Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum

Many people whiz down Green Bay Road between Kenosha and Racine every day, and although they may see the Hawthorn Hollow sign across from Petrifying Springs Park, they may not know about the treasure inside its gates. Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum...
Video: Pierogi making and Petrifying Springs

Video: Pierogi making and Petrifying Springs

The last treatment of chemo really affected my digestive tract and I think I finally got my system working the way it should. My next treatment is the last of A/C, then I move onto the 12 weeks of Taxol. I am excited to be done with the A/C and ready to move forward....
Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

Video: My head shaved after 2nd chemo

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when my hair started coming out. I thought that maybe Mark and I could tackle it on our own with a pair of clippers borrowed from my sister Marianne. Then last week I received a phone call from my sister Kim who works as a...
First week of chemotherapy: Wig selection

First week of chemotherapy: Wig selection

Last week, besides beginning chemotherapy, I had my appointment for my wig fitting at Lucia’s Wigs with The Salon in Kenosha. Melissa Simon is the wig specialist there and is such a kind and compassionate person. She is very knowledgeable about dealing with...
Amy Czerniec and the dog that broke her heart

Amy Czerniec and the dog that broke her heart

(Above: Amy, circled, at launch event for Y-LinK: Young Leaders in Kenosha.) Amy called me around 12:30 on Monday afternoon. I wasn’t surprised that she was crying, but I did not anticipate exactly what triggered it. “That damn dog,” she sobbed....
Airline miles rescued with 5-day pizza diet

Airline miles rescued with 5-day pizza diet

This is the last of the pizza, I think — unless there are still more zip-top bags of it crammed into the back of the vegetable crisper. I have been eating pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner since Thursday night, as a way of maintaining airline miles. We may...
Tornado in Kenosha, Wisconsin: January 7, 2008

Tornado in Kenosha, Wisconsin: January 7, 2008

As people all over the world have heard, there was some frightening tornado activity in Kenosha, just a few short miles from here, on the afternoon of January 7. I received a lot of calls and emails from co-workers, friends, and family, but happily I had nothing to...
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