Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Swat in Hell

something really bugs me about summer in Wisconsin

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I have hairy forearms. You wouldn’t stare at them if you were seated next to me at a restaurant or anything, but close inspection, you’d discover I maintain a robust, masculine forest or arm follicles. The same is true for my legs. So if I’m sporting a T-shirt-n-shorts combo ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Embracing Teamwork in Music

Nobody’s good at everything. So why do we expect musicians to be?

by Ed Hudgins

I am thankful we are all wired differently, that we all come to the table with a variety of skills, abilities, and experiences. This makes life much richer, don’t you think? Diversity, when embraced and celebrated ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

On the Cover | July 27, 2016

learn about this issue's cover art from Denise Walser-Kolar

“This work is the fourth painting in a series of 25, inspired by the work of Joris Hoefnagel. All of the subjects are meaningful to me. The blue jay feather was floating in my birdbath. I found the dead cicada at my parent’s house. The cardinal egg was from a nest that was ..."

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Anting and Raving

when ants get organized, retreat is the only option

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I was super-freaked by the sheer variety of these ants. The diversity. Small ones. Big ones. Really big ones. Fat ones. Cute ones. Black ones. Brown ones. Reddish ones. And a certain kind of ant I only saw once or twice but will never forget because they were black like the absolute absence of joy ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Triple-A Talent

recently retired baseball player now helping Chippewa Valley youth

by Luc Anthony

If you have a young son playing organized baseball in the Chippewa Valley, he may be receiving instruction from a coach who has been around the game. And by “been around,” I mean beyond the local circuit: Rather, around North American professional baseball ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Writing Our Community's Future

by Nick Meyer, photos by Nick Meyer

In early July I had the privilege of participating in a new writing residency at Cirenaica, a log cabin in the rolling hills of Fall Creek, where the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is hosting its first season of weekend-long instructional workshops. From Thursday evening ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

Strawberry Moon

when rare events build common ground

by Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

In the days leading up to the last full moon, children were seen meandering through the downtown farmers market holding cardboard flats piled high with strawberries ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

It's Not Just a Game

kubb has been changing lives in the Valley for over 10 years

by Eric Anderson, design by Serena Wagner

I have lost count of the number of times people have told me kubb has changed their lives. It happens more often now, but it started within my first year of moving to Eau Claire ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Spinning Local

when you're building a new radio station, the question "what is local music?" is critical

by Scott Morfitt

For the last couple of months, I’ve been humbled to work on launching a radio station, Blugold Radio 99.9 FM. This station is a marvelous gift from Midwest Family Broadcasting ...

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