Here are some links to websites that I recommend you visit:

http://livewellnetwork.com/Motion/7624634  Planning your next Great American Road Trip? The is the home page for the television program Motion. For those of you that get the LiveWell Network from your cable provider, do yourself a favor and watch this fantastic travel show. There are no fat guys chowing down on bugs or 50 lb. burgers, no pompous celebrity chefs subtly implying that you are an “Ugly American” for not having visited a mud hut village in some third-world pocket of the globe. Instead, it is a thoughtful and well-presented show that takes place in and around our national parks. The host, Greg Aiello, journeys through some of the best places to visit in the United States, giving you hints and tips on what to see and do on your trip. The best part: no weekly diatribe on climate change, and he is from California! Greg just lets you visually discover another future bucket list destinations. If you don’t have LiveWell, you can watch episodes online.  This site is HIGHLY recommended.

http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962335/k.BE16/Home.htm This is the national page for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. I am a “Big Sister” to a great teenage girl who wanted to make friends with an adult who would expose her to new ideas and places. Do you want to change the direction of a young person’s life? Do you have no kids or grand-kids? Sign up and take your “Little” to a tea party event–I did! The process itself is relatively painless. It took about six weeks of paperwork, interviews and background checks. Fairly standard stuff when you are in charge of someone else’s child. I now have a new gal pal that I like spending time with. I enjoy seeing things around Wisconsin with a fresh set of eyes. Links to the local agencies are at the top of the BBBS page.

http://www.renfair.com//index.asp This is a guilty pleasure of mine. This is the website for the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Not only is it a rollicking good time, you can also find many handcrafted goods from local artisans. So if you are in the market for chain maille or a tankard, the Ren Faire is the place to go.

http://www.3historygeeks.com/ This website is for the board game that my friend and his two partners created. The game is called All About Town: Milwaukee. It is a fun, challenging trivia game about Milwaukee County with an absolutely gorgeous game board. Rumor has it that there are more locations in the works. You can still order online–but I have to warn you, not many games left. It is very popular at Christmas. Even if you are not a Milwaukee-area resident, check out the website.

http://whatsnew.history.org/topics/jefferson/ Yes, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea to re-use our founding father’s own words in the form of a blog. This interactive blog is a charming, thoughtful endeavor from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  Jefferson’s “blog posts” appear once a week.

http://www.foxfire.org/index.html I was introduced to the Foxfire book series by my late friend, Bob Walsh. “Super Bob” was an incredibly self-sufficient man who went as far as to sew his own clothes! Originally published in the mid-1960’s, the Foxfire books were an anthology of stories, recipes and how-to’s from a magazine of the same name, collected by Appalachian students through interviews with their local elders. These books epitomize self-sufficiency. The magazine is still published and the books can be found at all of the usual suspects: Amazon, Alibris, etc.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/31339794.html This link is to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Great Lakes Series. Politically conservative people are often accused about not caring about the environment. In Wisconsin, there are issues that clearly divide us–the world saw the recall occur in all of its ugliness–but we also have issues that unite us here, and the Great Lakes are one of those issues that we have more in common than not. Take some time to read the articles, which are in-depth and well-written.