Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Kaitlyn Bryan

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He's Busting Out

my kid really loves making things ... and hitting those things

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

My four-year-old son is obsessed with making piñatas. He had his first memorable thwack at one last summer at a friend’s birthday party, and ever since he’s maintained a healthy love for constructing his own version of the festive party ...

Volume One's 2013 Year in Review

Thom Fountain, Tom Giffey, Mike Paulus, design by Kaitlyn Bryan, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2013 WAS A ONE HECK OF A YEAR. The Confluence Project pushed forward, our downtown experienced development ups and downs, and we got to know a host of new community leaders. Now, as the year wraps up, we take a look back at the last year in the ...

Bear Bashing & Pumpkin Smashing

this autumn season, allow me to suggest a few additions and subtractions to your kid lit reading list

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

If I have to read another Berenstain Bears book I’m going to kick over the coffee table and send it flying through the family room windows. Whoever decided it was a good idea to write over 300 Berenstain Bears books should be forced to drink a gallon of the salty tears shed by parents around the globe as they endure page after page of bloated paragraphs detailing the latest snore-venture of the Berenstain family ...

Uphill Progress

plans for winter recreation paradise move forward

Tom Giffey, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

A group of winter sports enthusiasts wants to take Eau Claire’s Pinehurst Park back to the future, and now they have funding to pursue their dream. As soon as this winter, the north side park will have improved slopes for sledding, tubing ...

Confluence Project Discussion Panel

photos by Kaitlyn Bryan

This Confluence Project press conference held in the Volume One Gallery was a panel discussion featuring Grammy winner Justin Vernon, JAMF Software founder Zach Halmstad, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, executive director of ...

How Not to Wear a Scarf

if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s unnecessary neckwear

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

Are you, dear reader, a wearer of scarves? I’m not talking to you practical Wisconsinites out there who wrap up your neck against Old Man Winter’s bitter teeth. And I’m not talking to all you belly dancers out there with your shear swathes ...

Whiteboard Confessional

these professors’ tales of students gone wrong can help you do it right in college

Tom Giffey, design by Kaitlyn Bryan

Students aren’t the only ones on campus who sometimes feel the need to anonymously vent. Professors have complaints, too, and they often involve students who aren’t willing to put in the work necessary to succeed but who expect stellar ...

How Local is Local?

Tom Giffey, design by Kaitlyn Bryan, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market prides itself as a showcase for locally grown food. But some vendors are worried that a new rule mandating local ingredients in prepared foods might ...

River Project Finally Rollin'

Altoona’s River Prairie development is heating up

Tom Giffey, design by Kaitlyn Bryan

Where is the heart of Altoona? Is it along the tracks that inspired the high school’s Railroaders nickname? Is it in the historic but sleepy downtown? Is it in the busy but slender commercial ...

We Are the Champions

some of the Chippewa Valley's best in the nation since 1856

Thom Fountain, Tom Giffey, design by Kaitlyn Bryan, photos by Andrea Paulseth

They carve snow and they write computer code. They crack whips and they catch Frisbees. They make cheese and they toss kubb batons. They are all from the Chippewa Valley, and they’ve all been crowned the best in the nation ...

Built to Spill

I’m not terribly gifted in the coordination department

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

Physical coordination. Sometimes I fall out of my chair just saying those words. No one has ever accused me of being a graceful human being, and I have no illusions of being one. To put it simply, I have the spatial awareness of a five-year-old ...

Where Ideas Take Hold

we all have a role to play in developing the Chippewa Valley’s ‘yes culture’

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Kaitlyn Bryan

When Volume One just started and we were dropping off the first issue throughout the community, we were met with a fair amount of skeptical looks. There were sometimes comments too, about our inevitable failure or burnout, and even more about ...