A perfect pepper promise

A perfect pepper promise

Even on the grayest days, we have a cheerful reminder that neither spring nor love ever fails, though sometimes they do take their time. We have other reminders too -- that challenged roots grow deep, tiny shoots are stronger than they look, basil makes everything taste better and grandparent vigilance stands eternal. All this because [...]

Glamorous person of dirty water

Glamorous person of dirty water

Every year around this time, Lake Winnebago, presumably as annoyed with the lingering winter as the rest of us, heaves up its ice and hurls it toward shore. The resulting ice shoves, like almost everything associated with Wisconsin’s largest lake, can be both troubling and beautiful. While the name itself might be undignified, reportedly “person [...]

Ode to the field of crocuses that made my day

Ode to the field of crocuses that made my day

Darling crocus, You pop up unexpectedly and turn a dull weekday into spring. First flower, saffron shield, happy herald, brave bulb. You arrive with far less fanfare than your thirstier cousins, claim your space on the frozen ground, next to piles of dirty snow and creeping ice, and wave those dainty petals with unfettered glee. [...]