Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Essay: From Greece to A Minnesota Parking Garage, My Great Outdoor Theater Odyssey

Liam Callanan at the Epidaurus Theater
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An essay by Liam Callanan.

Lake Effect essayist Liam Callanan essayist goes on a thematic road trip.

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4:56 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Essay: Rethinking Farm to Table

According to Barber, we've lost 100,000 farms in the last five years, and “1.1 % of farms in the United States account for nearly 45 percent of farm revenues.”

Kyle Cherek reads his essay

'I have, as of late, lost all my mirth,' Hamlet, the soul-searching twenty-something, uttered to his school buddies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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12:52 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Essay: Super Toddler

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Lake Effect contributor Lane Pierce reads her essay, "Super Toddler."

It is officially playground weather here in the Brew City, and when you’re two and a half years old, a jungle gym has its own magnetic pull.

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9:31 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Essay: Ordering Up a Better Kids' Menu

Essayist Lane Pierce would like to see better options than this on kids' menus.
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Listen to Lane Pierce's essay.

It was a Wednesday afternoon when my phone beeped with a text from my husband that read, “Wanna go out to eat tonight?”

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2:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Essay: We Shouldn't Charge Children as Adults

Lake Effect essayist Paul Heinz believes the cycle of imprisonment ought not to start so early.
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Essayist Paul Heinz examines the trend of charging youths as adults for serious crimes.

A child is not an adult. Even if we ignore recent research that concludes human brain development continues well into our 20s, there is long-held support that teenage brains are developing throughout adolescence.

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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.
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Lake Effect essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson explains why she decided to have her toe amputated.

I inherited a toe with a hump.

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9:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Essay: Motherhood's Mystical Formula


Hear Lake Effect Contributor Lane Pierce's essay.

When I’m out and about with my two-year-old son, it’s nearly impossible to avoid conversation with strangers. 

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Health & Science
2:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

ESSAY: Mixing Methane and International Politics Is a Gas, Gas, Gas

A methane pipe
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Lake Effect's Judy Steininger says it's something considerably lighter than its military weight that Russia may soon start throwing around.

Could a molecule composed of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms ignite Armageddon?

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Arts & Culture
5:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

ESSAY: The Subtle Rules of Etiquette for a Shiva

In the Jewish religion when a person dies, their body is buried as soon as possible. After the burial at the cemetery, there is a gathering back at a family member’s home to comfort the bereaved. This is known as a Shiva.

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6:25 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

ESSAY: Badgerland Gets a King - At Least According to This Man

Essayist Joel Habush says as king, he'll make all decisions for Wisconsinites.
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Lake Effect essayist Joel Habush says he's now King of Wisconsin.

Royal Proclamation: As King of Wisconsin, I Hereby Decree...

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