Essay

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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