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. [...]

In like a lion

In like a lion

Dear March, I'm sure you're used to warmer receptions, but we're all a little stiff from our icy hunch through February and we're afraid to open our curtains in the morning because we don't know what meteorological horror awaits us on the other side of that pane. So, pardon us if we don't fling open [...]

Carpe seize ’em

Carpe seize ’em

If spring in Wisconsin teaches us anything, it's to seize the sunny days. We're good at that here. Like daffodils, we rise through the snow and turn our faces toward the light. We shrug off approaching storm clouds and dance, push strollers through puddles, bounce basketballs off muddy pavement and, when the rain washes away [...]