Cari Taylor-Carlson

Author, Essayist

Cari Taylor-Carlson travels the world with a backpack and a tent. She taught environmental education at Schlitz Audubon and the Boerner Botanical Gardens, founded the Milwaukee Walking and Eating Society and wrote Milwaukee Walks, The Food Lover's Guide To Milwaukee and Best Cheap Eats. She continues to write The Dish for M Magazine and guide hiking trips with her business Venture West.

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When many of us hit a milestone birthday, our celebration might include cake, ice cream, and maybe even champagne.  Lake Effect essayist Cari Carlson laces up her hiking boots.

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If clothes make the man, it stands to reason they make the woman too. Maybe even more so. But where does it all end? 

Cari Carlson shares her essay, What Would Diderot Say?

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I inherited a toe with a hump.

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Many people dread a trip to the DMV. Lake Effect essayist Cari Carlson had good reason to:

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Now that Congress has moved on to the next crisis, it’s time to tell our stories and to mop up the remains of the 2013 government shutdown.

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Over a lifetime, Lake Effect essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson has weathered many changes. 

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On Father's Day, essayist Cari Carlson remembers her dad: from the early moments of safety and comfort he provided to her, through the role reversal in his later years when she took on the mantle of caregiver. (Note: The audio includes an extended version of this essay.)