One Saturday in Appleton

One Saturday in Appleton

Appleton rocks, especially this past Saturday where, within a two mile stretch, you could watch a National Tree Climbing Championship, attend the first annual Irish Fest, walk through a peak-season Farmer's Market and enjoy Rhythms of the World, a celebration of multi-cultural generosity and transcendent beauty. After all of that, we were also lucky enough [...]

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 1: What’s the buzz)

The Secret Life of Beekeepers (Part 1: What’s the buzz)

I didn’t even know my friend Ann and her husband Pat kept bees until I saw her Facebook post announcing their hives’ triumphant return from a winter in California. I also didn’t know that people sent their honey bees to winter in warmer climes. Or, just how precisely a community of bees works to make [...]

Sun flowery day, sweeping the clouds away

Sun flowery day, sweeping the clouds away

If regions had a flower, I'd like ours to be the sunflower. Friendly, unassuming and resilient, sunflowers meet raging storms with a wink and a Midwestern shoulder shrug. Then, they shake the rain off their petals, straighten their stems and stand tall again. They start each day with enviable cheer, turn their faces toward the [...]