Riders of the storm

Riders of the storm

The tornadic storm that ripped through Appleton Friday tore large branches from nearly every tree in our yard, tossed porch furniture and trampolines down city streets, knocked trees into power lines and wreaked mad havoc everywhere it touched down. But you know what it left standing? My You Are Beautiful sign. I say that without [...]

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 [...]

A perfect storm

A perfect storm

Some summer storms whip up out of nowhere and leave us sort of chastised in our squishy sandals and dripping hair. Inconvenient bullies, they stake their ground directly over our fun and rage incoherently until we grab our soggy picnic food and flee to drier ground. Other storms, though, grow like magic over open fields, [...]

On Evelyns and Wisconsin’s historic blizzard

On Evelyns and Wisconsin’s historic blizzard

When the blizzard Evelyn came roaring into our neighborhood Friday night, plopped herself down and refused to leave we thought, "That's not the Evelyn we know." When she whipped herself into a frenzy, tossed tree branches into our yards and left waist-high snow drifts and ice in her wake, we said, "That's not our Evelyn." [...]