The Woodchips

The Woodchips

Six kids at home for summer break is unnerving. It’s loud as hell, crowded and altogether exasperating. I took a dip in Lake Me just before school let out this year. I made a conscious decision to roll with the punches. To not sweat the small stuff. To let it be. To accept that there […]

He Left Behind a Gift

He Left Behind a Gift

The first time I laid eyes on Robin Williams was shortly after 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 1978. I was 13 years old. The only reason I know that is because he blew me away in his bizarre portrayal of an extraterrestrial who had landed in Milwaukee with the sole intention of kidnapping Richie Cunningham. […]

Triathlon, beer… they’re not that different

Triathlon, beer… they’re not that different

Over the weekend, three major festivals/events occurred here in Wisconsin that drew various sorts of lunatics to the state from around the world: Great Taste of the Midwest, Triathlon National Championships and the Wisconsin State Fair. The first is the second-largest beer festival in the country, just behind the Great American Beer Festival. The second […]