Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015

Hands Down

there’s a price for grabbing onto life

by Mike Paulus

The skin on my knuckles has been dry and cracked for weeks. My fingertips, too. I’ve got little scabs from all the little places my skin has split open, letting little drops of blood slip through. It hurts to type.

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Issue #272 January 21, 2015

On the Cover | Jan. 21, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Mike Guite

“This piece was inspired by the beauty of cardinals in the winter and was created for a close friend. It differs from my normal artistic style, which usually consists of more realistic drawings with little to no abstraction. I have recently ..."

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Issue #272 January 21, 2015

The River's Breath

Here in the dead of winter, why do our rivers smoke?

by Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you live here long enough, you’ll see it. The river smoke. In the raw stretches of winter, when the air is thin and the sun is a cold, white fire ... the smoke will rise from the water. It hangs there, brooding along the river’s frigid spine.

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Issue #272 January 21, 2015

Bowl-ling for Dollars

why doesn’t the Valley get in on the post-season college football action?

by Luc Anthony

Did you feel as though in late December and early January, at least a couple college football bowl games were being played on a given day? Bowls have popped-up in Montgomery, Ala., and a baseball-only domed stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., and if ...

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Issue #271 January 7, 2015

Prediction Infliction

an uneducated guess at what we’ll be talking about in 2015

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

Well, here you are. Reading this at a time when most people love to look back over the past year, quietly reflecting on what has come to pass. The highs. The lows. The halfway-between-high-and-lows. It’s a time for introspection. A time to plum ...

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Issue #271 January 7, 2015

On the Cover | Jan. 7, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Ruth Lundblad

“The birch tree in the piece is a familiar sight in our beautiful area and is the natural canvas reflecting all of the spectrum of light in the woods. Birch can be painted so many ways and is almost never white. The glowing technique used ..."

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Issue #270 December 23, 2014

Me and Santa Claus

rough patches in my relationship with the jolly ol’ elf

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

Well, Christmastime is here. It’s time for joy. It’s for cheer. It’s time for sugar plum fairies to flit about your dreams, sprinkling your sleepy time thoughts with glitter and cinnamon. And of course, it’s time for Santa Claus ...

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Issue #270 December 23, 2014

On the Cover | Dec. 23, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jason Stabenow

“‘Winter Reverence’ was captured in March 2013 at Lake View Cemetery just off of Cameron Street here in Eau Claire. We had just received a fresh dusting of snow that morning and I wanted to create an image of this church with its contrasting ..."

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Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Hating Homemade Christmas

the classic struggle of crafting your own Christmas gifts

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

The English language contains very few phrases capable of tearing a family completely apart in mere seconds. But there are a handful. And chief amongst them is the following series of five words: “Should we do Homemade Christmas?”

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Issue #269 December 11, 2014

On the Cover | Dec. 11, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by C.J. Conner

“The name of the piece is ‘Cardinals and Baling Twine,’ an acrylic painting done about 1994. I always learn something from each painting because I am a stickler for markings and such on animals and birds - but in this particular piece ..."

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Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Confluence Project momentum is building, and we’re now halfway there. But could we be dropping the ball?

by Nick Meyer

For more than two years we’ve followed the initial progress on the biggest development proposal in the history of Eau Claire – the wobbly three-legged stool known as the Confluence Project. We’ve all watched it teeter back and forth ...

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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

This Is What We Know About the Cold

exploring this thing that's so central to our wintertime life

by Mike Paulus

Old Man Winter came to us early this year. Fast and quiet beneath a starlit sky, he slipped down the streets of our city, dragging his skinny ice-capped fingers across our windowsills, his diamond-hard eyes scanning for cracks ...

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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

Big Local Chuckles

thanks to a unique open mic experience at The Plus, the local standup comedy scene is beautiful, growing

by Cullen Ryan

I climbed out of bed with a splitting headache, no clean socks, and shoes so beat up they’ll mainly be tape and glue until my next payday. But today is a great day – I get to see live comedy ...

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