packer season, cold, discouraged and disconcertingly relieved to be attending our last game at Lambeau, when we ran smack into a bunch of green and gold cheer. Our friends the Shadick family, with their matching Christmas Packer hand warmers and their contagious grins, understand that football [...]