Prairie du Chien, my home town, is Wisconsin’s second oldest city and the home of Wisconsin’s first millionaire. Hercules Dousman made his fortune in the fur trade in the early 19th century. I grew up looking at a picture of the family mansion, the Villa Louis, on the Ahrens Dairy milk cartons at breakfast every morning. The Villa is a historic site that attracts visitors all year long.
The Villa Louis
Last weekend we were invited for breakfast. Actually it was a special event on the Villa’s calendar called “A Victorian Breakfast.” (more…)
The last adventure of this summer was a project that was on my to-do list for several years, riding the four connected bike trails through Wisconsin’s Driftless Region: the 400, Elroy-Sparta, the LaCrosse River Trail and the Great River Trail.
Evangelist Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 state capitols to urge Americans to pray for their country and get involved in the political process. As I reported in my story for allgodspeople.com, he did not endorse any candidate or any political party. But he said it’s every Christian’s duty to be politically aware and politically involved. Here are some of my photos from the day. (more…)
Monona has one of the biggest Memorial Day parades around. It has more units than you would expect in a Memorial Day parade, which may detract from the solemnity, but it does draw more people to the event.
When I worked in radio I typically had to work holidays so I missed a lot of parades. Due to involvement in scouts and other activities, most of the family has been in the parades at one time or another. When our son was in the Army and stationed overseas, the parade took on added significance. (more…)
It may have snowed on the graduation ceremony where I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. It was a mid-year graduation, in December, but I wasn’t there so I don’t know. I worked that day and decided to skip the ceremony, which I have since regretted.
So when son Sam received his bachelor’s degree, yesterday, it was reminiscent of that December day. The day’s high, 45 degrees, was one degree off the coldest high temp ever, and there were actually snow flakes floating about for a few minutes. But it wouldn’t have missed it for the world, winter coat and all.
Along with 76,532 other people, Sam, Anne & I witnessed the Badger football team bounce back from last week’s loss to Alabama with a convincing home opener against Miami of Ohio. Final score 58-0, and Miami was held to -2 yards rushing.
Anne & Sam at Union South – Anne said she wanted to see a Badger game before Sam graduated.
It was Labor Day, 1913, when a rising star in the journalism world hopped a train in his hometown of Freeport IL, arriving a short time later in Madison at this depot. He was going to have a routine medical procedure, a tonsillectomy, before leaving for his first job after graduation from the University of Wisconsin. Tragically, the operation went bad and he died on the operating table. He was the second national president of Sigma Delta Chi, now known as the Society of Professional Journalists. Ever since, SDX/SPJ has awarded the highest annual honor bestowed on members in the name of their second president, the Wells Memorial Key.
One of the unique aspects about living in a city like Madison is the wonderful opportunity to easily make friends with future global leaders in business, education, government and other fields who come to study at the University of Wisconsin. (more…)
A recent Saturday morning found me waiting to board the ColSac III with my friend and colleague, Jonathan Rice. We were on a field trip, to visit the scene of one of the climatic events of his first novel The Narrow Gate, (more…)