The songs of summer

The songs of summer

My favorite sounds are the simple ones -- an old porch swing's slow creak, a robin's busy chirp, a warm breeze's whisper through tall grass, a ball's crack against a metal bat, a friend's deep belly laugh, a happy child's splash into the pool, a wave's steady lap against the sandy shore. These are the [...]

Five things you need to know about Pedal Taverns (before you jump on)

Five things you need to know about Pedal Taverns (before you jump on)

We hopped on a Pedal Tavern this weekend for a leisurely ride through Milwaukee.  So many things about our jaunt through the city turned out to be exactly as I'd pictured them -- the laughter, the view, the downtime with friends -- that we all highly recommend booking a ride. But, a few things I [...]

Summer hiatus

Summer hiatus

Like many parents of busy people scattered far and near, we hold precious the days we spend together. Our Christmas gift is early morning laughter, our Thanksgiving gratitude is a table full of chatty faces we love, and our summer hiatus is the stretch of sunny days during which we are a party of six, [...]

Hoop! There it is

Hoop! There it is

I bested all comers Saturday morning and please allow neither the nature of the sport nor the size of the competitor to lessen your enthusiasm for my accomplishment. Aww, thank you. Thank you very much. And, should you be inclined to challenge me some day, let me issue you this fair warning: hula hooping requires [...]