Lake Effect essayist George Berdes points out that hearing and listening are not necessarily the same thing.
(Originally printed as "Listening," reprinted with permission from the blog "East of Eagle River.")
Gave away my ears the other day. It was to a friend. No, he had two of his own, so it wasn’t like a transplant. Anyway, while I was doing that I also pretty much zipped shut my mouth. Mostly I just sat there and listened to him.
Lake Effect essayist Paul Heinz reflects on the scandal involving the Brewers' Ryan Braun.
In 2004, after Paul Molitor was elected to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame, and as the Brewers were limping along to win about 67 games a season, a friend wrote to me, "The Brewers will never have more than two players in the Baseball Hall-of-Fame. Ever! That sucks!"
School has just started, and already some of our listeners are looking ahead to New Year’s. Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank is one such person.
Lank was an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel for more than 35 years. He lives in in Whitefish Bay and his freelance work has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine and Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine, among other places.