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Social media sites, like Facebook, and Instragram, have enabled many of us to keep in contact with – or even reconnect with old friends we might have thought we’d never hear from again.  But with few exceptions, the nature of friendships is different when they play out in pictures or brief status updates.  Lake Effect essayist Lane Pierce reflects on one friendship lost and found again.

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Suicide, or the threat of it, is an often shadowed part of many of our family histories. Lake Effect essayist Pan Parker’s family is no exception.

Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr says science, religion and politics often don’t mix.

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Before Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank was a journalist, he earned an economics degree. As such, he has taken a hard look at Governor Walker's proposal to make cuts to the UW system.

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When it comes to making a momentous decision in your life, how do you do it?

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Where are you going to be this Sunday, around 12 noon? Many of us who are not at Lambeau Field will likely be positioned in front of a television set. And it’s for those people that essayist Joel Habush offers the following public service.

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The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence recently released 525 pages of its long awaited report on the use of torture by the CIA in the ongoing “war on terror.”

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When many of us hit a milestone birthday, our celebration might include cake, ice cream, and maybe even champagne.  Lake Effect essayist Cari Carlson laces up her hiking boots.

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Essayist Ed Makowski reads his essay about selling Christmas trees in Florida.

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The case of Dontre Hamilton – a black man killed in an altercation with a white police officer – shines another light on the divide that frequently exists in this community.