Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beagles!

Piper + Lucky

Piper + Lucky

National Adoption Day

(321/365) "I am blessed, chosen, adopted" - Ephesians 1:11


Superman, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Nelson Mandela, Presidents Clinton and Ford, Ingrid Bergman, Maya Angelou, Babe Ruth, Richard Burton, Truman Capote, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Jack Nicholson, Debbie Harry, Eric Clapton... and ME! 


Veterans Day | Armistice (100 years later)

(315/365) “Veterans, thank you for bravely doing what you were called to do so that we can safely do what we’re free to do.” – Unknown

Milwaukee County War Memorial Day

One hundred years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the treaty was signed to end the First World War. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who gave their lives in service of their country. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all service men and women. 

One day is never enough to thank these American heroes for their bravery and their dedication to defending our freedom. Everyday when I proudly stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, I thank them with all my heart and I think about my dad. I am humbled by the courage it must have taken to enlist in the Navy when he was only seventeen years old, to leave his family, and to travel around the world to defend our freedom on the USS Salt Lake City during World War II. 

Dad - WWII

Last year, the Brink family took my dad's dog tags along on Paul's Honor Flight. I always wished my dad could have had that experience and I'm so grateful to them for sharing their day with us!


September 23, 2018 (266/365) • "The Quiet Company" - Northwestern Mutual

My mom worked at Northwestern Mutual in the late 50's and 60's, decades before the post-modern tower that now dominates the Milwaukee skyline. She lived on Knapp Street with her friend, Jeannie — yes, just like Laverne & Shirley! She wore cat-eye glasses and sweater sets with pearls, and she often ate lunch at George Watt's Tea Room (Oh, how I miss that!). Before she quit working in 1968 to start a family (me!), she bought her daughter an insurance policy for which I just paid the $28.50 biannual fee. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour the new NML Tower and to take in the awesome view from the top, as part of Doors Open Milwaukee. From 22 stories above Milwaukee, I couldn't help but feel a little bit closer to Mom 💙 

PS: I'll be featuring more of Doors Open Milwaukee 2018 throughout the week. #doorsopenmilwaukee #domke


July 21, 2018 (202/365)

"All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted." - Saint Teresa of Avila

My roots run deep here in Door County!

French Friday: 50 ans (bis)

February 23, 2018 (054/365)

Last year, I celebrated my 50th birthday with a cocktail at the Bar Hemingway in the Paris Ritz. This year, I'm once again celebrating a milestone anniversary -- 50 years ago, my parents adopted me. This is my first "Gotcha Day" missing both Mom and Dad, but, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “No one you love is ever truly lost.”

French Friday: Le Soufflé

le 19 janvier 2018 (019/365)

« La seule chose qui fait tomber un soufflé c'est s'il sait qu'il te fait peur. » - James Beard

Le plat principal: Soufflé au fromage

Les desserts: Grand Marnier (note the bottle that accompanied it!), Rum Raison (rum bottle in background), and classic chocolate

Today would have been my Mom's 80th birthday. I know she would have loved this chocolate soufflé, almost as much as her beloved hot fudge sundaes.

Au Soufflé (27/02/18) avec Carole et Sandrine (qui a pris la photo)

Christmas Presence

December 24, 2017 (358/365)

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."

- Burton Hillis

I really miss my Mom today. Christmas Eve was her favorite day of the year. But she is here in our hearts and in the packages that are wrapped in paper that she chose for us.


November 11, 2017 (315/365)

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” - President Harry S. Truman

Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has flown America's veterans to Washington D.C. where they visit the memorials to the wars in which they served. Last weekend, Lisa's dad, a Marine in Vietnam, was on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. It was my privilege to write a letter thanking Paul for his brave service to our country. I have always wished that my dad, who served in the Navy during World War II, could have enjoyed this honor too. Thanks to Lisa’s dad and sister, who took my dad's dog tags along with them, that wish came true last Saturday. On this Veteran's Day, I am so grateful to Paul and Paula for sharing their special day with me and my family. And I humbly thank all of our veterans who have bravely served our country. 

Photos above taken by Paula Sockett or used via Creative Commons license. All photos edited by me.