Let’s Talk Football

“Keeping score isn’t nearly as important as knowing what makes up your scorecard.” Let’s talk football for a minute. I think there’s two important things to highlight here – I know very little about football and I was crushing on Travis Kelse before Taylor Swift knew he existed. Sure, I love a good Swift song […]

Extraordinarily Ordinary

In 2024, my ramblings will be seen as a column in some area blogs and newspapers. Here a peak at what readers can expect: Column 1: Extraordinarily Ordinary Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Beth, a middle-aged, latte drinking, working mama striving to live an extraordinarily ordinary life. For as long as […]

2024 Mantra: Being Happier

“Happiness isn’t found in some finite checklist of goal that we can diligently complete and then cost. It’s how we live our lives in the process.” Arthur Books Not happy. Happier. I stole my 2024 mantra from a book co-authored by Oprah Winfrey and Arthur Brooks. After all, who doesn’t want to be happy? To […]

New Year, Same You

Did you know that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions tend to fail by February? And that, at best, 9% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? These stats probably don’t surprise you. But, have you ever thought to wonder why? As someone who loves setting lofty, interpersonal goals, especially in the New Year, I’ve […]

Decadent and Delicious

Decadent and Delicious in Spooner World class chocolatier sets up shop in northwest Wisconsin When perusing the gourmet chocolate candy bar section in a Whole Foods Coop or specialty candy shops, visions of chefs in white hats pouring over their passion in Switzerland, Belgium, or France might come to mind. But, upon closer inspection, a […]

Day of the Dead

https://youtu.be/G4j4lnMExG4?si=xlm2inBgRvGNY40J Whose life do you celebrate today? I recently had the opportunity to share a few of my stories and thoughts on grief at the Chequamegon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service dedicated to honoring those who have left this earth. It was a powerful service, not because of my words, but to hear others light a […]

Me Time

Long before solo vacations were cool, I found myself lost in the woods alone. Usually in fall. It became somewhat of an annual tradition – hiking to new places to photograph fall colors and waterfalls, shop, and visit roadside attractions. This annual habit evolved into a ritual that now provides an opportunity for an annual […]

What Have We Become?

Sometimes the universe is subtle. Other times, it plops a billboard in front of you. This is a story about the latter of the two. I’m writing this after a day of hiking in record high temps in God’s country as part of my annual get away to the UP of Michigan. It is a […]

Behind these Walls… Love Wins.

For the past few months, I’ve watched a small but mighty battle brew around our public library. A WPR reporter called me for a quote – I hesitated to go on record and declined to comment. Not because I don’t have an opinion. I am after all a patron, Iron River taxpayer, donor, former board […]

Got Beef?

Livestock auction in Bayfield County.

Ten years ago, I birthed a beautiful baby boy. Our first major outing was the Bayfield County Fair where I, with my heightened hormones, watched middle and high school boys (and girls) auction off beef to pay for college. Later, while nursing and watching yet another rerun of Friday Night Lights, I looked at my […]