Essay

Health & Science
1:50 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

ESSAY: Will What We Teach Now Be Relevant Later?

Dr. Bruce Campbell recalls assisting in one memorable surgery early in his career.
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Lake Effect essayist Bruce Campbell wonders whether some knowledge has an expiration date.

No matter how much learning we do, there's still going to be information we don't know. Essayist Dr. Bruce Campbell can relate, as he goes about teaching the surgeons of the future:

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

ESSAY: Cabin Fever Gets to Us All

Unrelated to his North Woods cabin, essayist George Berdes is experiencing some cabin fever.
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Lake Effect essayist George Berdes reflects on his cabin fever.

In the midst of such a harsh winter, cabin fever is affecting young and old alike, as Lake Effect essayist George Berdes can attest:

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Religion
5:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

ESSAY: Wauwatosa Man Learns Silent Lessons from Trappist Monks

Wauwatosa resident Richard Hedderman heads to St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts for his annual retreat.
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Lake Effect essayist Richard Hedderman on "The Longitudes of Silence."

Essayist and poet Richard Hedderman may live in Wauwatosa, but every year he travels to a spiritual retreat at a Trappist Monastery. He reads his piece, "The Longitudes of Silence":

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

ESSAY: In This Weather, Enter the Car Wash at Your Own Risk

Essayist Mark Siegrist fears being frozen in at the car wash.
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Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist goes for a car wash...in the cold.

Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist learned a thing or two about icing when he took his own man-made structure out into the cold:

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Food
5:49 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: We Must Ensure Access to Good Food Throughout Milwaukee

Essayist Kyle Cherek talks about a food desert in his former neighborhood.
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In 2011, Growing Power's Will Allen had this to say about Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek:

"Eating food is what we all have in common. It’s important that everyone has access to the same good food, regardless of their economic standing. This is about social justice. Kyle gets this."

It was a very nice thing to say, but two years later, Cherek isn't quite so sure he did get it:

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Essay
12:41 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: Consider That Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas

Essayist Avi Lank says there's been an "undue public emphasis" on Chanukah to coincide with the Christmas holiday.
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Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank says he's part of the minority of Americans who don't celebrate Christmas.

I once worked at a social service agency filled with people who truly cared about humanity and toiled diligently for small pay to understand and help everyone.

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Essay
5:08 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Essay: Visiting a Psychic in Search of Mom

An essayist, in search of why her late mother hasn't given her a sign, goes to a psychic.
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Lake Effect essayist Mel Miskimen looks for a sign from her late mother.

The holidays can be tough for those who have lost a loved one. Essayist Mel Miskimen lost her mother in the spring and is facing her first Christmas without her:

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Essay
4:30 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Essay: Milwaukeeans Aren't Winter Storm Wimps

Snow piled along the street in downtown Milwaukee
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Essayist George Berdes reflects on snowfall in Wisconsin.

You’d think the residents of Wisconsin’s north woods, who are used to copious snowfall, might look with some amusement at our relatively modest snow depth. Not so, says Lake Effect essayist George Berdes:

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Essay: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2013

Essayist Will Durst gives a humorous take on what stories dominated the headlines this year.
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 Audio FileEssayist Will Durst counts down the top news stories of 2013.Edit | Remove

Be still your beating hearts, as we exultantly find ourselves in this festive place once again.

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Health & Science
6:27 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Essay: A Doctor's Empathy Has Its Limits

Late-night phone calls are perhaps not the best way to get help from your doctor.
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Lake Effect essayist Bruce Campbell describes an interesting doctor-patient encounter.

In the years before I went to medical school, I worked as a nurse’s aide. Early one morning, one of the surgeons dropped by the Emergency Room in a particularly good mood. The ER doctor asked him why he was so happy.

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