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Boy And Dog

 We saved our son’s baby teeth in a plastic margarine tub on top of the microwave. At first as a ...

Fire On Ice

There are many things to enjoy about a frozen lake. For Patti See, it’s a bonfire built, improbably, on the ...

Simone, A Parent’s Story

She has been growing her hair out. My wife helps her put it in a ponytail. I smile at her, ...

Wandering Brings Sifting And Winnowing Into Focus

Abe Lincoln may draw all the photos from eager grads on UW-Madison’s Bascom Hill… but there’s a plaque nearby with ...

Controversy And Acceptance At A Mount Horeb School

A few months ago, a school in Mount Horeb made national news with the selection of a book about a ...

Nyckelharpa: Swedish Folk Instrument Made And Played By Eau Claire Family

Earl Holzman was already an accomplished woodworker when he decided to try something new. He began making nyckelharpas, an early ...

The Comfort Of A Leopold Bench

I remember my first Wisconsin hike, ten years ago, just after moving here from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.  I stepped from ...

Moving to Madison

After growing up in St. Louis, I wanted to settle down somewhere smaller. I liked Midwestern college towns, so I ...

How Otis Redding Touched One Madison Man’s Life

Forty-six years ago, Otis Redding lost his life in Madison. Few events loom as large in city lore. Writer Dean Robbins ...