Essay: Reflection on 50th High School Reunion

Aug 1, 2014
flickr, Beth Scupham

[Originally aired in August 2011]

About 30 years ago, when my father’s class from Milwaukee’s old North Division High School got together for their 50th reunion, they enjoyed it so much they decided to keep on meeting annually. They elected my dad their class president, a post he held for many years until his advancing Parkinson’s kept him from attending the annual get-togethers.  Every year he would prepare a speech that was really an essay, looking backward over the decades, and memorializing those who had died in the intervening months. 

Essay: Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Aug 1, 2014
Wikimedia commons

[originally aired in August 2011]

Picture this. You are a woman lawyer clerking for a federal judge, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. It is September of 1970, with revolution in the air, a time of long hair on men and short skirts on women.  You join a group of fifteen or so of your male law school classmates (women had constituted less than 3% of the class) for lunch in the restaurant at the top of the Marine Bank (now the Chase Tower).  

Natevawser, flickr

When I was pregnant with my son I was lucky enough to work with many new moms. We would take short breaks to grab a cup of joe, in my case, decaf, and I would ask countless questions about what was to come.

Liam Callanan

Lake Effect essayist Liam Callanan essayist goes on a thematic road trip.

'I have, as of late, lost all my mirth,' Hamlet, the soul-searching twenty-something, uttered to his school buddies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Essay: Super Toddler

Jun 23, 2014
Rubén Pérez, Flickr

It is officially playground weather here in the Brew City, and when you’re two and a half years old, a jungle gym has its own magnetic pull.

theimpulsivebuy photo, via Flickr

It was a Wednesday afternoon when my phone beeped with a text from my husband that read, “Wanna go out to eat tonight?”

Essay: We Shouldn't Charge Children as Adults

May 15, 2014

A child is not an adult. Even if we ignore recent research that concludes human brain development continues well into our 20s, there is long-held support that teenage brains are developing throughout adolescence.


I inherited a toe with a hump.

When I’m out and about with my two-year-old son, it’s nearly impossible to avoid conversation with strangers. 

London Permaculture/Flickr

Could a molecule composed of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms ignite Armageddon?

In the Jewish religion when a person dies, their body is buried as soon as possible. After the burial at the cemetery, there is a gathering back at a family member’s home to comfort the bereaved. This is known as a Shiva.

Jason Train/Flickr

Royal Proclamation: As King of Wisconsin, I Hereby Decree...

Russia President Vladimir Putin has sent troops into Crimea, and is pressing a referendum later this month to confirm separation of the region from Ukraine.

Essay: Looking For a Valentine, Online

Feb 13, 2014
Wiki Commons image

A cross-dresser wasn’t what I had in mind when I logged in to my online dating account the other night.