It’s been a weird summer.

Architectural boat tour of Chicago, August 7, 2010

For family reasons, we spent a huge amount of time in our old hometown, Milwaukee, and environs. The highlights were a week at beautiful Lake Geneva, WI, with kids in shifts, followed by a fabulous weekend in Chicago with my brother’s family and our kids from Beijing.  Thankfully, it was a remarkably sunny and warm summer in the Midwest. Ok–except for the night of the flash flood, during which Nicolet High School (my alma mater and our kids’) was so badly damaged that school is opening two weeks late. We were fine and definitely better off than the unfortunate driver who, in his Cadillac

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