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.

Arts & Culture
1:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Cari Carlson: "What Would Diderot Say?"

"What Would Diderot Say?" read by Cari Carlson
Credit flickr, Maria Morri

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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Health & Science
3:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Essay: Why I Decided to Have My Toe Amputated

Essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson says life is better off without her problem toe.
Credit ThinkStock

I inherited a toe with a hump.

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2:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

ESSAY: DMV Visit Leaves Milwaukee Woman Asking, 'What's My Name?'

Cari Carlson learns what documents she really needs at the DMV.

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

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Essay: I Protested the Government Shutdown by Enjoying a National Park

Mosquito Beach at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan
Credit James Marvin Phelps/Flickr

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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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Essay: The Fashionista

A fashion runway
Credit Sebastian Dooris/Flickr

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

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Arts & Culture
5:43 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Essay: Buttermilk Pancakes, Soapy Hands, and Dad

Dad's pancakes are always the best.
Credit Hannah Rosen/Flickr

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.)

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