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The Grand Canyon, Al Capone, And My Mom

Here's a tale about a northern Wisconsin family's supposed encounter with gangsters. Norman Gilliland found the connections in a family legend. == Not long ago, ...

A City Got Together And Built A Place To Play

When you picture a playground the image of swings and slides and monkey bars comes to mind. But a playground ...

How We Tamed Nature

Summer sleepaway camp. For some kids, it’s the highlight of their year…where the innocence of childhood meets a magical, sometimes ...

Closing Time: Childhood Memories And The Pool Table

Selling the family house is hard. So many memories tied to a specific place and time. For Ken Szymanski, it ...

Winter Preparedness Goes Awry For Girl Learning To Ski

When I lived in Los Angeles winter preparedness meant turning on the pool heater. Here in Wisconsin, come Halloween, my ...

Brandi Elam, A Young Woman’s Milwaukee

Brandi Elam was born in Milwaukee and grew up on the city’s northwest side. She attended high school in Green ...

Dancing In The Cornfield

My childhood home in Oshkosh lay on the outskirts of town, at the edge of a farmer’s field. It was ...

The Playing Field

The landscape of childhood covers everything from playgrounds and vacant lots to woods and parks. Mike Paulus tells us about ...

Skating Backwards

Editor's Note: Ice skating is one of the pleasures of winter. Many neighborhoods have their own rinks. Writer John Hildebrand tells ...

Keep Your Shirt On

Swimming is one of the joys of summer. But for some kids, swimming is no day at the beach. Mike ...

Exotic in Wisconsin

Crystal Chan grew up a mixed-race kid in Wisconsin. Shes been finding her place and answering people's questions about her ...

Summer Days on the River

Long and sunny summer days are what childhood memories are made of. Writer Ron Davis remembers his days on the ...