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Canning The Delights Of Summer

The detritus of a beach day lies strewn about me like so many artifacts, jutting half in and half out ...

August Heat And The Mouse In The AC

We’d made it most the summer without the air, but at last we break.  It’s August, and rather than another ...

Milwaukee’s Long History of Cultural Festivals

Festival season unofficially kicks off in Milwaukee this weekend. Thousands of people will flock to the Henry Maier Festival Park ...

The Cabin Up North

When I moved here six years ago from Nebraska, I was prepared for the Packers, the cheese, and the snow.  ...

This Is The Life: Summer At The Pool

Is there anywhere better than the pool on a hot summer day? Allyson Loomis tells us about the carefree community ...

Hot In Wisconsin

It’s hot in Wisconsin. Really hot. Temps in the 90’s. ‘Real feel’ heat index, say the meteorologists, is plus a dozen digits more. ...

River Water: One Man’s Lifelong Connection To The River

There’s something about particular landscapes that can really get into your soul. For Ed Erdmann, it’s the Mississippi. He’s spent ...

An Ode To Wisconsin Summer

You can tell it’s fall in Wisconsin when people start asking this question: “How was your summer?” We never ask ...

The Joy Of Walking In The Rain

For some people, rain is the chance to hunker down indoors. For others, rain is something to enjoy outdoors. Crystal ...

The Magic Of Summer Berries

There are many things to love about summer. The best may be the berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. Helene Phelps ...

Whimsical Essay Describes Lure Of Door County

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer travel season. Writer Catherine Jagoe describes her favorite annual road ...

August Rites of Passage As School Begins Again

I often introduce students in my English classes to the concept of liminality, or the important middle phase of the ...

Human Nature Revealed On The Mini Golf Course

You can learn a lot about people by seeing how they play games. I’m not the first person to say ...

Recalling Friendship And Summer Nights On Lake Hallie

I lived in town near school and my best friend, Karen, was a “bus kid.”  When we were twelve she ...

Rounding the Bases on Snowshoes

Long after the snow melts, the snowshoes stay out and in use in Lake Tomahawk. For more than fifty years, ...