Issue #390 Aug. 7, 2019
In mid-January, I officially became a resident of Eau Claire. For the first time in 25 years, my whole life to date, I left Milwaukee. It was time for a change.
Life changes such as these tend to present certain challenges. For starters, I had no job lined up. (It took a month of ...
Issue #389 July 24, 2019
The pitch came in much flatter than I was used to. The minute I swung I knew I had made good contact, and the softball headed for short left field over the shortstop’s head. I “broke” for ...
Issue #384 May 15, 2019
rural waving rituals are one way of cutting through the tribalism of our times
As I walk my two little dogs up the road, I wave at the cars that go by. Often, the drivers wave back. Many are perfunctory acknowledgement; a raised hand, the minimalist but not unfriendly index finger lifted ...
Issue #383 May 1, 2019
aspiring teacher says it’s time to challenge stereotypes about educators
I want to be a teacher for the money and the fame. Or least that’s what I have been telling people when they ask me what I am going to school for ...
Issue #381 April 3, 2019
who really benefits when each news story splits us into two arguing camps?
Why is it that every news story is prepackaged with an assigned category of outrage? You don’t read about a notable advertisement from Gillette, you read about how a notable advertisement from Gillette ...
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?”