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THE REAR END: Sweet, Sweet Summertime

time to slather on the sunscreen and Purell

My, oh my, people of the Chippewa Valley. Summertime is here, and it’s time for some good ol’ summertime fun. You know what I’m talking about, right?

On the Cover | June 24, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Rob Mattison

“The building is made from cardboard, cardstock, balsa wood, hot glue an old fake plant and paint. The base is styrofoam, rocks, dirt, white glue, paint and ...

Fish Puke

(and wondering what I should remember)

Its vomit was bright orange. I can’t say if that’s normal. But that day in the boat, that’s what it was. I’m sure I held it ...

The Middle of the Road

what your walking says about you

A few short months ago, back when this country’s quarantine was in its toddler stage, I was driving through my neighborhood past quiet houses with dark windows. The sun was ...

On the Cover | May 27, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Rhonda Willers

“I remember a day in yoga when we practiced tree pose, being out of balance while in balance. It struck me how much strength it took to wobble ...”

A Productive Pandemic

thanks oh so much for all the great quarantine advice!

How’s it going, Chippewa Valley? Anything new happening? Any world-shattering current events affecting us here at home? Any paradigm-shifting incidents gripping the planet, making things weird here in ...

A Community Pivots to the ‘New Normal’

Even here in the Chippewa Valley, we’ve arrived at that moment. The one when the shock and confusion over our collective situation has largely fallen into the background, as we’re now forced to move forward, contemplate, and comply with the “new normal” ...

The Circle of Life in a Walk in the Park

birth, death, and walking the dog just continue — even during a pandemic

“We should really try to go for a walk,” Tyler said, hovering over me. He had likely noticed my body was starting to look quite a bit like our living room couch and grew concerned ...

Hang in there, Chippewa Valley.

Like so many organizations right now, our staff is doing everything we can to help where it makes sense, with the tools we have available to us.

Letters from Home in the Time of COVID

these will be amazing memories ... eventually ... one day ... maybe?

How’s it going, Chippewa Valley? I’m fine. Like many of you smart, attractive, industrious people reading this, I’ve been working from home for the past few weeks.

Nest in Peace

cohabitation with some feathered friends

I try to see it from the opposite perspective, I really do. I try to sympathize. I imagine myself, snuggled in all cozy upon the couch, doing the things I like to do at home while snuggled upon the couch ...

Hope Springs Eternal – Even for the Brewers

Can Milwaukee break out beyond a break-even season in 2020?

Rarely can a season of baseball be accurately predicted. In sports, the phrase “hope springs eternal” is seen most frequently in reference to Major League Baseball’s spring training, with the promise...

On the Cover | March 18, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Lynn Hobart

“Long-Haired Figure is one of a group of paintings and drawings that feature a simplified approach to content, composition and technique. Many are loosely based..."

Blue Sky Over the Kwik Trip

Not everyone coming and going from the Kwik Trip holds the door for me, but almost everyone. I always hold it for people. Or at the very least, I lean back outside a little and keep the door open until the next person reaches out ...

On the Cover | March 4, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Sue Carey

“When I retired from teaching elementary art in Eau Claire I knew I wanted to start creating my own art again. Even though I had thought about creating for years ..."