Essay

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Even though school has already started in some places, the beginning of September is the time most of us remember as the traditional start of the new school year. And many of us remember one particular teacher who made us excited to return.

For Lake Effect essayist Alexandra Rosas, it was Miss Quill, her second grade teacher, who always comes to mind each September. Rosas says she was one of the great ones - a teacher who went beyond her job description:

English is not my first language, Spanish is.

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Go to the self-help section of any bookstore or scroll through the documentary section of Netflix, and there are dozens of titles linked to happiness. There are lots of different ideas on what the path to happiness is, but Lake Effect essayist Cari Taylor-Carlson is only an expert on her own efforts:  

Last October, my granddaughter Lily “tagged” me with the latest teenybopper Instagram fad. Because I was tagged, my task was to post a daily photo with the hashtag 100 Happy Days for that number of consecutive days.

Essay: Sesame Street Makes a Tragic Move to HBO

Aug 19, 2015
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The news broke last week that the children’s TV show, Sesame Street, a staple of PBS for 46 years, will soon air first-run shows on HBO.  It’s a development that some welcome, but concerns many others, including Lake Effect essayist Joanne Weintraub.

You know the song, right? “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”

Essay: Hangers

Aug 14, 2015
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A few months ago, we introduced you to a woman who helps people downsize, or eliminate a household.  That can happen when someone dies, or moves into assisted living.  It is, physically, a big job, but as Lake Effect essayist Joanne Nelson can attest, the job’s emotional toll is just as large:

Essay: Jon Stewart: So Funny It Hurts

Aug 6, 2015
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Later tonight, on Comedy Central, is the finale of John Stewart’s run as host of “The Daily Show,” the iconic sort-of news show.  Lake Effect essayist Tom Matthews is going to miss it, which he expressed through his essay:

It was one of the tens of thousands of lines that Jon Stewart delivered during his 16 years on "The Daily Show." It was December 2004, and more and more Americans were demanding that the Bush administration get us out of Iraq.

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It’s no fun thinking about the end of your lifespan.  Well, usually, it’s not. Essayist George Berdes points out that thinking about the end of your life can be a little more entertaining than you might think:

Your doctor wants a copy of it in your file.  If you’re smart, you’ll send one to each of your kids.  It’s best they know your wishes now…while you can still talk.  Otherwise there could be a lot of love – and emotion – clogging the situation.

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Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba have taken steps to further normalize their relationship after earlier this month, a plan was announced to restore embassies in their respective countries. Lake Effect contributor Art Cyr says that this is a step in the right direction:

Essay: Alarm Bells

Jun 30, 2015
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Patients often judge their doctors on their bedside manner.  But doctors also pay attention to how well they get along with their patients. But as Lake Effect essayist Dr. Bruce Campbell explains, it’s for reasons patients might not realize:

He is the happiest person in my medical practice, and every visit is full of his non-stop banter.  As soon as I walk in the room, he is off  and running.

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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We’ve been fortunate to feature essays this month, written for Milwaukee Magazine’s City Guide issue, all under the theme of summer innocence.  Milwaukee writer – and frequent Lake Effect contributor Liam Callanan reflects on looking at the city through rose-colored glasses when he first moved to Milwaukee:

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