#SoCS: Hot and Dry

The photo above is one of Little Lake Butte des Morts on June 16th. Another day without rain, but a perfect summer day. The above-normal heat of June had subsided, but the slime green is a telltale sign of how our weather has been. The lake thinks it’s August, the dog days of summer, not the waning days of spring. Too many hot hours in the upper 80’s and low 90’s F (30-34C), without rain, have lowered water levels, madeRead more

SoCS: The Green Day

Ye lads and lassies… It’s The Green Day. March 17th. The Feast of St. Patrick. The day when everyone is Irish. What does The Green Day conjure up in my mind? Corned beef and cabbage, or “boiled dinner” as my German parents called this dish. It’s a favorite once-a-year treat and I’m trying to figure out where I’m going to go to get me some for dinner. Green beer and a green river in Chicago. “No” to the green beerRead more

SOCs: Yard of Wishes

They wish upon a star They could be in out in the yard Furry beasts, hunters, finding prey They wish upon hope The yard, with its long, green scope Crouching, hunching, waiting for prey They wish for that glorious day When they are granted a way To sneakily catch its squeaking prey They wish in their sleep In their dreams so deep To be in the grassy yard with their prey Hunting, crouching, stalking, lurking, sneaking, jumping They wish TheyRead more

Last Ride Goodbyes?

I’m wondering if I’ll get out on the bike trail…one more time…before it turns too cold. We’ve had beautiful days in September and October, but not necessarily on the weekends. This is the time of year when Wisconsinites cannot be assured of biking-friendly weather. It can be stunningly gorgeous as it was on Monday and Tuesday when the high reached close to 70. Or it can be raining a cold fifty-degree dampness, like today. It’s hard to know when aRead more

A Day of Rest

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”Read more

Waiting Patiently

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland~ Nineteen days and counting. As I snapped this photo of a bench at Fritse Park, on the shores of Little Lake Butte des Morts, I had thoughts of the comings days: Temperatures slowly warming (*fingers crossed*), snow melting (after this Tuesday’s predicted snowstorm), grass growing (once the snow melts), the promise of daffodils (if it warms up) and the maiden 2015 voyage of a mountain bike (when the grassRead more