Happy NFC Championship Day! Today I have an op-ed in the Wisconsin State Journal, Why the Packers Win. It’s about reconciling my distaste for the NFL with my love of the Green Bay Packers. Here’s an excerpt: For this die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, there’s no time like the eve of the NFC Championship Game to start questioning … More Why the Packers Win
Torso Layer 1: Merino wool hiking t-shirt with zip-up collar to seal off my neck: the one snagged by various tree branches and stained brown with blood from mosquitoes that bit me on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone six years ago. This one has been with me through thick and thin; you gotta trust the layer closest … More What I Wore to the Packers Game
Isn’t it a good little mental shake-up to notice unexpected things in surprising contexts? I remember the first time this happened to me: I was at a friend’s house in elementary school. Her family had the same set of dishes as my grandma. Grandma’s dishes! In Colleen’s house? Whoah! Yesterday was one of those days … More Chicken Feet, Cheesehead, Sage
Dear President Obama, I know how you can carry Wisconsin: Issue your statement post-haste: it was clearly an interception, and the Packers should have won. (Badger state? Check. Add 10 electoral votes to your tally.) Then make some phone calls. Get us to a settlement already? Please? (Nation? Check. 270, all yours.) For NFL fans … More Dear President Obama, I Know How You Can Carry Wisconsin (and the Nation)
Why wait to reacquaint those arms with the resistance band? Smoked gouda. Try it already!
Pop quiz about 1990s sit coms! Who was the prime time uncle known for his signature expression “Have mercy!”? If you said Uncle Jesse Katsopolis, you were right. Thanks to Uncle Jesse’s role on Full House, many of us became used to the expression “Have mercy!” Among friends and colleagues here in Missoula, a new … More Taste that Wild Mercy
On the first day of a writing seminar I’m taking this semester, we were asked to introduce ourselves by sharing a six-word memoir (or at least a six-word statement about the self). The idea, popularized by Smith Magazine, makes a fun exercise to try again and again. How much can we express in six words? … More Wrote Packers Essay. Goal? Meet Aaron.