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‘I Am Terrified For His Life’: A Mother’s Love And Worry For Her Black Son

There are parents in Wisconsin who fear for the future of their Black sons. That's no different for storyteller Takeyla ...

Artist Zhalarina Sanders Explores Love, Identity With ‘The Light’

Zhalarina Sanders is an artist who does it all. Her craft is steeped in theater and music — so lyricist, ...

My Mother’s Tea: Skepticism And Love Of Family Traditions

Many of us grow up questioning our parents’ methods and traditions, only to find ourselves embracing them later in life. ...

Moms Don’t Cry: The Challenge Of Modeling Emotional Health For Your Kids

Takeyla Benton has always tried to be strong for her kids.  But, the Madison storyteller wonders if that has come ...

‘You Are Stardust:’ A Mother’s Lesson From Rib Mountain

Author Jill Sisson Quinn likes spending time at Rib Mountain State Park outside Wausau.  She recently took a hike there ...

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 ...

The Braided Life: Las Trenzas de Quetzali

The connection between a grandmother and her granddaughter — and mother and daughter — is special, especially when it’s bound ...

Sandblasting Mugs With GinGee Girls

People attending comic cons can expect to meet their favorite comic book creators, hear talks from famous actors in popular ...

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, ...

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 ...