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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Issue #268 November 27, 2014

On the Cover | Nov. 27, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jen Clausen

“I wanted to create a funny and paradoxical situation evocative of Midwestern culture. I decided on incorporating whitetail deer because hunting season has long been ingrained into the natural heritage of our area and was drawing increasingly ..."

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Holiday Handbook 2014

Don’t Be Ashamed to Start Early

kicking the season off on Nov. 1 doesn’t deserve this much derision

by Eric Christenson

As I’m writing this, it’s Halloween. Tonight is all about spooks, scares, and donkey sauce (I’m going out dressed as Guy Fieri). But first thing tomorrow morning, as far as I’m concerned, the holiday season shifts into full swing.

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Breaking Trees

sometimes the best part of the forest is the dead part

by Mike Paulus

November is a great month for pushing over dead trees, perhaps the best. I spent years wandering the wooded acres of northern Wisconsin, tracing my dad’s footsteps along deer trails and over hillsides covered in shiny brown oak leaves ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

When Losing Feels Like Winning

Royals’ World Series bid reminiscent of Brewers’ legendary (and losing) 1982 campaign

by Luc Anthony

Brewers fans in the area probably felt conflicted watching this autumn’s World Series. There was Ned Yost, the former Milwaukee manager who managed to get canned with two weeks remaining in the 2008 playoff push, leading the Kansas City Royals ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Shopping Our Way to a Better Place

during the holidays, we all play a role in crafting both the aesthetics and economics of our commercial cores

The holidays. They’re here – well, sort of. We all love to complain about the commercial holiday machine gearing up just hours after Halloween draws to a close, and even though it can be a bit much, in general it’s good for a lot of local people ...

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Issue #267 November 13, 2014

On the Cover | Nov. 13, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Travis Dewitz

“A John Deere combine kicks up dust as it rushes to harvest fields full of soybeans. This photo is from my ‘Portrait of the Wisconsin Farm’ series, one of many personal series that I work on. Some of my series are all photographed in a short ..."

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Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Carve It Out

spotlighting local pride via the humble jack-o-lantern

by Mike Paulus, photos by Jesse Johnson

There is power in pumpkins. A few weeks back, a Volume One reader was looking for something local to carve into this year’s jack-o-lantern, and they had a hard time coming up with any kind of iconic imagery ...

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