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.
Credit Jason Train/Flickr

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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3:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

ESSAY: Ukraine Turmoil Reflects Russia’s Influence

Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr discusses the events in Ukraine.

Russia President Vladimir Putin has sent troops into Crimea, and is pressing a referendum later this month to confirm separation of the region from Ukraine.

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10:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Essay: Looking For a Valentine, Online

Candy hearts might be easier to interpret than some online dating profiles.
Credit Wiki Commons image

Heidi Friedrichs reads her essay on online dating.

A cross-dresser wasn’t what I had in mind when I logged in to my online dating account the other night. 

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1:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Essay: The Retirement Revolution

Hi, I’m Carol and I’m retired. Now without thinking, does your mind immediately picture someone ancient and befuddled, physically and mentally in decline? That’s one of the ageist stereotype applied to retirees; people worn out, dried up and a burden on society.

Just so you know I’m an active 59 years old, work out four times a week, and I just finished writing my first book.

Granted I retired early, adding one more to the 8,000 baby boomers  who, starting in 2011, retire every single day. People who on average will live 20 to 30 years past retirement age.

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

ESSAY: Just Say No to Jargon

Jargon, cliches, colloquialisms...essayist Kipp Friedman says let them all go.

Lake Effect essayist Kipp Friedman talks about how to talk about the Olympics.

Every day conversation is often full of clichés and colloquialisms, but Lake Effect essayist Kipp Friedman would prefer we skip the jargon:

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Arts & Culture
6:21 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

ESSAY: Stradivarius Violin's Theft Stole Beauty from Us All

A violin maker reflects on what was lost with the theft of a Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee.

Lake Effect essayist Korinthia Klein describes her feelings on the theft of a rare Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee.

Last Monday’s assault on the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Frank Almond and the theft of his one of a kind violin, the Lipinski Stradivarius, has rocked Milwaukee and the rest of the world.

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5:04 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

ESSAY: Winter Shines with Death's Light

Frozen and foggy Veteran's Park, in Milwaukee
Credit whoaitszii/Flickr

It seems sometimes that winter is the season when death is most around us.  Lake Effect essayist George Berdes notices that notion:

There is something at once depressing and compelling about the approaching death that we know as winter.

Leaves ‑‑ green and trembling with the excitement of life such a short time ago, now lay prostate…brown and decaying. Wildlife has retreated to darkened caves…tombs really. The day’s light is sullen, short.

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2:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

ESSAY: Good World News for the New Year

Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr offers his thoughts on the world economy.

"Nattering nabobs of negativism" is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, Vice President in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption.

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3:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Essay: Rage Against the Answering Machine

Do you get annoyed by automated answering systems?

Lake Effect essayist Bruce Campbell is tired of answering machines.

Automated telephone answering systems were supposed to help firms conduct their business more efficiently and to help those calling for information get to the right person faster.

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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.

Lake Effect essayist Cari Carlson describes a trip to the DMV.

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

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