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  • Manners Matter

    Dear Concerned in Northport, I’m not really sure who Ann Marie is, but somehow this landed on my desk, so I’ll take a crack at it… I think it’s time for a vocabulary lesson. For this, I’ll refer to my trusted Webster Ninth Edition Collegiate Dictionary. STEAL – “To take the property of another wrongfully” […]

  • Guerrilla Gardening

    “You can observe a lot by watching.” – Yogi Berra

  • The Garden Bard

    As I write this, it’s the end of the first week of performances at Door Shakespeare, where I am playing Titania (Queen of the Fairies) and Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac.

  • Why Is It…?

    Q: Why is it… that some people say one thing but do another?

  • Door County Environmental Council Column

    This column is a collection of bits and pieces with no central theme other than reducing your waste and saving energy.

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance

    When the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) released its August 2008 season in late fall of 2007, it included something that had never been seen in 56 years – Opera! Why is a professional symphony orchestra performing opera? It all comes down to programming.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    ASIA – a wiry, long-legged two- to four-year-old, neutered, male cat – pushes his buff and white face into everything and everyone. If he’s not dancing on the counter at the shelter, Asia is strolling around to visit all the other cats in the lobby.

  • The Garden Bard

    Consider this: there is no culture on the globe that does not have stories. They are part of our history and essential to human beings. I have read about aboriginal tribes in Australia who use songs and stories in case they get lost.

  • Door to Nature

    Many people who feed birds year around find great enjoyment in observing the woodpeckers. Permanent resident species include the Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and Pileated while those which usually only summer here are the Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and the dashing Red-headed Woodpecker.

  • Legally Speaking

    The Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles operates on a demerit point system for traffic violations. Demerit points are assessed against an operator’s driver’s license for moving violations.

  • Guerrilla Gardening

    “Life begins on the other side of despair.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it…that people behave differently in different situations?

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pet

    A beagle boy filled with delightful energy! This is CECIL, a young male Beagle found as a stray in the Town of Egg Harbor. He’s approximately two years old and all nose and heart.

  • Door County Environmental Council Column

    The unique and mysterious Horseshoe Bay Cave, also known as Tecumseh Cave or Alpine Cave, located under the Town of Egg Harbor, was formed over 60,000 years ago.

  • An Outlook

    My mother celebrated her 75th birthday on July 16. Most of you know that I have been writing this column for a long time and, not surprisingly, my mother and her exploits have often provided my subject material. So, in honor of her 75 years on this planet I am re-presenting one of her favorite columns.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat, My wife and I went out to dinner and were told that our wait would be 30 minutes for a table, when in fact it turned out to be an hour and 25 minutes. I was starting to get a little frustrated, and the hostess did not seem to think the wait […]

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance

    This October will mark the fifth year of work renovating the tug John Purves, and beginning this August, the Door County Maritime Museum will open the tug to tours.

  • Under the Hood – You and Your Car

    As you are making your summer trip preparations, I thought it would be a good time to talk about having your vehicle prepared. Whether we are talking about going for an in-state trip, or going off to the other side of the country, your vehicle needs to be safe and reliable.

  • An Outlook

    Through my years in the bookstore here on the peninsula many memorable customers have come through my door. And this past week, a customer – who I didn’t wait on – called to mind two of the more memorable.