Issue #369 October 17, 2018
For some, hitting midlife means buying a sports car. One writer seeks a more private luxury.
For my 50th birthday, I want a Japanese toilet. Having researched the options, the toilet of my dreams is of the “washlet” variety. According to Wikipedia, a washlet toilets “include many advanced features ...
Issue #368 October 3, 2018
the latest fruit from the University of Minnesota may not be a bad apple, but it’s got a bad name
Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time for the latest fruit to fall out of the chute from the University of Minnesota’s apple lab.
Issue #367 September 19, 2018
UWEC student finds women of all ages are dissatisfied with their appearance. They shouldn’t be.
‘It looks like you’re filming a porno in here,” remarked my friend Hailey when I brought her to the lab.“It’s not a porno, oh my God,” I replied, utterly scandalized. “It’s for research.”
Issue #366 September 5, 2018
numerous community resources available across the Chippewa Valley
Issue #365 August 22, 2018
how NOT to behave when you’re out vintage shopping
As the world spins on its axis and every day brings fresh indignities to our news cycle, timeless and well-made vintage items persist as a reminder of a bygone era to which many seem to want to return, except this time with a good wireless connection.
Issue #363 July 25, 2018
how a chance meeting in Vermont led to decades-long connect that transcends national identities
It started 31 years ago with a cold shower in Vermont. That’s how we met Frank and Uli, two college-aged Germans who were traveling the U.S. The campground showers on the men’s side were not hot ...
Issue #361 June 27, 2018
thoughts on the "no lineup lineup" at Eaux Claires IV
In a recent interview with Volume One, Justin Vernon addressed the controversy surrounding his festival’s experimental decision not to release the names of the bands that would be playing until the festival ...
Issue #358 May 16, 2018
Taylor Swift offers the perfect response for those who question this future educator’s career path
‘Are you prepared to be poor for your entire life?” Add this question to the long list of responses that future teachers get after expressing their occupation choice ...
Issue #356 April 18, 2018
Eau Claire’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby exemplifies grassroots tradition of original Earth Day
Taylor Limberg, Dr. Kate Hale Wilson
The first Earth Day in 1970, conceived by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, used the model of anti-war teach-ins to draw attention to and catalyze action on the environment. The archives of UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library ...
Issue #355 April 4, 2018
season’s arrival a reminder of the sport’s history, and Eau Claire’s place in it
As I shoveled the ice off my driveway on a recent Sunday, I was listening to the Brewers and Indians spring training game taking place in hot Arizona. It reminded me that so often baseball ushers in ...
Issue #348 Dec. 27, 2017
Panhandlers prompt a range of emotions in passersby, but how should we really react?
The sign said, “Homeless: Need $168 for a bus ticket to family in Fargo.” The holder of the sign looked sad and frozen to the bone. I drove past and then turned into the Aldi’s parking lot next to where he was standing ...
Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017
how a frozen critter taught a valuable lesson about doctor-patient communication
This season of dropping temperatures, snow squalls, and ice brings back memories of the first ice storm in Milwaukee my second year of residency. A quarter inch of ice on the streets made me late for my day ...
Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017
veteran’s gallantry at a distant time in a distant war still resonates with his son
As we plan our Veteran’s Day ceremony at Menomonie Middle School, I am almost giddy having just confirmed with my father, David Dolan – former Marine and Vietnam veteran ...
Issue #343 Oct. 18, 2017
Episodes from the life of a lifelong fan who embraced his inner Vader
Episode I - After school one day, a colleague came into my classroom with a question: “You’re the Star Wars Guy, right?”
Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017
what one former teacher will miss about back-to-school season
This fall will be the first time in 27 years that I will not be going back to school. There are many features of the first days of school that I will miss, but I’ve decided to list my top 10 ...
Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017
What does it take to staff a music fest’s ‘Mom Booth’? A talkative personality, some good advice, and lots of Band-Aids.
Full disclosure, I pretty much “barged” my way into the “Mom Booth” at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in June using my connections. As a ticket holder, I was intrigued when I saw that one ...
Issue #329 March 22, 2017
taking a breather from life’s hectic flow allows for more face-to-face time
I’ll admit that I’m old enough to remember the full-service gas station. My mom would drive up to the pump at the DX Station and roll down her window. A man in denim overalls ...
Issue #328 March 8, 2017
what I learned from the too-short life of a friend
I first met Brian Leaf in 1980 when he was a scrawny, mouthy, irreverent and totally irrepressible part-time employee for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where I began my 30-year career in journalism ...
Issue #323 December 28, 2016
what happened when my column about my Spanish-speaking family went viral
Yesterday I took my family to look at a used car. We’d found a rusted out “beater with a heater” on Craigslist which I thought could be used for picking up my children from school ...