#WATWB: The Light of Hope and Restoration

Construction on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris began in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was largely complete by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. Over the next 859 years, Notre Dame was desecrated during the French Revolution, progressively stripped of original decoration, works of art and religious imagery, and considered for demolition after the Napoleonic Wars. On the evening of April 15, 2019, while undergoing renovation and restoration, the roof of Notre-Dame caughtRead more

When a Door Closes…

Trinity Lutheran Church of Appleton was founded in 1915 with 15 charter members and three children. Construction of the Allen Street church (shown below) began in 1923 after Trinity’s congregation outgrew its small chapel at Oneida and Harris streets. The building was dedicated in 1925. Sadly, this church and its history will soon end. I came to know the lower level of the church several years ago when I began volunteering for Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley. This non-profit, well-runRead more

The Doors of Door County

I hope Norm won’t take offense.Today, as part of Norm’s Thursday Door series, I’m utilizing doors from over four years ago. Doors that were not meant to be the showcase, but rather the backdrop. Doors that are from Door County, the “thumb” of Wisconsin – the place where summer means mega tourists and tourism dollars. I’ve been to Door County since the 2012 visits, but never for a “Doorscursion.” One usually heads up to this Wisconsin County for relaxation, toRead more

Thursday Doors: A Tale of Two Pubs

Today’s Thursday Doors post is brought to you by Norm 2.0, two pubs and adult refreshment. There are two establishments in Appleton that I would take visitors to if A) they wanted to be somewhere unique and drink a dirty snowball and/or B) they were connoisseurs of beer. Today, I am sharing their doors, a little history, and a few photos from inside. Cleo’s Brown Beam Do you love the holidays? All holidays? Then you would love Cleo’s Brown Beam.Read more

The ABC’s of Doors

As I was going through photos from the Biker Chick days, I found fodder for Norm’s dining pleasure. The former husband and I were (and still are) lifetime members of Harley Owner’s Group. Even though I don’t ride, I continue to receive the HOG Tale magazine and yearly envelope with a road atlas (designating where all of the Harley-Davidson stores are located), pins, patch, and membership information. As part of the membership, H-D offers its members an opportunity to completeRead more

Thursday Doors: Rest Stop

How do I top that, a trifecta for Thursday doors? How do I float your boat, and leave you wanting more?   Will the door people scowl, at this petty attempt? To engage in the challenge, with a twisted bent.   For there were two doors, that beckoned me close. Walk this way, they called, We’re not too morose!   We service the people in this little park. The ones who walk, run, bike and fish after dark.   WeRead more

Ornate: Basilica

Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ornate Inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (This is one of those times that I wish I had a “real” camera that took stunning photos..or I had taken the time to make adjustments to the phone’s camera settings.) The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, one of the ten largest churches in the world, and the tallest inhabitable building in Washington, D.C. For a few extra photosRead more

Reader’s Digest Vacation

I’m fixing to leave again. After two days of “catching up” after the Washington DC trip, the bags are packed for a long weekend in Door County and fall festival. It will be the last days of vacation, the ones that I need to savor. They will go fast. Before I leave, though, I wanted to give you the Reader’s Digest version of the past week…where I’ve been, what I’ve done, the miles I’ve walked…through words and photographs that I’mRead more

The Build of Summer

THIS is the view outside the bedroom patio door. I stood facing the northeast, with a bit of a zoom setting, in order to take this photo. Nice, huh? This used to be a field filled with a farmer’s crop and the daily gathering of geese and sandhill cranes. Not any more. It’s the new Costco, in the building stage, almost in my front yard. This mess started in June with a monumental landscaping, earth-moving project. From there, they movedRead more

Bright Copper Kettles

I messed up on Friday’s photo challenge. I forgot to add an important piece to the gallery: Julia Child’s bright copper kettles, now housed in a display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Do you see the colored circles around the kettles? That is Julia’s handiwork. She drew them around the copper pots so that when visitors (e.g., Jacques Pepin) cooked in her kitchen and subsequently took care of the dishes, they knew where to hang the pot on theRead more

The Doors

WP Photo Challenge: “Ready to walk on through? This week, share an image of a door.” The captions tell the short story. To friends in the U.S. and those who celebrate, Happy Independence weekend. Have a wonderful 4th of July!Read more

Vivid Since 1948

Ardy and Ed’s has been a well-known landmark in Oshkosh, WI, since 1948. The vivid red drive-in is famous for its hamburgers, ice cream and waitresses on roller skates. They serve customers in their vehicles while 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n’ roll blares from the loudspeakers. I took mom there a couple of weeks ago to cap off an earlier lunch and ride through the city park. Mom enjoyed it immensely, so I plan to take her back soon. Perhaps tomorrow.Read more