Essay

Milwaukee County Parks

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:

Jesuit Midwest

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.

Essay: Buying Time

Jun 1, 2015
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The City Guide June issue of Milwaukee Magazine is out today with a special emphasis on summer.  This issue also features essays from three Milwaukee writers, each taking on the theme of summer innocence.

You can read those essays in the pages of the magazine – but this month, you’ll also be able to hear them on Lake Effect starting with writer and Marquette University professor  C.J. Hribal:

Essay: Mom's Voice

May 9, 2015
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Sunday, if you’d lost track, is Mother’s Day.  And if you’re not going to be with your mom, don’t forget to give her a call.  But this year, Lake Effect essayist Mel Miskimen thinks back on some calls she got from her mother:

Essay: A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Baskets Full of May

May 1, 2015
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Today is May 1st, which is marked by many celebrations around the world.  Many of them honor workers, but it is a different tradition that essayist Marjorie Pagel remembers from her Wisconsin childhood:

"May basket!"

The cry at the kitchen door rings through the stillness of the spring night. Immediately the whole house comes alive. I am the first to reach the door. Snapping on the yard light, I rush outside to see the backs of three fleeing figures.

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As negotiations over the TPP are continuing, it’s generating some unusual political alliances.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank surprised himself a little when he considered the trade deal’s merits:

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Sometimes less is better. The simplicity of life. The Jesuits for example embrace the thought in their spiritual journey. It clears the clutter and helps one focus on the heart of the matter. Maybe St. Ignatius was thinking old school baseball when he came up with the idea. He certainly would have enjoyed himself this past weekend at Henry Aaron Field.

I’m talking Panther pride. UW-Milwaukee’s 3 game sweep of the Youngstown State Penguins.

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High tech things like livestreaming, constant connectivity, and young professionals seem to be a natural fit. But as Lake Effect essayist Ed Makowski points out, not everyone thinks so:

Essay: The Tattoo

Apr 9, 2015
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EKG machines and other high-tech medical equipment are common in hospitals across the country. But as accurate and sensitive as they are, they can’t always answer the questions a doctor might have:

The images were dramatic. The young man was in his early 20s, and his shoulders, chest, and upper arms were covered with a swirling image of skulls, barbed wire, spider webs, and violent messages. The tattoos were, no doubt, meant to send a message to anyone who saw them. The images disappeared underneath the hospital gown that had been draped over him.

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April first is a day when many news outlets will sneak in at least one false story in the spirit of April Fool’s fun.  There’s one story in the news today, though, that Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank wishes weren’t true:

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US Senators have been known to drone on for a long time, especially during filibusters.  But it was the written word of 47 US Senators recently that attracted the attention of Lake Effect contributor Art Cyr:

Iran is now a source of tremendous strain in United States domestic politics as well as foreign policy. Escalating divisions between Democrats and Republicans are greatly complicating our foreign policy. In the end, this may strengthen the influence of the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Tehran.

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