Patti See


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Wed. Nov. 14th, 2018

Mourning Portrait

Patti See

The night before Mom’s funeral, I sit at my kitchen counter drinking beer and listening to audio recordings I made before she stopped speaking a year ago. Each time I recorded Mom and Dad I’d come home and listen, usually like this, late at night ...

Thu. Jul. 12th, 2018

Rewinding the Wedding Tape

Patti See

The seventh anniversary gift is wool. // I taste it after our wedding tape tradition // when I stay to rewind alone. // Everyone dances off the altar ...

Mon. Jul. 2nd, 2018

UW-Stout Alum Andy Ducett & His Eaux Claires Art Installations

Patti See

Buying a ticket to the upcoming Eaux Claires is a leap of faith, given the secrecy. The fest website professes, “. . . it’s about the collection of art and artists reacting with the collection of you. . . . You: willing to walk into a mix of art and sound. . . . ”

Thu. Nov. 16th, 2017

Tonight at Dad's

Patti See

My seven siblings and I meet at our parent’s house to prep a photo board for Mom’s funeral tomorrow ...

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017

Boy and Dog

Patti See

We saved our son’s baby teeth in a margarine tub on top of the microwave, at first as a holding area each time we collected another tiny relic from under his pillow, a what-to-do-with-them-till-I-figure-out-what-to-do-with-them-spot ...

Thu. Jun. 22nd, 2017

FEATURE: Diverse Perspectives

Patti See, photos by Patti See, Bill Hoepner

Circles of Change initiative seeks to move from dialogue to action

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

Write That Down

Patti See

When I’m asked to do a “craft talk” in which I share with students or writers-in-training how and why I write, I sometimes say something smart-aleck-y: ...

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Man with Dog

Patti See

The lone fisherman, in his red boat with his spotted English setter, glides along the water. There is nothing else to breaks its surface. Out my window is an L.L. Bean commercial: the brightness of the red boat on these blue waters, the perfect dog to take fishing ...

Tue. Mar. 3rd, 2015


Patti See

Two days after my mom’s funeral, I realize the silver hoop I’ve had in my upper ear cartilage since 1985 is gone. Mom hated the line of six earrings I wore in my left ear. When I was in high school she said, “Talk to your gym teacher about what ...

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2013

Family Delicacy

Patti See

One night when I visit Dad, he’s got Mom’s cookbooks laid out on the table ...

Thu. Dec. 16th, 2010

Life Inside a Snow Globe

Patti See

Snowflakes were so big that even a 3 year-old atop his dad’s shoulders could throw back his head and catch them in his mouth. It’s the closest I’ve come to feeling the tranquility of life inside a snow globe.

Thu. Oct. 23rd, 2008

Turning 40 Family Tavern Tour

Patti See, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I’m a child of the 70s and 80s. I grew up going to taverns and supper clubs with my parents.