Why the Packers Win

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

City Deer Make me Wish I had a Freezer Full of Venison

Seen through one lens, sure, I can understand how, to many urban dwellers, hunting and eating game sounds downright redneckey. Seen through another lens, I could also make a case that my siblings and I were raised on protein that was all-natural; local; organic, sustainable; free-range; vegetarian-diet; low-input; biodynamic; soy-, hormone-, cage-, and antibiotic-free—not to … More City Deer Make me Wish I had a Freezer Full of Venison

Dear President Obama, I Know How You Can Carry Wisconsin (and the Nation)

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)

Taste that Wild Mercy

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

Paper Snowflakes

We’ve relied on paper snowflakes to offer us a white season this year. From late December 2011 to early January 2012 in western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities, our only freezing precipitation came as a treacherous slick of freezing-rain-turned-crusty-snow late on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s morning.  It melted a few days later.  … More Paper Snowflakes