A telling skyline

A telling skyline

As I chugged along the MyPulaskiK9 FundRun route Sunday morning, I thought about how skylines define a town. They give us insight into the values and industry upon which people build a community. Some skylines, like Chicago, New York and Singapore, offer the gorgeous glow of innovation as they rise in mighty triumph over cities [...]

An Excellent Aircraft Adventure

An Excellent Aircraft Adventure

That confounding Wisconsin Spring spilled dense fog all over the runways Saturday morning and torpedoed our plans for a Young Eagle Flight, but we still had an excellent adventure. That's how cool EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is. First, we accidentally poked our heads into the maintenance hangar and, instead of being sternly rebuked for [...]

Happy 55 to the man who loves to drive

Happy 55 to the man who loves to drive

My husband turns 55 today, the perfect age for a man who loves crazy long road trips, respects all posted speed limits and monitors the stop signs outside our house with such Barney Fife-like intensity he scares drivers who dare to roll through. "Did you see that?" he'll ask me as he shakes his fist [...]

License to renew my faith in humanity

License to renew my faith in humanity

Monday afternoon I received a phone call that affirmed my faith in humanity. As it came from an unrecognizable out-of-state number, and I’ve been fending off a five-year onslaught of unsolicited insurance robocallers, I considered not answering. But, the Sarasota prefix caught my attention and I worried it might have been regarding my mother, who [...]

The miracle of flight

The miracle of flight

My young friend Kate has carved out a career for herself that combines two of her great loves -- travel and empowerment. As such, she has ushered groups of young people through adventures all over the world. She recently told me about a conversation she overheard in a restaurant bathroom line. "A lady was complaining [...]