This weekend, we ate smiley faced pancakes with fresh blueberries, raspberries and chocolate chips. We played pickup baseball, Hedbanz and a loose-ruled version of Family Feud. We took long, slow walks down old country roads. We watched a mother robin feed her baby birds. We sat around a crackling camp fire and listened to frogs […]
My son Vinnie’s worst day of school turned out to be his first. In fact, he stormed out of kindergarten in an uncharacteristically foul mood and firmly announced he was not going back. “My teacher called me Vincent,” he said.”She wrote it on my desk.” “Technically you are Vincent,” I said. “It’s a great name, […]
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We own a quiet chunk of heaven in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and, when we go tramping through it, I like to imagine what life might have been like there before we came along. Thanks to a thoroughly researched paper Molly recently wrote for her University of Wisconsin Botany Class, we now have a pretty good idea. […]
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I think the lilac should be the official flower of millennials. AmIright? Unpretentious, naturally organic, and optimistic, the lilac is always more dependable than you think it’s going to be. Much like millennials. Lilacs grow deep roots and blossom in sweet clusters. So do the millennials I know. I’m a big fan of both. Here […]
I shot this photo 11 years ago, when Molly was a seven-year old biologist who caught bumblebees and wished on dandelion seeds in the park across the street. She admired Jane Godall, and told anyone who asked (and some who didn’t) that she planned to study orangutans in Borneo someday. Even though I knew that, […]
Where would we be without our sistermoms? The college roommate mom who, without comment, always packed extra snacks on playdates because she knew you wouldn’t remember to bring anything for your kids? The witty mom who makes you laugh? The tri-lingual mom who is definitely smarter than you? The artistic mom who made amazing costumes […]
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This year, we ran the 35th annual Sole Burner 5k in gratitude for sunny days, bouncy shoes, rolling hills and sweet family members. Mostly, though, we ran in thanksgiving for the amazing strides events like this have brought. Thank you to the American Cancer Society for every dollar it directs to the prevention and treatment […]
All pictures tell a story. This one tells three. See the devoted Grandma Mary Jane, lover of life, family and Broadway shows. She made her way, as a matter of course, from an assisted living center in Illinois to a high school in Appleton. She’d been making annual trips to North High School for the […]
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Though I still can’t pronounce it, I believe Oia (EE-ya?) may be the most beautiful city in the world. Also, I love my sister, And, I have an extremely well-developed sense of Catholic guilt. Combined, these three things led me to race a bunch of donkeys up a mountain on a hot afternoon, and to […]
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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. […]