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Every Dog Has its Day

local shelters see ups and downs in adoption numbers throughout pandemic

LOCAL LIT: ‘Riding it out’

Yvette Viets Flaten, writes short stories and long historical fiction, but it is in poetry that she finds a deep and resonating voice. Her poetry ...

LOCAL LIT: ‘Father Time’

My son and I stand in the driveway on this warm May evening – 10 weeks into coronavirus isolation. It’s fully dark, with the thinnest crescent moon rising. Suddenly, he bursts down the sidewalk yelling ...

LOCAL LIT: ‘Miss Victory’

Eighteen-year-old Winifred “Winnie” Rubenzer didn’t run a rivet gun like “Rosie.” Instead she and her co-workers at the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant – many of them sisters, wives, or sweethearts of U.S. service members ...

LOCAL LIT: ‘One Birder’s Beginnings’

In 1945, I was a non-paying passenger aboard a troop transport crossing the Pacific, destination unknown. It was a long trip. The weather was quite stormy ...

SOCIAL DISTANCING (A Poem)

Say there came a pandemic; some newsdrunk virus // set its hooks in us. And only the sky for a nurse, // arced and empty and barely even blue ...

6 Haiku

neither pale thoughts // nor hesitant coughing can stop // the coming of winter ...

Man in a Blue Shirt

I’ve haven’t been a big fan of Valentine’s Day since 1961, fourth grade, when I didn’t get a card from Pammy Ritchie, crushing my budding crush ...

The Infinity Monologues: An Excerpt

In this play, part-history-part-fiction, Amelia Earhart, Stephen Hawking, and Lawrence Oates (of the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole) recount together their stories of ...

What Will I Do?

What will I do when you leave me, // when the candle I read by’s put out?

Some Assembly Required

The kit comes free of its script // not having shipped with instructions, // only a tip line to call in distress, // a site to log into in the middle ...

J Walking

It ain’t easy walking / the market center or alleys, / these days ...

Century Farm

White clapboard worn to silver sits / straddling the crest of a dark wave of soil, / sailing a froth of sand atop the dark, implacable earth ...

Out of the Darkness

local author details the story of Eau Claire’s infamous ‘Cave Lady’

As we learned when she was featured in this very magazine following the publication of her first book, Eau Claire author Jane Glenz enjoys digging for facts. In The Moore Family Secret, Glenz follows former ...

Christmas Note 2019

Recently, I was walking down to meet Tom for pizza at Mona Lisa’s, our regular Friday night rendezvous. The evening was cold and grey with winter in the air. My head was muddling through ...

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