Rainbows make me rude. Just a hint of those magical colors, and I stop mid-sentence to watch them grow. I once left a dinner table, grabbed my camera and ran across the street when I spotted a giant rainbow stretching from one end of the park to the other. I shot this rainbow on a […]
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Lush beaches, fertile citrus groves and rich monuments give a gorgeous contrast to the stark political situation in Cyprus. The island nation owns the dubious distinction of having the only divided capital city in the world. A “green line” separates Nicosia’s northern half, occupied by Turkish Cypriots, from the southern half, inhabited by Greek Cypriots. […]
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One week before Israel celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, its national independence day, we toured a 2,000-year old symbol of the awful sacrifice made to achieve it. Masada rises like a golden monument above the Judean Desert, its proud columns and bright frescoes narrate an elegance more than 2,000-years old. The sturdy stone walls that surround the […]
I don’t speak french, but I know all about joie de vivre. We found it in Paris last summer, in the midst of a general strike, only hours after historic flooding, and just months after a devastating terrorist attack. We heard it in the animated chatter of proud Parisians, smelled it wafting from their sweet […]
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I was joking when I started belting out “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” as we made our way through Bluebird Trail Sunday afternoon at Copper Culture State Park. Then, darned if the little buggers didn’t start swooping overhead. “Hey look,” I said. “Mr. Bluebird’s on your shoulder!” We looked up and saw those pretty little birds flying everywhere. My […]
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My favorite photos often happen randomly, a quick shot and the amateur hope that my camera will translate accurately all that my eye thinks it sees. A perfect example happened on a late summer afternoon in Machu Picchu. I glanced over and saw two of my kids sitting on a grassy edge of the Andes, […]
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I treated myself to a little winter yesterday, and it felt cool and sweet, like a fat snowflake on a stuck-out tongue. The whole thing happened spontaneously, as I walked home from work and realized our blustery winter had turned beautiful. I’d heard that Appleton had added an ice rink, to make up for the […]
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood several times this weekend, and, each time, we took the one less traveled by.
And that made all the difference.
The first accidental divergence happened during the beautiful Navarino Nature Center 5K Fall Color Run/Walk Saturday morning, when Vince unintentionally ran an extra 2 1/2 kilometers and still managed to score a second place medal.
The second accidental divergence happened during our post-game stop at Yoder’s, the Amish Bakery outside Cecil, when we stumbled into a farm auction and some of the best donuts we’ve ever tasted.
Knowing how way leads onto way, we made the less traveled path our theme for the weekend. With our friends Scott and Tami , we wandered happily around Shawano Lake, popping into the Sand Bar for lunch, and watching a few pivotal scenes from a vintage movie at the Berry Lake Club.
In leaves no step had trodden black, we took less travelled paths through woods just beginning to deck themselves out, strolled past quiet ponds and counted stars above an open corn field.
With Robert Frost on the mind, and Jack Frost on the toes, we enjoyed the first days of Wisconsin’s prettiest season.
I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two road diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that had made all the difference.
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The best thing about the Warrior Princess Mud Run is that organizers direct all proceeds, 100%, to Harbor House domestic abuse programs. The second best thing is the mud. I’d vowed a more dignified approach this year as I suited up in my Rosie the Riveter costume for our Drama Mamas team. Last year, I […]