Issue #287 August 19, 2015

On the Cover | August 19, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Ana von Huben

illustrated by Ana Von Huben

Ana von Huben is a graphic designer and illustrator who combines digital and traditional art with work that has both delicate organic and bold graphic qualities. Ana’s love of travel and cultural fusion/juxtaposition influences her multilayered style, and she draws inspiration from ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Like Moths to the Name

why do we insist on giving each other stupid/awesome nicknames?

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

It’s time for a confidential confession from your good friend Mike Paulus. Many years ago, at Regis High School here in Eau Claire, people called me “Aqua Blue.” Shocking, I know. And like most nicknames, the origins of Aqua Blue are utterly unexciting ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Out at Coon Fork

why we endure the voluntary isolation of camping with family

by Eric Rasmussen, illustrated by Serena Wagner

‘What do you think family camping will be like in 20 years?” my cousin asked. We sat in the middle of the road on folding camp chairs, because that was the only place we could find some shade. Camping weekend is always either too hot or too cold. This was a hot year, and the family all loitered ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

On the Cover | August 5, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Susan Walsh

by Susan Walsh

“Our empty nest has allowed me time to get back to art. ... I have had many hobbies over the years and have lots of various supplies on hand. A few years ago, I ran across art journaling on Pinterest. I loved the idea of experimenting and practice without pressure ..."

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Enlarging Freedom for 25 Years

for millions of us, the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved life in big (and small) ways

by Katherine Schneider, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As John Locke said: “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an amazing piece of civil rights legislation that has immeasurably increased freedom of access to the good things of life for the 19 percent of us who have disabilities ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Filling the On-Field Gap

Cavaliers kept baseball alive in Eau Claire, and they’re still going strong

by Luc Anthony, photos by Allison Louks

There are at least a couple of generations of Chippewa Valley natives and longtime residents for whom the first words that come to mind when thinking of local baseball are “Eau Claire Cavaliers.” The Cavs, the underrated success story of America’s Pastime in western Wisconsin ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Camp of Approval

who’s afraid of the big, bad woods?

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ryan Carpentier

What’s up, campers? I’m looking at you, people who camp all year long, in any kind of weather. You camp in the muggiest of summers and the frostiest of winters. You brag about camping in the Rocky Mountains with nothing but a hand towel for a blanket and a wad of fishing line to snare dinner ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Little Shows, Big Entertainment

how local music can compete with the arena rock experience

by Ken Szymanski, photos by Luong Huynh

Growing up in the ’80s, it was all about Big. Big hair. Big boom boxes. Big guitar solos at big concerts. Pyrotechnics! Shout-along choruses! Even throughout the ’90s, I liked big venues: Alpine Valley, Target Center, or, later, the rolling hills of Rock Fest. There was something communal about ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

On the Cover | July 22, 2015

photos by Hanna Agar

“‘Tubing with the Victorians’ is a photo series done in collaboration with Eau Claire native Jake Lindgren, who did the styling. I knew he had access to the costume department, and I have many a fond memory of tubing down the Chippewa River in college.  I love playing with ...”

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Issue #284 July 8, 2015

One Guy One Night

the bar looks empty, but it’s definitely full of it

by Mike Paulus

There were not many people in the bar, I remember that. And if I’d been the one on stage, I’d have been disappointed. But seeing as I have no musical ability and the stage presence of a drowsy wildebeest, I am not one to talk ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Trepidation on the Trail

How do three late-middle-aged guys hike 30 miles? With a lot of second thoughts.

by Dan Ingersoll

My buddy Gregg is sixty-something and has enjoyed backpacking since he was a young man. When he invited me to join him for a trip on the Superior Hiking Trail, which traces Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, I enthusiastically said “yes” while harboring some quiet reservations. He also invited a mutual friend, Don ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

Rocks and Rivers

the most fun you can have doing almost nothing

by Mike Paulus

You try to find the biggest rock. Within reason. After all, you’ll need to carry it to the water’s edge, and you must toss it a visually satisfying distance into the deep. The “biggest rock” is not a boulder. It’s a size and weight you can handle. The biggest rock is just right ...

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Issue #283 June 24, 2015

On the Cover | June 24, 2015

North country landscape artist Marcus Clark paints from old and new photographs. He works in a combination of styles – early American, combined with impressionism. His early works were done in oils, later in acrylics on fiberboard. This painting was one of his early Americana series. The idea was a farm in storybook setting.

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