Essay

Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Essay: 'Marq-ing' Time

The 'Marqtimers' make swimming an exercise priority.
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Lake Effect essayist Jackie Reid Dettloff, on staying active as she grows older.

For most of us, getting old is just a part of life. But there are ways to do it well, as Lake Effect essayist Jackie Reid Detloff discovered:

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Essay: A Sustainable Lakefront View

Milwaukee's lakefront
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Essay by Mark Siegrist

Milwaukee’s lakefront is as representative of the city as the Art Museum, Miller beer or the Brewers. For essayist Mark Siegrist, who grew up here, that lakefront is Milwaukee at its most elemental:

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Politics & Government
12:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Essay: Wisconsin at Tax Disadvantage Over Gay Marriage Laws

A gay couple gets married days after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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Essayist Avi Lank weighs in on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on DOMA.

The US Supreme Court’s recent ruling on DOMA will have many far-reaching effects on our society. Essayist Avi Lank says not the least of those will be economic.

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Essay
6:32 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Essay: Independent of Independence Day Sales

Essayist Avi Lank offers his thoughts on Fourth of July sales.

We're just two short days away from July 4th - which means, Independence Day fireworks, cookouts, and big sales at retailers.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank may partake in the first two traditions, but as for the third - count him out.

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Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Essay: Novelist Struggles to Accept Her Creation

Korinthia Klein reflects on the world she has created in her new novel, Almost There.
Credit Korinthia Klein

Lake Effect essayist Korinthia Klein has a new novel out – and she struggled with the idea of troubling things happening in the world that she created:

As far back as I can remember, I always thought it would be exciting to write a book. I toyed with the idea on and off for years. It probably would have made more sense to attempt to write fiction for the first time before becoming immersed in child rearing, but the impulse to finally write did not strike me until I was well down that road.

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Arts & Culture
5:43 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Essay: Buttermilk Pancakes, Soapy Hands, and Dad

Dad's pancakes are always the best.
Credit Hannah Rosen/Flickr

On Father's Day, essayist Cari Carlson remembers her dad: from the early moments of safety and comfort he provided to her, through the role reversal in his later years when she took on the mantle of caregiver. (Note: The audio includes an extended version of this essay.)

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Environment
2:14 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Essay: Does Technology Really Make Our Lives Easier?

Commentator George Berdes in the Northwoods
Credit George Berdes

Essayist George Berdes has some thoughts on the double-edged sword that is technology.

Joan Chittister has long been one of my favorite writers and always leads me to new insights and heights of understanding. Her most recent effort centered, of all things, on a bathtub. And what she did was hammer home an important fact of life in this speedway, helter-skelter 21st century. This is the way she put it:

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Essay: Here Comes Hammock Season

The humble hammock swings in the summer season.
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Essayist Richard Hedderman offers his thoughts on the virtues of hammocks.

The humble hammock, harbinger of summertime, has a long history.

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Essay
10:24 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Essay: Mother's Day From a Scientific Perspective

Yvonne Brill - mom and chemist, or chemist and mom?
Credit White House photo via Wiki Commons

A provocative obituary ran in the New York Times on March 30, 2013. It began as follows: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.”

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Essay
9:27 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Essay: Mothers and Old Friends

Recently I attended the funeral for Mrs. Murphy, the mother of a childhood friend. Her passing took everyone by surprise. And, it was another sober reminder that the parents of Baby Boomers, my generation, are quietly slipping away.

We last saw each other this past summer. My friend Kathleen was in from the East Coast and suggested a lunch date with our moms. We were joined by another childhood friend, Joanie, who had lost her mom a year before.

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