Issue #180, June 23, 2011

Harness the Impulse

the symbiotic relationship between an individual and the community

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Garrett Brunker

As you’ve likely noticed if you’ve been down Barstow Street in the last couple of weeks, the sidewalks are now populated with a charming variety of figurative and abstract sculptures, from a giant reclining turtle and a great dane trying to shake you

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Issue #173 Mar. 17th, 2011

On Banbury

Banbury Place, the Eau Claire River, and Bateman’s swan

Diane Embry

At Banbury Place, the palace of brokenness, I see questions written in the language of squares. There are green squares, brick squares, and boarded up squares of Building G. It is my frayed quilt of building, no longer giving warmth.

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Issue #167 Dec. 16th, 2010

Field of Daydreams

I get the feeling not all parents share our laid-back approach to elementary athletics

Tim Wells

Even before the game started, it was clear that the opposing coaches had vastly different approaches to motivating their teams. The other team’s coach – his methods reminded me of the sensei from the Cobra Kai dojo in The Karate Kid.

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Issue #165 Nov. 18th, 2010

Ending the Jock Talk

our priorities need re-adjustment when athletic programs dominate school funding talks

Steve Anderson

What kind of a message are we sending when we find ways to build billion-dollar stadiums and are willing to pay to support them, but treat school districts like enemies?

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Issue #163 Oct. 21st, 2010

Speaking Out

a discussion must happen before local LGBTQ youth join the rash of teen suicides

On Oct. 11, we were astounded to play host to more than 250 area residents at a candlelight vigil held in Phoenix Park. Our intention was to be the catalyst for a local discussion of how we can affect change in the Chippewa Valley and, in the process,

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Issue #161 September 23rd, 2010

A Lesson in Legos

the importance of playing around with abstract thinking (and Legos)

Darren Neff

My friend’s attitude toward his Legos is the same as many people handle ideas. We associate specific ideas with specific ideologies, and we put them on a shelf like a model airplane.

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Issue #157 July 29th, 2010


I’ve dealt with some really weird local people on Craigslist

Jodie Arnold

Then there was the guy who bought one of my board games. The game was $10 and he gave me a $5 tip. For “delivery.” Which I think translates to, “I really like those knee-high boots you’re wearing.”

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Issue #155 July 1st, 2010

Food Modified (Genetically)

you wouldn’t believe what these foods are doing to your body

Glen Fisher

We are more than 10 years into a huge field experiment of how GMO’s affect humans. We are just beginning to piece together some of the effects they’ve been having on our population, and it all looks pretty scary.

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Issue #149 April 8th, 2010

Risks are Never Easy

a local restaurant manager’s struggles to relocate from Albania

Barbara Tzetzo Gosch

He came to America just like my dad – to have a better life. He had jobs such as a waiter, butcher, airport driver, restaurant employee, and factory worker. Sometimes he worked two full-time jobs.

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Issue #141 December 10th, 2009

A Love-Hate Relationship

Twilight seems like bad news, but it keeps sucking me back in

Karline Koehler

And I wonder why I’m still reading ... yet I finished the first book, and picked up the second, then the third, then the fourth. Obviously I was going back for something, and it wasn’t Edward’s smoldering topaz eyes.

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Issue #139 November 12th, 2009

Burn, Baby, Burn

infamous Burning Man is what you make of it

JoAnna Haugen

For many of us, it is life-changing. So while I can’t accurately articulate what happens in that Nevada desert, and I can’t speak for any other burners, I can share five life lessons I learned.

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Issue #131 July 23rd, 2009

Are We Ready for change?

conservation and efficiency have a place in our energy policy, too

Kathy Duffy

To propose that we as a nation should strive for energy independence, but to tell us we don’t have to change the status quo of how we think about and interact with energy is a disservice ... lip service.

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