#WATWB: Restaurant Inclusive

This month’s #WATWB highlights the hiring inclusivity shown by three U.S. business owners: Stephanie and Mark Cartier of the No Limits Cafe in Middletown, NJ. The cafe’s mission is to “empower adults with intellectual disabilities by providing jobs and job training to help them lead fulfilling lives within the community and to increase awareness of their potential.” Tom Landis of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream in Dallas, TX. From their website: “Howdy Homemade is on a relentless pursuit to provide employmentRead more

Breaking for Pie and Family

  I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next ten days to two weeks. The brother bought me a plane ticket to Washington, D.C., for a long Thanksgiving weekend. There will be food and drink and laughs and perhaps a ride or two on the metro or in brother’s car. I haven’t been there in about three years, so I plan to be focused on doing the many things as I can in four full days rather thanRead more

SoCS: There’s Always Another

One last post about September biking vacation and then I’ll shut up. The aftertaste, the honeymoon period, has been sweet. On the Sunday of that glorious week, biking buddy and I were on the trail during most of a Green Bay Packer vs. Minnesota Viking football game that started at noon. However, in doing so, we were burning a lot of calories and around 1:00 pm, our tummies told us it was time for fuel. Carbs and protein. We decidedRead more

#WATWB: Arising from the Ashes

The California wildfires have been the worst in the state’s history, with the City of Paradise being virtually destroyed. An update from CNN as of November 23rd: “After more than two weeks of a raging inferno, firefighters are getting closer to containing the Camp Fire that has killed 84 people in Northern California. At least 475 people remain unaccounted for, down from more than 1,000 days earlier, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said. California’s deadliest wildfire, which started November 8, remainedRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Bridges

I agree. We need many more bridges. While building personal bridges is up to the individual, communities can certainly come together to build physical bridges. The cities of Neenah and Menasha and the Village of Fox Crossing, Wisconsin, came together to do just that. There’s a new trail to follow called “Loop the Lake.” It’s been over a year in its planning, development, fund raising and completion. Loop the Lake opened this past weekend, allowing the community to walk orRead more

Thursday Doors: Breakwater

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my brother, the girlfriend and I paid a visit to the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse. Manitowoc, WI, sits on the western shores of Lake Michigan, about an hour’s drive from where I live. I’ve been to this city many times to feel the cool effects of the lake shore, to ride the Maritime trail on the bike, to visit West of the Lake Gardens for splendid summer color, or to eat lunch at Courthouse Pub, oneRead 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

Breathing in Memories

I’ve desired to do this since early spring. It took me until October to comply, to get in the car and go. Something was pulling me toward home – the home of my birth and early existence. It is the home that I eventually wanted to escape out of small-town boredom. It is the home that I rarely visit, but is within a 35-minute drive. It is the home of special places, friends and family. I had to go andRead more

TRAIN!!!

TRAIN!!! That’s what a co-worker and I text to each other when the railroad crossing nearest to the office has its gates down, the red lights are flashing and there is a multi-car train passing through. It’s happened several times to both of us, on occasion making us late for an appointment or when returning to work from lunch. Sadly, when I took this photo, I missed the TRAIN!!! by two minutes. I wanted you to get the true feelRead more