What are you reading, watching, wearing or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.
— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek
Hunting for treasure
“During my spare time, I enjoy metal detecting. I have been doing it for 30 years. I love the history part of the hobby, finding things that are old and then trying to figure out what it is and how it ended up where it was found. It’s also great exercise. Imagine doing 100 up-downs in a day. My best find to date is a flat stemmed copper dart point that I found in a field in central Wisconsin (right). These are from the Copper Culture when natives began smelting and using copper ore to make tools. This particular artifact is estimated to be about 2,500 years old.”
Mike Counter, St. Norbert College, De Pere
Making someone’s day
“Hopefully, I bring a smile to someone’s face each day. Not long ago, I came across a painted rock — a piece of artwork that someone painted and left to be found. I followed the Facebook page listed on the bottom of the rock, shared a photo of my new-found piece of art and continued the process myself. Now, every once in a while, I slow my pace down, look around and hope to find another piece of art to make me smile. And, just in case someone else needs a smile, I paint a rock from time to time, and just leave it behind.”
Djuanna Hugdahl, Appleton Downtown Inc.
“Summer is a great time to catch up on some reading. I just finished ‘The True Life of the World’s Greatest Showman’ by P.T. Barnum. It was his story about starting the circus. I think the story has some similarities to what I do in destination marketing — we are both selling an experience. The ability to convey a feeling in his guests is something Mr. Barnum was very successful at doing. We hope to invoke the same feeling when people visit our destination.”
Jason Ring, Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau
“I recently read ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr. I love historical fiction, and this bestseller about personalities that collide amidst the devastation of World War II moved me from page one until I had to say farewell to the main characters with a flip of the back cover. It’s one of those great books that makes one wonder, ‘Who really are the good and bad guys?’ and ‘What would I do in the most difficult of circumstances?’”
Sue Bodilly, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay