Tag: Wisconsin

Migrating Tundra Swans Visiting the County

April 3, 2014

Currently, Tundra Swans are filling the air and fields of area farmlands here in northeast Wisconsin. Last year I waited too long to see this phenomena and saw only a small flock, literally the tail end. Wisconsin is a midway point for these swans who spend their spring and summers in the tundra of  Alaska and northern Canada. Typically we think of birds migrating pretty much north and south, but …Read the Rest

Locally, A Year Of Loss

Locally, A Year Of Loss
November 24, 2013

Our young couple with their one year old son, to our south moved to the North Woods of WI in September. It was fun to get to know them and eventually their little boy. But sad to see them move away. …Read the Rest

Threads Passed From One Generation to the Next

Threads Passed From One Generation to the Next
December 18, 2012

So I have my mom’s loom that she bought for my Grandma Orr to use roughly 70 years ago. After my Grandma passed, my mom reclaimed it and tucked it away in her basement. I discovered it in several pieces 5 years …Read the Rest

A Day of Amateur Radio and Fishing

A Day of Amateur Radio and Fishing
August 22, 2011

Just as the sun was coming up, AB9NN, Jon, was off to an early morning  amateur radio community service effort for the “Race the Lake” . “Lake Winnebago, which is one of the largest inland lakes in the United States …Read the Rest

A RIDE THAT ENDS WITH A BIG BANG!

A RIDE THAT ENDS WITH A BIG BANG!
August 19, 2011

NW Michigan is a destination for all sorts of recreation including walking, running, or biking on the beautiful Betsie Valley Trail. This trail connects Thompsonville (near Crystal Mt. Resort) with two communities on Lake Michigan.  In its previous life it was a …Read the Rest

Music in the Park-Celebrating Summer Under the Stars

Music in the Park-Celebrating Summer Under the Stars
August 17, 2011

Appleton ended its summer series of music in Pierce Park last night with perfect weather, blue skies, and a gentle breeze. I found my way to the south side of town where cars already lined the streets around the park. …Read the Rest

Getting in Touch with Jon’s Roots

Getting in Touch with Jon’s Roots
July 28, 2011

One thing I have wanted to do since coming to Wisconsin, is go to Pulaski during Polka Days. I wanted to see how it compares to my Cedar, Michigan Polka Fest. Pulaski is about 50 miles to the North. We decided to go …Read the Rest

A Time Honored and Valued Tradition in the Heartland

A Time Honored and Valued Tradition in the Heartland
July 22, 2011

My Grandma Orr’s advice still rings in my ears to this day. Thirty plus years ago she told me that I should look for a husband in church. She was right. I found someone with the same values I wanted …Read the Rest

Lawrence University Alum Produces John Muir Documentary

Lawrence University Alum Produces John Muir Documentary
April 16, 2011

 Jon and I attended a film screening of a documentary that appeared on  PBS  “American Masters”  in honor of Earth Day. The documentary is “John Muir in the New World”. The special screening was held because the filmmaker, Catherine Tatge, …Read the Rest

The Last Snowmen in Appleton-A Sign Spring Is On the Horizon

The Last Snowmen in Appleton-A Sign Spring Is On the Horizon
April 8, 2011

With the last snowfall about 10 days ago and the neighborhood children being on vacation,I notice a last ditch effort to make the last snowmen of the season. So I drove around the subdivision and snapped the results.  I decided …Read the Rest

Madison Weekend Part 2

Madison Weekend Part 2
March 17, 2011

Sam Stein of Huffington Post (yes a liberal on-line news source) uses this quote in response to citizen political action in Wisconsin : “I think that the governor (Scott Walker of WI) really did wake a sleeping giant,” said Justin …Read the Rest

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