Our Irish eyes were smiling (and our Scottish toes were tapping)

Our Irish eyes were smiling (and our Scottish toes were tapping)

I didn't realize Appleton had its very own leprechaun until I treated myself to a whole Saturday (and most of a Friday) at its second annual Irish Fest. What but Irish magic (and a slew of volunteers' incredibly hard work) could account for to toe-tapping, tummy-patting, pint-tipping, arm-waving, hand-clapping explosion of joy that happened all [...]

One love: Let’s join together and a-feel all right

One love: Let’s join together and a-feel all right

Pita Kotobalavu can sum up his life philosophy, musical ambition and aspirations for the world in one word. “Love,” he said. Reggae ambassador, lead singer and founder of Unity the Band, Pita has been working hard for 23 years to bring the rhythm and irie of the islands to Wisconsin. “Our message has always been [...]

A big night for the Little Girls

A big night for the Little Girls

They invited me to come along, but I honestly had more fun watching my two little sisters have a big night at the Phil Collins Genesis concert Tuesday night in Chicago. My sister Jenny (who also goes by Jenna) called it a Jenna-Sis night and they live-texted me throughout. As I've written about before, I [...]