Issue #365 August 22, 2018

Hitting Preconceptions out of the Park

Beep Baseball World Series in Eau Claire highlighted athleticism of the visually impaired

Jim Jeffries

Frank, my wife’s nephew, entered this world under emergency circumstances, and as a result, he is legally blind. Until I dated my wife, I had never known a visually-impaired person, so I treated Frank with kid gloves ...

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Issue #363 July 25, 2018

Feeling Write at Home

the Chippewa Valley’s strong, supportive literary community draws one young writer back

Katy Hackworthy, photos by Justin Patchin

On a Sunday afternoon in July 2017, I drove down a spindly driveway away from one of the most special weekends of my life and toward what I believed then to be a new phase of my young adulthood. I had spent the previous four days at Cirenaica, a writing residency in the woods of Fall Creek put on by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.

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Issue #362 July 11, 2018

Melting Memories

a Wisconsin farm boy, a coveted ice cream cone, and the complexity of interpreting family history

Tom Giffey

There are few summer pleasures more pure, more wholesome, or more in keeping with Wisconsin tradition than enjoying an ice cream cone on a hot day. We are, after all, the Dairy State. One of ...

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Issue #359 May 30, 2018

Heroics on (And Off) the Tundra

can legendary Lambeau Field compete with the “best night” of teens’ lives?

BJ Hollars, illustrated by Janae Breunig

On a recent visit to Green Bay, we do what is required of us: pay our respects to the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field. I am accompanied by my 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, neither of whom ...

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Issue #356 April 18, 2018

Pop or Classical? Why Choose?

In a musically rich area like the Valley, we should take pride in enjoying different styles of music

Johannes Strohschänk

There are times when nothing tastes better than a generous plate of spare ribs straight from the grill slathered in barbecue sauce, a cob of corn oozing with salted butter, and a heap of tangy coleslaw, accompanied by a pint of Lazy Monk’s Bohemian Lager ...

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Issue #354 Mar. 21, 2018

Think Libraries Are Passé? Think Again

despite claims to the contrary, libraries are still vital to our communities

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If your image of public libraries is like that new Jennifer Garner “What’s in your wallet?” commercial – the one where the librarian is shushed by disgruntled library patrons trying to read – then you probably ...

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Issue #352 Feb. 21, 2018

Lighting a Fire

UWEC’s Fire Ball more than a drag show

Katie Vagnino, photos by Randy Lee, Luong Huynh

It was one of those bleak January days when it’s dark by 4pm and you wonder if the weather is trolling you. I had just finished teaching my last class of the day at UW-Eau Claire and was trudging through Hibbard Hall ...

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Issue #350 Jan. 24, 2018

Resolved to Unplug

in a Wi-Fi world, some Chippewa Vallians are taking steps to get away from the screen

Barbara Arnold

By the time this issue of Volume One is published, we’ll be 24 days into 2018. Forty-one percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to the website Statistic Brain. Some of you are ...

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Issue #348 Dec. 27, 2017

Function Over Fashion

the onset of winter allows Wisconsinites to forego stylishness in favor of staying warm

Caroline Akervik

One of the very best things about winter is winter clothes. Winter allows one to liberate one’s inner fashion outlaw. Cold weather eliminates or overrules the dictates of style all in the name of keeping warm ...

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Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017

Oh Come, Little Children

a dirt-brown bus, a bearded man, and a simple gift form an indelible Christmas memory

Johannes Strohschann

As soon as he reached the mile-long dining table, the little boy spotted a place setting with steel utensils, quickly grabbed spoon and fork and licked them, spending a generous amount of spit. No one was going to steal ...

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Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017

Sandpipers in the Gallery

art appreciation can require changing your perspective – literally and figuratively

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘I like to look at a piece far away, I like to look at it close up, and the last thing I look at after a piece has grabbed me is the title,” said Amy, as we pendulate in front of a painting like two sandpipers in the ...

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Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017

An Old Story and a New Story

we can’t pretend the Chippewa Valley is free of bigotry and racism, but we can decide to be on the right side of history

David Shih, illustrated by Janae Breunig

In 1999, when my wife and I moved to Eau Claire, we arrived knowing almost nothing about the city we now call home. We joked about the inordinate number of large fiberglass animals seemingly lurking around every corner ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Merging Into the Fast Lane?

arrival of ride-sharing services signifies city’s growth, but it’s not the only tipping point

Luc Anthony, illustrated by Mackenzie Kavanagh

A few months ago in this Opening Letter space, I wrote about what seemed the determining factor in Eau Claire’s ascendance to big-city status: the moment when Uber would choose to establish itself in the city ...

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