This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
The Fox Cities area is full of surprises
Who would have thought that in 1882, the beautiful Victorian Hearthstone home overlooking the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, would be the first home in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity from a central station using the Thomas Edison system?
The event put the area on the map and launched unimaginable changes in how people cooked, cleaned, lived and entertained themselves in their homes.
Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned. It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
I searched my closet for anything purple — my school color — and came up with a few shirts, a jacket, socks and even shoes to wear for my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois — the first reunion I’ve ever attended.
A view of the Korean Demilitarized Zone as seen from the Dora Observatory in 2006 from the South Korean side. The roughly 160-mile-long DMZ has divided North and South Korea following the 38th parallel since the 1953 armistice agreement. Large numbers of troops are still stationed on either side of the line, today. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
Mindful of her own Korean refugee background and the effects of her rocky start in life, Roseville resident Hyon Kim says she wants to help refugees who have escaped from North Korea after facing great difficulties, including sex trafficking, forc
A group of visiting Romanians and a few Roseville Rotary friends toured Central Park’s boardwalks. The European visitors commented that they enjoyed Roseville’s wide open spaces. (courtesy of Gayland Bender)
Making friends from other countries makes the world a smaller, friendlier place.
In the far background, the Eagle River Light Station sits on a bluff overlooking the river and offers stunning river view. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
It's beautiful country, steeped in history and a half-day drive away
While the winters may be extreme, Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is beautiful year-round. Its hilly terrain is covered by hardwood and conifer trees; scenic waterfalls mark its rivers, and it boasts of miles of shoreline and many inland lakes. Wherever you are on the peninsula, you’re never more than 10 miles from Lake Superior. It’s a haven for people who enjoy nature and outdoor activities – no matter what the season.
Built in 1902, the newly renovated Rowland Inn has a large lawn that slopes down to a scenic pier on Lake Cayuga. (Pamela O'Meara/Review staff)
Dolls and lakeside mansions
As I leaned back in a rocking chair on the wide veranda of the historic Rowland Inn watching the waves and the sunset over Cayuga Lake in upstate New York, my mind wandered back to a trip to Chicago with my two school-age granddaughters several years ago.
They were obsessed with going to the American Girl doll store, which I had never even heard of. I was thinking about museums.
When we were kids, my sisters and I sat with Grandma and Grandpa Streelman at their kitchen table pitting cherries with old-fashioned hairpins after going to the orchard earlier in the day to pick the fruit.