Boulder, Honolulu, Ann Arbor… Appleton?

Those of us who live in Appleton weren’t surprised by the news, but those outside this magical land might be. Lawrence University’s hometown was recently named in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index as one of the top ten cities in the country for health and well-being. Not too shabby, when you consider the composition of the top ten:

  1. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  2. Charlottesville, Virginia
  3. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  4. Provo-Orem, Utah
  5. Boulder, Colorado
  6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  7. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
  8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  9. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
  10. Appleton, Wisconsin (woot!)

By the way, if you’re good at detecting patterns, you should be able to guess what these metro areas all have in common, besides sharing space on the list. (If you’re good at detecting shameless invitations to post comments on a blog site, you’ll recognize the previous statement for what it is.)

Sunset reflection

Another great shot from the gallery of Rachel Crowl, Lawrence’s gifted photographer,

catching the sunset reflecting off the windows of the Warch Campus Center through the branches of a much-loved tree on campus. (Note: there’s way less snow on the ground now than when this photo was taken.)