Michael Perry


Michael Perry has been known  for his non-fiction work about his life in rural Western Wisconsin. He has accumulated a mass of fans around the world drawn to stories touching on topics from raising poultry to parenting.

After writing his first children's book, Perry is making his first attempt at a novel geared towards adults with his latest book, The Jesus Cow.

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Many people visit nutritionists, therapists, psychologists, and health professionals to improve their overall well-being. However, when you need a tailored and personal self improvement plan to work in tandem with treatments provided by specific professionals, many find visiting a wellness coach to be beneficial.

Dennis Walton, Jr.

Across the nation this weekend, many families will celebrate Father’s Day.

Dads play an important role in their children’s development. Some fathers need coaching because they didn’t have a role model.

A local program, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, teaches parenting skills to fathers who need them. In some cases, the instructors go behind bars to do their work.

Marti Mikkelson

This week’s killings at a Charleston church brought back memories for Amardeep Kaleka.

“It shatters you and makes you feel like the tragedy is happening all over again, but on a larger scale,” Kaleka says.

It was nearly three years ago that a gunman shot and killed Kaleka’s father and five other people, as they gathered for Sunday worship at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

Photo by Dan Bishop

The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, is just about here. In celebration, music and dance will be playing out among the landscape of the Lynden Sculpture Garden this weekend. The performance is a special collaborative performance of the 17th Century Purcell classic The Fairy Queen.

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Among faith groups, a ground swell of environmental concern has been building. This includes within the Muslim community, which begins Ramadan – their sacred month of fasting – today.

In Milwaukee, a group called the Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin has been at work for a decade. It will be honored next week by a national interfaith environmental group, GreenFaith, for its programs.

Pixar Animation Studios

Disney - Pixar movies are enough of a big deal on their own. Years of work are put into a two hour animated blockbuster that leaves children and adults talking about the film decades later.

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Marge Pitrof

State Republican leaders issued dueling press releases on Thursday, about their positions related to transportation funding in the next state budget.

Sen. Alberta Darling says will not retract her comment that Assembly leaders want to delay work on the Zoo Interchange, in order to pressure the state Senate to approve a hike in the gas tax or vehicle registration fees.

Essay: Transracial

Jun 18, 2015
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Since the head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, stepped down in the wake of a revelation that she is not African-American (as she claimed), a national debate has ensued on what it means to be of one racial background, but identify as another.  Lake Effect essayist Dasha Kelly has some thoughts on the subject for her first "What I Learned Today" essay series:

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It is picnic season in Wisconsin, and if your picnic plans include a bottle or two of wine, contributor Ray Fister might have some wines that could strike your fancy.

After visiting several Wisconsin wineries, Fister shares his experience as well as wine recommendations to try this summer: