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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:

Essay: Big League

Jun 16, 2015
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Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank says the proposed new arena is emblematic of how things have changed in Wisconsin politics:

Essay: Learning to Fly

Jun 12, 2015
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Part of this month’s issue of Milwaukee Magazine – the City Guide issue – is a series of essays on summer innocence.  Milwaukee writer and social entrepreneur Dasha Kelly, sees the loss of summer innocence as her kids’ summer plans change:

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A longtime Milwaukee clergyman will be laid to rest today.  Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist says he was a man worth knowing, regardless of your faith tradition:

The Jesuits lost a good man the other day, a model priest, and patriot.

94-year old Father Larry Jonas passed away last Friday after making quite a presence in this world.

In fact that was one of his titles at Gesu Parish where he served as longtime associate pastor – The Minister of Presence. And boy was he good at it.

Essay: PrideFest

Jun 5, 2015
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Milwaukee's first summer festival gets underway at 3:00 this afternoon. PrideFest is a celebration of LGBT culture and accomplishments.

Essayist Paul Masterson is on the board of Milwaukee Pride, which plans the festival.  He says it's appropriate that Pride Fest is happening on the first anniversary of marriage equality in Wisconsin:

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How did you get out of your house, or your apartment this morning?  How did you get into your car, just a little while ago?  Consider the humble doors in your life.  Lake Effect essayist George Berdes did:

I was surprised the other day when I looked up the word “door” in the dictionary.  Of course it wasn’t the definition of the word that startled me.  It was its placement in the alphetical order in which it was located.