Category Archives: Highlighted posts

January 2015 Winter Art and Writing Roundup

To encourage gratitude for winter, it is helpful to check out some of the most interesting events we can find, and to share thoughtful reflections on how we can find beauty and solace during the season. I share articles regularly … Continue reading

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Striking Contrasts of Snow in Flooded Wetland: Photo Essay

Today presented an unusual treat. Previous snow cover had melted, followed by some big rainstorms, meaning that in the wetland near me, water covered much of the ground. Last night, we got one of the best snows to appreciate afterwards … Continue reading

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Loving my place, and the Wildness that comes to it

In his influential essay “The Trouble with Wilderness,” historian William Cronon worried that environmentalists thought too much about the idea of wilderness – which he felt directed their attention away from other places, and made it difficult for them to … Continue reading

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Walking to Work in Winter

What do I encounter when I walk to work through a snowy landscape? First of – a bit of briskness when I get outside. I often feel a little chilly, but I know that by the time I get near … Continue reading

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Ice, Rivers, and Ponds: Photos and Reflections

It has not been a year with a lot of snow for people in Wisconsin to enjoy. So I have turned more of my attention to looking for ice to appreciate. And I feel that my attention has been rewarded … Continue reading

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Winter Activities in Milwaukee: Reflections and Recapping

As Ambassador of Snow, I have been visiting a range of winter activities around the area. So I wanted to share some snapshots of some of the memorable moments and insights which I took away from these events. Public events … Continue reading

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Wildness of Snowfall Transforms Milwaukee

Part of why I cherish the opportunity to walk around during a snowstorm is how snowfall gives me the opportunity to see the city from quite a different perspective. Snowfall is a time when we are suddenly reminded that we … Continue reading

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What Does Winter Weather Have to Offer Milwaukee?

As you might guess, not everyone I talk to shares my affection for winter. So I find myself having to explain why my appreciation for the unusual experiences of snow and cold outweigh the legitimate challenges winter presents. Winter is … Continue reading

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Looking Closely at Ice on Shoreline Sand

I took a close look at the ice along the lakeshore this weekend. There are not large or dramatic formations to look at at this point, true. But there are intricate and elegant forms, if you look closely! Note: accompanying … Continue reading

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Why write about winter in the city?

You might be wondering why a blog about winter is based in a major city, rather than in a rural area – or in someplace further north. Well, that is a topic that I hope my reflections throughout this winter … Continue reading

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