Issue #180, June 23, 2011
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
Issue #173 Mar. 17th, 2011
Banbury Place, the Eau Claire River, and Bateman’s swan
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.
Issue #167 Dec. 16th, 2010
I get the feeling not all parents share our laid-back approach to elementary athletics
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.
Issue #165 Nov. 18th, 2010
our priorities need re-adjustment when athletic programs dominate school funding talks
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?
Issue #163 Oct. 21st, 2010
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,
Issue #161 September 23rd, 2010
the importance of playing around with abstract thinking (and Legos)
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.
Issue #157 July 29th, 2010
I’ve dealt with some really weird local people on Craigslist
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.”
Issue #155 July 1st, 2010
you wouldn’t believe what these foods are doing to your body
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.
Issue #154 June 17th, 2010
mixed emotions roaring across the sky of the Chippewa Valley Air Show
For the last few days, however, my peaceful neighborhood has “enjoyed” the thunderous spectacle of the Navy’s Blue Angels.
Issue #153 June 3rd, 2010
as if foster parenting isn’t challenging enough ...
My own experiences had not been in vain – they had given me the tools to help get this child through a tough time.
Issue #151 May 6th, 2010
though it usually skips Wisconsin entirely, spring has most definitely sprung
Lawn mowing and mosquito swatting will come, but for now it’s mild, bugless, and delightful in an unusual stretch of spring.
Issue #149 April 8th, 2010
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.
Issue #143 January 14th, 2010
how a Wranglers commercial made me a Favre fan again
By all rights, I still ought to hate Brett Favre.
Issue #141 December 10th, 2009
Twilight seems like bad news, but it keeps sucking me back in
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.
Issue #139 November 12th, 2009
infamous Burning Man is what you make of it
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.
Issue #131 July 23rd, 2009
conservation and efficiency have a place in our energy policy, too
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.
Issue #129 June 25th, 2009
Reflections on Senior Citizens and Life in the Country
These are not the people you see. Standing in line at the grocery store, I used to look straight past them until I ...
Issue #125 April 30th, 2009
how I emerged from the land of corn with a prickle-sensitive ear for sirens
"I found myself crouching knee-to-knee with the mayor, who folded his hands and smiled at me."
Issue #121 March 5th, 2009
dream experiences force reflection on the unexplainable
Barbara Tzetzo Gosch
She proceeded to tell me that ... she saw auras around people and ... dreamt about a large rock
Issue #119 February 5th, 2009
my misadventures with what were supposedly simple pets
When we got our first batch of poultry, we were expecting nothing but sunshine and rainbows.