#WATWB: Blessing Bags

Having volunteered in the past at homeless shelters in the Appleton area, this news story hit close to my heart. From WBAY Channel 2 in Green Bay: Help for the homeless in Appleton came as members of the United Steelworkers in town for a conference dropped off blessing bags at a local shelter, with many bags expected to go to kids. That drop-off site was at the Pillars shelter, near the city’s downtown. Five hundred blessing bags filled with personalRead more

What I Did During Summer Vacation

Do you remember standing in front of the class during grade school or high school so that others might know what you did with your summer vacation? I don’t remember exactly how often this occurred in my world or in what grade(s), but I know I recounted the summer adventures of an adolescent at least once or twice. Our family took a road-trip vacation almost every summer, so I would have had something worthy to talk about – although, IRead more

Driving Winter from my Face

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo~ This winter, I choose to follow Victor’s words. I choose to laugh. I choose to smile through the cold, the snow, and the shortened, dark December days…to drive the blasted winter from my face. Sunday morning brought the first signs of winter to the area. Outside the apartment, a light dusting of snow covered the farmer’s field. The first snow event is always welcomed, along with theRead more

Adventure Around the Bend

A bridge to where, around the gray-board bend? A pond? A street? A gravel road? The local Subway? A bridge can lead to anywhere (or to nowhere in Alaska). It can be big and beautiful and famous… The Mackinaw Bridge leads from upper Michigan to lower Michigan, and the Sydney Harbor Bridge leads travelers from the North Shore to the central business district of the city. (Right M-R?) A bridge can be small and pedestrian, like the one above, waiting for theRead more