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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 ...

The Hill That Goes Up That Goes Down: A Bit Of Family Magic At Devil’s Lake

My family likes to go camping a lot. And when I was a kid back in the 1980s, one of ...

Parenting In A Pandemic: We’re All Doing The Best We Can

Every day after lunch, my son and I go for a walk. It’s one of the pleasant parts of our ...

A Father And Son’s Chilly Trout Fishing Expedition

Trout fishing conjures an image of sparkling sunlight reflecting on a rushing stream and a fisherman in hip boots confidently ...

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 ...