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Living With Childhood Grief

Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School student Abbie Pochel reflects on her journey of finding out her father had pancreatic ...

Rejection, Gratitude, And Forgiveness: Dealing With Divorce

Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School student Sarah Hubler reflects on the pain she feels from her parents’ divorce. She ...

My Brother, Thomas: By Cierra Riederer

Earlier this year, “Wisconsin Life” started working with students at Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School, or MG21. The goal ...

My Sister, Rosie: By Sam McNurlan

Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School student Sam McNurlan interviews his mom about his sister, Rosie. The family were foster ...

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, ...

Complex Grief: ‘I Am A Little Damaged, But I Am Oh So Good’

We all grieve in different ways. It’s painful. It lingers. It's complicated. In working through her own grief, Nikotris Perkins ...

Sister’s Accordion Sparks Mother’s Ire

January is National Polka Month. And what better place to commemorate this iconic sound than in Wisconsin, where the polka ...

New Moms – One Human, One Bear – Have An Encounter In The Woods

No one wants to have an encounter with a bear – well most of us anyway. But a run in ...

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is when we honor our mothers and our roots. Commentator Dao Chang never knew her mother. Born in ...

Secret Spaces: Baking And Family

Patti See first fell in love with baking as a child. And it’s what still connects her with her mother. ...

Encounter With A Mother Bear

No one wants to have an encounter with a bear – well most of us anyway. But a run in ...

Wisconsin Spring Means Crocuses In Snow

Sometime around Easter, the cherry trees lining both sides of my mother’s street in Maryland create a gauzy cathedral, easing ...

A New Year’s Baby

Every new year comes with a New Year’s baby. It’s a big job to be a newly birthed minor celebrity. ...

Mother, Business Owner And … Firefighter

Between running her own business in Middleton and raising two children, it may seem surprising that Deneen Carmichael finds time ...

Wisconsin Life #402: “Guiding Lights & Gurus”

This collection of stories from people sharing their “Wisconsin Life” includes the story of Deneen Carmichael, a very busy small ...