Essay

Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Essay: Psychobabble - Maybe Plan B is the Real Plan A

Credit Mitch Teich

What keeps you up at night? The clutch on your Honda? Worries about relationships? The Brewers’ chances of making the playoffs? For Lake Effect essayist Linda Benjamin, it’s about her expectations from life.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Essay: Your Guide to Festival Fest

The Henry Maier Festival Park, home to many real festivals (and some of the ones essayist Joel Habush imagines).
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As a public service, I’m providing you with your guide to Festing. 

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Commentary
3:19 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Essay: No Easy Answers for Immigration Crisis

Guatemala
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The immigration crisis involving thousands of undocumented immigrant children has fallen off the front page. But as Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank notes, that doesn’t mean it’s gone away.

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Arts & Culture
1:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Cari Carlson: "What Would Diderot Say?"

"What Would Diderot Say?" read by Cari Carlson
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If clothes make the man, it stands to reason they make the woman too. Maybe even more so. But where does it all end? 

Cari Carlson shares her essay, What Would Diderot Say?

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Stuck in The Snow, Or, Do You Know Any New Soup Recipes?

Nothing that homemade comfort food can't cure!
Credit Eliot Phillips

    

All I can say is, thank God I'm not suicidal, this being another snowy Wisconsin inside-by-choice-and-will-to-live day.* Serial days of isolation can make a person, who might otherwise be cuddling with a partner or cooking with a buddy, pretty blue. As usual, when it snows, I take to my comfort food-making. And, just at that time, I was making a new recipe for split pea soup.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Sage Advice

Everybody needs advice and to give advice, according to Linda Benjamin
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Essayist Linda Benjamin emphasizes that we all need to live life by listening to our hearts. 

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: I'll Always Have Paris

The Cupola of Galeries Lafayette decorated for Christmas
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I went to France for Christmas this year. My son and his petite amie (girlfriend in French) live in Normandy. I had been taking French lessons at L'Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee, but I was terrified to actually speak to a French person in France.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Celebrating the United States Constitution, or America 2.0

The United States Constitution
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[Originally aired September 2012]

225 years ago, on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed their names to the final draft of the United States Constitution.  Less than a year later, on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it, it became, as it states in its own Article VI, the supreme law of the land. 

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Arts & Culture
2:17 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: The Zen on a City Bus

A ride on the city bus is something everyone should experience.
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Although I take public transportation all the time when I’m in New York, I hadn't been on a Milwaukee bus since I got my driver's license at 16.  But half a century later, I’m old enough to get a discounted fare again, so when work took me downtown on a regular basis last winter, I decided to bury my old prejudices and take the bus. 

That was when I discovered the zen of riding the bus. 

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Prohibition's Impact on Milwaukee

Garters helped hide this vice during the dry spell.
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When you ask most people what they think of when they hear the word Prohibition, they will probably tell you “speakeasies and gangsters.”  Prohibition is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences-- a law meant to curb drinking that encouraged it. The widespread flouting of this law made criminals of people who would never have dreamt of breaking the law before it was passed. 

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