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.
Issue #117 January 8th, 2009
my love for books rivals my love for, well, everything else
I feel more comfortable in bookstores than I do in any other public place.
Issue #112 October 23rd, 2008
experiencing the world ... one bottled water at a time
This was my first European water; there was no question it deserved prominence.
Issue #110 September 25th, 2008
Eau Claire’s first female anchor now pitches one-time offers on national TV
Issue #108 August 28th, 2008
sharing rural Wisconsin with five-foot reptiles
Since we don’t have any poisonous snakes in Drammen Township ...