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Few rides in this Driftless Region are as beautiful as the ride up through the Wisconsin towns of Hazel Green, Cuba City, Dickeyville, Tennyson, Beetown, Bloomington and Prairie du Chien and then … more
In June, I had the privilege of attending my first League of Women Voters (LWV) state convention in Champaign. As someone who has always been interested in politics, history and voting, the LWV … more
Last night at Turner Hall I was filled with impossible longing. In fact, the entire audience was deeply stirred as the fine cellist, violist and violinist of the Black Oak Ensemble played what … more
Scene 1: Roberto Silva and I are sitting in a restaurant in the Ñuñoa neighborhood in Santiago, Chile. Three young people, probably in their 20s, sit next to us. You can tell that … more
I was 12,500 feet off the ground with the cabin door completely open. The wind was whipping my hair in every direction, and my body was strapped tightly to a seat. Strong men in uniform surrounded … more
Hats. I see hats. When visiting Nancy and Scott Wolfe for the first time to see some of Nancy’s collection of antique hats and daily wear for women, I felt that I was inhabiting a … more
St. Johns Cemetery is a quiet and peaceful place away from the rush and turmoil of the world. It’s a place to sit and reflect. It’s located between where Cording and Miller Ridge roads … more
Everything about it is a challenge. There’s the weather, with sticky humidity and temps nearing 80. There’s the terrain, gradually sloping up. There’s the knowledge that … more
What is more joyful than a striped caterpillar munching away at a milkweed leaf? Whenever the agonies of our human confusion overwhelm me, I simply have to take a walk on my land and take solace … more
I am not sure when the doves built their nest in the flowering plant hanging on my front porch. It must have happened when we were having day after day of rain. I later witnessed the dove … more
I have great respect for people who seek to maintain and foster relationships with citizens of other countries over many years and/or decades. This respect comes from observing my wife, Sarah, … more
A warm home. Musicians jamming. And a woman named Laurie Rische cooking up a storm! Three essential ingredients for perfection. Laurie manages her kitchen like a lioness. You don’t want … more
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