Essay

Essay: Novelist Struggles to Accept Her Creation

Jun 26, 2013
Korinthia Klein

Lake Effect essayist Korinthia Klein has a new novel out – and she struggled with the idea of troubling things happening in the world that she created:

As far back as I can remember, I always thought it would be exciting to write a book. I toyed with the idea on and off for years. It probably would have made more sense to attempt to write fiction for the first time before becoming immersed in child rearing, but the impulse to finally write did not strike me until I was well down that road.

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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.)

Essay: Does Technology Really Make Our Lives Easier?

Jun 6, 2013
George Berdes

Joan Chittister has long been one of my favorite writers and always leads me to new insights and heights of understanding. Her most recent effort centered, of all things, on a bathtub. And what she did was hammer home an important fact of life in this speedway, helter-skelter 21st century. This is the way she put it:

Essay: Here Comes Hammock Season

May 22, 2013
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The humble hammock, harbinger of summertime, has a long history.

White House photo via Wiki Commons

A provocative obituary ran in the New York Times on March 30, 2013. It began as follows: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.”

Recently I attended the funeral for Mrs. Murphy, the mother of a childhood friend. Her passing took everyone by surprise. And, it was another sober reminder that the parents of Baby Boomers, my generation, are quietly slipping away.

We last saw each other this past summer. My friend Kathleen was in from the East Coast and suggested a lunch date with our moms. We were joined by another childhood friend, Joanie, who had lost her mom a year before.

Essay: Lessons in Love

May 11, 2013
LIfeSupercharger photo via Flickr

Before I had children I thought I knew love. I certainly knew what it was to love my family--my parents and my brothers and grandparents.... to love friends, and to love my husband. But loving a child is different. There is no choice in it.

The Best Prom I Never Had

May 10, 2013

Essayist Grace Gunderson is a soon-to-be senior majoring in creative writing at Beloit College.  Gunderson, who is from Minnesota, has been studying this semester at the University of East Anglia in the UK. 

Today is the last day of October. It's also the last day of what has been labeled "Pinktober," the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For Lake Effect essayist and breast cancer survivor Pam Parker, it's a day that can't come soon enough. Parker is a writer, blogger, and breast cancer survivor who lives in Wauwatosa.

A Letter from Milwaukee to Wisconsin

Aug 10, 2012
a.drian, flickr

Whether you are a native Wisconsinite or newcomer, it’s hard not to notice that the relationship between Milwaukee and the rest of the state can be a bit frosty. All relationships go through their ups and downs, but the tension between these two has been especially apparent in the last couple of years. So when talking things out seems to get nowhere, sometimes the only thing to do is sit down and write a letter, as Lake Effect essayist Alex Runner discovered. Runner is an award-winning essayist who lives in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

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